At a time when Prime Minister Shri Narendrabhai Modi is launching many initiatives on Smart Cities, the University of Iowa, USA is planning to set up Geospatial infrastructure at Venus Group of colleges, Ahmedabad. The University has joined hands with Venus Group of colleges for setting up 4 hi-tech laboratories including Robotics lab, environment lab, Molecular lab and Open lab.
University of Iowa will provide financial assistance to set up Open lab, environment lab and Robotics lab at Aadiswar institute of technology affiliated with Gujarat Technological University (GTU), while a Molecular lab will be set up at Arihant school of pharmacy & BRI, Mr. Rishabh Jain, Chairman of Venus Group said. Delegation of the University from America also made tie up with Venus group for faculty and students exchange programme. Government of Gujarat under leadership of Chief Minister Smt. Anandiben Patel has announced to develop major Cities through Satellite Mapping, Venus Group will have advantage of using the latest technology of Geo Spatial software from the American University. The University of Iowa will provide the software free of cost for Five years, Mr. Jain said.
The University of Iowa has expertise of management of spatially referenced data dealing with cities, forests, land, environment, wildlife, population, transportation, healthcare, disease, hazards, energy, waste management and others. The delegation comprising of 1. Josh busrad, 2. Dr marc linderman, 3. George paterson, 4. Dr raj rajagopal, 5. Jeremie moen and 6. Eric tate participated in discussion about the scope and opportunities in developing Geo Spatial Infrastructure.
What is Geo Spatial infrastructure?
Collecting, storing and archiving location or geo-referenced data, developing software and hardware systems to analyze and visualize such data and training people and developing institutions to utilize such evidence-based outcomes in decsion-making, research and the policy process constitutes what is known as geospatial infrastructure. Applications of geospatial concepts include energy, forestry, wildlife, water, archaeology, transportation, environmental and public health and disease mapping.