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August 23, 1999
Map India '99 scheduledOver 500 academicians, scientists and IT and management experts will attend a three-day geographic information technology conference Map India '99 tomorrow in New Delhi.
Centre for Spatial Database Management and Solution President Dr M P Narayan points out that advancement in computer technology has increased the utility of mapping technology.
The delegates attending the conference will discuss latest uses of mapping technology in defence, industrial planning, urban development, telecom, police, power, mining, natural resource management, sales networking and tourism promotion.
The theme of the conference is to develop for India a spatial information policy.
Map India '99 is being sponsored by Tata Infotech Limited and is supported by the Department of Electronics and central ministries including those for environment and forests, power and agriculture.
Indian Space Research Organisation Chairman Dr K Kasturirangan will deliver the keynote address.
Today, mapping is not limited to traditional flat representation of Earth's surface but is related to technologies like geographic information system, global positioning systems and remote sensing that are new subjects for the business and technology schools in India.
These have immense potential and their application is not limited to environment and forests as in the earlier days.
It is being used for various utility managements too. These include telecom, business application, infrastructure management, defence, natural resource and disaster management, forestry conservation, power and financial services.
These new technologies are also being currently used for mapping areas for selection of putting up hazardous industries and wastes, for locating mining areas, for monitoring epidemic areas and vector borne diseases including malaria.
The other applications include leprosy control, family planning, marketing of new products, ambulance service management, creating of health atlas and road construction.
The highlights of the conference include finding ways and means to increase awareness about existing status of spatial technology in the country, develop co-operation in policies for smoother exchange of technology and data products and attract GIS industry worldwide to India.
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