India: The ninth edition of GeoIntelligence Asia 2015 began today in New Delhi, India. Delivering the inaugural address, Lt Gen Arun Sahni, UYSM, SM, VSM, expressed that Geoint gives communities the capacity to deal with problems in a timely manner. ”For users, it is important to understand what they need. We need to identify a GIS enterprise that’s tailored made for us and understands what we need,” said Sahni. He also pointed out that seamless exchange of information is lacking in India and that the country needs a system robust enough to understand the requirements of the users. “There’s an urgent need for technology enablers like remote sensing,” added Sahni.
“GIS is changing us. It is an evolving adoptive technology. Geoint helps us execute plans. It is vastly being used in military,” said Lt Gen JS Matharu, VSM, emphasising on the fact that accurate information has become a necessity. “Geoint is the most accurate and relevant data. It plays an extremely vital part in disaster management,” said Lt Gen KT Parnaik, PVSM, UYSM, YSM (Retd). Parnaik also believes that UAVs have a tremendous impact on warfare.
The first plenary session of conference with the theme ‘Geospatial enablers for Defence and Secuirty’, was chaired Lt Gen AK Sahni, who revealed how geospatial technology has reduced cost and improved economy and the kind of challenges that the country faces when it comes to technology like lack of public private partnership. While giving his presentation, Rajan Aiyer, MD, Trimble, discussed the revolution of IT in the past 10 years and acknowledged that crowd-sourcing is taking the centre stage. “Positioning accuracy is an aphrodisiac,” said Aiyer, adding that geospatial workflows are homogenous. In his presentation on ‘a dynamic world creates new intelligence challenges’, Brett Dixon, National Security Lead, APAC, Esri, emphasised on the importance of ‘integration’. “Without integration, the entire decision making process is compromised,” said Brett.
“Spatial data is fast becoming a key factor in major decisions,” said Lt Gen NK Kohli, AVSM, VSM, while chairing the second plenary session on ‘IT architecture for GIS’. While Kohli concentrated his talk on the importance of spatial data, Brent Stafford, Director, APAC enterprise sales, HERE Nokia, spoke about leveraging consumer and commercial spatial data for defence. Vinod Kumar, IFS, gave a detailed presentation on ‘3D modelling of hilly terrains for security operations using airborne liDAR and ortho images.’ Kumar enlightened the attendees about the process of preparing geo-referenced maps. Vice Marshal PK Srivastava, AvM (Retd) concentrated his talk on ‘why indigenous GIS is necessary for Indian Armed Forces’. “GIS is at the heart of every global challenge and opportunity we face, therefore it warrants GEOINT to be at the heart of strategic decision making,” said Anand Santhanam, Director, APAC, BAE systems, and ended his talk by giving a little history on geospatial intelligence and the concept of activity-based intelligence.
Source: Our Correspondent