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PCI Geomatics spatial analysis software helps India’s rural planning

PCI Geomatics spatial analysis software is contributing towards sustainable development efforts in rural India as a practical facility-planning tool. The development of a low-cost Geomatics-based Facility Management Information System, known simply as “e-Gram Suvidha” (translated as “electronic village facilities”), uses PCI Geomatics GIS technology to help local operators who may lack GIS expertise to learn how to perform spatial data queries. The resulting thematic map layers are used for planning decisions at the village level.

The e-Gram Suvidha system was developed at the National Informatics Centre (NIC), Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, for the Government of India. Under the supervision of Vivek Chitale, Principal Systems Analyst, and V.V. Sreedhara Rao, Senior Technical Director, the system was designed to utilize PCI Geomatics spatial analysis (SPANS) software, selected in part for its user-friendly query/analysis capabilities, open-ended design, and high function value. These proven GIS tools are integrated in PCI Geomatics’ flagship software, Geomatica 9. Geomatica 9 combines remote sensing, photogrammetry, map production, and advanced GIS technology within a single, programmable, and interoperable work environment.

Remote sensing, GIS capabilities, map production, hyperspectral tools, and a new hyperspectral data compression technology top the list of features in the new Geomatica 9, released earlier this year. A completely integrated solution, Geomatica 9 provides superior geomatics capabilities and productivity enhancing features within a seamless environment for remote sensing, GIS, photogrammetry, and cartographic processing.

“Our spatial data technologies have been applied in many situations, but the e-Gram Suvidha management system is a truly resourceful approach and we applaud its mission,” comments Arnold Hougham, Vice President of Sales and Product Development for PCI Geomatics.