Spot­light on Geospa­tial In­for­ma­tion Reg­u­la­tory Bill, 2016

LBS -2016: Trans­form­ing Co­or­di­nates to Busi­ness

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FICCI or­ga­nized the fourth edi­tion of its an­nual con­fer­ence, 'Lo­ca­tion Based Ser­vices (LBS) - 2016: Trans­form­ing Co­or­di­nates to Busi­ness' on June 3, 2016. The dis­cus­sions re­volved around the much talked about draft of “The Geospa­tial In­for­ma­tion Reg­u­la­tory Bill, 2016”, which in­tends to reg­u­late the ac­qui­si­tion, dis­sem­i­na­tion, pub­li­ca­tion and dis­tri­bu­tion of geospa­tial in­for­ma­tion of In­dia in or­der to en­sure se­cu­rity, sovereignty and in­tegrity of In­dia.

P. Bhat­tacharya, Chair­man, Par­lia­men­tary Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on Home Af­fairs, ex­pressed con­cerns over the ab­sence of a clear de­mar­ca­tion of In­dia's na­tional bound­aries with neigh­bor­ing coun­tries which is giv­ing rise to will­ful and in­ad­ver­tent cross-bor­der move­ment of peo­ple and lead­ing to il­le­gal trade in nar­cotics and other ne­far­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties.

Speak­ing at the con­fer­ence, Bhat­tacharya pointed out that in­ac­cu­rate de­pic­tion of maps was not ac­cept­able and the coun­try's se­cu­rity and in­tegrity cannot be com­pro­mised. He also men­tioned cer­tain in­stances of cross-bor­der ter­ror­ism where en­force­ment agencies could uti­lize this tech­nol­ogy in iden­ti­fy­ing ac­cu­rate lo­ca­tion of ter­ror­ists and their strengths, and could avoid such mis-hap­pen­ings.

Bhat­tacharya said that while In­dia was tech­no­log­i­cally sound, lack of tech­ni­cal skills amongst the work­force was af­fect­ing the coun­try's se­cu­rity. He urged FICCI to or­ga­nize train­ing pro­grammes to up­grade the skills of the tech­ni­cal work­force, in geospa­tial do­main, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Gov­ern­ment of In­dia.

In his theme pre­sen­ta­tion, Rajesh Mathur, Chair­man, FICCI Com­mit­tee on Geospa­tial Tech­nolo­gies, said that draft Geospa­tial In­for­ma­tion Reg­u­la­tion Bill 2016 was a step in the right di­rec­tion but cer­tain sec­tions needed to be changed. FICCI, he said, was in agree­ment with the need for a reg­u­la­tory body and was in fa­vor of no com­pro­mise on na­tional se­cu­rity, in­tegrity and sovereignty. He added that FICCI had sug­gested that na­tional bound­aries must be de­picted as per Gov­ern­ment of In­dia guide­lines; vi­tal in­stal­la­tions' in­ter­nal lay­out must be masked; and Geospa­tial in­for­ma­tion, both in hu­man and ma­chine read­able form, must be ac­ces­si­ble by all.

Data ac­qui­si­tion, Mathur said, should not re­quire li­cence. The ef­fort should be to en­cour­age pri­vate sec­tor to par­tic­i­pate in data ac­qui­si­tion ac­tiv­i­ties and data should be vet­ted be­fore it is pub­lished. On data dis­tri­bu­tion, he said that there should be no need for li­cence if data is al­ready vet­ted. Pri­vate sec­tor com­pa­nies must be en­cour­aged to par­tic­i­pate in cre­ation of value added prod­ucts/ser­vice and no vet­ting should be re­quired for value added prod­ucts cre­ated by way of apps/ser­vices.

He said that there should be no re­stric­tions on use and pos­ses­sion of vet­ted data. It was im­por­tant to man­date all data creators to share it with all oth­ers who can ben­e­fit from it and en­cour­age use of mod­ern tech­niques for data ac­qui­si­tion and dis­sem­i­na­tion, man­date adop­tion of stan­dards and de­fine guide­lines for In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty Rights, es­pe­cially for value added prod­ucts. He also in­formed the au­di­ence that FICCI has

sub­mit­ted its rec­om­men­da­tions to the Min­istry of Home Af­fairs on the draft Bill.

