New Delhi, India: Predictive analysis is emerging as an effective means for meeting today’s security challenges, emphasised the session, Emerging Geospatial Technology for Meeting Security Challenges, during Geointelligence Asia 2011, in New Delhi, India. The session was chaired by Maj Gen (Dr) R Siva Kumar, Head (NRDMS) and CEO (NSDI), Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. Citing an Indian example of predictive analysis technology trend, the chairperson informed that Indian Institute of Technology Chennai is developing an automatic weather system.
Andy Stephenson, Senior Director Asia Pacific, GeoEye, US, opined that GeoEye Analytics division provided 99 percent accurate prediction of criminal activities to New York Police. The division also provided accurate location of the Korean missile launch sites. He said, “In Q1 2011, 68 percent revenue of the company come from multi-source services. The world is constantly changing and geospatial intelligence plays a critical role in driving decisions.”
According to Stephenson, the company is leveraging the cloud to put geospatial content into the hands of the end users. eyeQ is a cloud-based platform which provides online and on-demand data. During recent Japan crisis, it quickly delivered data to support humanitarian efforts.
Stephenson informed that the company’s latest GeoEye 2 satellite can provide imagery with 33 cm resolution. However, operating license requirements for the latest satellite is a barrier as US govt does not allow licenses for below 50cm resolution imagery.
Dr. Ashok Kaushal, Senior Divisional Director, Defence, Rolta India elaborated importance of integrated geospatial framework for network centric operations. He said that geospatial data is a potent weapon during network centric warfare. In continuity, he explained Rolta’s enterprise integration solutions. According to Dr. Kaushal, some of the challenges are desperate systems, different technologies, highly skilled manpower, investment protection needs, etc. He also identified some of the enabling technologies to address network centric operations as service oriented architecture (SOA), SOAP and WSDL. He proudly mentioned how crucial role Rolta played in the modernisation programmes of Indian Army: ASTROID & SAMVAHAK.
M. Rajathurai, Technical Director, Bentley Systems India, said the company aims to improve the traditional systems of the military operations that are widely on a 2D paradigm to a more virtual reality through the 3D GIS capability. He added that Bentley’s solutions can combine geospatial/non-geospatial data to produce thematic maps and reports. The company’s solutions enable users to view and edit geospatial data from file based GIS formats or spatial databases. He demonstrated how company’s solutions are providing best of point cloud data through the case study of Quebec City.
Source: Our Correspondent