Hardcastle GIS wishes everyone a Happy Diwali

Shubh Deepawali! Celebrate this Diwali with family and friends, it’s time to exchange sweets and gifts

Diwali, the festival of lights is a chance for people to have a wonderful time with family and friends, celebrating the day dressing up in new clothes, light up diyas everywhere, performing Lakshmi puja and bursting crackers and sparklers. It falls every year on the Kartik month of Hindu calendar

But, what is the real reason behind celebrating Diwali every year? Diwali is celebrated particularly in India as the day marking the victory of light over darkness. When Lord Rama Chandra returned from 14 years of exile and defeated demon Ravana, all people celebrated the day, dancing and bursting crackers all over Ayodhya. After this, the day has been marked as one of the biggest and important festivals of Hindu faith.

On this festival, people worship Lord Ganesha as the main god of Hindu faith and Goddess Lakshmi as she is recognized as the goddess of light, wisdom and fortune. Following this festival with prayers and fireworks, people celebrate it with a family feast including sweets. Also, exchange of gifts and sweets between relatives and friends is one of the important activity that people follow on Diwali.

Apart from lighting diyas and bursting crackers indoor and outdoor, with a hope that light could win over darkness, exchanging of sweets, dry fruits and gifts are among the popular traditions of Diwali festival. The primary practice behind the exchange of sweets and gifts on Diwali is to strengthen the relation of love, sweetness and bonding and accelerate affection and appreciation. Since, Diwali is a religious festival, sending Diwali gifts also is a way of conveying respect, wishes and blessings to your friends and relatives.

Diwali is a day of giving and sharing, a tradition of exchanging sweets and fruits. But, when you are choosing gifts, try to celebrate an eco-friendly Diwali this year. Instead of crackers and fireworks, you can present decorative diyas, organic cosmetics, raja rani wall hangings, scented candles, etc., which you can easily find on online shopping websites or general stores.

It’s again time to exchange sweets and gifts. So, what are you planning to give your friends and relatives as gift with sweets and dry fruits. Before exchanging gifts and sweets, don’t forget to worship Goddess Lakshmi with a sweet packet. Offer a sweet packet of kaju katli or any sweet with pista topping to the goddess of lights, which will surely bring success, wealth and prosperity to your life.

Hardcastle GIS Solutions and Team wishes everyone a Happy Diwali.

Happy Diwali

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India launches third navigation satellite

Congratulations to the great scientists of #isro for yet another successful mission.(PSLV-C26/ IRNSS 1C)

The IRNSS-1C, the third of the seven navigation satellites in the Indian Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), has wide-ranging applications in terrestrial, aerial and marine navigation. From vehicle tracking to fleet management and from disaster management to mapping, the satellite extends services to its clients.

The IRNSS-C1 carried two types of payloads, one for transmitting navigation service signals to the users and another consisting of a C-band transponder to facilitate Cube Retro Reflectors for laser ranging.

The first two satellites in the series, IRNSS 1A and IRNSS 1B were launched from Sriharikota on July 1 2013 and April 4 this year respectively.
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We are now one more step closer to #IndianGPS

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SPV4ALL- Solar Potential Calculator Tool launched by Hardcastle and TERI

Solar PV for all (“SPV4ALL”) is an initiative taken by The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI), Developed by Hardcastle GIS Solutions Pvt. Ltd.  and supported by Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation (SSEF) to promote solar PV systems in India. The ‘SPV4ALL’ mobile application is initially developed for Android mobile devices, using which users can estimate the electricity production of a grid-connected or, off-grid solar photovoltaic system based upon few simple input parameters. To use the solar simulation tool under ‘SPV4ALL’ mobile application, user will need to select a location of interest on map either through find location or, using in-built GPS, specify the space available to install the solar PV system, and provide some basic information about the system cost, and electricity rate. ‘SPV4ALL’ mobile application calculates estimated value of electricity production, capital investment cost, CO2 savings, payback, find local solar PV installers etc. for the user define solar PV system.To Download Click Below
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.teriin.spv4all&hl=en

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SPOT7 Satellite first Image

Airbus Defence and Space has published the first images obtained from the SPOT 7 satellite, a mere three days after its launch on 30 June. Over the last few hours, the entire chain – from satellite programming and image acquisition to telemetry reception and processing – was successfully put into operation to deliver these first spectacular images. These images show highly diverse landscapes, revealing SPOT 7’s full potential in terms of natural resource and urban zone mapping and agri-environmental monitoring.

