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ISRO scouts for cos to market sat-based software package

M. Somasekhar

Antrix Corporation, the commercial arm of the Indian Department of Space (DoS) is gearing itself to market a range of customised software packages developed by the centres of the Indian Space Research Organisation.

HYDERABAD, Jan. 28

IMAGES from the Indian remote sensing satellite (IRS) series are being used in Thailand for a major project on urban sprawl and city planning.

In the US, the IRS data is being used to build a road inventory, plan transport networks as well as in forestry applications such as mapping of timber cuts.

EuroMap of Germany is using the satellite data for multiple applications and in collaboration with Indian Space agencies developing ready to use software packages.

Buoyed by this diverse and growing worldwide customer use, Antrix Corporation, the commercial arm of the Indian Department of Space (DoS) is gearing itself to market a range of customised software packages developed by the centres of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

The corporation has held detailed discussions with the Russian industry, especially the companies strong in geographical information systems (GIS) to market the software and also join hands for development of new satellite-based products, according to Mr R.L.N. Murthi, Business Development Manager of Antrix. A host of software packages with specific applications have been developed. For example in the areas of irrigation and water management, four products — Sarita (scheduling & assessing); Varun (run off analysis) ; Samruddhi (expert system for land resources action plan); Waris (decision support system) — give a comprehensive range for the customer, he told Business Line.

Similarly in resource management two specific packages called GeoSmart and GeoLawns, which help in land, water and natural resources management are ready for commercial take.

A novel software package called GeoLimis, which is a decision support system for citing locust-breeding areas, has also been developed. The product can be helpful for planners and farmers in areas where locust invasions are a threat.

In agriculture itself, another package called CapeWorks (crop acreage, production estimate) has gained a degree of acceptance with its application in 7 to 8 crops, he said.

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