Geomatics 2003 To Showcase GIS Trends

New Delhi: | Updated: Nov 6 2003, 05:30am hrs
Indian Society of Geomatics (ISG) will host its first international GIS (geographical information systems) conference Geomatics 2003: Retrospect and Prospect, in New Delhi on November 6-8, 2003.

The conference will unveil technology trends and emerging applications in GIS, remote sensing and other related technologies. The Indian geomatics user community from the private sector and the government, IT experts and international GIS experts, will deliberate on the future of these technologies.

According to ISG president Arup Dasgupta, geomatics has made rapid strides in the last 10 years and has today become a powerful tool for decision makers who seek improved management of their organisation and resources. With India now emerging as the preferred choice for outsourcing of GIS services from global users of spatial data and GIS technology, we expect the GIS industry to grow 30 per cent annually, he told eFE.

The Indian GIS industry is currently estimated to be worth Rs 500 crore. Several Indian companies like RMSI, ESRI India, Infotech Enterprises are working on GIS projects for global clients. In the recent past, corporate giants like Reliance, De Beers, Cairn Energy, among others, have made significant investment in this technology.

Participants at the exhibition include British Aerospace, Erdas India, ESRI India, HCL Infosystems, HP India and Rolta India Ltd. Government agencies include National Informatics Centre, Registrar of India, Survey of India and National Atlas & Thematic Mapping Organisation.