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NRSC unveils new data offerings at user meet

Hyderabad: National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), India has unveiled new data products and updates to existing services at the 2014 NRSC User Interaction Meet held in Hyderabad. Releasing new products and services for its users and providing information on the upcoming services, Dr. V K Dadhwal, Director, NRSC said these new products are being released to keep in pace with the demand for application-specific products, that can be accessed online and can be augmented with field data.

The products announced at the user meet are:

– City models for 130 towns with building data (in 2.5D with height/ Z data)

– Flood hazard maps for Odisha state

– Version 4.0 of the India – Water Resources Information System (India-WRIS) that will have 1:50,000 scale data that will help in minor irrigation projects

– Restarting of Stereo data collection of Cartosat – 1 from 29 January, 2014

– Bhuvan Panchayats containing 62 district maps of 6 states to aid in decentralised planning

– Water related data through Integrated Multi-mission Ground segment for Earth Observation Satellites (IMGEOS) with efficient multi-mission data acquisition and processing mechanism for improved turn-around-time for products delivery

Dr. Dadhwal also informed the users on the work going on a new online data ordering system, which will be released shortly.

Speaking at the inaugural session, Dr. V S Hegde, CMD of Antrix Corporation talked about the changing scenario of earth observation (EO) & remote sensing (RS). He said that today’s clients are demanding sub-meter data and are looking for quick availability and easy access. On the capabilities of various countries in this space, he said that by 2020 more than 40 countries are looking to have indigenous EO capacity. He also said that the future EO satellites would have the capability to supply high-resolution data with improved revisit times.

Ashwin Pandya, Chairman, Central Water Commission (CWC) talked about the long working relationship they have with NRSC. Looking forward towards the future, he expressed the time has come where CWC is looking at Internalisation of Systems being done by NRSC till date, and informed the audience on the hand holding and support being given to them by NRSC for this transition.

During the plenary session, D. Chandrashekaran from the NRSC Data Center informed the audience on the recent developments in operational remote sensing applications. He talked about the various satellites in operation, the kinds of datasets being generated and their turn around times. He also talked about how NRSC is implementing a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system in collaboration with IIIT Hyderabad. He said that this system is being aimed at improving the customer feedback cycle, turn around time, supply demand analysis etc.

Also in the plenary was Dr. P.G. Diwakar, Deputy Director, Remote Sensing Applications, NRSC who spoke on the National Application Mission Projects currently in place. As a part of this, he said a roadmap is laid down for Land Use, Land Cover maps at 1:10,000 scale and maps for 62 districts are already available on Bhuvan. He also informed audience on the India Forest Cover Change Alert System using IRS multi sensor data, for which pilot projects in 6 states were implemented and the national wide project will soon be rolled out.

Source: Our Correspondent