The ap­pli­ca­tions of geospa­tial tech­nolo­gies are used world­wide as ef­fec­tive ad­min­is­tra­tive and man­age­ment tools for de­ci­sion mak­ing, and are help­ing plan­ners in pre­par­ing sus­tain­able de­vel­op­men­tal strate­gies. There­fore, most of the mis­sion mode projects are con­cep­tu­alised and im­ple­mented us­ing geospa­tial tech­nolo­gies. A Geospa­tially en­abled ICT frame­work can play a cen­tral role in es­tab­lish­ing real time and trans­par­ent flow of in­for­ma­tion be­tween Cen­tral and State gov­ern­ments, their de­part­ments and en­force­ment agencies, in or­der to en­sure de­sired out­put for plan­ning and smooth de­liv­ery of ser­vices to cit­i­zens.

The Gov­ern­ment of In­dia un­der the vi­sion of the Hon'ble Prime Min­is­ter, Shri Naren­dra Modi has rolled out some trans­for­ma­tional projects which are con­cep­tu­alised to up­grade the life of cit­i­zens us­ing var­i­ous ICT-based ap­proaches. Dig­i­tal In­dia, Smart City, Swatch Bharat Ab­hiyan, AMRUT, Na­tional Mis­sion for Clean Ganga are some of the pro­grammes which cut across many sec­tors of econ­omy like Ur­ban Plan­ning, In­fra­struc­ture De­vel­op­ment, Power, Wa­ter, Trans­porta­tion, Land Records, Disas­ter Man­age­ment, Home­land Se­cu­rity & De­fence, Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment, Natural Re­source Man­age­ment etc., and there­fore in­volve­ment of many min­istries and de­part­ments of the Cen­tre and State gov­ern­ments. Geospa­tial tech­nolo­gies have the ca­pa­bil­ity to in­te­grate mul­ti­ple op­er­a­tional ver­ti­cals at one plane and to en­able var­i­ous de­part­ments to mon­i­tor dif­fer­ent as­pects of a sit­u­a­tion in real time for tak­ing in­formed de­ci­sions. In­dia does need a Geospa­tial In­for­ma­tion Act, but it has to be an en­abling Act that makes for faster and bet­ter im­ple­men­ta­tion of pro­grams.

High­light­ing the sig­nif­i­cance of geospa­tial tech­nolo­gies, Atul Ku­mar, Chief Gen­eral Man­ager, NHAI, Min­istry of Road Trans­port and High­ways, Gov­ern­ment of In­dia, said that high res­o­lu­tion satel­lite, UAVs and Geospa­tial Tech­nol­ogy have been use­ful in high­ways and have been used for pre-feasibility/ feasibility stud­ies of new align­ments, up­grades/ road widen­ing. Also op­er­a­tion, main­te­nance & road as­set man­age­ment with prepa­ra­tion of GIS based road net­work would go a long way. He added that geospa­tial can be used for road safety in­clud­ing iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of blackspots and uti­lized for land use sit­u­a­tion for de­vel­op­ment of na­tional high­ways. It can also help in the study of conges­tion, traf­fic jams, junc­tion ar­range­ment plan­ning, ROW man­age­ment, en­croach­ment mon­i­tor­ing and in­te­gra­tion of lin­ear chainages with spa­tial lo­ca­tion.

