NASSCOM chairman calls for a comprehensive national geospatial policy

NASSCOM chairman calls for a comprehensive national geospatial policy

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Greater Noida: Disruptive technologies, like drones, automation, etc., will provide tremendous amount of impetus to the geospatial industry in the coming years, said BVR Reddy, Chairman NASSCOM and executive chairman, Cyient. He was speaking at the opening sessions of the GeoSmart India on Tuesday.

Reddy also pointed out that since the Internet of Things (IoT) are becoming cheaper, they will be used in anything and everything. IoT, automaton and drone technologies will further accelerate geospatial to become mainstream.

Reddy said that it’s the human imagination which is a limitation in terms of GIS applications. As we move forward, the acceleration of GIS will become faster; and the velocity of implementation will become higher.

Disruptive technologies will play a big role in speeding up the technology revolution. Giving examples like Uber and Airbnb, Reddy pointed out how geospatial has become the backbone to mainstream industries.

The Indian government could become a big propeller in promoting geospatial. Pointing out that almost 70% of the Indian IT industry has its revenue from outside and there is need to focus on the Indian market now. The Union Budget on Monday that talked about the renewal of the land record management program (NLRMP). Commending Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu, who couldn’t attend the conference because of an emergency government meeting, Reddy said the Railway budget also focussed on ICT and GNSS technologies. Reddy also appreciated the govt in its smart city initiatives. To plan a smart city what you require is good geospatial database. The backbone of a smart city is location and positioning. Reddy said NASSCOM and AGI (Association of Geospatial Industry) together had collaborated on a report on the smart cities. Digital India, Make in India, Skill India and all such projects have an interplay with location. Digital India must have a GIS backbone to provide the service delivery it promises.

Reddy closed his address with a call for a clear cut national geospatial policy and need for open data and systems, more focus on public-private partnerships.

Source: Our Correspondent