Asian Surveying & Mapping
Breaking News
China sends new remote-sensing satellite in space
China has sent a new remote-sensing satellite into space,...
Launch of Russia’s Aist-2T remote-sensing satellites scheduled for 2022
SAMARA -  The Progress Space Rocket Center plans to...
India’s first satellite of 2020 Gsat-30 successfully launched
In the first mission of the year for the...
Egypt signs a bilateral space cooperation agreement with France
The Egyptian Space Agency has signed a bilateral space...
Two Iranian Remote-Sensing Satellites Ready for Launch
The University of Science and Technology handed over two...
Grab to launch geo-mapping services in Indonesia this year amid EV push
Southeast Asian ride-sharing firm Grab is targeting to launch...
Japan To Launch Electro-Optical IGS Reconnaissance Satellite In January 2020
Japanese satellite and space industry giant Mitsubishi Heavy Industries...
TomTom closes deal with Huawei for use of maps and services
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch navigation and digital mapping company...
Terra Drone group company KazUAV supports World Bank’s school infrastructure risk assessment initiative in Kyrgyzstan
KazUAV is leveraging 3D mapping drones to help the...
Aerometrex Soars Higher with New 3D Models
Aerial mapper Aerometrex has released two new services for...

February 16th, 2007
Indian Arrangements to Change says Kapil Singh

Now, in a major departure, the government says it will allow private survey firms access to Indian skies. Private companies from India and other countries will now be able to undertake aerial survey work.

Last month, New Zealand Aerial Mapping announced a joint venture with Genesys Pvt of Hyderabad, to undertake such mapping work. It is believed this is the first project under the new rules.

A team from the Australian-based AAMHatch was present Map World, as were teams from European and North American service providers.

The minister said that the changes were necessary because of its ambitious development plans. At the moment, he said, the demands of mapping the country to the level required are beyond the resources of government. Private/public partnerships would be a major part of the future industrial landscape in the country, he added.

Despite India’s legendary skills in IT, less than 3 per cent of local government have a GIS or any form of computer mapping. The cadastre is antiquated. It is still mostly based on paper.

But it is becoming increasingly evident that GIS is necessary to deliver many of the services Indians expect from their government. Cabinet has decreed it necessary to implement a vast number of e-government initiatives.

Much of this malaise was revealed by the response to the Boxing Day tsunami. The central government mandated that a warning system should be created as soon as practical. The minister was able to assure the conference that the Indian Tsunami Warning System will be operational this year. The central control site for this is located in Hyderabad.

But a vital component of this system is a good representation of the topography of the littoral region, both on and off shore. Previously, mapping near the coast was the preserve of the military. However, when planners came to use the military’s data, they found it totally inadequate for the detailed modelling necessary to predict the behaviour of an incoming wave.

As a result, military restrictions have been lifted. A new digital elevation model of the coastal region and marine surveys of the seabed have been undertaken.

One consequence of all this is that the demand for local geographic data will explode. India may well change from being a net exporter of GIS skills to being an importer. With much work to be done, and so few skilled people, this seems inevitable.

Headlines