Esri India Launches ‘Geodesign’ Tool For Planning Smart Cities


New Delhi, Feb 23, 2015: Esri India,a joint venture between NIIT Technologies and Esri Inc, a provider of Geographic Information System (GIS) Software & Solutions have come out with offerings for planning ‘Smart Cities‘ in India.EsriIndiahas introduced Geodesign, a key framework for conceptualising and planning for Smart Cities and associated tools.These tools include GeoPlanner, a specialised application for land based planning, CityEngine, a 3D design tool with visualisation technology to improve urban planning, and GeoEvent Processor which captures feeds from multiple sources for real time processing, according to company executives.

Arvind Thakur, Chairman Esri India said, “Location is a common denominator in every aspect of Smart City development thus creating a strong need for integrating GIS in its planning. An integrated approach will result in sustainability and increased benefits for citizens residing in Smart Cities ”.The pace of urbanisation is speeding up in India with an expectation of better facilities and living conditions. This has proompted governments across the world to embark on thee kinds of solutions.In India, GIFT City and Lavasa are using Esri tools for urban planning, infrastructure planning, construction monitoring and management.

Further, Esri software has been in used in utilities – Electric, Water and Gas; city planning departments; land management; roads & highways; security & safety, with implementations in Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, Orange City Water, Nagpur and Commissionerate of Municipal Administration, Chennai, company officials said.Agendra Kumar, President, Esri India commented, “Geodesign provides the design framework and supporting technology for professionals to leverage geographic information.