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GIS Mapping can help in preparation against floods

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As the city of Bangalore, has been suffering from frequent flooding, can we reduce the damages using Geographical Information System (GIS)? According to Geographical experts it is possible using GIS Mapping.

According to the CEO and Co-founder of VizExperts, Praveen Bhaniramka, GIS technology will be helpful in preparing government agencies during times of Floods.

Population density, Rain samples, infrastructure status of the city, drainage facility information can be fetched using GIS technology. By deploying sensors in particular locations we can track inward and outward flow of rainwater in the city. By using these sensors the officials can map the situation during floods and can take decisions accordingly. This transformation of data into decision making is made possible by our 3D GIS platform, GeorbIS.

Every year during the Monsoon season, flooding occurs. Information and statistics is available with government entities. But, the utilization of that information in taking decisions is not happening. For example, the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC) is capable of providing accurate information about weather, forecast, precautions and natural disasters. But this data is not being used to take intelligent decisions.

How is GIS helpful?

  • Can form a map on areas where Flooding occurs frequently using GIS.
  • Using geographical aspects can rebuild a sewage drains to ensure smooth water flow.
  • Can allow the creation of flood simulation models.
  • Can allow the mapping of evacuation routes by use of imagery captured.
  • If weather forecast is available then the government officials can take appropriate decisions based on the available maps and locations.

 

Application of GIS data in Natural Disaster Preparation

Flood SImulation
With the use of the available GIS data, officials can take preventive measures as well as deliver speedy relief when faced with Natural Disasters. While Geospatial Technology has been effectively used by the Governments for preparing City Development Plans, the technology is not being utilized to its complete effect. According to Praveen Bhaniramka, founder and CEO of VizExperts the GIS data can be applied to reduce damages caused by natural disasters and can also help in taking precautionary measures.
Using GIS data one can map the terrain according to the requirement, for example when it comes to flooding crucial data like population density, scale of the rain, infrastructure, sanitary and stormwater drains can be gathered successfully with the help of GIS. Our 3D GIS platform, GeorbIS is capable of converting voluminous raw data into informative decision making through various visual computing methods. With this the state officials will not only be able to successfully run simulations on various models to collect data on potential damages, it will also help them plan out their restoration efforts. This will in short help them to prepare for natural disasters.
The state of Karnataka has successfully employed geospatial technology for the preparation of city development plans.
  • “Under K-GIS plan, the government has been developing digital spatial infrastructure. Rs 150 crore has been sanctioned for the project. The technology is helping different departments to prepare plans, take administrative decisions and implement development projects. Effective use of GIS is crucial for realising the dream of Smart City,” he said.

Basically, by employing a platform to coordinate, correlate and utilize all the data collected by the various departments, the state will be able to ensure smart solutions for problems, intelligent decision making while making governing policies and will allow the officials to prepare themselves for any scenario so as to ensure the safety of the citizen and also smoother governance overall.
Check out the original release featured on Times of India here.

GeorbIS, 3D GIS Platform Helps Prepare for Natural Disasters

At VizExperts, we have been in collaboration with various state governments to help their civic bodies prepare for natural disasters. While speaking about Bangalore, Praveen Bhaniramka, co-founder of VizExperts says that Bangalore and Karnataka are mapped thoroughly. To that extent, there is no way to allow for the visualization of these maps, thereby helping the civic agencies prepare for natural disasters. Through our 3D GIS Platform GeorbIS, we can extract GIS based data and convert it into pictures improving the decision making capabilities of government agencies.

What is GeorbIS?

GeorbIS, the flagship product of VizExperts, is a 3D GIS solution which helps in the conversion of voluminous raw data into informative decision making through visual computing.

  • “Geospatial information is a key element in disaster management. We develop GIS solutions for quick deployment and adaptation in times of emergency. We can equip local, state or national government to deal with natural disasters such as earthquake, cyclone, flood, landslide, forest fires and drought. It’s high time for the city administration to use GIS-based data to reach decisions. If civic agencies identify issues and put the data in public domain, it will eventually benefit citizens. There BBMP has no provision to see data in visual format right now,” Bhaniramka says.

