Special Issue Geosmart India                  February 2016



Geospatial Information Powering Economic Growth

The 20th century saw unprecedented innovations and technological advancement that have ushered in today's Digital Revolution benefiting us in our everyday existence. This digital age, coupled with the reach accorded by Information Communications Technology (ICT), is today, not only creating millions of jobs, but is also a key enabler for further innovation, and thus, speedier economic development.

Projections agree that by 2020 half of the world's population will be both mobile as well as online. The competitiveness of economies will, therefore, increasingly depend on their

ability to best leverage the possibilities and vistas opened up by new technologies.

India, with her launch of the ambitious Digital India program, is today one of the nations at the fore of the global Digital Revolution.

Geospatial technology, with its unique capability of bringing together both the spatial (location) and the non-spatial information, will be a critical contributor to this emerging scenario.

ICT combined with Geospatial not only contributes to the GDP directly, increasing opportunities for business and employment, but has also resulted in emergence of an entirely new array of services and industries. The resultant enhancement of skill sets and specialization is leading to further innovative, and hitherto unimagined, ways of conducting business.

Geospatial intelligence - powered businesses are now finding manifold value in delivering

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efficient and effective services to dispersed and varied consumers, thereby multiplying the benefits and impact of transactions against traditional models. This value is witnessed particularly in the online and e-commerce world.

Attempts to quantify this contribution of Geospatial informat ion to a nation's economy, directly through revenue generation and GDP growth, have been fairly


successful . However, their contribution through indirect benefits accrued due to new opportunities, saving of opportunity cost, gains due to reduced time to market, increased productivity and ability to address new markets and customers is, perhaps a more critical contribution. These benefits, while intangible and therefore not attributable to any one factor, both boost revenue and profits, as well as provide trends and analytics to allow critical and timely decision making and preventive measures.

Some industry studies have highl ighted the impact of Geospatial Information (GI)

accrued through indirect contribution of cost saving and productivity gains, in instances to the tune of 25 times the size of the geospatial services industry itself.

GI needs must, therefore, be considered as part of organizational and governance strategy for Big Data and Internet of Things (IoT). The combination of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSSs), Cell phone towers and IoT, today, allows sophisticated tracking and precise location of people and objects, thereby opening up a plethora of information and analytical possibilities.

GI, today, is becoming integral to

the success of mission critical programs across the world as well as in India. Its impact is visible in the day-to-day existence of citizens and thus, it is imperative that Geospatial technologies be recognized as general purpose technologies.

We at Association of Geospatial Industries (AGI), believe that, with its increased and far reaching impact in Governance, Business, Inf rast ruc ture and Citizen Services, the time has now come to accord the Geospatial Industry, the status of a consolidated and full-fledged Industry in its own right, including and covering all contributors from products, platforms to services!

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National Geospatial Policy

Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India is currently working on a new National Geospatial Policy for India. AGI was approached by DST to provide inputs and expectations of Geospatial Industry in India from the new policy. AGI has been involved at all the level of discussions in formation of the new policy.

AGI has long been voicing the need of a comprehensive Geospatial Policy for the country to address all the aspects pertaining to the production, use and dissemination of

Geospatial information in the country. The draft policy under discussion is considering AGI recommendations.

Stakeholders from industry, academia, and government are all being consulted for their inputs by Department of Science and Technology.


GNSS User Meet

Global Navigation Satellite System - User Meet 2015 was jointly hosted by ISRO & AAI on the theme "Towards Self Reliance in Satellite Navigation". This meet intended to bring

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together the GNSS-based industries, Locationbased service providers & their users on a common platform and explore various avenues to utilize the Indian satellite-based navigation services for the socio-economic benefit of the country.

Association of Geospatial Industries (AGI) was invited at the event and contributed to its success. AGI actively contributed to the Plenary and Technical Sessions as well as instrumental in architecting and defining the agenda, the theme the structure of the concluding Panel Discussion.

