‘GIS Technology: A Beacon of Hope in Times of Crisis,’ Says Saurabh Rai


In the fast-evolving landscape of technology and innovation, Geographic Information System (GIS) technology has emerged as a game-changer, significantly impacting various industries. At the recent 4th CII Delhi International Technology Summit 2023, organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), GIS took center stage, shedding light on its remarkable potential in revolutionizing mission mode projects, disaster management and more.

Arahas Technologies, led by its visionary Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Saurabh Rai, played a pivotal role in highlighting the transformative power of GIS technology during the summit. Mr. Rai, a distinguished panelist at the event, delivered a compelling perspective on how GIS technology is not just a tool but a beacon of hope in times of crisis.

“GIS technology has been gaining currency literally from business and real-life use cases,” Mr. Rai stated, setting the stage for the pivotal role GIS plays in addressing real-life challenges. He emphasized the technology’s indispensable nature during life-threatening disasters, where geospatial data emerges as a lifeline. Case in point  being the climate lead phenomenon of  lake burst  , dam failures, crop failures and in a limited way earthquakes type  disasters can be predicted and preventive measures can be taken with the help of the spectrum of  spatial and space technologies .

During emergencies, GIS facilitates real-time mapping of affected areas, enabling emergency responders to coordinate efforts, allocate vital resources, and adapt to rapidly changing scenarios. This real-time situational awareness is crucial for effective response and saving lives.

One of the most significant contributions of GIS technology is its ability to conduct comprehensive damage assessments by comparing pre- and post-disaster maps, providing a clear picture of the magnitude of devastation. This data-driven approach is vital for efficient resource allocation and prioritizing response efforts.

However, GIS’s influence extends far beyond immediate crisis management. It guides the long road to recovery by helping decision-makers prioritize reconstruction zones with a deep understanding of the geographic landscape. By integrating GIS into disaster management, communities can become more resilient and adaptive, preparing for future challenges effectively.

The 4th CII Delhi International Technology Summit 2023’s focused theme, “Unleashing Exponential Growth with NextGen Tech-Innovations and Sustainable Solutions,” underscores the growing significance of technology in driving business growth and sustainability. GIS technology’s prominent role at the summit reflects its importance not only in disaster management but also in urban planning, environmental conservation, transportation, and various other domains.

As GIS continues to evolve and prove its worth in real-world applications, it is poised to reshape industries and enable more informed, data-driven decision-making processes. The future holds immense promise for GIS, as it becomes an integral part of our efforts to build resilient, sustainable, and technology-driven societies