Simulation of all low lying locations during floods

 

Currently we are working on a national level project in collaboration with Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS). Basically we are creating visualization maps with data on the Indian Coastline. We are also in the process of setting up an emergency operation centre for KSNDMC in Bengaluru.

  • “Karnataka’s coastline is also being mapped. We are extracting data on rainfall, tides and weather systems from the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC), weather department and National Disaster Management Authority , following which it will be collated to create visual representations to help authorities make decisions tools,” Bhaniramka explains.

 

Check out the original release featured on Times of India here.

VizExperts’ Contribution to Make in India

Geospatial intelligence
Make in India for Defence
Having cleared a year long logjam concerning Make in India for Defence manufacturing, the Government of India has welcomed private firms into the sector. Our company VizExperts is an Indian based defense start up, which has been contributing to the advancement in technology in the defence sector for over six years now. Our company has been simplifying complex operations for the Indian Armed Forces and replacing ageing war tactics with technical solutions.
We started out as a technology company, providing integrated solutions and services in the visual computing field. After our initial success in this regard we shifted to product development. Our current client base includes the likes of   Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), police and paramilitary organisations, law enforcement institutions, museums and educational institutes in India and also International conglomerates like Halliburton, SGI and AMD.
In 2011, we launched our first patent product Digital Sand Model (DSM). The Digital Sand Model Technology is the integration of 4 different technologies – 3D Graphics, high resolution satellite data, Simulation and Geographic Information System (GIS). Using this we provide an improved situational awareness in a 3D format to the defence forces.
  •   “Colonel Sunil Damle (Amitabh Bachchan) briefs his army about Tiger Hill while planning the Kargil operation. He uses a sand model. The concept of DSM is the same. Instead of making a physical hill, you use satellite data and because the software is 3D, it reconstructs the terrain. The model, equipped with an analysis tool and other software, helps plan the operation on a real-time basis,” says Mr. Praveen Bhaniramka, Co-founder & CEO, VizExperts referring to the 2004 War drama Lakshya, when asked to simplify the Digital Sand Model Technology. 

Now that we have successfully served in the Public Sector we aim to to make an impact on the corporate sector as well thus continuing our commitment to the Make in India concept. In this our CEO is confident since our products are easy to use and cost effective as well.
Check out the original release featured on YourStory here.

VIzExperts CEO on Virtual Reality Applications and Augmented Reality

Praveen Bhaniramka, CEO of VizExperts, sits down for a talk with Startup 18, about how the company is contributing towards improving our countries battlefield standards. The interview started with an introduction on the company and its founder before going into the specifics and ending with his perspective about Virtual Reality Applications and Augmented Reality. The following is a lightly edited transcript of the interview.

Serious Gaming

Virtual Reality Applications in the Serious Gaming domain

 

Startup 18:

 

How will Virtual Reality be used in Defence as well as daily use cases?

 

Praveen Bhaniramka:

 

Virtual Reality is going to get bigger and better as the technology evolves. The most exciting thing about Virtual Reality is its application in training. When the soldiers in our armed forces enter the battlefield to fight insurgents, may it be Naxals or terrorists, VR is a great way to training these personnel in the various situations they may face on the battlefield. This will help ensure that they are better prepared for those situations. So one can call VR a game changer for training applications, especially in the defence sector. The way I see it, this industry can be transformed by bringing in imagery by means of 3D GIS and bringing it into VR. By bringing in real data and inputting it into the Synthetic World or Virtual World, we can apply this data in ways that will make it more interactive and immersive. This will allow us to improve training standards. In the defence sector I am very excited about VR and its rise in popularity. This area, I believe is called Serious Gaming Industry and I think Virtual Reality is going to be a game changer in this Industry.

