The objective of the Geo-informatics technology group is to provide decision support to the sectoral stake-holders through scientifically organized, comprehensive, multi-purpose, compatible and large scale (village level) geo-spatial databases and supporting analytical tools. These activities of this centre are executed by a well trained team of multi-disciplinary scientists. The Government has established a modern infrastructure along with the state-of-the-art facilities. To study the land transformation and development over the years, a digital satellite data library of multiple sensors of more than twenty years has been established and conventional data sets of Government Departments have been co-registered with satellite data. Thus, geo-spatial databases have been created using conventional maps, high resolution satellite 2D and 3D imagery and official datasets (attributes). The geospatial databases include terrain characteristics, natural and administrative systems, data on agriculture, water resources, city survey maps, village maps with survey numbers, water harvesting structures, water supply, irrigation, power, communications, ports, land utilization patterns, infrastructure, urbanization, environment data, forests, sanctuaries, mining areas, industries, etc. They also include data on social infrastructure like the locations of schools, health centres, institutions, Aanganwadis, local Government infrastructure etc. The geospatial database of nagar-palikas includes properties and amenities captured on city and town planning maps with about 1000 GIS layers. Similar work on villages has been carried out.
The applications of space technology and geo-informatics have been operational in almost all the developmental sectors of the Government.
Space and Geo-spatial Technology based applications have provided impetus to planning and developmental activities at grass root level as well as monitoring and management in various disciplines.
Centre for Informatics and Training has been established at BISAG-N with a vision of improving e-Governance and providing simple, efficient, economic and end-to-end quality solutions. The centre functions as a useful resource in implementation of National and State Level e-Governance Projects while providing consultancy and development of products and services. The centre not only focuses on use of new infrastructure and technology but also use of older ones in innovative ways. It is appraised with CMMI Level 5 certification.
The Centre has signed Memorandum of Understanding with more than 40 Universities and Institutes all over India. The Centre bridges the gap for the industrial requirement of trained personnel. Trainings and internships are regularly provided at the graduate and postgraduate levels to approximately 600 students from all over the Country every year. The Centre provides an environment to the students where both technical and soft skills are addressed. These trainings provide confidence to industry about the human skills developed in various technical areas.
Considering the requirement of high end research and development in the areas having relevance of geo-informatics technology for sustainable development, a separate infrastructure has been established. In collaboration with different institutes, R&D activities are being carried out in the areas of climate change, environment, disaster management, natural resources management, infrastructure development, resources planning, coastal hazard and coastal zone management studies, etc. under the guidance of eminent scientists.
Various innovative methodologies/models developed in this academy through the research process have helped in development of various new applications. There are plans to enhance R&D activities manifold during coming years.
Besides this, recognizing the importance and relevance of institute’s activities in IT sector and their future potential, the Government initiated research and development in “centre of informatics and training” area through a focused research activity along with simultaneous programme of human resources development. This unit is providing in-house developed ERP solutions on GIS platform by integrating various technologies such as remote sensing, GIS, MIS, Mobile, GPS and Web. As this product provides simple single-window IT solutions to user community, it has become highly acceptable by the users. In addition, various other in-house products are being developed in this unit on regular basis.
This academy also provides training to more than 600 students every year in the field of Geo-informatics. The students come from various backgrounds like water resources, urban planning, computer Engineering, IT, Agriculture, Remote Sensing & GIS.
» To develop procedures for systematic capture of information and knowledge both from geospatial data bases and user experiences and hence facilitate preparation of a comprehensive all-purpose spatial data base for suitability of development.
» To sensitize users to viable integrated approach for knowledge generation.
» To develop secure and robust test and validation procedures for effective implementation of developed procedures at users end.
» To develop new technologies and knowledge equations for studying new development initiatives and assess their sustainability.
» To develop capacities for human resource development and training to provide qualified professionals for project execution.
» • Act as via-media for fusion of domain knowledge from academia with the technology to provide opportunities for sustained capacity building.