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Conference Report – Geo Intelligence 2007

New Delhi, India, August 1, 2007: Intending to create awareness among the people, who are involved in defence and internal security, a two-day conference named Geo-Intelligence 2007 with a theme dedicated to “C4ISR for Decision Support” was organised here by GIS Development and Military Survey (GSGS) on July 26-27.

The event was organised for the first time in India where participants exhaustively deliberated over geospatial applications in the field of defence and internal security. The event was well supported by the leaders of the industry including Rolta India as Platinum Sponsor, Hewlett Packard as Gold Sponsor and Leica Geosystems as Silver Sponsor.

Inaugurating the conference, the chief guest of the day Lt Gen Deepak Kapoor, PVSM, AVSM, SM, VSM, ADC Chief of Army Staff, said the most important weapon of any army is the soldier, but the technology can help us making the difference between a good force from an excellent force. He also thanked the organisers for having a dedicated conference on Geo-Intelligence, which is supposed to help better defence operations.

Earlier, while giving his introductory remarks, the President of GIS Development, Dr MP Narayanan, attempted to bring in the importance of Information in the ICT era. He also talked about the need of Geospatial Information in critical operations of the Indian Defence system. The conference began with lightening of the lamp, where Mr. K.K. Singh, Chairman, Rolta India Ltd, Brig M.V.Bhatt, Add DG, Military Survey and Brig.R.C.Padhi, Dy.DG, Military Survey were also present.

Delving upon the ever increasing importance of Intelligent systems in various defence activities, Rolta India chief expressed that the present day warfare was not only a matter of physical strengths, but a great deal of importance was also given to mega bytes and giga bytes. He said, ”C4ISR is important in improving decision making capabilities by integrating real intelligence with various sensors and process, which produce a comprehensive set of options in a fine time frame, which helps in connecting different commands.” He also shared his experiences with the audience, as his company has already provided effective solutions especially like the Brahmos Geospatially guided missile delivery system.

Later, after the vote of thanks from Brig Padhi, the Army Chief inaugurated the exhibition.
The conference had keynote sessions themed on C4ISR, Terrain Analysis, Data Production & Surveying and Future Trends in Geo-Intelligence along with a Technology show by Rolta.

Speakers during C4ISR session were Maj Gen Jasbir Singh Dhaliwal, VSM of DG Infantry; Dr. M K Munshi, Sr Executive Director, Rolta India; Brig M.V.Bhatt; Dr. Aniruddha Roy, GM, ESRI India; Mr. Ashutosh Pandey, MD, Sirf Technologies and Mr. Sanjay Agarwal, MD, IDS India. They shared their expertise on C4ISR as an emerging tool for modern army. Dr. Munshi said that though the systems of C4ISR already exists and in use in India, it is segregated. He also brought out a solution on how to modernise them and integrate them. He said the main challenge lies in the integration of Naval systems with the land forces, as Army uses maps where the Navy banks on charts to navigate their routes.

During the session on Terrain Analysis Dr. Tom Lobonc, Director of International Defence, Leica Geosystems spoke on the importance of Image analysis techniques like image fusion, Object recognition techniques, data transmission methods. Mr. Bhaskar Burman, Scientist, DTRL was also speaking at this session which concluded for the day with Tea.

The day two of the conference began with the Keynote session on “Data Production and Surveying.” The speakers during the session were Dr. Ashok Kaushal, GM, ASL Advance, Brig B.Nagarajan, Survey of India and Mr. Sanjeev Trehan, Omnistar. At the Rolta Technology show, officials from Rolta India demonstrated various systems and solutions from Rolta Thales, which are being presented in India through a join venture that will leverage the broad spectrum of cutting-edge technologies.

During the concluding session on “Future Trends in Geo-Intelligence”, the speakers were Brig. R.C.Padhi; Sqn Ld Mudit Mathur, Indian Air force and Sumit Sen from Indian Institute of Technology. The speakers presented on the latest developments in the Geospatial domain like the Ortho Rectification for Multi Sensor Data Fusion and Standards and Interoperability for the Geo-Intelligence community. The conference ended with a valedictory speech by Maj Gen Jasbir Singh, VSM of DG Infantry.