Centre, ISRO using geospatial tech in 160 projects : Indian Ambassador at Netherlands conference


AMSTERDAM: Indian Space Research Organisation and remote sensing experts are working across 53 central government departments currently to use Geospatial technology in 160 different projects for transforming the way in which these government wings function.

Indian ambassador to Netherlands Venu Rajamony speaking at the inaugural session of 2019 Geospatial World Forum hosted by Geospatial Media Communications and Kadaster in Amsterdam in Netherlands on Tuesday said that geospatial industry is growing at 12.9 per cent in India currently with $1.1 billion industry in 2017-18 and the growth rate is expected to reach 13.8 per cent in the coming days.

Venu Rajamony said, “Centre used geospatial technology in cleaning up the biggest river Ganges. The river has been marked with the points where the sewers are emptied into the river. We are also using health and education, digitising land records and making it available to the public through open sources. There are around 100 such innovations happening in the country. Indian needs disruptive technologies for a quantum leap,” he said. “While billion people out of which 40 per cent are using smartphones, only 9 million in India use GIS (Geographic Information System) technology. Around 250,000 people are employed in the geospatial industry. India has a huge talent pool,” he added.

More than 1000 delegates from 70 countries attended the conference in Amsterdam on Tuesday. Geospatial technology is related to collection and processing of data that is linked to a location that includes Global Positioning Systems, Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems.

The keynote speaker the president of World Geospatial Industry Council, Jack Dangermond, speaking at the conference said that the relevance of geospatial technology has been increasing in the situation of climate change and conflict.

“Geospatial technology is helpful not only in demographic applications, smart city development, cartography and charging but also in collecting real-time global intelligence like flood prediction. Artificial Intelligence and Location Intelligence are to be used for flood prediction and these technologies are going to change the world,” said Dangermond. He added around 35 countries have used geospatial platforms for developing Global Sustainable Development Goals hubs.

Anantha Sayana, chief digital officer of Larsen & Toubro said that geospatial tools are used while constructing the World’s tallest statue in India that of Sardar Vallabhai Patel(Statute of Unity) at Sardar Sarovar Dam in Gujarat. “We are also using drones and satellite technology is constructing highways and also identifying the potholes on already constructed roads for maintenance.”

Ghana’s deputy minister of lands and natural resources Benito Owusu said that illegal land mining can be curbed using geospatial technologies.

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