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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 on seeking permissions and clearances result into an exercise with financial viability. Well, I too do not have any answer to it, except that I have a hunch, no such permission from DGCA or MoD will be requested. Much similar to the way a UAV based aerial survey exercise which was carried out last year and was later awarded also by government agency. Is it wrong? Perhaps not! Because, for government projects even MoD regulatory agency have a relaxed norms.
If the above is verified and comes out to be true, should this be considered as the way to go ahead? This is for the industry experts to answer.

Last week our friends at GIS Resources covered an informative infographic on benefits and challenges of UAV, published by Ohio University (http://onlinemasters.ohio.edu/the-benefits-and-challenges-of-uavs/). And, if you are not fussy about sharing your name and email, you may like to get your free copy of “5 Valuable Lessons Learned About Drones in Asset and Infrastructure Inspection” (http://www.interdrone.com/5_lessons_drones_infrastructure_inspection?utm_source=Partners&utm_campaign=Inspection_White_Paper&utm_content=Inspection). I also wonder if the infographic itch spread from here.

A fortnight ago NDEM 3.0 (http://ndem.nrsc.gov.in/) was launched by Hon’ble Home Minister, MoS for Home and MoS S & T. National Database for Emergency Management is an excellent initiative, but beyond intent, it is difficult to comment on how good it is as the access is controlled and limited-

Who can access this portal and how to get authorization?
Secretary, DM / Relief Commissioners of all States, besides MHA can access the site. As it is protected site, user name and password are required for accessing the data.

Sometimes I wonder, why not open some parts of it in public domain, maybe some data would get validated and updated. I think if suggested they may look into it, if the fear of public audit is not the case.

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