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IGF 2015 discusses the present and future of G-Revolution in India

Hyderabad (India), January 10, 2015: The latest edition of the three-day India Geospatial Forum (IGF) opened up the proceedings to a packed house. Calling it an exciting time for the geospatial industry, Sanjay Kumar, CEO, Geospatial Media & Communications, in his introductory remarks noted that the Geospatial industry is going through the industrialisation phase. He said that the recent initiatives at UN-GGIM and G20 meet recognise the importance of geospatial information, adding that the geospatial industry is estimated to be worth $150 billion.

K Venkataramanan, CEO and MD, Larsen & Turbo, began his keynote address by saying: The time is now for geospatial revolution. “The predicted growth of geospatial technology is galloping. I believe if the technology is governed but not restricted, it will grow at a faster rate; especially, in the field of precision manufacturing, infrastructure and disaster management,” he said. Further, he explained that for the growth of geospatial technology in India conducive policy environment and faster approvals are critical. Advocating open data environment, he also advised the industry to ‘shun the mindset of data secrecy’.

RS Sharma, Secretary, Department of Electronics and Information Technology, deliberated on the various components of the Digital India campaign. Using the digitisation of land registry and cadastre system as a case in point, he said that that lack of standards and a non-interoperable structure of spatial data collected under various programmes of the government have posed as a major hurdle in development story of India. “The Indian government initiated the e-cadastre programme around two decades back. However, different states are still in different phases of programme. What we need now is an integrated platform type of approach,” he added.

Providing a technology provider’s perspective, Christopher W Gibson, Vice President, Trimble, said the industry is going through a paradigm shift. Higher productive solutions have been fast replacing traditional technologies. He urged the industry to use technology as an enabler by integrating data collection, software and connectivity solutions.

Adding to his views, Dr Shailesh Nayak, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences, urged the industry to discover new areas where geospatial technology can be used as a tool for better decision making. He reiterated the importance of capacity building and skill development for long-term growth of the industry, and added that high performance computing will provide a boost to the spatial data analysis solutions market.

Summing up the session, KK Singh, Chairman and CEO, Rolta India reminded the delegates present at the conference that two-thirds of the world has still not been mapped— which is both a challenge and an opportunity for growth.

Source: Our Correspondent