A lot of ongoing initiatives have been introduced recently from within the geo-spatial Indian industry and by the Government of India. Coupled with the newly emerging areas being targeted for expanding services, the Geospatial sector is poised for an explosive growth within and outside India. The trigger for all this has come from the availability of GIS, GNSS and imagery mapping of Earth from outer space. There also seems to be a consensus within industry sources that this growth will be driven by Big Data, Cloud servers, Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence.
For all this to happen there has to be a coming together, a merging of technologies which is non-existent today. Each industry segment is secure and knowledgeable within its own sphere. For growth to happen, alliances will need to be formed to enable sharing expertise of one industry segment with another and the creation of joint projects.
The emerging requirements worldwide for smart cities, and more generally, smart technology, necessitate a convergence of different and diverse technologies. Interestingly, there was the re-emergence of the “Digital Twin” which was so eloquently and graphically discussed by MapmyIndia’s Rohan Verma during the full day seminar held on “Map the Future” at Gurgaon in April 2017. It came center-stage once again as the Geospatial World Forum 2018 held at Hyderabad on January 17th, 2018.
Some of the other areas of discussion included the “re-discovering of distributed GIS, analytics, real-time mobility and community engagement with GIS.” With spatial analytics taking priority, it has become necessary for the industry to focus and in a way re-learn. The new nitty-gritty concepts of “the where, the size and shape, the relationship between places, the best locations and paths, the patterns and making predictions” are said to be of paramount importance now.
It is predicted that the hundreds of billions being generated as revenue by the geospatial segment worldwide are slated for a mega-jump. A continuous growth rate of 13.6% is expected till 2020. The Indian share of this market is expected to be a far larger percentage, based on its nascent stage, than it is today. Increased usage of geospatial technology is expected in segments like BFSI, Construction, Agriculture, where this technology is already being used. Some of the emerging areas demanding penetration are areas like Disaster Management, Forest Cover Imaging, Environment Modelling, Infrastructure and Urban Development, and Identifying and Managing Water Resources.
An interesting insight of the Indian segment of the geospatial industry during the recent World Forum was its focus on improving living conditions of the people of India. Geospatial technology and the tiny percentage of service providers in India still have many industry segments to tap and penetrate. The advantages of the technology lie in its ability to support all these segments in improved cost-effectiveness, increased efficiency and accuracy, greater transparency and better planning, with all these leading to much faster decision making in government and private sectors.
Quite interestingly, subsequent to the Hyderabad meeting held recently, the AGI (Association of Geospatial Industries) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the EARSC (European Association of Remote Sensing Companies) for increased collaboration between the two. This was signed on the sidelines of the Geospatial World Forum in Hyderabad recently.
As seems evident, alliances are in progress now with the signing of this agreement and the ball has been set rolling for the coming together of technologies.
WorkMate is another of the “incomparable” cloud-based software application from MapmyIndia to support businesses manage their workforce in the field. The software uses MapmyIndia’s comprehensive and accurate mapping data as the base on which to function, using its house-number-level capability for increased accuracy.
Available for the web (Manager Access) as well as mobile application (Field Workforce), it works very well with Android smartphone devices. The software for iOS is on the way and expected quite soon. The user just needs to sign up and the application can be used as soon as it is downloaded from the play store. The software works offline too, keeping track, saving the information, and allowing it to sync with the server once GPRS or Wi-fi returns.
The facilities and features it provides are choices based and graded depending on the plan you opt for and your field workforce count. Quite versatile functionally, the software can provide online documentation facility, email support, end-to-end customised application development as well as application program interface capabilities.
It can manage a workforce of 10 field staff to an unlimited number in the final graded service plan. An added advantage is the privacy it provides once you detail the working time period for the field staff. It monitors only within that specified time period and stops thereafter. Owing to the open communication provided by the application, the field staff can check-in from their service locations, receive customer addresses along with detailed step-by-step directions to reach their target destinations. Also, task management capability of Workmate help admin users to manage assignments of their field workforce.
The field workforce is tracked using the GPS on their devices. Their locations can thus be monitored on a real-time basis. As MapmyIndia’s Head of Marketing, Delhi based Tarini Sundar, put it quite simply during her discussion with Livemint: “Through the web app, you will be able to see where all your field employees are on a given working day.”
The two-way information flow and the associated remote guidance facility enhances efficiency, increasing field staff accountability at the same time. It helps visualize the gaps in performance and aids in taking remedial action where required. This results in a quantum fall in the wastage of time, fuel and man-hours, increasing the return on investment.
A white-labeled application, the display, and the branding are customizable to any company or business needs. The WorkMate software is universally usable across verticals. Its versatility cuts across industries from Sales, Service, Delivery, Distribution, Healthcare to the Public Sector, Communication & Utilities.
And the last but not the least – MapmyIndia’s customer-care services are there to jump in and provide 24×7 support and help wherever you require it.
Read more – http://www.livemint.com/Technology/ALiIkem34m1IYU5WjuvuzH/These-apps-mean-business.html
The service begins for the routes of Delhi-Howrah and Delhi-Mumbai by February-end, spreading across the entire nation in later stages.
INDIA Updated: Nov 30, 2017 14:40 IST Hindustan Times, New Delhi
In an attempt to ensure timely running of trains, the Railways has planned to use GPS-enabled tracking devices in the trains. This usage of the GPS-based devices fitted in locomotives would provide advance information to the passengers and the railway authorities.
This provision is intended to be made available in real-time basis for overcoming the slower manual system and instead provide accurate train timings. MapmyIndia is delighted to be a part of this collaboration as this would aid in avoiding delays and rather show a good punctuality record.
Lately, the test run implemented in Mughalsarai division in October has been a success. This pilot experiment provided crucial information as the system plotted the train on the map as well as on the speed chart. Additionally, it also offered live information such as trains didn’t run on the maximum permissible speed, drivers exercised excessive controls at cautions, late start and extra stoppage of trains, and a speedometer errors as well.
The railway minister Mr. PiyushGoyal has now asked all 16 railway zones in India to adopt this system, called real-time punctuality monitoring and analysis (RPMA), to ensure punctuality and safety.Thereby, train status is continuously accessible consequently allowing the drivers and guards to be evaluated on real-time performance parameters.
This entire range of digital information could go a long way in streamlining the country’s largest public carrier.
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