May 2006

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Mapping for air pollution abatement in India
To use the air ambient data meaningfully, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has initiated a 10-year programme in collaboration with Nagpur-based National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI). The project will be funded by the CPCB and leading oil companies. Besides locating high pollution areas, the project will undertake mapping technology, which will focus on health benefits in cleaner areas. The findings, after mapping the city, would be converted into an action plan to reduce pollution in each area.

NE-SAC takes up projects with remote sensing agencies
North-Eastern Space Application Centre (NE-SAC), an autonomous body under the Department of Space, India, has taken up several major collaborative projects with the state remote sensing agencies to identify problems of states in the region. The programmes for 2006-07 include application of remote sensing and GIS technology in North-East to undertake activities such as natural resource census of the region, large-scale mapping of selected towns, the Loktak peripheral area development study in Manipur and road re-alignment study for Sikkim. A number of village resource centres with VSAT connectivity would be set up in each north-eastern state with Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur covered under the 'Edusat' project.

China's first High-Resolution Satellite Imagery User Conference

Beijing Space Eye Innovation Technology Corporation, a business partner of DigitalGlobe and a supplier of imagery products to government and commercial markets, hosted a user conference in Beijing, China, on March 7. The conference was dedicated to support the use of high-resolution satellite imagery in China. The event was intended to create a forum for discussing the applications of DigitalGlobe satellite imagery, ways to improve application technologies and fostering relationship-building and smooth coordination among BSEI, DigitalGlobe and end-users of the data in China.

GTG products and services selected by US municipalities

Geographic Technologies Group (GTG) has announced that several municipalities and local governments of Carolina, US have selected GTG to provide GIS products and services. GTG is selected to provide GIS Professional services, which include custom application design, development and deployment and training and support, to offer GIS Consulting Services, to offer GIS Services to provide Technical Staff Augmentation which includes business process analysis, reengineering, and management; GIS programming and design; GIS data collection, integration, and quality assurance; GIS application development and integration of GIS spatial objects;
and mobile computer application development, deployment, and maintenance.

GeoSpatial Experts adds Google Earth functionality to GPS-Photo Link software
GeoSpatial Experts has introduced Version 4.0 of GPS photo link digital image mapping software, which automatically links digital photographic images to GPS location data in the Google Earth environment and also creates web pages in which water marked pictures are integrated with satellite imagery, street maps, or other GIS-based mapping layer. New functionality enables users to display their photo locations as icons in a Google Earth map layer.

GIS mapping to aid urban services in Delhi

Development of a dynamic web portal enabling citizens to download all the forms for utility services, GIS mapping of all services Construction of entry gates at all entry points to the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) area, redevelopment of Connaught Place and construction of multi-level parking are some of the key areas on which NDMC would focus on in 2006-07. The NDMC presented its budget on March 30.

Satellite link to monitor health schemes
The Union health minister of India, Dr. Ambumani Ramadoss linked the National Institute for communicable Diseases, Delhi with Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bhopal, Bangalore and Rajpur on 29 March for integrated disease surveillance. This satellite link through EDUSAT will be used to monitor and review health schemes.

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