March 03, 2003
g-readiness Focus at Map India 2003
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g-readiness Focus at Map India 2003

g-readiness of India was a big topic at Map India 2003 held 28-31 January in New Delhi. Over 40 exhibitors were present at the conference. Over 1200 attendees participated in the event. 1074 were from India and 202 from overseas, representing 45 countries. The countries besides India who sent the most delegates were Iran which sent 35 people, followed by 33 from the U.S. Gold sponsors of the event were Bentley Systems, HP, Rolta India, and Leica Geosystems. Exhibitors included Trimble, MapInfo Australia Pty Ltd., PCI Geomatics, Space Imaging, ESRI India, and Infotech Enterprises Ltd.

The first keynote was chaired by Amitabha Pandey, joint secretary, Department of Science and Technology, beginning with Michael F Goodchild, Professor of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara; Chair of the Executive Committee, National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA), who spoke on the topic “Finding the Mainstream.” His talk addressed the diversity of GIS and the need for integration of GIS and IT.

Dr. Prithvish Nag, M.Sc. (Gold Medallist), Surveyor General of India and Ph.D from Banaras Hindu University discussed the role of Survey of India and the initiative to serve the user needs taken by that organization.

M K Munshi from Rolta India Ltd. talked about the usefulness of GIS in various development sectors. P K Joshi from the Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS) presented a paper on g-readiness in India, with a focus on the educational infrastructure of the country.

Professor Karl Harmsen, Director of CSSTEAP, chaired the next keynote entitled “Technology Trends.” The session began with Bob Morris from Leica giving an educational talk on photogrammetry. Preetha Pulusani from Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions spoke on “Metadata, Reality of Geospatial Data and Industry Perspectives.” Sandeep Srivastava of Bentley Systems India Pvt. Ltd. talked about the process of increasing efficiency and decreasing the cost of information. “Very Large Databases” was the topic of ESRI Product Director David Maguire's talk.

A third keynote session also focused on Technology Trends and was chaired by Karen Levy. Xavier Lopez, Director of Oracle, Inc. shared the podium with Dr. PS Rao from Space Imaging and Oscar Vidal from Hewlett Packard and Conrad Mueller, VP Global Alliances for Space Imaging.

Four seminars addressed the topics Water Resource Planning, Municipal GIS, Transportation Planning and Management and NSDI.

These recommendations gathered by Map India 2003 conference management sum up what was learned at the conference:

- There is an urgent need to have a 'Spatial Data Policy' for augmenting the usage of GIS and related technologies in the country.

- Private sector participation for the generation and dissemination of spatial data should be encouraged.

- GPS procurement process should be simplified. The licensing and custom barriers need to be removed.

- Blanket restrictions on Aerial Photography should be eased for the growth of technology.

- The digitization of Survey of India toposheets inside and outside SOI should be encouraged. This will help the growth of GIS technology and applications in the country.

- The spatial data (both maps and imagery data) available openly outside the country should not be restricted to people within our own national boundaries.

More photos taken at Map India 2003 can be found

A partnership agreement was signed this week by French company Lorienne, developer of the Cirrus system from the Lorik line of software products and Navigation Technologies. The partnership will combine Lorik's engineering graphics technologies with Navigation Technologies' digital cartographic database technology. Navigation Technologies' NAVSTREETS data product in ESRI shape format will be automated by Cirrus so that the end result will be a cartographic database that can be accessed for any type of print or internet/intranet publication.

Intrado Inc.(R) (NASDAQ:
TRDO), provider of solutions that manage and deliver mission-critical information for telecommunications providers will partner with Mobilaris, provider of middleware for location-based services (LBS). A bundled LBS solution is the result of this pairing, enabling wireless carriers and operators to leverage existing systems with the intent of capturing new revenues from value-added applications and services.


Ruel Williamson has joined NovaLIS Technologies as Land Titles Office Business Manager.
Williamson will manage NovaLIS' Land Titles Office business partner relationship with International Land Systems, Inc. (ILS), and provide project management oversight to Land Titles Office projects. Williamson will also oversee major international accounts, and assist in the general sales cycle as required.

Tele Atlas North America, Inc., the U.S. arm of Tele Atlas NV announced that Paul Lipkin has joined as director of dynamic traveler content (DTC) product development and engineering. Lipkin has more than 20 years of experience in systems development, deployment and management. He will be responsible for leading Tele Atlas' DTC group, developing new traffic, weather and other dynamic content products, and overseeing engineering and operations.


The increasing demand from government, business, academia and the public for integrated technologies - i.e. technologies that work together - spurs innovation. Members of the Open GIS Consortium will show how that can happen using OpenGIS Interface Specifications at the 26th Annual GITA Conference in San Antonio Texas, March 3-6 and the GeoTec Event in Vancouver, British Columbia, March 16-19. Sessions at the two conferences will also highlight OGC's contribution to making geospatial data and services work together.

Using local area network (LAN) and dial-up connections, vendors will demonstrate how their products take advantage of OGC interface specifications to optimize discovery, access, integration and application of geospatial information and applications on multiple servers accessible via the Internet. Conference attendees are encouraged to visit each of the participating vendors for a chance to win a high-tech prize provided by Hewlett Packard.

DeLorme Publishing purchased two airborne sensors from Leica Geosystems - the Leica ADS40 Airborne Digital Sensor and Leica ALS40 Airborne Laser Scanner. As a mapping software and hardware provider Delorme will be able to simultaneously capture high quality images and digital elevation data using a unique combination of high-resolution digital imagery and LIDAR (light detection and ranging) with the combined airborne platform.

Laser-Scan announced that Linux support of its Gothic Object oriented database technology is now available. Customer demand generated the move to port to Linux, as Linux adoption is quickly becoming widespread throughout the industry. Gothic is also available on Windows NT, Windows 2000 and Solaris 8.0.

ESRI announced the Global Urban Observatory (GUO) Grant Program for the Global Urban Observatory, an international capacity building network. Under the auspices of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), this international grant initiative was established to help the GUO meet the goals of the Habitat Agenda, the World Summit on Sustainable Development, and Agenda 21, from the 'Earth Summit' in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.

Ultimately, the grant program plans to provide GIS technology and training for up to 1,000 cities in the most undeveloped countries so they can participate in the collection of urban indicator information with the intent of improving both city management and the lives of urban citizens.

ESRI Virtual Campus offers Spatial Analysis of Geohazards using ArcGIS, a new course that teaches users how to use ArcGIS software to explore geologic hazards and analyze their potential effects on people, property, and the environment.

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