Gurgaon, India: Intergraph| Erdas India held its one-day 2012 India User Group Conference at Epicentre, Gurgaon today to educate people about its technological changes. Inaugurating the session, Kaushik Chakraborty, Country Head India, Intergraph, Security, Government and Infrastructure, spoke about the challenges facing the world today. “Building infrastructure which keeps pace with the growing population, is a challenge today,” he said, asking, “The question is how do we enable smart governance?” The day-long event with the theme ‘Think Forward’ just helped do that.
Intergraph and Erdas, both flagship companies of Hexagon, have clubbed their popular products and formed what is now known as ‘Integrated Enterprise Solutions’. A live demonstration was held to introduce audience to these integrated products. Speaking about the company’s geospatial vision and strategy, Brad Skelton, CTO, Intergraph Corp., said, “Hexagon wants to create a ‘dynamic’ GIS. For dynamic GIS, sensors, software, workflow solutions are required.” He then explained how Hexagon is working in this direction. One of the examples of dynamic GIS presented by Skelton was that of Intergraph mobile maps. “We developed an iPad application for mapping potholes in Copenhagen.”
Andy Stephenson, Regional Director, GeoEye Corp., spoke about content as a service and explained how GeoEye and Erdas are working in this direction. He explained his point by providing images of Japan before and immediately after the 2011’s tsunami.
Earlier, while talking about geospatial technology in India, Dr Prashanta Bordoloi, Director, NERIWALAM, said, “Space will play a great role in the bright future of India,” adding, “We are now moving from first green revolution to second green revolution. For this, we will require knowledge about soil characterisation, fertiliser management, food processing etc. Space plays a significant role in obtaining this kind of information.” Talking about biodiversity and geospatial technology, he said, “India is rich in biodiversity. If we can incorporate technology in biodiversity, we have a great future ahead.”
“Can you take maps to the level where people can use them in carrying out their day-to-day activities,” asked Anil K Sinha, Vice Chairman, Bihar State Disaster Management Authority. Speaking about the need for having a disaster management authority, he said, “We need to understand the risks in advance, analyse those risks and study them. This kind of approach will help prevent risks,” adding, “The first step for disaster management involves educating and informing public about it.” He also spoke about how geospatial technology enables smooth flow of information from policymakers to users. “But the question is how do we marry the local wisdom of people with technological advances?” he asked.
Meanwhile, Dr P S Roy, Director, Indian Institute of Remote Sensing was all praise for India for the work done in geospatial sector in the past three decades. Describing interoperable solutions as one of the major challenges in this industry, he said, “We require processing techniques especially for data coming from varied sources.”
Surendra Kumar, Joint Secretary, Dept. Of Land Records, talked about challenges in the process of land modernisation programme and said, “I dream of a future when I will have a smart card with me which will have all the transaction details of land in it; and I will carry that card in my pocket.” Something to really think about.
Source: Our correspondent