 

When it comes to Virtual Reality applications for the common man, let me tell you about my son who is an avid user of the game Pokémon GO. We at VizExperts have some ideas of our own to create some really cool things for kids. What I can tell you is that VR and even Augmented Reality is going to be a game changer when it comes to the growth and development of kids going forward. We can use this to develop things in the ‘Edutainment” space, like teaching kids how cars work, how planes fly, one of my favourites is teaching kids how to play Hot Wheels game and allowing them to make Hot Wheels tracks up to any size. This will help them to learn Basic Designing Skills, they can also learn Architecture even if only the Basics. This is the kind of growth I feel VR will take us into, in the near future.

 

 

Startup 18:

 

Tips for young Entrepreneurs starting out in this area?

 

Praveen:

 

I think the first requirement, since this is a cutting edge area, is to learn to keep up with the continuous evolving nature of this technology, since the 3D graphics area moves faster than Moore’s Law. Passion for the industry is also very important to succeed. Having the passion for technology, VR, interactive graphics will allow and even enable you to stay ahead of the curve in this industry. One thing you should understand is that it is not about the fun, yes, VR and gaming is a lot of fun, but you need to understand what the end customer wants and why they would pay for it. That is a problem that us techies are not very good at. Understanding why a customer would buy our services and technology is what will define a successful entrepreneur. When it comes to recruiting talented people, we have been fortunate to find people who are passionate for VR and Graphics. What we do here at VizExperts is that we hire people for their passion and then train them for the skillset. We have a very capable senior team, who have both the skillset and the passion which allows us to train passionate people very quickly. We are a platform agnostic company, we basically build software and integrate hardware. Silicon Graphics, which is where I worked before this was a hardware company. So this can be called as my Expertise. I am very good at understanding and integrating hardware into various applications. May it be Apple, Google or Facebook, we understand how to take technology and integrate it so that it works for the customer.

 

Startup 18:

 

What is the best platform out of VR and AR for training purposes?

 

Praveen:

 

VR and AR are not necessarily separate, the difference is that with AR one can achieve a higher level of immersion than with VR. But, VR today, is capable of giving you much higher fidelity interactions which AR cannot. If you have played Pokemon GO then you will understand what I mean. AR still has some ways to go before it can match that level of fidelity which we are able to achieve in VR. In the long term though, where I would like to have soldiers training ‘really’ on the ground, can be achieved better with the help of AR. AR is basically me putting live soldiers into a real forest and enabling virtual enemies to attack, whereas in VR, the whole forest is virtual including the soldier. When it comes to AR, I would have to create these virtual soldiers in real situations, which is difficult in comparison to VR where one has to simply create a complete Virtual World. So there are applications for both, depending on the requirement, in some cases AR will be more suitable and in some cases VR. But what I feel is in the long term AR is the right thing for a real immersion experience. There are two things that are really important in such applications, one is the visual fidelity and the other is the interaction. Innovations are needed in both areas. What I expects from AR is actual feedback when one interacts with a virtually created being. For example, while shaking a virtual hand we want to get the feeling that we are actually shaking someone’s hand, what we get in today’s AR is our hand going through the projection. So AR has a long way to go before it reaches the level that I am envisioning.

 

You can view the entire interview here.

 

VizExperts’ 3D terrain model secures our borders

3D GIS
Traditionally, our armed forces have used Military Terrain Models for the purpose of operation planning and tactics. If you are not familiar with the concept then you can remember the scene from the 2004 war film Lakshya. Here Amitabh Bachchan plans the military tactics on such a model, to deploy and employ forces to fight and win the territory from the enemy. The model we saw in the movie was a very basic model used by the army until recently. Now replace that image in your mind with a 3D terrain model. This model is equipped with various interaction devices, software and terrain data gathered from high resolution satellites. As a result of this model, operations can be planned on a real time basis.
Yes, it is on this concept that our company, VizExperts has built its first patent product, a 3D terrain model called the Digital Sand Model Technology (DSM). The Border Security Force (BSF) has employed our product to assist them in securing our borders.
The Digital Sand Model Technology, is an integration of four different types of software technologies. Namely, 3D Graphics, high resolution satellite data, simulation and Geographic Information System (GIS).
  •  “Digital Sand Model is a revolutionary solution for operation planning, mission briefing and training, for the Indian paramilitary, police, and the armed forces,” says Praveen Bhaniramka, Founder and CEO, VizExperts. 

