Geotech: An Aid to Operations, Intelligence and Logistics

Geotech: An Aid to Operations, Intelligence and Logistics


India: The second day of Geointelligence India 2014 ended on a high note here in Delhi. The technical session on border security brought together experts from different organisations under one roof. Maj Gen Sanjeev Loomba, (Retd), Divisional Director, Defence and Security, Rolta, discussed why the proper management of borders is vitally important for national security. He highlighted numerous border vulnerabilities like increased border terrorism and illegal migrants. He emphasised on the need for smarter borders. Futhermore, he introduced products like SL3- Fence Mounted Vibration Sensor and Rolta Terrain Analysis which he said are widely used for border security.

Brett Dixon, Business Manager, Esri, informed the attendees about the applications of GIS in border security operations. “Actionable Intelligence should be provided to those who need it,” said Dixon. “The need for simple, effective and timely solutions is crucial,” he added.

“Border security is a national priority. Satellite and aerial imagery can help maintain a constant vigil along the border,” said Rohit Bhanot, Sr Director- Sales (Defence & Intelligence), DigitalGlobe, India. He said that DigitalGlobe is transforming the commercial remote sensing industry and explained how it can help secure borders. He also announced that DigitalGlobe would launch WorldView 3 in August. “Saab Technologies, who happen to be our partners, use satellite data from DigitalGlobe for creating 3D models,” he said.

The session was chaired by K Srinivasan, Ex IG, BSF & Ex IG (Consultant) Int, CRPF.

Emerging Trends

The second technical session with the theme ‘Emerging trends’ took off with Lt Gen BS Pawar’s (Retd) presentation on ‘UAVs: Enhancing combat potential and emerging trends’. Pawar stressed on functions of UAVs and how UAVs are the ideal platform for collecting information. UCAV Programme and Vulture Programme are some of the ongoing programmes in the UAVs industry. “They (UAVs) are a key part of combat operations and they provide exclusive capabilities to the forces. There are around 19 countries that are developing 76 types of UAVs,” said Pawar.

“Collective information and mashing crowd sourcing with wearable technology can empower the future of defence,” said Anand Santhanam, Director- APAC, BAE Systems. Santhanam also educated the attendees about how BAE Systems is using wearable technology like Google Glass to collect and share information through processes like facial recognition and many more.

Nikhil Kumar, Director-Technical Marketing, Trimble, shared his vision of taking mapping to a new level through UAS Aerial Imaging. “Trimble products can be used in various fields like border surveys, site planning, route planning and disaster analysis,” said Kumar.

Coastal and Maritime Security

The session on ‘Coastal and Maritime Security’, began with a presentation by KR Suresh, DIG, Head – Operations and Coastal Security Directorate, CGHQ. “It’s important to enhance the security at the sea ports. There is a need for setting up coastal radar clans and marine police,” said Suresh. He also informed the gathering that Indian Coast Guard is now better prepared to meet challenges at the sea.

Captain AM Surej, Directorate General of Lighthouses, talked about the concept of E-Navigation and explained that the concept will harmonise and enhance navigation systems as well as have a significant impact on the future of marine navigation.

The last speaker of the session and the developer of AUV Matsya, Mihir Gupta, IIT Bombay, discussed the functions of the product and how it has been used by the navy for mine identification and ship hull inspection. Gupta also shared information about the kind of work AUV-IITB is doing.

Organised by Geospatial Media and Communications, the theme of this year’s conference is ‘GeoInt: Enhancing Combat Potential’.

Source: Our Correspondent