New Delhi, India: The role of GIS in crime analytics was highlighted by S. Suresh Kumar, Joint Secretary – Centre States, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Government of India, in his guest address at GeoIntelligence India 2013, being held in New Delhi. Kumar also discussed the initiatives taken by the MHA in implementing GIS in crime analytics. According to him, visualisation of geo-enabled crime data is need of the hour because the current system provides tabular reports and current reports are not geospatially enabled making location based decision support impossible and planning and resource allocation a nightmare. He informed the audience about the geo-crime analysis development project involving the MHA, phase I and II which are implementing GIS at varying levels. The scope of the work includes establish Unified and Secured Geospatial Environment (USGE) based on spatial data collected from multiple sources such as Survey of India, Urban authorities, National Informatics Center and other sources and integration with crime data from CCTNS Phase I and data gathered from CADS, development, testing, initial rollout and certification of ”Geo-Crime Analysis”, Implementation of a National and State level GIS based crime analytics hub; Customisation and configuration of ”Geo-Crime Analysis”; Capacity building and training activities; and operations and maintenance services for a period of five years from the date of nation-wide “Go live” of ”Geo-Crime Analysis”.
Weaponisation of space
The plenary session on “Weaponisation of space’ deliberated on various factors obviating the need for weaponisation of space by India. Gp Capt RK Singh, IAF, Senior Research Fellow, United Service Institution of India discussed the increasing Chinese military capabilities in space and its implications for India as it becomes a threat to national security and a threat to space assets. He observed that “China’s aggressive posturing against India necessitates review of security implications of our space assets and development of space weapons to protect them,” with space weaponisation becoming both urgent and a necessity. According to him, ASAT weapons are the only way ahead for India to gain asymmetric advantage over China.
Brig (Dr) Arun Sahgal (Retd), Director – Forum for Strategic Initiative, deliberated upon “militarisation” versus “weaponisation”. Calling space “the new frontier”, he stressed that militarisation of space means utilising space to support military operations, implying developing and deploying assets in space for providing early warning, communications, command and control, position navigation and timing (PNT) and monitoring remote sensing, and national technical means (NTM), and aimed at enhancing military command, control and communications, strategic and battlefield surveillance and weapons targeting. He concluded that “intrinsically mankind has never been satisfied with status quo. The fear of military and/or economic domination could drive nations to compete aggressively for primacy in the ultimate high ground – which can be space. The question is impact on warfare and repercussions, thereby obviating need for space-based weapons.”
Source: Our Correspondent