Ms Bharti Sinha, Executive Director, presented her plenary talk on Locational Intelligence Powering Enterprise Geospatial Applications at the GNSS User Meet 2015.

She referred Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) and outlined how Enterprise platforms and applications using GNSS could help find, use and communicate location information to users, enabling better business intelligence.

The participation, apart from ISRO, drew from

public and private sectors and included service and solution providers, GNSS users as well as other government departments.

Digital India-Land Record Modernisation Programme (DI-LRMP) Workshop

Department of Land Resources, Ministry of Rural Development organised a Workshop on Implementation issues relating to Digital India Land Records Modernization Programme with specific focus on Conclusive Titling at India Habitat Centre on 17th November 2015. AGI was invited to be an observer at the event.

Department of Land Resources (DoLR) has rechristened NLRMP Program of GoI to Digital India Land Records Modernization Programme (DI-LRMP) with specific focus on Conclusive Titling. This spells a change from the current practice of presumptive titling to conclusive.

The program, now 100% centrally funded, allows diversion of funds sanctioned between any of the activities approved under the NLRMP. It is available for setting up the system but not for operational and infrastructure related expenses, which are the responsibility of states. The workshop was primarily focused on understanding the current scenario and the progress made so far in the NLRMP program, evaluate the challenges and state of readiness of states to move to next level. States were further encouraged to outline the required activities so that they could move towards conclusive titling.

The participants at the workshop included

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senior officials of Department of Land Resources, Settlement Commissioners of various States and UTs, Inspector General Registration (IGR) of various States and UTs, NIC representatives.

Special Invitees to the workshop included representatives of National Institution for Transforming India (NITI), Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS), National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP), Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), Centre for Rural Studies, Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration LBSNAA, and Association of Geospatial Industries (AGI).

Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)

OGC in collaboration with National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI), organised an OGC India Forum Meeting at NSDI Office on 3rd November 2015.

Participants included representatives from

NSDI, AGI, State Remote Sensing Application Centres and Geospatial Industry.

The forum decided to organise an OGC plug fest for the Smart Cities Program of Government of India and discussed in length on the 'Indian Use cases for Plug Fest'. After thorough deliberations and discussions, five areas being considered as use cases for the Plug Fest are:

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Water supply / waste water management (Delhi Jal Board example)
IWater Shed Management (while not directly related to smart cities , important contributor to the water supply for cities) - Integrated Watershed Management Programme (IWMP), of Government of India, Ministry of Rural Development, Department of Land Resources (Karnataka data likely to be available through KSCST )
Air Quality
Urban Property Ownership Information System
Health  Monitoring of communicable diseases


TThe forum also discussed and agreed on the need of Standards in Land Information Management. The modalities of participation in existing, OGC 'Land Infrastructure' Domain Working Group (DWG) were also discussed at the forum meeting.

International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)

AGI was invited by ICIMOD to attend a special session focusing on the private sector in India titled: "India-ICIMOD Partnership: Enhancing Private Sector Engagement for Sustainable Mountain Development. The session was organised on the forenoon of 15th December 2015 during India-ICIMOD Partnership Week 2015 being held during 11th-15th December at the MoEF&CC, Indira Paryavaran Bhavan, Jor Bagh Road, New Delhi.

The event solicited participation of government agencies, academic and research institutions, international development organisations, local NGO partners, diplomats and representatives of the private sector.


Department of Land Resources, Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India has recently revamped its erstwhile NLRMP Programme to DI-LRMP. The new program focuses on achieving the Conclusive title for all the land parcels in the country.

AGI is a knowledge partner to Department for Geospatial technologies, at all the stages of DILRMP implementation and has from time to time provided its advisory services to concerned authorities.

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AGI has provided inputs to the National Geospatial Policy as a part of its advisory initiatives. AGI recommendations have covered all existing policies as well as anticipated emerging and future trends of technology and applications of these.


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Published By: Association of Geospatial Industries(AGI) Editor: Bharti Sinha, Executive Director, AGI Editorial Support: Dr. Yogita Shukla, Fellow, AGI
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