Jaipur, India: The penultimate event of the Geospatial Technology Caravan was held at ‘Pink City’ Jaipur on October 18. The event, which is a part of the 10-city seminar being held across the country, saw the participation of a large number of industry players from various organisations across the state. The seminar offered an excellent opportunity for participating organisations to discuss about the primary issues facing the growth of geospatial technology in the region and also discover some of the latest advancements happening in the field.
Addressing the gathering in his opening address, H.S. Sancheti, Director (Town Planning), Jaipur Development Authority, informed that the authority is making extensive use of geospatial technology in some of its upcoming projects. He also said that GIS (Geographic Information Systems) has become an inseparable component of urban planning and that sooner or later all organisations will have to adapt the technology for better and more efficient functioning. He informed that soon all 184 towns in the state are going to have master plans.
He concluded his address by underlining the importance of such conferences in spreading awareness about the technology.
“We have asked all our town planners to attend the conference as it is an excellent opportunity to get acquaint with the latest happenings in the field. GIS is helpful for various industries such as mining, urban planning and geology,” he said.
The event also offered an excellent opportunity for the participating companies to display their offerings before the gathering.
The presentation by Intergraph showed how GIS can be used in various fields such as town planning, communications, public safety, transport, natural disaster management and better governance. Subsequently, presentations were also given on some of the company’s specific offerings such as ERDAS product line, geomedia etc that can address some of the challenges facing the state.
Next, the presentation by DigitalGlobe showed how the company’s high-resolution satellite imagery can help organisations in meeting the demands and challenges of better governance. The presentation also informed the gathering about the company’s cloud services and how it can reduce the burden of data management. The company also showcased its latest offering, the Global Basemap.
Pitney Bowes also took the opportunity to display its GIS capabilities and informed the gathering about its huge product line, which include the Mapinfo Exponare, Mapinfo Discover Suite for natural resource management and Mapinfo Crime Profiler.
The event also saw government departments showcasing some of their latest projects. P. Arvind, Additional Chief Town Planner (Master Plan) Jaipur Development Authority, apprised the participants about the Jaipur Development Authority Master Plan, which aims at creating a base map of the entire region.
Thereafter, A. Purnachandra, Superintending Surveyor, Survey of India, explained in brief the significance of the organisations and also its chief duties and responsibilities. He also updated the gathering about the ongoing National Spatial Data Infrastructure initiative.
Emphasising on the importance of such conferences for the development and growth of a state, Amit Agarwal, Principal Systems Analyst, National Informatics Centre, said that the latest technological developments and products displayed by the participating companies during the conference would help the users in deciding on a product according to their specific needs and requirements, which will further result in expediting the development process.
Being organised by Geospatial Media & Communications in association with the Department of Information Technology, the Geospatial Technology Caravan aims to provide an exclusive and comprehensive update on various aspects of technology developments in the field of geospatial, touching upon latest trends and its integration with mainstream information technology and solutions. The caravan will conclude with the final event in Trivandrum on October 21.
Source: Our Correspondent