About GeoSmart India
For over 20 years, GeoSmart India has retained its position as the most prestigious geospatial event for the country. As India progressed into the digital era, GeoSmart India became a platform to showcase the geospatial underpinnings of a digitally transformed nation that positively impacted the way Indians conducted business, governed themselves and lived lives.
Who attends GeoSmart India:
- National geospatial agencies
- Private sector enterprises
- Scientific and academic institutions
- Large end users from government, businesses and consumer services
4IR technology and innovation are driving new business models and a new ‘knowledge economy’ based upon data, applications/analytics and existing knowledge. From the smallest use cases to grand global challenges, geospatial is ubiquitous as a powerful integrator and an essential underpinning data.
Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure positions geospatial, a general-purpose capability encompassing governance, technology, data and people, at the heart of knowledge co-creation. Efficient and effective usage of Geospatial knowledge could add almost 2% growth to the Indian GDP through direct contribution to mission-mode projects like smart cities, highways, modernization of railways, irrigation for every farming field, inter-linking of water, and the Clean Ganga and Digital India initiatives.
Enabling ‘Self-Reliant India’
Recognizing the value of Geospatial information in fulfilling India’s ambitions, in February 2021, the Government of India made a path-breaking announcement to liberalize Geospatial data and services, which is a significant move in order to achieve its vision of USD 5 trillion economy by 2025.
The new India Geospatial Guidelines will enable sharing, collaboration and easy access to Geospatial data without any constraints. Such liberalization of the Geospatial industry and democratization of existing data sets will spur domestic innovation and enable Indian companies to compete in the global ecosystem by leveraging modern Geospatial technologies.
The government has also announced a Rs. 20 lakh crore economic package under the Aatmnirbhar Bharat Abhiyan. The mission is to make India self-reliant in key economic sectors and improve resilience to future geo-economic shocks. A robust national Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure and industrial capacity will be essential to achieve this mission.
The Government needs to nurture the indigenous industry and help it fulfil the growing demand for solutions and services without any biases towards import of technology and products. At the same time, India’s entrepreneurial community needs to rise to the occasion and develop a robust and valuable Geospatial industrial ecosystem.
GeoSmart India as the Meeting Place
Geospatial Media has built up its reputation as a think tank among the Indian Geospatial ecosystem with long-standing relationships with top government and business officials. GeoSmart India 2021 shall be a platform for high-level policy discussions with major stakeholders to ensure the inclusion of Geospatial elements in the latest policy reforms.
It also envisions to be the meeting place for global businesses to understand the ease of doing business in India by engaging with relevant authorities and potential business partners across sectors, including Space, Water, Land, Climate, Defence, and Business Intelligence.