Gurgaon, India: In the financial year 2010-11, National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), India, surpassed its sales target. In the near future, the Centre is set to launch two polar satellites RISAT-1 and SARAL and two geostationary satellites INSAT-3D, GISAT. Amongst these four satellites, GISAT will be launched in 2013. However, the remaining three satellites will be launched in 2012, according to Dr. V K Dadhwal, Director, NRSC, India.
Dr. Dadhwal was addressing the Plenary, Dimensions & Directions of Geospatial Technology, during India Geospatial Forum 2012 in Gurgaon, India. About Resourcesat-2, which was launched in 2011, he said that it improved radiometric quality, enhanced ortho-rectification using CartoDEM, improved geo-location accuracy and automated LISS-4 MX registration.
In addition, Dr. Dadhwal provided list of geoportals which are providing geospatial data to users:
NRDB- Natural Resource https://www.nnrms.gov.in
BHUVAN- Gateway to Indian Earth Observation https://bhuvan.nrsc.gov.in
MOSDAC- Met & Ocean Data https://www.mosdac.gov.in
SCORPIO – Cyclone Observation and Prediction https://220.127.116.11/scorpio/
DSC-Disaster Decision Support https://dsc.nrsc.gov.in
IBIN- Bio-resource Information https://www.ibin.co.in
BIS- Biodiversity Information https://www.bisindia.org
India WRIS- Water Resources https://india-wris.nrsc.gov.in
Offering industry perspective, Rajesh Mathur, Vice Chairman, Esri India, highlighted a market report by Gartner which rated cloud as the technology highly appreciated by the industry. Elaborating on the untapped potential of cloud, he stressed that the market for cloud will touch USD 118 billion by 2014 and by 2020 it will reach USD 241 billion, according to Forrester. Mathur elaborated on PaaS (platform as a service, example GMail), SaaS (software as a service, example Windows Azure) and IaaS (infrastructure as a service, example Amazon). Addressing security concerns, he explained the differences between private and public cloud. He also explained how Esri’s technology can aid geospatial industry to maximise ROI using cloud.
Another industry representation was by Jean-Baptiste Monnier, Senior Vice President, Bentley Asia Operations. He stated that there is only thing common between India and China and that is the 12th Five Year Plan which both the countries are set to introduce. From the industry point of view and especially for a company like Bentley, the USP of the plan is the approximately trillion dollar investment in infrastructure. Citing the example of Crossrail project, Monnier explained how Bentley technology can help develop futuristic infrastructure. Crossrail is a ten year project which will cover 90 kilometres.
Prof Josef Strobl, Director, University of Salzburg, Austria, touched upon various futuristic technology trends and observed that if sensor on one hand is data source, cloud is facilitator for real time geography. Showcasing an example of real-time geography, he stated that at a Census Department conducts census after an interval of 10 years but using sensors it takes only about 15 minutes. He showcased a picture of a university campus during college hour (derived from sensor data), which showed students’ density on the campus. He used the term ‘in-volunteer geographic information’ for the information gathered by sensors. He stressed that sensors can be anything including people.
Source: Our Correspondent