“Knowledge” has always been the business of NIAS – with Centre for Spatial Analytics and Advanced GIS (c-SAG), NIAS now ventures into a new and important field of Spatial Analytics (SA) and Advanced GIS. Through C-SAG, NIAS also opens a new avenue of knowledge and innovation activities by way of focussing to develop socially and societally relevant intellectual property and Apps. SA and advanced GIS are important areas of great relevance to India’s developmental needs – which C-SAG will support.
Spatial data is extremely important to society, governments and citizens. Today, spatial data is generated in multitude of ways – through satellite measurements and imaging; through sensors on Unmanned Aerial Systems or aircrafts; embedded precise positioning using specialized hand-held devices; underground utilities data; indoor positions and mapping; mobile systems and Wi-Fi systems based on positions of transmitters; radio-frequency identification (RFID) using networks of fixed detectors/readers; laser imaging matched to 3D geometry and many, many more methods. Spatial Analytics (SA) is the logical processing of such spatial data using inherent topological, geometric, or geographic properties and is emerging at the forefront of advanced Geographical Information Systems (GIS) knowledge. Combined with Internet-of-Things (IoT) and using Artificial Intelligence principles, SA is charting the future of geographical data processing in the Big-Data and Cloud environment.
The Centre is a first of its kind – dealing with SA and GIS knowledge and in a variety of developmental issues of society, national programmes and grass-root governance – say, in Digital India, Smart-City, Crop Insurance, Health, NR Management, Disaster Management, National GIS, State-GIS, City-GIS, UAS Applications, etc. C-SAG will also be working on several advanced technologies – Image Analytics, Fractals and scale invariance analysis, Spatial search tools, Spatial Decision Support tools, Real-time GIS, IoT – Spatial “things”, 3-dimensional GIS, Sensor Networks and Citizen as Sensor etc to bring a strong and sustained knowledge base in the country. Unbridled imagination and innovation will drive the Centre – working on new and “out-of-box” ideas, unique project configurations, Apps development, skilling and building capacities, excellent cookbooks and wide range of knowledge and intellectual products and outputs.
Working in these cutting-edge areas and in unique ways, the Centre would not only build knowledge competency BUT ultimately help develop a unique knowledge competency in SA and GIS in the country.
As we pride, the “FUTURES OF SPATIAL”!!
(Mukund Kadursrinivas Rao)