Esri India launches ‘Geodesign’ tool for planning smart cities.
Esri India, a joint venture between NIIT Technologies and Esri Inc, a provider of Geographic Information System (GIS) Software & Solutions have come out with offerings for planning ‘Smart Cities’ in India.
Esri India has introduced Geodesign, a key framework for conceptualising and planning for Smart Cities and associated tools.
These tools include GeoPlanner, a specialised application for land based planning, CityEngine, a 3D design tool with visualisation technology to improve urban planning, and GeoEvent Processor which captures feeds from multiple sources for real time processing, according to company executives.
Arvind Thakur, Chairman Esri India said, “Location is a common denominator in every aspect of Smart City development thus creating a strong need for integrating GIS in its planning. An integrated approach will result in sustainability and increased benefits for citizens residing in Smart Cities”.
The pace of urbanisation is speeding up in India with an expectation of better facilities and living conditions. This has proompted governments across the world to embark on thee kinds of solutions.
In India, GIFT City and Lavasa are using Esri tools for urban planning, infrastructure planning, construction monitoring and management.
Further, Esri software has been in used in utilities – Electric, Water and Gas; city planning departments; land management; roads & highways; security & safety, with implementations in Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, Orange City Water, Nagpur and Commissionerate of Municipal Administration, Chennai, company officials said.
Agendra Kumar, President, Esri India commented, “Geodesign provides the design framework and supporting technology for professionals to leverage geographic information.
Giving thumbs up to Modi government’s focus on developing smart cities, Michael Bloomberg, UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Cities & Climate Change on Monday said, “From my experience, he (PM Modi) is absolutely correct to make cities a central focus of his work.”
“The more India invests in sustainable cities, the stronger its economy will grow,” Bloomberg said. Giving a special address at RE-INVEST 2015, Bloomberg said, “Prime Minister Modi is showing that confronting climate change goes hand-in-hand with smart economic growth.”
Bloomberg urged both India’s private sector and foreign investors to continue developing and investing in the clean energy market which create “knowledge-intensive jobs and support the nation’s goals”.
Power Minister Piyush Goyal assured that the government will make sure that the investments in India will be protected and encouraged. He said for a new investment destination the prerequisite is an atmosphere which makes to do business easier, consistency in policies, bankable contracts and prevalence of rule of law in the country.
Goyal sought to assure investors that though the government is pro-poor, it understands the problems of business and will act as a facilitator.