Greater Noida: GeoIntelligence Asia 2016, a two-day conference on Defence Information, Communication and technology dedicated to the highest level of geospatial knowledge exchange and networking within the Asian defence and security sector was inaugurated today at India Expo Centre. The conference focuses on the perspectives and requirements of key decision makers who directly influence national security policy and procedures.
Dr Satheesh Reddy, Scientific Advisor to Defence Minister talking about the spatial intelligence capacities of India said, “We have launched many satellites, the data is being provided to the defence needs in coordination with ISRO and its centres.” On the opportunities available, he further elaborated that space based systems in Defence is gaining prominence and Launch-On-Demand model of launching satellites and providing integrated platforms and sensors is also growing significantly. He also emphasised on the need to work on creating capacities for developing sensors using indigenous methods and importance of Nano satellite technology for India illustrating vessel movement and tracking in the oceans as a use case. He recognised the work going on in the area of positioning and navigation and commended ISRO’s work in the projects GAGAN and IRNSS.
Talking at the conference, Kshemendra Paul, Office of Director of National Intelligence, USA said, “Geospatial technologies are key enablers of defence community and provide critical information and intelligence. The current information sharing environment in US is critical for law, defence and homeland security. Such programs help in the aspect of critical information sharing, safeguarding sensitive information, civil rights and civil liberties of the citizens by avoiding misuse of information”. He further emphasised the critical role organisational partnerships and open interoperability standards play in enabling such sharing environments to be more secure.
Atul D Tayal, Joint Managing Director & Chief Operating Officer – Domestic Operations & Member of the Board, Rolta India Ltd said, “Geospatial Information is a critical component in defence and military operations. This information is now seen as a key element of national power and the military leadership has recognised the operational advantage geospatial information provides.”
Lt Gen JS Matharu VSM, Director General of Information System said, “Maps and Geospatial data are critical to the soldiers in the battlefield. He emphasised that ground is of utmost importance for military and what GIS does is to look at the ground in a tactical battle area, explore terrains virtually, and significantly supplement the reconnaissance physically.” He also spoke on building better systems for the army and urged the industry and academy to take a note and bring in interoperable solutions based on Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) open standards.
Lt Gen Nirbhay Sharma, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, VSM, Governor of Mizoram delivered the Field Marshall Manekshaw Memorial Lecture and remembered him for his unsurpassed leadership skills. He also spoke on the geopolitical situation in Asia Pacific, and need for India to continuously work on enabling military with latest geospatial technologies and capacities. Also present at the session were Lt Gen AKS Chandele PVSM, AVSM, President – Defence, Internal Security & Public Safety, Geospatial Media and Communications and Maj Gen VP Srivastava, ADG Military Survey, GSGS.
Source: Our Correspondent