Talking about the product he further explains that this model involves the integration of online data from field formations. This integrated data can be directly visualized in the 24/7 operations capable control room. As a result, improved incident mapping and decision making is achieved. This integrated solution is built on a 3D GIS platform. The platform includes audio visual hardware as well as terrain data and the backend GIS database of the entire country.
Now that we have successfully served in the Public Sector we aim to to make an impact on the corporate sector as well.
Check out the original release featured on YourStory here.

VizExperts’ Terrain Mapping with Digital Sand Model

Terrain Mapping with digital sand model
Terrain Mapping is widely used to create sand models. The sand models are highly effective training and tactical planning tools. An actual replica of the area of interest is made using sand and 3D models. A stationary model of the terrain which can be used for military, research and educational purposes. Now, replace the stationary model with a digitally created 3D model of the terrain. Using digital maps, feature data and more to create a clinically accurate version of the terrain. This is the advanced terrain mapping that we at VizExperts offer, the Digital Sand Model.
Basically, there are two distinct elements to the data agglomeration process. Firstly, is the collection of raw data through data mining followed by front end visualization. 3D Geographic Information System allows the collection, processing, analysis and distribution of all the information with almost negligible inconsistencies. Cutting edge AV products are used simultaneously to augment these technologies allowing for better and accurate decision making.
The Digital Sand Model, our first patent product, is the integration of 3D GIS, simulation and AV technologies. Our integrated solution is built upon the OGC certified GeorbIS 3D GIS platform. This includes the DSM software, the best AV and IT hardware, interaction devices and also a backend GIS database and terrain data. Our Digital Sand Model Technology is widely used by the country’s inland security as well as law enforcement agencies. Its uses include operation planning, mission briefing and training.
The Digital Sand Model has its application in area mapping, armed forces, paramilitary, law enforcement agencies, security, training academies and the like. The Digital Sand Model Technology is not limited to only military and training purposes for armed forces. There can be many civilian applications like security planning for townships, societies and the like. Crowd management, traffic control and the like like are further applications.
The original release was authored by Nitish Puri and Prakhar Jain, Lead for the development of Digital Sand Model Solution.
Find the original release featured on Systems Integration Asia on pages 54-56 on this link.

VizExperts’ Digital Panorama on the Evolution of Life

Where do we come from? What is our origin? By ‘we’ and ‘our’ I don’t mean us individually but Humans as a whole. The Theory of Evolution is the answer. It is basically, how organisms change over time to adapt to various situational changes like climate, habitat, resources and the like. Growing up we all learnt the history of this origin and evolution in School. We read books that described this theory and the different stages of evolution in great detail. In addition, came across crude pictorial depictions of the same, but that was the limit of our practical exposure to the whole concept. We read page after page of theory that clouded our minds to the beauty of one of nature’s finest creations. This ability of all life forms to adapt to their surroundings, to change as per the situation dictates, to evolve! If only we had access to a Digital Panorama of the concept.

Evolution of Life

Furthermore, one can always learn about the concept by way of books, but to really appreciate the beauty of all this I am sure most of you would agree that a practical demonstration of the whole Story of our Evolution will be more well received. So imagine this. What if you can watch the entire story come to life all around you? Sounds interesting right.
We at VizExperts have created just that at Kolkata Science City. A 360 degree Digital Panorama depicting the entire story as it happened. With the help of experts from three continents we created a seamless display of images featuring six human species, ordered from the most ancient to most modern. Due to the huge size of the display the image could not be projected as a whole, so the canvas was stretched in 100 rows and 10 columns, creating 1000 image areas on which the projection is done.
For the video depicting the creation of the digital panorama click here.
Find Part 1 original release featured on Systems Integration Asia on pages 72-73 on this link.
-Find Part 2 original release featured on Systems Integration Asia on pages 80-84 on this link.

