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Vol 1 July-September 2013

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Integration - the new mantra!

In today’s day and age, with the plethora of information available from diverse sources and in multiple formats, it is posing a challenge for a comprehensive picture to be available in time to enable informed and appropriate decisions and actions.

Further, more than at any time in human history, the actions of entities in any one part of the world can, and do, create ripple consequences for unseen and isolated entities in other parts of the world. Global warming and natural disasters, as well as fluctuating economic and financial fortunes are of course recognized and the focus of much research and policy frameworks.

However, when it comes to geospatial technologies and information, few would appreciate how fundamental and centric these are to every aspect of human life. Unknown and in formats that are not considered mainstream,

these are still viewed by much of the populace as viewing tools, restricted largely to maps and isolated from most technology and information for mission critical planning and operations.

This view needs, even more so today, with the backdrop of the recent and tragic Himalayan catastrophe, to change. Geospatial technologies do have the ability to integrate with non-spatial technology platforms and therefore hold the potential for unlimited usage, both as a planning and analytical tool, as well as a very powerful real-time operation and management aid.

This view needs, even more so today, with the backdrop of the recent and tragic Himalayan catastrophe, to change. Geospatial technologies do have the ability to integrate with non-spatial technology platforms and therefore hold the potential for unlimited usage, both as a planning and analytical tool, as well as a very powerful real-time operation and management aid.

The need today is for this potential to be understood in its finest granularity, as well as shared and propagated across user profiles and organizations.

One must bear in mind that technology to a user typically presents a means to an end. It is therefore critical for technology and service providers to come together as ‘specialists’ who,

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while detailing the individual components independently, must not lose sight of what will allow the picture to emerge as a whole, and, which will in its entirety, be relevant and usable by diverse consumer profiles to plan, inform and engage.

The events in Uttarakhand are a prime example of scattered and incomplete information, which, when the need for prompt, swift and accurate data-based action was most paramount, failed to deliver. While the forces of nature and other events may not in many cases be preventable, with information-backed planning and preparedness, perhaps the tragic outcome can be minimized if not completely eliminated.

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For this, it is critical for all contributors to come together at the outset itself. This is where we, AGI, see ourselves playing a pivotal role in bringing together each and every factor and agent that would be relevant. An advantage is the fact that there are myriad successful and unsuccessful models to learn from and these experiences can be of immense value in designing usable and relevant geospatial systems, which can serve the operational as well as strategic and emergent needs.

The time is also opportune for the integrated geo-enablement of the entire nation in the backdrop of the recent launch of ISRO’s first satellite with Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System

(IRNSS). Having its own satellite constellation for precise information on location will certainly put India among the elite nations that have the capability to provide positioning services to its citizens at large.

IRNSS realises the promise and presents new arenae for development of home grown technology as well as applications, providing accurate and up to date positioning services which can aid in critical areas such as security, aviation, transportation, disaster management, and rescue operations to name a few.

At AGI we are excited at the possibilities and are all set to work collaboratively to

usher in these innovations by bringing together all stakeholders from industry, government and academia, helping realise strategies not only at the policy levels, but also in the on-ground implementation, concurrently and within finite timelines.

The reality of a geo-powered India, we are convinced, is not far away. We are confident that with proper planning and implementation, collectively as a nation, we take a quantum leap forward and set the trail for others to follow. Seizing this opportunity can help India scale from being a service powerhouse to taking up knowledge and geo-intelligence based leadership position!

AGI Secretariat Initiatives

AGI Members at Annual General Body Meeting

Creating the platform and discussions forums enabling industry and the government to come together and debate on the best use of geospatial technologies across different sectors, AGI has set the pace for realisation of an integrated, geo-enabled India. In the recently convened Annual General Body Meeting and the Governing Council Meeting held at Imperial, New Delhi on 27th May 2013, members further reiterated the Commitment of AGI towards geo-powering different sectors, government department as well as the citizens of the India.

In the AGM and the Governing Council meetings, AGI have identified key areas to focus and address in the current


AGI Members at Annual General Body Meeting

fiscal year. The activities will include undertaking various initiatives to:

a) Propagate the use and potential power of geospatial technologies

b) Broaden the scope of AGI activities to include user departments, ministries, national and international funding agencies, consultants as well as finance and commerce ministries.

