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Survey of India inks deal to create ‘digital twins’ of big cities, ET Infra


NEW DELHI: Aligning with the national geospatial policy’s goal to create ‘digital twins’ of the country’s major cities and towns by 2035, the Survey of India (SOI) – custodian of India’s map – has, in a first-of-its-kind initiative, signed an agreement with an Indian private mapping company, Genesys International, to mirror urban landscape and physical assets with precise details, and produce their three-dimensional maps.

The digital twinning of urban areas will help not only in planning and policymaking but also in disaster management as it’ll provide details on vulnerability aspects of properties and infrastructure through digital terrain/surface models. The company has, so far, built ‘digital twins’ of Ayodhya, the Dharavi slum cluster of Mumbai, Kochi and Kanpur.

The ‘digital twins’ is a virtual replica of a physical asset, process or service that lies at the core of the new digital revolution. It can facilitate better decision-making for all kinds of facilities and services in urban areas including traffic planning, real estate development, revenue (property tax) collection and ecological planning.

The twin – digital copy of physical assets – will also help policymakers understand how infrastructure will function in different situations such as high-footprints events, increase of population or during natural disasters.

Under its partnership, the Genesys International will use the SOI’s nationwide state-of-art national survey network of the over 900 Continuously Operating Reference Stations (CORS) which not only capable of providing real time location based mapping and positioning services with an accuracy of + / – 3cm, but also host an array of different positioning services targeted to cater requirements for different segments of geospatial and scientific community.

“The integration of our CORS technology with Genesys’ mapping expertise will elevate the accuracy and reliability of geospatial data, unlocking new possibilities for India’s development,” said Hitesh Kumar Makwana, Surveyor General of India, on Wednesday.

“We have been working on the project for the last one and a half years. We have already finished a 2D map of entire India, where we have digitised 8.5 million km of the road network, and we have done around 1 million km of 360-degree panoramic imagery across India covering more than 1,500 towns and cities. We have almost 40 million of points of interest and addresses,” said Sajid Mailk, CMD, Genesys International.

The opening up of data sets by SOI to the private sector is also in sync with national geospatial policy which aims to bring out high resolution topographic maps covering every inch of the country by 2030.

  • Published On Nov 23, 2023 at 08:28 AM IST

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