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Google in India moving into services

Google seems to have moved into consulting business in India. It will provide IT based consulting services to large clients. According to Mohit Pande, Country Head – India, Google Cloud as told to Business Line, “We have invested significantly into professional services in India. These are consulting services, change management …

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Open source a “Race to the bottom”

Open source is gaining popularity and as they say, its a “Race to the bottom” in terms of capital cost or money paid for software purchase. The utility and usage of GIS, though accepted and popular in many of the developed economies is yet to catch up in our context …

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In search of third ‘A’

Autonomy, the first A The flexibility with which autonomous survey units are able to collect data is easing the surveyor’s foray into difficult terrain and geographies to some extent. Extrapolate the situation and considering how quickly it has evolved over last 8-10 years, it is perhaps another decade or so …

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Time for new Surveyor General of India

Dr Swarna Subba Rao, today would be serving his last day of present term as Surveyor General of India. Its not everyday a young officer aged ~53 years is elevated to the post of Surveyor General of India, an important post considering the growing ubiquity of maps and location data. …

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Solid State LiDAR, will it impact geo-product price

An interesting technological development has been brewing up for some time- Solid State LiDAR. It is LiDAR on microchip. Most of us would recall the era of diodes and triodes in our music system, electronic devices etc and then the solid-state devices came, where all such diodes and triodes went …

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Drones set to soar…

Yesterday an acquaintance forwarded a Tweet from the Chief Minister of Haryana (@cmohry), which mentioned about the meeting(1st June’17) presided by the Hon’ble CM on the usage of UAVs for aerial survey to prevent illegal encroachments in the state. There was an accompanying question- will the time and money spent …

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The sun seems to be rising…

In March this year with the onset of summer, one of the home-grown GIS and Mapping company started making waves with an unprecedented television advertisement blitz. Perhaps, never in the history of Indian mapping industry any company has gone to this extent of advertisement. To an outsider like me, it …

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Policies for mango man

Early this week in Bengaluru airport, the officials seized from a passenger- DJI Phantom Pro drones. The news highlighted various features of this drone which could pose security threat. The threats are real and we(geospatial industry) are all aware about it. But, is common man aware of DGCA guidelines(policy), MoD …

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Geospatial – Just a feel good technology

If one goes by the inclusion of geospatial data and solutions for government projects and programmes, there would seldom be a vertical segment where it is not recommended or proposed to be used. Be it Urban Development, Land Records, Power, Water and many other ministries and their respective documents/plans have …

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