Additionally the members felt that AGI is now recognized as a body that can add tremendous value in determining the

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'' The members felt that AGI is now recognized as a body that can add tremendous value in determining the latest technology trends and applications and decided that AGI will provide business and technology oriented advisory services to various user segments and constantly interact and engage with policy makers to expand the scope of geospatial technologies in different flagship programs of Government of India. ''

latest technology trends and applications and decided that AGI will provide business and technology oriented advisory services to various user segments and constantly interact and engage with policy makers to expand the scope of geospatial technologies in different flagship programs of Government of India

For effectively catering to these new requirements, AGI Governing Council restructured and consolidated its prevalent five committees into three high powered committees as follows

Energy
Infrastructure
E-Governance

The committees have been given the mandate to streamline and rationalize geospatial implementation in the respective segments. The constitution and functions of each of these committees is presented in the AGI Committees section of this newsletter.

Additional areas, identified as critical for success, members advised the secretariat to focus on the Education and Training needs of the industry. AGI will engage with existing/new educational institutions as well as user segments to ensure that geospatial technology education gets aligned with the market requirements.

Senior Government Dignitaries at AGI Workshop


Added activities in this financial year will include market surveys for salary indexing, market sizing and other related areas.

One of the important areas for AGI members is the need to improve professional ethics and conducts. A special committee has been convened by the Governing Council to prepare the code of conduct and ethics for AGI. Details of the committee are provided further.

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Events: AGI Organised
Strategy Workshop on Geospatial Technologies for Integrated
Land Resource Information and Management System in
Jammu & Kashmir State

Participants at Strategy Workshop in Jammu & Kashmir

Participants at Strategy Workshop in Jammu & Kashmir

Events: AGI Participated

FICCI Conference on Location Enabled Services

Decision Support System Workshop for Neeranchal Project

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AGI Committees
Continuing its efforts towards policy advocacy, capacity building and geo-enablement of the nation, AGI renewed its committees and their relevance and efficacy over last one year in its Governing Council meeting held last May. All members were unanimous in their appreciation of AGI initiatives and progress over the last year. It was also agreed that AGI is now recognised as the face of the industry. With this backdrop the Governing Council decided to rationalize and streamline the various initiatives and focus areas. As a step in this direction, it was decided to reconstitute AGI committees into Energy, Infrastructure and E-Governance.
Energy Committee
Energy is recognised as one of the key sectors driving the economy of India. This sector has already embarked on usage of Geospatial technologies in the Distribution sector as a part of R-APDRP project. This project however faced challenges due to non-representation of the Geospatial sector. AGI since its inception has
been actively involved with the project and helped the Ministry of Power revise the model based on the earlier experiences in R-APDRP – II. The committee comprises of following AGI members as:

Convenor: Mr. Rajesh Mathur
Members: Mr. Kaushik Chakraborty
Mr. Raghu Ganeshan
Mr. Sajid Malik
Mr. Rajan Aiyer

This year, AGI Committee for Energy is focusing on further propagation and effective adoption of Geospatial Technology in additional areas in this sector. As a start the vision and the mission for the committee has been articulated.

The committee also decided that the focus for “Energy” would be restricted to Power sector only i.e. the Conventional and New and Renewable Energy. The committee will focus for the year 2013-14 on initiatives in:


VISION
“To grow the usage
of Geospatial Technologies in
Energy Sector.”

MISSION
“Users in Energy Sector
derive benefit from Geospatial
Technology thereby creating
business opportunities for
the industry.”


