Gov’t pleased with in­creased use of geospa­tial tech­nol­ogy lo­cally

Daily Observer (Jamaica) - - NEWS -

THE Min­istry of Eco­nomic Growth and Job Cre­ation says it is pleased with the in­creased use of geospa­tial tech­nol­ogy lo­cally.

Act­ing chief tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor in the min­istry Con­stance Trow­ers said that ge­o­graphic in­for­ma­tion sys­tem (GIS) tech­nol­ogy is be­ing utilised in sev­eral sec­tors, par­tic­u­larly in traf­fic man­age­ment and road in­fra­struc­ture works.

“The Na­tional Works Agency (NWA) has been em­ploy­ing GIS for cost-ef­fec­tive de­sign and road re­pair as well as river train­ing. So, too, has the Ja­maica Ur­ban Tran­sit Com­pany in co­or­di­nat­ing its buses on their routes and sched­ules,” she noted.

She said fur­ther that China Har­bour En­gi­neer­ing Com­pany “has ex­ten­sively em­ployed geospa­tial tech­nolo­gies in the plan­ning, rout­ing, mon­i­tor­ing, and main­te­nance of the var­i­ous ma­jor cor­ri­dor ex­pan­sion projects cur­rently be­ing un­der­taken both within the Cor­po­rate Area and through­out Ja­maica”.

Trow­ers was speak­ing at the 10th GIS Busi­ness Ex­ec­u­tive Fo­rum, hosted by the Na­tional Spa­tial Data Man­age­ment Divi­sion of the min­istry, at the Knutsford Court Ho­tel in New Kingston on Tues­day.

She said that the min­istry cel­e­brates the gains made in the use of GIS and other geospa­tial tech­nolo­gies, and in­tends to use these as the foun­da­tion for greater ben­e­fits in the fu­ture, un­der­scor­ing the min­istry’s com­mit­ment to eco­nomic growth.

“The ben­e­fits of geospa­tial tech­nol­ogy are all-en­com­pass­ing to all sec­tors of so­ci­ety with lim­it­less po­ten­tial. These tech­nolo­gies must be at the fore­front of our ef­forts as we seek to forge stronger part­ner­ships be­tween Govern­ment, cit­i­zens and the pri­vate sec­tor in ini­tia­tives that will yield sig­nif­i­cant mu­tual ben­e­fits,” she said.

Geospa­tial tech­nol­ogy refers to all of the tech­nol­ogy used to ac­quire, ma­nip­u­late, and store ge­o­graphic in­for­ma­tion. GIS is one form of geospa­tial tech­nol­ogy. These tech­nolo­gies are used in the devel­op­ment of global po­si­tion­ing sys­tem (GPS) units, un­manned aerial ve­hi­cles (drones), satel­lite im­agery, and ve­hi­cle nav­i­ga­tion and track­ing so­lu­tions, among oth­ers.

The fo­rum was part of ac­tiv­i­ties for Na­tional Ge­og­ra­phy Aware­ness Week un­der the theme ‘Geospa­tial Tech­nolo­gies: Driv­ing Lo­gis­tics and Trans­porta­tion’.

Other events in­clude the sixth GIS Tech­ni­cal Sem­i­nar at the Uni­ver­sity of Tech­nol­ogy, Ja­maica on Novem­ber 8; a thanks­giv­ing ser­vice at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church on Novem­ber 11; the 16th Na­tional GIS Day Ex­po­si­tion at The Uni­ver­sity of the West Indies; and a GIS Sym­po­sium at the Caribbean Mar­itime Uni­ver­sity on Novem­ber 16.

The HEART Trust/nta, the Caribbean Mar­itime Uni­ver­sity and The Uni­ver­sity of the West Indies have part­nered with the min­istry to mark Ge­og­ra­phy Aware­ness Week.

Act­ing chief tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor in the Min­istry of Eco­nomic Growth and Job Cre­ation Con­stance Trow­ers ad­dress­ing the 10th ge­o­graphic in­for­ma­tion sys­tem Busi­ness Ex­ec­u­tive Fo­rum at the Knutsford Court Ho­tel in Kingston on Tues­day.

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