Esri India has introduced a cloud-based drone mapping software dubbed as Site Scan for ArcGIS. The software encompasses flight planning, data capture, data processing, analysis, data sharing and drone fleet management. It is offered as ‘Software as a Service’ (SaaS) with unlimited storage and computing. According to the company, Site Scan for ArcGIS is hosted in India, on a cloud approved by the government. The company claims that Site Scan for ArcGIS has capability to process data captured by most of the drones manufactured in India or abroad.
The recent announcement by the Ministry of Civil Aviation on the New Drone Rules 2021, simplified the procedures and reduced the compliances required for operating a drone in India. Earlier in February this year, the New Geospatial Data Guidelines announced by the Department of Science and Technology had deregulated the collection, processing, and storage of geospatial data. These policy announcements have made it easier to collect geospatial data through drones. This geospatial data is key in successful implementation of government schemes like SVAMITVA, Smart City program, Bharatmala project, Interlinking of Rivers, National Mission for Clean Ganga, and various other infrastructure development projects.
The company claims that with the automation of Site Scan for ArcGIS, the data collected through drones can now be processed quickly, cost-effectively and with minimal human intervention, while eliminating any disruptions during processing.
“With the new Drone Rules 2021, Geospatial data creation through drones is set to get a boost in the country. There is a need for a solution that simplifies drone flying, data capture, processing, and consumption. Site Scan for ArcGIS hosted on a government approved cloud in India meets these requirements and provides much needed manageability, reliability, scalability, and cost efficiency for drone data processing. Site Scan will also be a great enabler for our partner community and numerous Drone service providers.” said Agendra Kumar, managing director, Esri India