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Indian state’s GIS application gains global recognition

Mysore, India: The Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC), India, has been selected for a prestigious international award for its unique concept in sounding seismic alerts. The Environmental System Institute, San Diego, US, has selected the KSNDMC from over 0.1 million GIS-based applications across the globe and will present the award at the ESRI international conference to be held at San Diego in July.

Meanwhile, KSNDMC will establish a seismic Master Control Centre (MCC) for monitoring seismic alerts over 10 acres of land at Jalahalli in Bangalore, Karnataka. At a Cabinet meeting held recently in Bangalore, it was decided that the state government will sanction INR 87.2 million to KSNDMC for the purpose.

At present, the monitoring centre receives data from about 1,000 telemetric gauges once every 15 minutes. The Master Control Centre processes the data real time and notifies authorities immediately by SMS or e-mail if it recognises seismic alerts. Dr VS Prakash, director, KSNDMC, said “Mathematical models were developed by arriving at a formula to determine seismic alerts based on GIS since two years.”

Source: Express News