Karnataka chooses ESRI Technology for Disaster Management Portal

New Delhi, August 3, 2009: Karnataka, an important state of India, has been a pioneering state in setting up a disaster monitoring (established way back in 1988) through its Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC), an autonomous body under the Department of Science and Technology, Government of Karnataka. The KSNDMC has the major responsibility to monitor and pro-actively provide advanced information on natural disasters in the state of Karnataka. The Centre integrates the data collected by in-situ measurements, imaging and secondary data from various state and central Government agencies - Meteorology, Agriculture, Horticulture, Surface and Ground Water Resources, Dry Land Farming, Water-shed Development, Soil Survey, Surface Water Resources, Command Area Development and many others. The Centre has been in operation from 1988 and has large volumes of historical records and data, which when integrated with current data, serves as a major dataset for developing empirical and mathematical models for prognostic and diagnostic characterization of natural hazards. KSNDMC provides Decision Support information on disasters to various government agencies and community agencies in the form of graphs, maps and tabulated data.

The KSNDMC decided to establish a Disaster Portal – by taking up a major initiative of converting all their data holdings into a real-time geodatabase and analysis systems. With their powerful empirical models, KSNDMC envisages the Portal to be a GIS service that will provide real-time estimates of drought, rainfall, crop status, earthquake monitors and many other parameters. The Portal is a sophisticated project that embeds the geodatabase on a powerful map and imaging server software to be able to model and estimate the disaster and provide alerts thru web, SMS and also in conventional maps/reports.

The KSNDMC decided to adopt the ArcGISServer technology to power their GIS portal for Disaster Monitoring. As the real-time collection, modeling and dissemination of disaster related information is of utmost importance, KSNDMC decided to establish a Web-GIS based Disaster Monitoring portal. The architecture being server–based, will lay the foundation for hosting and serving images and data information. ESRI’s globally utilized and accepted ARcGIS Technology was chosen to be at the core of this GIS portal. The ArcGISServer will be used to establish a customized geodatabase ingest method using historical nd real-time networks of automatic weather station data, earthquake seismograph stations data and a host of other base data of disaster. Customised ArcGIS modeling tools will integrate and “crunch” all the data to be able make empirical estimates using the already available KSNDMC models for drought and floods etc. The entire portal is being designed, developed and implemented with help of NIIT GIS Ltd. (ESRI India).

“Disaster Monitoring requires real-time spatial data and integrated non-spatial attributes and powerful tools of spatialisation for modeling. KSNDMC has established simple and empirical models but this needs the power of a good database to be able to be predictive and cut down time of manually analyzing and dissemination of paper maps. Further, the technology has to be able to incorporate real-time measurements from a variety of instruments and observations” says Dr. V.Prakash, Director of the KSNDMC.

“To us this is a challenging project as for the first time GIS is being used to ingest, model and disseminate disaster related data. ArcGISServer technology is most suited for this as it is able to “mash-up” real-time data, images and integrate the models as an “application service” and serve the application (with data) on demand to a variety of platforms – web, hand-helds and also in paper maps. We are committed to make this project a unique bench-mark” said Dr. Mukund Rao, President & COO, ESRI India.

This unique and first-of-its kind GIS Application project using ESRI software technology gives a new hope to GIS users in the world that GIS has a major role to play in Disaster Monitoring and dissemination. ESRI

India envisages that this Karnataka project would serve as major reference within all the government agencies especially those who deal with dissemination and use imagery and related data information in the field of disaster management.

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