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Indian govt schools to be accessible on Google Earth

Bangalore, India: In the first-of-its-kind project in the country, one can use Google Earth (GE) to spot about nearly 70,000 government, aided and unaided schools in Karnataka state, India. The information to be gathered and put up on the website will have location details, as well as pointers about the facilities or the lack of it in those schools. The nodal agency for the extensive project is Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA).

The project, according to the SSA, includes collecting the names and addresses of government-aided and unaided schools and the District Information System of Schools Education code in each education district from the state project office.

It would involve the taxing groundwork of taking pictures of the schools, collecting relevant information and capturing the geographical coordinates using GPS in a prescribed format.

Here is where a Bangalore-based distributed data processing solutions provider has chipped in. The start-up, Wizards Technologies, has offered the software backbone employing its Remote Eye Monitoring System (REMS) to the project. It is yet to complete three years in the business.

“Our Geographic Information System software can get photographs, many other parameters from the field and upload all the information from remote sites to a central location instantaneously. Even issues can be monitored using this solution,” said Sumeendranath Ravindranath, director, Wizards Technologies.

REMS is employed to capture authenticated data from geographically spread project locations and transfer it, upon authenticated by geo-stamps, centrally to a well-indexed website. The data could contain pictures, video recordings, comments, apart from authentication of the location, time and date.

The captured data is instantly transmitted to the backend server through GPRS/3G connectivity, added Ravindranath. The server updates the website with the data and the same is available for viewing as soon as the transmission is complete.

Meanwhile, the school-mapping project across the state is believed to be 70 per cent completed and could be accessed by public in or after July.

Source: CIOL