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Geo-Infra 2012 highlights evolving Indian transport system

Gurgaon, India: Transportation plays a major role in any economy’s development. An effective and efficient transport system is therefore essential for the growth of a country. Experts from the transport sector had assembled at the second day of the Geo-Infra 2012 session to discuss about how the use of geospatial technology can revolutionise the public transport system in the country.
Geospatial technology in urban transportDeveloping countries pose several challenges for the transport sector. Speaking about these challenges, Dr R S Moorthy, Head (Projects), Urban Mass Transit Company, India, said, “In developing countries, availability of data is a major bottleneck,” adding, “We require a properly developed user-friendly information system.” He then presented a case-study of Thane transport system to illustrate how geospatial technology can help in the development of an efficient transportation model. 
P K Choudhary, General Manager (MRTS), RITES, India, spoke about the integration and convergence of geospatial technologies and explained how integration of geotech with mainstream IT has increased the scope of technology and made it more popular. He also talked about the importance of sensor fusion and how data sharing plays an important role in information fusion. 
Sustainable urban transport and how geotech can be used to determine viability of solutions was the focus of presentation by Dr Anvita Arora, CEO, Innovative Transport Solutions, India. She presented several case studies to illustrate the use of tech in effective planning like ‘City mobility plan for Patna’, ‘Detailed project report for Naya Raipur’, and so on. 
Meanwhile, G V Sreeramam, Chief Operations Officer, Geoinfosys Technologies, informed audience about the work they are doing along with authorities to build better roads in many areas of Uttar Pradesh, India. He also spoke about the need to improve road network in a holistic way. 
Geospatial technology in ITSAshish Verma, Assistant Professor, IISC Bangalore, India, introduced audience to the public transport system in Bangalore city. He spoke about the advantages of Passenger Information System (PIS) and complexities involved in transit network. Talking about the future, he said, “We are now trying to develop a web-based transit PIS. In future, we will try to use GPS to provide real-time transportation information to public.”
“Why are we not having a single platform for locating and tracking vehicles?” asked Ashutosh Pande, Managing Director, CSR India, who spoke about the technologies in AVL and PIS. He introduced audience to various types of technologies like positioning, communication, mapping, data processing and data analysis. 
Speaking about Google maps and the importance of location in today’s world, Pankaj Khushani, Enterprise Head, Google Geospatial Business – Asia, India, said, “At Google, we try to find out what consumers want and then accordingly roll out our products. That is one of the major reasons behind the success of Google.” 
While Anand Kumar S.V., Deputy General Manager, Corporate IT GIS, Reliance Energy, India, explained how Reliance has successfully incorporated geospatial technology for carrying out its metro project, Alex Chew, Regional Sales Manager – Asia Pacific, Trimble Geospatial Division, Singapore, introduced audience to the company’s land mobile mapping systems.
Later, a panel discussion was also held on the topic, ‘Emerging trends and the way forward for geospatial technology in the infrastructure sector.’
Source: Our Correspondent