GeorbIS 3D GIS DGS&D Rate Contract

DGS&D performs the role of concluding rate contracts to be operated by the consuming departments of the Government for items of common use. DGS&D has been identifying such items, whose anticipated annual purchase by Government Organisations is normally more than Rs. 25 lakhs a year, and bringing such items on DGS&D Rate Contract.

The Buyers gain certain advantages while purchasing goods through the DGS&D Rate Contract scheme such as purchasing goods in bulk at lowest competitive price, saves time and effort in frequent tendering, allows the buyers to purchase goods as and when required, reduces inventory carrying cost by improving availability of goods and gives assurance as to the quality of the goods available.

The Suppliers also gain certain advantages by using a DGS&D Rate Contract such as, increasing the purchase quantity of their product without going through the tendering process helping them to save on administrative and marketing efforts and the use of DGS&D Rate Contract helps in enhancing the image and respectability of the Supplier.

DGS&D has a separate Quality Assurance Wing which undertakes the inspection of the stores to ensure that the supplied goods strictly follow the specifications as recorded by the given Rate Contracts.

The pioneering work done by VizExperts in the development of the GeorbIS 3D GIS platform and its requirement across a wide range of government organisations, have secured it a space on the DGS&D rate contract.

As part of the rate contract, the GeorbIS Vu and Pro products are available as Desktop and Server variants. Functional modules called CartridGIS allow rapid extension of functionality on the base platform. These include tools for real-time sensor data integration, sensor data fusion, UAV tracking, 3D analysis tools and visualising MIS data on GIS.

 

Check out the original release here.

DGS&D Rate Contract

GeorbIS 3D Simulaation

 

HTC Vive, the next big player in Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality headset, for immersive experience

VizExperts has been in the Virtual Reality Industry for over 10 years. We have been providing training and serious gaming solutions across the armed forces and governmental organisations with Virtual Reality being a key component in the varied services we have provided. Of the various Virtual Reality gadgetry we’ve used as a Head Mounted Display, the HTC Vive is by far the most ergonomic, user friendly and advanced VR headset in the market.

The Human mind relies on its various senses to communicate with the surrounding environment. Apart from the major senses we learnt about in school, we have many more senses that allows our mind to stay connected with environment. Virtual Reality is basically defined as a near reality experience one can feel with the help of certain computer generated mediums.

The HTC Vive developed in collaboration with the gaming company Valve, uses a unique room scale tracking technology. This technology allows you to move about a 3D space and interact with the surrounding environment with hand held motion tracking controllers.

From a consumer angle, think about the childhood dreams of going to space. The mountaineering trips to the Himalayas or the Alps which never came to be. Deep sea diving and the like that were always postponed to a later date in lieu of a more practical vacation. You can experience all this and more from the confines of your home. From an enterprise angle, Virtual Reality has huge scope when it comes to Productivity and Training, Academics and Research, Real Estate, Manufacturing and Design, Medicine and Visualization. Just imagine how much simpler and safer on site job training will become if Virtual Reality is used. This is especially true for Blue Collared Jobs.

Very powerful Graphic Processors are required to run Virtual Reality successfully. As of right now in a commercial point of view only gamers possess the required specifications to use Virtual Reality. It is for this reason Virtual Reality has been introduced as a technology generally suited for the Gaming Industry. However there are no actual limitations as to what one can achieve with this technology as of now. Especially when it comes to the training and planning sectors. Serious gaming and training scenarios can be easily created with help of Virtual Reality to promote game based learning. This will allow our defence and security personnel to undergo realistic virtually enhanced training to improve mission response times and success rates.

Although HTC Vive is not the first VR headset to be introduced to the world, it is one that has refined most if not all the kinks that came with its various predecessors. Using 2 screens, one for each eye, and 70 sensors divided between the headset and the hand held controller, the headset provides you with a 110 degree field of vision. Apart from all this it also comes with a chaperone safety system that ensures that you will not breach the boundaries of the range.

VizExperts is a  proud enterprise partner of HTC Corporation. Having worked with VR from its nascent stages where a standard headset costed around $100,000 to the very latest model priced at only $800, there is little doubt HTC Vive is currently the most advanced and economical prospect when it comes to VR headsets.

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