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UN report cites ISRO efforts in assisting the Indian government to contain COVID-19 pandemic

United Nations, November 19 

A report by the United Nations has cited efforts by Indian Area Analysis Organisation (ISRO) to leverage its geospatial instruments in helping the central and state governments in direction of containing the COVID-19 pandemic and supporting sustainable improvement initiatives within the nation.

The UN report ‘Geospatial Practices for Sustainable Improvement in Asia and the Pacific 2020′ cites the position being performed by ‘BHUVAN’, the nationwide geo-portal developed and hosted by ISRO comprising of geospatial information, companies and instruments for evaluation, in combating COVID-19.

“The Authorities of India and its state governments have taken a number of steps to include the COVID-19 pandemic. ISRO has assisted on this by offering and leveraging geospatial instruments, specifically, BHUVAN – the Indian Geo-Platform,” the report mentioned.

It added that the geospatial info platform supplied service in six points: monitoring, figuring out hotspots, vegetable markets, meals wanted, house isolation and air pollution.

“Moreover, as India wanted a dashboard to higher perceive the present circumstances within the nation, ISRO customised the Geo-portal and developed ‘Bhuvan- COVID-19′ at a nationwide stage to trace the pandemic and replace the general public on the present scenario, ” the report mentioned.

The report, launched on Wednesday by the UN Financial and Social Fee for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), showcases examples from the area’s international locations using purposes of house expertise to advance sustainable improvement.

It mentioned that Asian and Pacific nations are more and more leveraging house expertise and geospatial info to reply to challenges on the bottom, together with of their efforts to include the unfold and mitigate the influence of the coronavirus pandemic.

The report additionally mentioned that India has been making vital progress in responding to the calls for of as we speak’s cities by incorporating sturdy house applied sciences and GIS (geographic info system) into the city planning, transport administration and visitors navigation methods.

It mentioned the event of Highway Asset Administration system for Nationwide Highways (NHs) is a flagship challenge by the Nationwide Highways Authority of India in affiliation with the Indian Area Analysis Organisation and the World Financial institution.

“Bringing each private and non-private funded roads below one umbrella, the principle goal of this challenge is to help in correct and scientific upkeep planning, improve street security measures and plan the event of the NH community in India,” the report mentioned.

The report additionally famous that ESCAP, with the help of India, repeatedly facilitates younger skilled officers from creating international locations within the area to affix a nine-month post-graduate course on distant sensing and the International Navigation Satellite tv for pc Programs on the Centre for Area Science and Expertise Schooling within the Asia Pacific, in Dehradun.

A few of the different practices undertaken by international locations within the area and cited within the report embrace ‘Night time-light’ satellite tv for pc photos monitoring the influence of lockdowns, ‘heatmaps’ to chart out communities weak to the pandemic and its socio-economic penalties, real-time situational evaluation, and dashboards integrating a large gamut of vital info to help choices are among the practices cited.

The examples, in accordance with the report, present how house purposes and geospatial information have performed an essential position in offering important location-based and temporal information to make an “total information map” and snapshots on the COVID-19 pandemic for policymakers and the general public.

Moreover, combining spatial information from contact tracing, quarantining, and social distancing with digital options and synthetic intelligence (AI)-driven danger analytics can assist improve group resilience.

Such purposes may also assist in the restoration section to construct again higher, by offering an proof base for choices on the easing of lockdown and the resumption of financial and social actions, the report added.

“The efficient integration of geospatial information, with current statistics and ground-based info, shall be key to delivering the well timed information wanted for governments, companies, communities and residents to make evidenced-based choices,” Govt Secretary of ESCAP Armida Salsiah Alisjahjabana mentioned.

The report, issued two years after Asian and Pacific international locations endorsed an bold plan of motion on using house applied sciences to help sustainable improvement additionally offers a baseline for assessing future progress within the area.

Along with presenting an summary of the standing together with thematic areas akin to catastrophe danger, pure useful resource administration, connectivity, social improvement, power, and local weather change, the report additionally highlights the significance of multi-stakeholder partnerships.  

“Many regional and country-based efforts are sparking improvements that appeal to each private and non-private capital, supporting start-ups and spinoffs from house purposes analysis and pilots,” mentioned ESCAP.  

The report outlined seven key suggestions for policymakers to combine purposes of geospatial info into their planning and actions in direction of reaching the Sustainable Improvement Objectives (SDGs).PTI 

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