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Indonesia develops NSDI using cloud

Indonesia’s National Coordinating Agency for Survey and Mapping, BAKOSURTANAL, is developing its National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) using cloud computing technology. This initiative aims to provide accurate and reliable geospatial information to government agencies and the general public.

Abu Dhabi carries out GIS-based census

The Statistics Centre Abu Dhabi (SCAD) is all set to carry out the national census in the emirate for 2011. The project shall be using state-of-theart devices for the collection of spatial data, aided with GIS maps, enabling the communication of directions to field staff in a timely manner, before the end of the field work.

Bhutan embraces GIS in healthcare

Orange Business Services, an enterprise communications arm of France Telecom, entered into a partnership with the Royal Government of Bhutan and Regal Information Technology to deliver real-time healthcare services to the people of Bhutan. Citizens can easily avail this service by dialling the toll free number 112. The company also added epidemic surveillance and reporting and an integrated disease management system as part of the services.

India’s digitisation of land records

The National Council of Land Reforms in India, headed by the Prime Minister is considering infusing the recommendations of a committee on state agrarian relations set up by the Rural Development Ministry in 2009. The recommendations include an impact study of computerisation of records, setting a timeframe of two years for survey operations in states and reviewing the cost of the programme. The first meeting of Council is scheduled in October 2011. The meeting aims to identify ways to speed up digitisation process of land records across the country.Though some states have invested in land records through their own resources and publicprivate partnerships, the progress has been slow and uneven.

Bentley invests in TEEC

Bentley Systems has inaugurated a strategic relationship with The Engineering Essentials Company (TEEC) by investing in a minority equity position and by placing a Bentley representative on its board. Based in Philadelphia, Pa., TEEC is developing software to help AEC (architectural, engineering, and construction) organizations intelligently manage their engineering specifications and related codes and standards.

Qatar’s Moazanah project

Ashghal, Qatar’s public works authority has teamed up with Rolta to successfully implement a new, geocentric system for capital project request management. Known as Moazanah, the project was envisioned by Ashghal’s Engineering Business Services Department. Rolta OnPoint™, the spatial engine at the heart of Rolta Geospatial Fusion™, is the cornerstone of Moazanah.

ESRI Special Achievement Awards

Registrar General of India received a Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award for its vision, leadership, and innovative use of ESRI’s GIS technology. Madhya Pradesh State Centre received a Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award for its innovative use of ESRI’s GIS technology. These awards were conferred during the 2011 ESRI International User Conference in San Diego, California

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