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The 23rd edition of GeoSmart India will be the catalyst for positive change, uniting geospatial pioneers, emerging technology enthusiasts, and key stakeholders under one roof to shape a better future for our country.
Geospatial Infrastructure and Digital Twins: Powering the National Economy
GeoSmart India 2023 vision: Strengthening India’s ambition towards a Successful Trillion-Dollar Economy!
Geospatial infrastructure and digital twins play a pivotal role in powering the national economy by enabling us to measure what we can see and make better decisions across all the major sectors, thereby empowering the national economy. It is a symbiotic relationship supporting sustainability that inter- connects people, processes, data, and technology. To transform India into a sustainable, digitally advanced nation under the 'Amritkaal' vision, we must unite all stakeholders and build real-time data knowledge infrastructure by embracing the potential of digital technologies in convergence with geospatial technologies.
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India is a young nation with a spirit of innovation and a strong startup base. The number of startups has almost doubled since 2021. The collection, production, and dissemination of geospatial data have been democratized. The government is committed to ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ and now it is our responsibility to put in efforts to make that possible. We need to integrate different technology and enhance India’s collective geospatial capability. Nowadays, digital geospatial information provides far more value for societal, economic, and environmental use than just a simple map. It serves as an essential national information resource.”
At the outset, I should say this is a very significant event. Today the world is changing very fast, and technology is evolving so rapidly that those who don’t adopt it, will be left behind. In this context, science and technology development is fostered by certain entities. If there’s any country that has a value system that the world should remain sustainable, it is India. We are at the threshold of change, and each one of us, people at large, including academia and enterprises, need to participate and become actively involved. Things are going very fast, and in this era we can make a difference by going beyond science & technology and focusing on how we can live on this planet sustainably.
Biggest challenge that we face is reducing emission and furthering sustainability. Space plays a very crucial role in achieving the SDGs and decarbonizing the world. The all encompassing geospatial is going to play a very important role to understand our world much better in times to come.
Geospatial technology is enveloping every sphere of life and that is how it is empowering billions at the same time. There’s a need for understanding to collaborate and secure our future. Sustainability is possible, but we must change our priorities. Geospatial apps are becoming pervasive, supporting many types of workflows and management.”
Announcement of Indo ArcGIS Pro was made by him, which is being hosted on a cloud in India and to be made available in India through GeM.
Geomatics has always been the backbone of society. It is ubiquitous and by default in all domains. We have seen this during COVID-19, where authorities relied on Geomatics for quarantining, contact tracing, and social distancing and how identifying the exact location of sick people, tracing their movements, and isolating them minimized the need to impose mobility restrictions or business closures.
ISRO are working on the launch of future satellites like the OceanSat, to be launched this year. The real opening of the space sector has to happen. It cannot happen only by increasing the launch capability or building more satellites, but it will happen only when the space-based service sector is expanding. This involves the creation of user-base industries, which could innovate on the communication, remote sensing, and PNT services and merge them to produce various products and services for various sectors.
India is emerging as a leader in the field of geospatial technology and its application for the service of the common man. Geospatial technologies have been very successfully used in marine and coastal applications. There are several satellites dedicated to oceanography that provide valuable information on ocean and other areas to monitor.
Department of Land Resources has organized it’s geospatial data through unique land parcel identification number (ULPIN) which is a 14 digits – Alpha–Numeric unique ID for each land parcel based on Geo-coordinates of vertices of the parcel. This is of international standard, complies with Electronic Commerce Code Management Association (ECCMA) standard and Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) standard
We can empower billions by leveraging the power of standards and collective problem-solving. OGC believes this is possible through our mission – Make location information Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR).
We need to lower the barriers for everyone to use and leverage spatial data. We can do this by investing, contributing, and collaborating to develop and support open standards and innovation. We welcome the community in India to join us and also become active contributors to the OGC India Forum.