IITians Develop GIS Software

22 August 2004 | 07:55 Code : 4193 Geoscience events
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In what can help the country tackle environmental and social problems, a group of researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT-D) has developed a software solution for natural resources planning and management.
 In what can help the country tackle environmental and social problems, a group of researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT-D) has developed a software solution for natural resources planning and management. The geographic information system (GIS) software is already being utilised by various government agencies for managing water resources, climate impact assessment and agricultural prediction using crop growth models, among others.

The software includes a secure and centralised database along with a portal for assimilating and analysing data collected from various sources.  The National Institute of Health and Family Welfare is also using this technology to set up a GIS-based database management system for HIV surveillance in the country. An annual sentinel surveillance information system for HIV is also being set up.  These researchers are a part of a incubatee company under technology business incubation unit (TBIU) of IIT-Delhi. The company, called INRM Consultants Pvt Ltd, has been conceived by the Foundation of Innovation and Technology Transfer (FITT) of IIT-Delhi which provides seed money and infrastructure support to a start-up company.

“We are a start-up company incorporated by the faculty and alumni of IIT-Delhi and received infrastructure support in setting up a research and development (R&D) centre in IIT-Delhi,” said AK Gosain of the department of civil engineering, IIT-D.  Prof Gosain, who led the team of researchers in setting up the start-up company, said, “The purpose is to make available a cost-effective tool for general users with basic GIS functionalities like viewing, single-layer analysis, multi-layer analysis, external database connectivity, charting and reporting.”  On these lines, INRM Consultants has developed a tailor-made GIS tool for Indian Coffee Board with similar functionalities. Prof Gosain said the software has been developed on open source and is ready for dissemination.  “It is a fraction of the cost when compared to GIS software being made available by international companies, which can cost anywhere around Rs 3 lakh. It will be used for agricultural prediction using crop growth models in coffee cultivation,” he said.  According to Prof Gosain, “We have also developed a countrywide framework for GIS-based hydrological modelling of 12 river basins of the country.


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