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Feb 2006 | No Comment


Digital Thailand to launch mapping service

A system has been developed to conduct satellite mapping specifically for Thailand. Starting in February,
Digital Thailand plans to begin distributing satellite maps on compact discs to interested public and students. Digital Thailand’s online map service, also being launched in February, also will be made available to the public. The map distribution project resulted from collaboration between Chulalongkorn University and the Office of Space Technology Development and Geographical Information Technology, which supplied the digital maps. The Digital Thailand mapping is similar to Google Earth, except that the maps are more customized to meet the needs of local consumers.

Disaster risk profi le for Maldives

UNDP and RMSI initiated a study to address the high level of disaster vulnerability of the Maldives. Using
GIS and Remote Sensing, RMSI’s team of risk modeling experts developed catastrophe risk models to assess various hazards in terms of their probable maximum impact using scientific principles, probabilistic
methods, and global best practices. Furthermore, RMSI also developed a GIS base map of Maldives, which is the first in the country.

The Sustainable Land Management Project in Bhutan

The World Bank’s Board of Directors approved a US$7.6 million grant from the Global Environment Facility
(GEF) to strengthen institutional and community capacity for anticipating and managing land degradation in Bhutan. The project will provide approaches, tools, and interventions to reverse damage to land due to weak policies, overgrazing, forest degradation, and unsustainable agricultural practices of the past.The effort will also help support decentralized decision making on land management issues and help broaden
the sources of livelihood and well being of selected local communities in Bhutan.

China Geospatial Information Fundamental Framework

China has achieved an important breakthrough in building Digital China Geospatial Information Fundamental Framework, as the building of the geographic information system of “four databases and one archive” has taken an initial shape.This was learned from the State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping of China in Beijing, reports the overseas edition of People’s Daily recently.
Source: By People’s Daily Online

LeadDog releases GIS street maps for 10 Moroccan cities

LeadDog Consulting, announced the release of geographic databases of city streets for the Moroccan cities:
Agadir, Casablanca.Fes, Marrakech, Meknes, Mohammadia, Oudja, Rabat, Tanger and Taza to support assettracking,
government, and commercial GIS applications.Designed to help companies track their assets and provide accurate base level mapping. Morocco City Streets are available in all major GIS formats. A Morocco Major Roads product is available at a 1:250,000 scale. LeadDog Consulting, LLC is a leading global provider of GIS street maps for Iraq, Middle East, Mexico, Latin America, and Africa.

Carbon Project Joins ESRI’s Business Partner Program

The Carbon Project, the world leader in Open-Geospatial .NET technology, announces that it has joined ESRI’s Business Partner Program. The Carbon Project will develop interoperability extensions for ESRI’s ArcGIS software to support
the rapidly expanding GeoWeb of open-geospatial services that describe our planet. The Carbon Project
has developed an interoperability extension platform for ESRI’s ArcGIS, CarbonArc, to enable seamless access and use of Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) services in ArcGIS.

IOC starts GIS mapping of its pipelines in Bengal and Orissa

Indian Oil Corporation has started GIS mapping of its pipelines in Bengal and Orissa so that a site could
be easily detected in case of accident or terrorist attacks. Indian Oil officials told UNI today that the new
satellite-based GIS (Geographical Information System) technology would enable the company to
get a picture of the whole area through which the pipelines passes.

BMC to invest Rs 100 crore on e-governance next fiscal

The BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has stepped up efforts to go in for large scale egovernance
with a total investment of Rs 100 crore during next fiscal. Under the plan, Geographical Information System, Global
Positioning System, Voice Over Internet Protocol, web-enabled email system, ERP solutions, Biometric
Access Control System (BACS) will soon be a part of e-governance.

TSP offers solution for Bangalore traffic turmoil

The US-based Technology Solution Provider is all set to help Bangalore improve the quality of infrastructure
and transportation management. The company has set up a shop in Bangalore and has decided to help improve the quality of infrastructure and transportation management. TSP will be offering a range of software products which will aid in trip planning, travel tracker, electronic fare payment, automatic passenger counters, and customer assistance system besides tracking of vehicles.

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