Hyderabad (India), February 10, 2015: “These are aspiring times for India. We will soon reap the benefits of demographic dividends of being the youngest nation in the world,” said N Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh in his inaugural address on the day one of India Geospatial Forum 2015.
In his 20 minutes of interaction with the delegates, he acknowledged the role of information technology in the developmental initiatives of the both the state and central government. He also emphasised that geospatial tools plays an imperative role in government’s social initiatives as it ensures transparency and efficiency. Taking cognize of the need for capacity building measures and to encourage geospatial technology in the country, he said, “I am here to support a special institution for geospatial education with government support. We should also look at promoting indigenous manufacturing of electronics. I invite the geospatial fraternity to contribute to it by setting up new operations in the state of Andhra Pradesh.”
Elaborating on how geospatial tools have been empowering government programmes, he spoke about the MoU signed by Andhra Pradesh government with the US for developing smart cities in the state. He also touched upon the Andhra Pradesh State Housing Commissions’ programme to geo-tag homes to ensure transparency in various housing schemes of the state.
While the first plenary session on the day one of India Geospatial Forum was about technology, the second session was about application of geospatial technology to empower government and enterprises.
During his session, J Satyanarayan, IT Advisor, Government of Andhra Pradesh revealed that the geospatial policy of the state of Andhra Pradesh was in the final drafting stage and would be soon opened for comments from public.
He added that the government has also earmarked few areas where GIS technology will be extensively. These include urban development, smart cities, mining, forest, environment, disaster mitigation, decision support systems, agriculture, fisheries, rural development, planning water resource, traffic management, and public assets management. He then elaborated on various programmes and initiatives of the state government that utilises various geospatial technologies.
Speaking to the delegates, RS Pawar, Chairman and Managing Director, NIIT Technologies said, “All of us have been doing a lot of work, but the time to take the leap is now. The silos of information that we generate has reached a point that if we interconnect them they will render a tsunami of data.” Speaking about how geospatial technology played a pivotal role in the White Revolution in India he urged the industry to develop and create technologies that solve real world problems.
In the last plenary session of the day, CR Sudhir, Executive Director (CNS – operations and Maintenance), Airport Authority of India spoke about how GAGAN (India’s SBAS system) augments the GPS signals to boost signal integrity and accuracy. “We cannot use GPS signals as it is because of its anomalies. So what we thought is to augment the signals so that all the essential parameters for Aviation security can be achieved. This is why GAGAN was developed. Although GAGAN was developed for aviation applications, its data can be used for several non-aviation uses too because of its integrity and accuracy.” With the introduction of GAGAN, India has become the fourth country to own a SBAS. He also informed the delegates that GAGAN was in the second phase of development. “We are going to certify the approach signals of GAGAN for civil aviation by third quarter of 2015.We can extend the use of GAGAN to neighbouring countries too,” he added.
Concluding the session, Dr PG Diwakar, Deputy Director – Remote Sensing Application Area, NRSC stressed that examining the maturity of government programmes to incorporate geospatial solutions is necessary. He, however, added, “While NRSC is attempting to empower government enterprises and programmes we need the industry to collaborate with us. Industry and enterprise solutions are the need of the hour.”
Source: Our Correspondent