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The Asian GPS Conference 2002- A report

Centre for Spatial Database Management and Solutions (CSDMS) organized “The Asian GPS Conference 2002” on 24-25 October 2002 at India International Centre, New Delhi. GIS INSTITUTE and GIS Development were the co-organizers. It was also supported by Department of Science and Technology, Department of Information Technology of Government of India and Geospatial Information and Technology Association (GITA) from USA.

More than 250 academicians, research scholars, professionals from technical fields from all over Asia participated in the conference.

In the inaugural session Welcome Address was delivered by Dr. M.P. Narayanan, President, CSDMS. Sri Ravi Gupta, Director, CSDMS, delivered the ‘introduction speech’ to the conference. In the keynote address, Dr Prithvish Nag, Surveyor General of India, stressed upon the evolution of GPS, GIS and its importance in mapping and database generation. Mr Bimal Sareen, the CEO, Media Lab Asia, started a new thought process by bringing the dimension of ‘empowerment of the rural masses with the help of GPS technology’. Sri J K Banthia, Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India, delivered the Presidential address by tracing the evolution and history of GPS to the cold war and stressed that war is the mother of many significant inventions. However the applicability of such inventions during peacetime efforts is what we should thrive upon. GIS and GPS can help 80% of global population, which are not privileged. The inaugural address was delivered by the chief guest, M.P. Pinto, Secretary, Department of Shipping, Government of India.

Two days pre – conference training programme on GPS, its basics and applications was organised by GIS Institute, NOIDA, which was attended by 25 national and international delegates.

About 24 papers were presented in 9 technical sessions covering diverse areas like mapping, surveying and data collection, Remote Sensing, agriculture, atmospheric sciences, crustal deformation studies, fleet management, data processing and other emerging trends.

All these papers are available on the Internet click here

During the Technology Show, Elcome Technologies Pvt.Ltd. and Bil Trading Pvt. Ltd presented their product range and its application.

The following recommendations came into forefront after the end of the technical sessions.

  • Awareness and knowledge dissemination of GPS technology. Infrastructure is one of the ways to speeden up the process of awareness.
  • Government departments should establish a GPS infrastructure. For example, First and second order Geodetic base stations should be set up by Survey of India. The Naval Hydrographic Office, Army, Indian Institute of Geomagnetism and many other organisations should provide assistance in building up the basic GPS infrastructure.
  • There should be a focal organisation, which would be able to provide better information about the technological improvements. CSDMS can play an important role in this field. This could be done either through Internet or an advisory body should be developed to determine continuity of policy.
  • Vendors should also come out with various ideas about the different business and commercial uses of GPS.
  • Policies of the Government should be more proactive rather than imposing.
  • Translate the GPS applications to day-to-day activities/business
  • Government policies should encourage the easy accessibility of the GPS to the common man.
  • Since GPS is a very precise tool, restrictions imposed on it should be reduced and made more user-friendly.
  • All Government and non-governmental agencies should come together to promote application-oriented use of GPS.