ISRO co-develops image processing software

 The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), in partnership with the Ahmedabad-based Scanpoint Geomatics Ltd has developed an integrated geographic information system and image processing software (IGiS) to analyse satellite pictures and data.

The low-cost software is an indigenous seamless geomatics application for geographical information system (GIS), image processing and its integration with the real-time information using the global positioning system (GPS).

ISRO chairman, G Madhavan Nair said, it was the first indigenous software that integrates satellite images with information. “We have demonstrated our capability to develop IGiS in a niche area for our use, which is the need of the hour,” he said while launching the software product here.

The software can be used to scan, process and study the images and spatial data relayed by the space agency's communication and remote-sensing satellites in the polar and geo-synchronous orbits. Bug-free, versatile and easy-to-use, the  software (version 1.0) has been tested at the Indian Space Research Organisation centre by space scientists and geo-informatics experts along with Scanpoint engineers.

US-made satellites

Nair said the recently signed Technology Safeguard Agreement  paves the way for India to launch US-made satellites from its spaceport at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
As space cooperation with the US was high on the government agenda, the TSA would help India launch US-made satellites and satellites carrying US components on commercial terms, according to Nair

According to Scanpoint director, A R Dasgupta, a suite of tools are provided to customise the product for image processing, terrain analysis, 3D modelling, ICR (intelligent character reading), decision support and uncertainty management.

 The proprietary software can be used under licence for defence, telecom, transportation, infrastructure, urban planning, resource exploration, forestry, agriculture, environment, energy, disaster management and healthcare.

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