K.S. Parikh, Out­stand­ing Sci­en­tist, ISRO, said that In­dia is the fourth coun­try to build and own nav­i­ga­tion con­stel­la­tion in

world. Po­si­tion, Nav­i­ga­tion and Tim­ing ser­vicers are es­sen­tial re­quire­ments of the day. Sev­eral ap­pli­ca­tions are un­der­taken of­fi­cial agencies and there is am­ple op­por­tu­nity for in­no­va­tion and de­vel­op­ment of new ap­pli­ca­tions. He added that GA­GAN- GPS Aided GEO Aug­mented Nav­i­ga­tion, an over­lay sys­tem built around the GPS and NAVIC, an in­de­pen­dent nav­i­ga­tion satel­lite sys­tem es­tab­lished by In­dia, ca­pa­ble of pro­vid­ing Po­si­tion, Nav­i­ga­tion and Tim­ing ser­vices over In­dia will ben­e­fit the coun­try in both avi­a­tion and non-avi­a­tion sec­tors.

Rakesh Verma, Mem­ber, FICCI Com­mit­tee on Geospa­tial Tech­nolo­gies, said, “The Geospa­tial Bill should be an op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate a level play­ing field for In­dian in­dus­try rather than be re­stric­tive.”

De­liv­er­ing Ple­nary Key­note Ad­dress, Ro­han Verma, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor and CTO, Map­myIn­dia, em­pha­sized that their home grown firm has cre­ated maps in­dige­nously and with ac­cu­rate de­pic­tion of bor­ders. He also high­lighted about var­i­ous ap­pli­ca­tions and ser­vices based on dig­i­tal maps, which could be of util­ity for cor­po­rates as well as Gov­ern­ment.

Nikhil Pahwa, Ed­i­tor & Pub­lisher, Me­di­aNama, in his ad­dress, touched on the is­sue of the draft Bill and high­lighted that not all geospa­tial data is sen­si­tive. He opined that though there is no com­pro­mise on na­tional se­cu­rity, the li­cens­ing and se­cu­rity vet­ting of all data will kill real time ap­pli­ca­tions and dis­cour­age in­no­va­tion and en­trepreneur­ship.

The pro­gramme wit­nessed dis­cus­sions on busi­ness ap­pli­ca­tions of lo­ca­tion tech­nolo­gies like Field Work Force Man­age­ment, Mo­bil­ity & Nav­i­ga­tion, and Busi­ness In­tel­li­gence. Pan­elists from var­i­ous user seg­ments like travel, tourism, as­set track­ing, Cash-in­Tran­sit etc. shared their ex­pe­ri­ences on such ap­pli­ca­tions. Dr. Vishnu Chan­dra, Deputy Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, NIC, Gov­ern­ment of In­dia, Chaired the ses­sion on Lo­ca­tion En­abled Smart Mu­nic­i­pal­ity. The pan­elists dis­cussed about the us­age of LBS and re­lated tech­nolo­gies in the con­text of Smart Cities. Fu­tur­is­tic tech­nolo­gies like In­door Nav­i­ga­tion, UAVs and Au­ton­o­mous Ve­hi­cles (driver­less cars) were also pre­sented dur­ing the pro­gramme.

P. Bhat­tacharya, Chair­man, Par­lia­men­tary Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on Home Af­fairs de­liv­er­ing his key­note ad­dress.

L to R: Rakesh Verma, Mem­ber, FICCI Com­mit­tee on Geospa­tial Tech­nolo­gies; P. Bhat­tacharya, Chair­man, Par­lia­men­tary Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on Home Af­fairs; Rajesh Mathur, Chair, FICCI Com­mit­tee on Geospa­tial Tech­nolo­gies; K.S. Parikh, Out­stand­ing Sci­en­tist, ISRO and Sumeet Gupta, Di­rec­tor, FICCI, dur­ing the in­au­gu­ral ses­sion.

L to R: Vi­neet Budki, Founder & CEO, Guid­doo World; Har­shal Vora, CEO and Founder, Ra­dioLo­cus; Ós­car Este­ban Sánchez, Coun­try Head – Cash Busi­ness, SIS-Prose­gur; Ma­neesh Prasad, CEO, Telem­at­ics; Sesh Se­shadri, Di­rec­tor, Lonely Planet and Peeyush Ba­j­pai, Di­rec­tor – Big Data, Nielsen In­dia, dur­ing the busi­ness ap­pli­ca­tions ses­sion.

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