|Satellite imaging for rail navigation
Indian Railways have sanctioned a pilot project, Satellite Imaging for Rail Navigation (SIMRAN), for real time passenger information system by utilizing GPS. This project is being carried out jointly by Research Designs & Standard Organization, Lucknow and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur. The pilot project is sanctioned for development for hardware and software for providing Real Time Train Running Information to the passengers. http://pib.nic.in
Delhi Chief Minister urges local agencies to implement GIS
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit called for better coordination among all the agencies engaged in providing civic amenities in the Capital’s unauthorised colonies recently. She also directed that application of GIS mapping technology should be implemented soon for urban development. Ms. Dikshit directed the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, Delhi Jal Board, private power distribution companies, Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation, Irrigation and Flood Control Department and Delhi Development Authority to work in tandem. www.hindu.com
GIS helps multiple agencies respond to southern California fires
GIS software and services from ESRI are helping local, state, and federal agencies with multiple tasks surrounding the recent firestorms in Southern California. GIS is being used at each incident command post as well as multiple command centers including Southern California operations centers and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) WorldView-1 reaches full operational capability WorldView-1 is now fully commissed, meets all its requirements, and is delivering imagery to the National Geospatial- Intelligence Agency (NGA) as part of the NextView program. DigitalGlobe will begin taking orders for WorldView-1 imagery from its global resellers, partners and customers on 3rd January 2008. China launches new RS satellite China has launched a new remote sensing satellite; the “Yaogan III” from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in north China’s Shanxi Province recently. The 2,700-kilogram satellite will be used for scientific research, land resources surveying, crop yield estimate and disaster prevention and relief. The satellite is developed by the Shanghai Academy of Space flight Technology affiliated to the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation. Source: China View joint operations center. It provides an integrated common operational picture for comprehensive, map-based situational awareness. Agency personnel take advantage of the analysis and visualization capabilities for collaboration among federal, state, and local agencies; prioritization and utilization of manpower and resources; and monitoring events on the ground in near real time.
NRDMS to launch resource map website in Sept, 2008
Natural Resources Data Management System (NRDMS) would launch a website in September, 2008 in which resource maps with all information would be available district-wise for the public, according to Karnataka State Council for Science and Technology. Maps prepared with the help of GIS and remote sensing would be provided to the district administration, ZP, government departments and NGOs for planning developmental works. www.newindpress.com