User Interaction Meet, 2017

The annual User Interaction Meet was organized at Hyderabad International Convention Centre during 24th and 25th January 2017 in association with Geospatial World Forum.The inaugural session was graced by Dr.Y.V.N.Krishna Murthy, Director, NRSC followed by Guests of Honour of Ms.Aparajita Sarangi, IAS, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development, Govt. of India, Shri Manoj Ahuja, IAS, Principal Secretary to Govt., Dept. of Agriculture &Farms’ Empowerment, Government of Odisha and Dr.K.Sivan, Director, VSSC.

Ms.Aparajita Sarangi in her address, highlighted and appreciated the support given by NRSC for the use of Bhuvan for geo-tagging of the assets under the geo-MGNREGA project. She expressed her enthusiasm on taking it forward. The Chief Guest of the session was Dr.B.P.Charya, IAS, Special Chief Secretary Planning, Telangana, who expressed the power of geospatial technology. He had appreciated the support given by NRSC due to which the division of the new districts could be done within no time. Many new products & services and software were released. To name a few utilities like Cloud and Shadow Mask,HDF to GeoTiff Conversion software,Image Fusion Tool (Beta version for user evaluation and Feedback),Image Viewer Utility,IRS Data product visualization software ,Image Mosaic and Radiometry Normalize utility Semi- Automatic Registration utility Utility for Mapping of SOI Map series to Open series Maps (Beta version)SWIR Band synthesis utility for IRS RS2 LISS-4 Mx Data (Beta version). New products form Resourcesat-2 (AWIFS and LISS 3 ) - Surface Reflectance Products Sigma Naught Products @ 5km for Land Applications; new services released-On Demand EO Services on Bhuvan,Scatsat-1 Products Browsing and Download(Desktop/Mobile based);3D visualization of Scatsat-1 Globalwind vector.

The first plenary session was chaired by Shri S.Somnath, Director, LPSC which comprised of three presentations. Dr.A.Ravi Shankar, Director General, Drug Control Administration, A.P., briefed about the NTR Vaidya Seva program which includes mapping of disease patterns, flow of drug and quantity of drug required using the geospatial technologies. Dr.G. Malsur, Commissioner & State Project Director, CADA, Telangana presented on the status of Telangana Water Resource Information System (TWRIS) developed on Bhuvan; followed by the usage of Geospatial Technologies &Bhuvan in power sector by Shri.AnandShanker, DGM, Power Grid Corporation of India, Gurgaon.


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The second plenary session was conducted under the chairmanship of Dr.M.Nageswara Rao, AD, ISAC comprising five presentations. Shri. Shantanu Bhatawadekar, Director, EOS expounded upon the strategies and plans for future ISRO missions, Goals and uniqueness of Indian Earth Observation programs; this is followed by the explanation of EO Satellite Missions program profile for 2017-2022 by Shri.S.K.Nagesh, GD, PMSG, ISAC.Dr. D Dhar, GD, SIPG, SAC gave detail on the new trends in data processing which was followed by Dr.N.Aparna, GH, NDC, NRSC who gave overview of the data product dissemination during 2015-16, the information about the present status of satellites and support for International Charter & Sentinel Asia. Dr.P.V.N.Rao, DD (RSAA), NRSC presented an overview of the different application projects and the ministerial support that NRSC is giving.

The first technical session on Geo-spatial Web Services was chaired by Shri. Shantanu Bhatawadekar, Director, EOS which comprises of four presentations.Dr.M.V.R.Sesha Sai, DD, ECSA, NRSC gave insights into NICES products for Scientific Studies followed by Geospatial Services by Dr.Shashikant A Sharma, SAC. Dr.Sameer Saran, IIRS presented 3D GIS Technologies in open source platforms and their applications which was followed by Ms.Sonalagarwal, NRSC who gave an holistic idea about the integration of data with the Bhuvan portal from different user Ministries/Departments to enable g-governance.

The second session which was earmarked for Collaborations with Industry, was chaired by Shri.K.V.Ratna Kumar, DD (SDR&ISA), NRSC comprising of four presentations. Mr.A.Arunachalam, Antrix presented on opportunities for industries in the space segment followed by 'MapmyIndia and Bhuvan Collaborative Application' by Shri ShishirVerma, MapmyIndia. Col.Inderjeet Singh, Scanpoint Geomatics showcased the IGIS portal along with all the functionalities of a regular GIS Software which was followed by Shri Vishal Waghthaure, Mahrashtra State Electricity Transmission Company Limited (MSETCL) who briefed about MSETCL and its the collaboration with Bhuvan.

On the second day, there were two technical sessions organised in parallel.The third technical session on Remote Sensing Data Utilization-1 was chaired by Dr.Sandeep Tripathi, IFS, Chief Executive, Govt. of Odisha which comprises of six presentations. The fourth technical session (Hindi session) was chaired by Shri.AlokSrivastav, PD, INSAT-3DR comprising of eight contributed papers.All the speakers presented the papers in Hindi.

The fifth technical session on Remote Sensing Data Utilization-2 was chaired by Dr.Santanu Chowdhury, Director, ADRIN which comprises of five presentations. The sixth technical session on Collaborations with Academia was chaired by Dr.A.Senthil Kumar, Director, IIRS.

The final panel discussions was chaired by Dr.W.R.Reddy, IAS, Director General, NIRD with panellists ,Director NRSC Dr Y V N Krishnamurthy , Assosiate Director Shri Bhanumurthy , Deputy Director , Shri B Gopala Krishna.A report on proceedings of UIM was presented by Shri.V.Bhanumurthy, AD, NRSC.Users were given chance to give feedback and ask questions. During this session some of the users were asking about the microwave data and its availability, Hyperspectral data through UAV’s, Software tools and data availability for the rural areas, advance payment regarding etc. which was responded accordingly. While addressing all these questions, Dr W R Reddy also emphasised that we should work towards the benefits of common manby promoting social entrepreneurship and user friendly products/services.

The meet was attended by around 250 users from different central/sate centres, private & academic institutes. We also had around 100 students who registered online to participate in the Academia session. There was an exhibition arranged showcasing the latest satellites' capabilities and Bhuvan / User order processing online demo. We had an overwhelming response at the exhibition.

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