The SPOT 6/7 constellation is now in place and considerably improves the capabilities and performance offered by SPOT 5, which has been in operation since 2002 and which is scheduled to be decommissioned from commercial service during the first quarter of 2015. This new constellation offers a higher resolution, greater programming reactivity and a much higher volume of images acquired daily (in monoscopic or stereoscopic mode).

SPOT 6 and SPOT 7 mark the dawning of a new era for the SPOT family in forming a constellation of high-resolution Earth observation satellites phased at 180° in the same orbit. This means that each point on the globe can be revisited on a daily basis and wide areas covered in record time, all with an unparalleled level of precision. With both satellites in orbit, acquisition capacity will be boosted to six million square kilometres per day – an area ten times the size of France.

With the very-high-resolution twin satellites Pléiades 1A and 1B, SPOT 6 and now SPOT 7, Airbus Defence and Space’s optical satellite constellation will offer the company’s customers a high level of detail across wide areas, a highly reactive image programming service and unique surveillance and monitoring capabilities.

The first SPOT 7 images can be downloaded via FTP ftp.astrium-geo.com/SPOT7

If you need a procure a satellite image for your project contact us today on sales@hardcastlegis.com or call us on +91-9665050993

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Pune Traffic App – A hit among citizens

Just a month after the launch of the Pune Traffic mobile application, it has been downloaded by 25,000 users, sending a strong message of approval from citizens. Launched on July 9, the application has several useful features such as live traffic flow information and GPS navigation. On an average, about 1,000 people download the app every day.

Several citizens who have used the application have rated it highly on Play Store, and have even left suggestions on how to improve it. The application has received 1800 ratings from users, averaging 4.6 out of five on the app market. This is a higher rating than the 4.2 received by the Delhi Traffic police’s app and the 4.1 by Bangalore police’s effort.

 

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Pune Traffic App developed by Hardcastle

Traffic related information in Pune can now be available at your fingertips. The traffic police in Pune have launched ‘Pune Traffic App’ for the Punekars. It s a real time traffic app currently live on Android and is under review for iOS.

The app has been designed to provide correct information about traffic in real time. The objective is to provide better service to Pune citizens. Pune Traffic App users will receive alerts on traffic jams. Apart from the traffic information, the app has details about traffic police, rules, emergency contacts, addresses of police stations and phone numbers of local traffic officers. This app can also connect to a GPS enabled server which can help the user for navigation.

The traffic police will also be able to access the database of vehicles, offences, stolen vehicles and seized driving licenses with the help of the app. Police will now be able to restrict people from using RTO-issued duplicate licenses and know details about stolen cars by feeding in the registration number. The app, through a record of past violations, will also help cops in collecting more fines from repeat offenders.

Pune Traffic App  should benefit not just the Punekars but other people travelling to the state as well. Mr. Vishwas Pandhare, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) ensured that the software will be updated periodically. We hope that the Pune traffic police ensure the smooth functioning of this app to keep the users of the app informed about the traffic conditions. We also hope that such apps are introduced in more regions in our country which help to improve the traffic conditions in our country.

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Pune Traffic App by Hardcastle

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Roger Tomlinson, Father of GIS may RIP

The GIS community is experiencing profound sadness today as it learns of the death of Roger Tomlinson.  Roger Tomlinson was a central figure in the development of GIS.  Tomlinson passed away in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico on February 9, 2014.

Father of GIS

Tomlinson was a pioneer in the field of geographic information systems.  He was widely credited with having developed the first GIS with the creation of the Canada Land Inventory (CLI) in 1962.

Born in England in 1933, Roger Tomlinson made his name in the field of GIS in Canada having moved there in 1953.  His early work in GIS paved the way for the increasingly widespread use of mapping and geospatial technologies in government agencies.  Tomlison stated in an interview about those beginnings:

“The early days of GIS were very lonely.  No-one knew what it meant. My work has certainly been missionary work of the hardest kind.”

Tomlinson was the recipient of numerous prestigious awards for his contributions to the GIS field.  He was awarded the American Associations of Geographer’s James R. Anderson Medal of Honor for Applied Geography in 1995 and the Robert T. Aangeenbrug Distinguished Career Award in 2005.  In 1997, he was awarded Esri’s Lifetime Achievement Award.  In 2010, Tomlinson and Jack Dangermond were the joint .

Not much information is available about Roger Tomlinson’s passing at the moment.  His wiki page has already been updated to reflect his death.  The Twitterverse is only now starting to become aware of his passing, triggered by a tweet from Michael Gould, who was notified of his death by Esri founder, Jack Dangermond.  Gould tweeted: “Yes, it’s true. It’s a very sad day for the GI community, that Roger Tomlinson, father of GIS, has died. (over the weekend).”

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