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Law to ensure optimum use of geospatial tech in Delhi

A year after the Delhi government, India, launched its much-publicised INR 120-crore geo-spatial project to map the land and utility service records of the city, it has been observed that its officials prefer sticking to the old ways. Hence the Delhi State Government is now planning to enact a law to ensure that its officials use the technology in everyday applications. Rakesh Mehta, Chief Secretary of the Delhi government, said, “Getting departments on board has been an uphill task. “We have asked all 33 departments to submit three applications listing where the technology will be used but since the technology is new, comfort level is low in the departments,”. The law is expected to provide the departments with the fillip to find that comfort level, especially as those found unwilling to use the technology will be penalised under the draft bill. The government has recently also set up a specific corporation, the geo-spatial Delhi corporation.

Geospatial sales registered robust growth in 2010

According to a study by Daratech, sales of GIS/Geospatial software, services and data grew a robust 10.3% in 2010 to USD 4.4 billion. Overall, the geospatial industry depends very much on its base markets in North America and in Europe; however, strong growth in Asia/Pacific, particularly in China, India and other emerging economies of the world should help ensure that the industry’s growth continues strong into the foreseeable future. For 2012 through 2015, Daratech is forecasting double-digit geospatial industry revenue gains as the factors fuelling growth gain more traction.

Vietnam to set up university to promote geospatial tech

Natural Resources and Environment University will be set up in Hanoi, Vietnam. Nguyen Manh Hien, Deputy Minister for Natural Resources and Environment, Vietnam, made this announcement. The university will focus on remote sensing, meteorology, maritime and island management, geology and minerals, and cartography. In addition, on priority basis, it will train managers and fundamental surveying specialists.


New President of The Institution of Surveyors, India

On 21st December, 2010 the AGM of the Institution of Surveyors was held in New Delhi. Mr T K Bandyopadhyay, Retd Addl Surveyor General from Survey of India has taken over as President of the Institution of Surveyors.

Intergraph, Bentley settle lawsuit

An eight-year lawsuit between the former Intergraph Corp. and Bentley Systems has been settled for nearly USD 200 million, according to court documents. Now, Cobalt BSI Holding, which bought Intergraph in 2006, will sell back to Bentley its 15.6 million shares of Bentley stock, at a purchase price of just over USD 12 per share, totalling about USD 198 million. In July 2010, Sweden-based Hexagon AB bought Intergraph from Cobalt for USD 2.1 billion.

China’s Map World fully operational

China’s State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping (SBSM) brought China’s official online mapping service – ¬¬¬Map World, out of beta. The trial version was operating since late October 2010. Meanwhile, more than 100 domestic and overseas companies that provide online mapping services have received licenses to continue doing business in China, while another 100 were still applying for a license.

MAPPS urges FTC to redefine “precise geolocation data”

MAPPS – the national association of private sector geospatial firms in the US, has submitted comments to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) opposing regulatory language that would limit the collection, sharing or use of “precise geolocation data”. The association said a draft regulation, proposed in a FTC staff report, threatens data collection, applications and growth in the private geospatial profession. It urged the FTC staff to more clearly define the term “precise geolocation data.” The draft regulation, “Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change,” is intended to protect consumers’ privacy by requiring that “companies must provide prominent disclosures and obtain affirmative express consent before using consumer data in a materially different manner than claimed when the data was collected.” MAPPS called compliance with requirement “impractical to the point of impossible” for geospatial firms.

Dubai Map 2010 now available

Dubai Municipality released third edition of emirate map – Dubai Map 2010, 10 years after the last edition. The municipality claims that it is the most up-to-date map of the emirate. The map provides the latest geographical information about the nook and corner of the emirate, including the major projects that have been planned, completed and those under construction.

Sri Lanka to prepare GIS-based environmental database

The Central Environmental Authority (CEA), Sri Lanka, is conducting a survey on industrial processes across the island. After the survey a database will be developed by the Research and Special Project Unit of the CEA, based on GIS including all social and environmental information from these areas. It will include information about environment systems such as water bodies and forest cover, about culturally important places such as schools, temples, archaeological sites and information about the administrative setting of the area. The survey will see industries divided into three categories as large, medium and small-scale.

Sunday Observer

Philippines to set up GIS for farmers and fishermen

Philippine Government has approved the implementation of the United and Enterprise Geospatial Information System (UEGIS) to improve the delivery of services to farmers and fishermen and enable them to mitigate the effects of climate change.


Contour mapping in Maharashtra on the cards

With the announcement of new norms, the government of India is also tightening the noose on CRZ violations. The government recently declared that every inch of encroachment along the Maharashtra state’s 700-km coastline will be mapped in the next four months and violators will be punished accordingly.

Google’s mapping service violate laws in S. Korea

Google has been accused of collecting emails and other personal information from unsecured wireless networks while it took photos of neighborhoods in South Korea for its “Street View” mapping service between October 2009 and May 2010. In May, the search engine announced it had inadvertently collected fragments of people’s online activities from unsecured Wi-Fi networks in more than 30 countries, prompting investigations around the globe.

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