Greater Noida: South Asia’s premier geospatial industry conference, GeoSmart India, has begun amid much fanfare at the India Exposition Mart in Greater Noida. The conference involves industry, practitioners, policy makers, scientists, academicians and the users. The opening session saw a footfall of over 1,000 guests.
The inaugural address was delivered by Sanjay Kumar, CEO, Geospatial Media and Communications. He explained that the brand name of the conference has been changed from India Geospatial Forum to GeoSmart India to align and connect with the changing and evolving journey of our industry.
Kumar also pointed out that this change is very important because India as a nation is transforming and growing. This also comes at a time when several studies around the world have started pinning to assess the value of geospatial information and technologies across GDP of several nations. Various studies have attributed 1-3% contribution of geospatial information in the economies, depending on the level of maturity the economy has achieved.
Kumar also inaugurated the India Market Report, which traces the scope and the nature of the geospatial technologies in the country.
The chief guests included Steve Burglend, CEO, Trimble; K.K. Singh, Founder Chairman and CEO, Rolta; and B.V.R. Mohan Reddy, NASSCOM chairman and Chairman Cyient. Among the audience was present Greg Bentley, CEO, Bentley and Kshemendra Paul, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, USA. Paul is in India to take part in GeoIntelligence Asia 2016, which kicks off from tomorrow.
A three-day event will feature two geospatial conferences under one roof. The event will feature over 3,000 thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and professionals from across the world. The conference will feature distinguished guests like Union Railways Minister, Suresh Prabhu and Kiran Kumar, Chairman, ISRO. The conference will also focus on questions like using geospatial technology in projects like smart cities, digital India, internal and border security, disaster management etc. Countries like the US, Japan, Australia, the UK, the Netherlands, South Africa, Singapore, Bangladesh, etc. will also participate in the conference.
Source: Our Correspondent