Geospatial forum pitches for smart cities

Geospatial analysis is the application of statistical analysis and other techniques to data which has a geographical aspect.

By Author   |   Published: 24th Jan 2017   10:57 am
The technology can help in disaster management and other government initiatives.

Hyderabad: World geospatial leaders pitched for the extensive use of this technology in improving the lives of people and in building smart cities.

Speaking at the Geospatial World Forum in Hyderabad, National Remote Sensing Centre Director Dr Y V N Krishnamurthy informed that geospatial is for everyone and sectors like defence, agriculture, location-based services are the major drivers of this technology. 

“Nowadays mobiles, televisions have geospatial technology while they are also used in financial markets and other allied sectors, thus showing the importance of this sector in making people’s life better,” he said.

The forum that is being held at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre (HICC) till January 25 saw participation of about 1,000 international delegates with about 3,000 participants from all over the world.

Geospatial analysis is the application of statistical analysis and other techniques to data which has a geographical aspect. The analysis involves deep learning, artificial intelligence, big data, Internet of Things (IoT), 3D application and other allied technological tools to do the analysis. Technologies like mapping, sensor, global positioning system (GPS), navigation, satellite positioning and others.

According to experts at the forum, the technology can not only help in above mentioned sectors but can help in disaster management and government initiatives like smart cities, swachh bharat.

Speaking at the forum, Union Minister of Labour and Employment Bandaru Dattareya said, “By 2030, India will be among the top three countries in the area of science and technology and for this to become more qualitative, we need all the science institutes to work together seamlessly. In the same period, I also see reverse brain drain happening in India.”

He added that the budget for this field is the highest for all the three years, while also cautioning about disruptive technologies like cybercrime and phising.

In addition, Rolta group Chairman Kamal K Singh said that the world is moving towards networked societies thus giving rise to increased demand for geospatial technology and innovation. “Currently 51 per cent of the world live in urban environment and by 2050 this is predicted to reach 80 per cent. This will be lead to challenges in managing scarce resources and the solution for this will be in building smart cities through the use of geospatial technology,” he added.

The forum, which was based on the theme of Geospatial + Deep Learning: Shaping Smarter World, saw two panel discussions on industry trends and another on geospatial role in achieving sustainable development goals (SDG). It also saw 250-year completion celebration of Survey of India.