Geospatial, AI Synergy to Drive New Era of Growth

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In a time when technology is viewed as the primary driver of change, the AGI’s India Geospatial Leadership Summit brought together leaders from the geospatial sector to emphasize the role of Geospatial technology.

The summit highlighted the key role of geospatial technology in advancing national development, with Dr. Mrutyunjay Mohaptra, the Director General of Meteorology, IMD setting the tone with a warm welcome to participants.

His message was clear: India is positioned at an opportune moment to leverage the synergy of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), and Geospatial technologies to usher in a new era of progress.

Addressing Critical Issues with Geospatial Strategy

Dr. Mohaptra emphasized the importance of addressing three critical issues to maximize the potential of these technologies.

He stated, “Ensuring the availability and accessibility of geospatial data is crucial, along with the need to enhance the quality checks for existing geospatial data and achieve the desired resolution of this data.”

These points underscore the need for a robust framework that ensures geospatial data is not only accessible but also of high quality and resolution, essential for informed decision-making and development.

Shri Vijay Kumar, Senior Vice President, ESRI introduced the four pillars of Geospatial Strategy, offering a roadmap for the geospatial community.

These pillars include Open Data & Governance, which makes data findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable. The second pillar is Capacity Building, which enhances the capabilities of users, industry, and academia.

The third focuses on Solutions, including creating workflows and solutions for users and startups. And the final Geospatial Infrastructure where an open, scalable, and secured platform should be developed.

These pillars serve as the foundation for a sustainable geospatial strategy, emphasizing the importance of open data, capacity building, innovative solutions, and robust infrastructure.

Empowering State Governments and Data Creation

The summit also highlighted the Integrated SDG Framework and the National Geospatial Policy, emphasizing the importance of enhancing adoption use cases and embracing the Aatmanirbhar Bharat initiative.

These discussions, moderated by Nikhil Kumar, President-Geospatial at MapMy India, focused on creating a policy environment that fosters the use of geospatial technology in national development.

Rajesh Mathur, Advisor at ESRI India, delved into the evolution of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), highlighting four areas of focus:

He stated, “The four areas of focus should be GIS data, Data Visualization, Data Analytics, and Embedding the data.”

This evolution reflects the growing sophistication of GIS applications, from data collection to its integration into decision-making processes.

Pramod Kaushik, President and MD at Hexagon India discussed the role of different stakeholders in enabling state governments to work together and create datasets.

The emphasis was on setting up Enterprise GIS platforms, managing land records, and utilizing data in areas such as agriculture, logistics, and storage.

Agendra Kumar, Managing Director at ESRI India, highlighted the collaborative efforts of government, private players, and technology in expediting data creation and availability.

He said, “The role of the Government is to provide foundational data. Data should be made available to users as there were 50,000 user requests last year. Private players should have the capacity to support government initiatives, and India’s IT sector can fill that void. Technology can expedite data creation and make data available.”

Sanjay Kumar, CEO of Geospatial World, underscored the transformative power of Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure in bridging the gap between geospatial data and national needs.

He outlined how converting geospatial data into services supports the economy and society’s primary pillars through geodetic data, real-time analysis, public policies, and integration of these elements.

He says, “The geospatial industry in India, bolstered by government initiatives, is already self-reliant, even more than the mainstream IT industry, but should focus on operating with increased efficiency.”

The discussions highlighted the need for a collaborative approach to harness the full potential of geospatial data, AI, and ML technologies. By addressing key issues related to data availability, quality, and resolution, and by establishing a robust geospatial strategy, India can unlock new avenues for development and progress.

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