IITians Develop GIS Software
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.