Smart Grid and Micro Grids (Led by Kaushik Chakraborty
Incorporation of AGI recommendations into the R-APDRP II plans (Led by Rajesh Mathur)
Geospatial technology for hydroelectric energy for power generation (Led by Raghu Ganeshan)

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Infrastructure Committee
Infrastructure is basic pre-requisite to steer economic growth of India and therefore AGI Governing Council has set its focus on geo-enabling the sector to create a world class eco-friendly sustainable infrastructure. The earlier committee on Location Enabled Services has been merged with the Infrastructure Committee
as there was an obvious overlap of the target users of both the committees. In order to optimise the effectiveness of AGI committees it was unanimously agreed to form a new committee comprising members of both the Location Enabled Services Committee and the Infrastructure Committee. The newly formed committee for Infrastructure now comprises of:

Convenor: Mr. Rajan Aiyer
Members: Mr. Ajay Seth
Mr. Atanu Pattnayak
Mr. Raghu Ganeshan
Mr. Rajendra Tamhane
Dr. Ravi Kumar DVS

AGI Committee for Infrastructure has spelled the vision and the mission for the committee. The committee will focus for the year 2013-14 on initiatives in:

Road Transport and Highways (Led by Rajan Aiyer)
Railways (Led by Rajan Aiyer and supported by Dr Ravi Kumar DVS)
Urban Infrastructure and Multimodal Urban Transport (Led by Raghu Ganeshan and Rajan Aiyer).

VISION
“To Propagate Innovative Use
of Geospatial Technologies Enabling
in Design, Build and Management
of World Class Infrastructure
in India.”

MISSION
“Propagate the use of Geospatial Know-How and technologies among Key Stakeholders.”

“To quantify and illustrate the benefits through dissemination of information via seminars, whitepapers, and road-shows etc to showcase the best use of Geospatial technologies in the Infrastructure sector.”

“Render Advisory services for enabling right policies and guidelines for effective technology adoption and partnering with industry.”


E-Governance Committee
The initiative on National GIS and other governance initiatives for geo-enablement resulted in constitution of AGI Committee on E-Governance. Additionally government sector is also the biggest user of the geospatial technology and it therefore required specific inputs pertaining to geo-enablement of
governance of the entire nation. The AGI committee on E-Governance comprises of:

Convenor: Mr. Kaushik Chakraborty
Members: Mr. Rajesh Mathur
Mr. Ajay Seth
Mr. Rajan Aiyer
Mr. Srinibas Patnaik
Dr. Ravi Kumar DVS

The committee has decided that the ambit of e-governance will not just be restricted to National e-Governance Plan (NeGP) and would rather cover all the governance segments. The committee focuses for the year 2013-14 are:

National Land Records Modernisation Program (NLRMP) (Led by Ajay Seth)
Neeranchal & Integrated Watershed Development Program (IWMP) (Led by Rajesh Mathur)
National GIS (Led by Kaushik Chakraborty)
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Secretary Forest, Finance Commissioner(Revenue), Secretary IT,J&K state at AGI Workshop.


The committee organised a Strategy Workshop with Finance Commissioner Revenue J&K on Geospatial technologies for Integrated Land Resource Information and Management System on 18th July 2013 at State Banquet Hall, Srinagar. Finance Commissioner Dr. Arun Kumar brought out the Vision for Integrated Land Resource Information and Management System wherein he stressed upon for a system

that mirrors the ground reality and support 3D planning and decision making on all matter pertaining to land resources. AGI also presented a Vision Statement for the proposed Integrated Land Resource Information and Management System and presented the conceptual framework of the system through the current programme of National Land Records Modernisation Program.

AGI also proposed to conduct a study of AS IS status of the land records and develop a report highlighting the bridging strategies and various steps to reach the desired state of integrated system. AGI suggested hiring of a consultant for the study and emphasized that AGI will provide the advisory services to steer the vision of integrated system along with the Revenue department. AGI recommended creating a steering committee headed by the Finance Commissioner Revenue to take forward the implementation of the integrated system.

Senior decision makers from Revenue Department, Forest Department, Information Technology and Science and Technology Department, Urban Development Authority attended the seminar and along with AGI e-Governance Committee Members discussed and deliberated upon the roadmap for the integrated system.


Special Committee On Code of Conduct

An additional and integral aspect also discussed was the need for AGI members to bring in strong governance and ethics in conducting every aspect of its business and interactions so that the geospatial industry would establish standards and professionalism for the benefit of all stakeholders.

In this regard a special committee for Ethics and Conduct

has also been constituted to come up with a Code of Conduct and Ethics for AGI Members. The constitution of the committee is as follows:

Convenor: Mr. Sajid Malik
Members: Mr. Ajay Seth
Mr. Sanjay Kumar
Ms. Bharti Sinha

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