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Geotech essential for ISTAR: GeoIntelligence India 2013

New Delhi: The second day of GeoIntelligence India 2013 began with experts debating about the challenges being faced by law enforcement agencies and Central Armed Police Forces in the session ‘Internal Security and Border Management.’ Prof VS Subrahmanian, from Centre for Digital International Government, introduced audience to the new field of ‘geospatial abduction,’ in which they use geospatial technology to predict locations of IED weapons caches and/ or high value targets (HVTs) associated with IED attacks.” He then explained through case studies how ‘geospatial abduction’ has helped in reducing casualties in Baghdad, Iraq, and Kandahar in Afghanistan.

Speaking about the increasing use of geotech by terrorists in planning their attacks, Lokhnath Behera, Inspector General of police (Intelligence, Operations, Policy and Coordination), NIA, emphasised the need of use of geospatial technology for homeland security. While Manoj Agarwal, IG, Gujarat Police, explained how satellite imagery was successfully used to stop intrusion at Harami Nala in Gujarat; Dr Sandeep Goyal, Advisor, MPCOST, drew the attention of the gathering towards security challenges facing the state of Madhya Pradesh like illegal migration, red corridor etc. Talking about the growing importance of geotech among police, he said, “We are thinking of developing geoint decision support system in the state.”

“Conflict is all about people,” said Brig Xerses Adrianwalla, Chief of CIS and Group Security, Mahindra & Mahindra, who explained the importance and limitations of humans in the collection and analysis of geointelligence.

The session which was chaired by Lt Gen NB Singh, Director General, EME, Indian Army, ended with a presentation on public safety and security by Intergraph.

Maritime security

Space- based surveillance forms the backbone of Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA). This was the message that was strongly communicated by one and all present in the session dedicated to the topic of maritime security. “Persistent surveillance is possible through space and that’s the way ahead,” said Rear Admiral DM Sudan, ACNS (Air), Indian Navy (IN), who chaired the session.

Prof Guy Thomas, Advisor, C-SIGMA Centre; Chairman, Global Maritime Awareness Institute for Safety, Security & Stewardship, explained in detail how space-based Automatic Identification System (S-AIS) enhances the MDA in his talk on “Collaboration in Space for International Global Maritime Awareness.”

His views were echoed by Cmde Ranjit Rai (Retd), Former Director, Naval Operations & Vice President, Indian Maritime Foundation, who talked about the advantages of technology in context of Indian Navy. He praised the Navy for the way it has enhanced India’s coastal security following 26/11 attacks.

Talking about the role, responsibilities and challenges faced by IN, Captain Rajiv Ashok, Director, Naval Operations, IN, said that the force is looking at building capabilities in S-AIS, NCW, mine counter-measures, etc.

Image interpretation and terrain modelling

The importance of imagery in enhancing ISTAR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance) capabilities of security agencies was the crux of the presentation of Neeta Trivedi, Head – Aerial Image Exploitation Division, ADE, DRDO. She briefed the audience about the work done/ ongoing work in this direction by ADE. Her presentation was followed by Shailesh Shankar, Manager- Sales Engineering, Asia Pacific, DigitalGlobe, who spoke about the company’s capabilities in image interpretation. Explaining the importance of terrain for soldiers, Murali Mohan of Mobiterra Solutions introduced the audience to the solutions developed by his company which help forces in developing accurate 3D models of terrains. The session was chaired by Maj Gen Girish Kumar, Army Digitization Wing, Indian Army.

The two-day conference ended with a brief interaction between organisers and participants where the latter provided their feedback about the show to the former.

Source: Our Correspondent