Context: The Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, has created an Integrated Geospatial Platform to help decision making during the current COVID-19 outbreak.
- SAHYOG is a mobile application prepared & managed by the Survey of India (SoI) along with web portal (https://indiamaps.gov.in/soiapp/) to collect COVID-19 specific geospatial datasets through community engagement to augment the response activities by Government of India to the pandemic.
- Information parameters required as per the Government of India strategy and containment plan for large outbreaks have been incorporated in the SAHYOG application.
- This mobile application will complement the “AAROGYA-SETU” mobile application launched by the Government of India for Contact tracing, Public awareness, and Self-assessment objectives.
- State Spatial Data Infrastructure (SSDI) in Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Punjab, and Jammu & Kashmir have been providing collateral standards-based geospatial data services to the State and District Level Authorities in the respective States through State Geoportals for integration with related health data sets towards combating COVID-19 pandemic.
- This integrated geospatial platform will strengthen the Nation’s health emergency management due to the COVID-19 outbreak and support the socio-economic recovery process through the seamless provision of spatial data, information, and linkage between human, medical, technological, infrastructural and natural resources.
- Integration of demographic information with geospatial data is essential for decision making, governance, and development and this effort will be a special digital enabler for the platforms such as AAROGYA-SETU.
- The platform is created out of available geospatial datasets, standards-based services, and analytic tools and aid devising area-specific strategies to handle the socio-economic impact in the recovery phase.
DST’s efforts in integrating geospatial information can help the country in taking rapid spatial information-based decisions to face the multilayered crisis that has caused the pandemic and brought and spread the impact of such decisions throughout the country.
- It is an official coronavirus tracking app developed by the Ministry of Electronics and I.T.
- It will enable people to assess themselves the risk of catching the Corona Virus infection.
- Working mechanism:
- Once installed in a smart phone through an easy and user-friendly process, the app detects other devices with the same app installed that come in the proximity of that phone.
- The app can then calculate the risk of infection based on sophisticated parameters if any of these contacts is tested positive.
- It will calculate this risk based on their interaction with others, using cutting edge Bluetooth technology algorithms and artificial intelligence.
- Other details
- The app is available in 11 languages.
- The app acts as a bridge between public and private sectors, digital technology and health services delivery and the potential of young India with a disease-free and healthy future of the nation.
- It is ready for pan-India use from day-1 and has highly scalable architecture.
- This app is a unique example of the nation’s young talent coming together and pooling resources and efforts to respond to a global crisis.
- Significance of the app
- The App will help India to take necessary timely steps for assessing risk of spread of COVID-19 infection, and ensuring social distancing where required.
- Ensuring privacy-first: The personal data collected by the App is encrypted using state-of-the-art technology and stays secure on the phone till it is needed for facilitating medical intervention.
Survey of India
- It is the National Survey and Mapping Organization of the country under the Department of Science & Technology, is the oldest scientific department of the Government of India.
- It was set up in 1767 and has evolved rich traditions over the years.
- In its assigned role as the nation's Principal Mapping Agency, Survey of India bears a special responsibility to ensure that the country's domain is explored and mapped suitably.
- It provides base maps for expeditious and integrated development and ensures that all resources contribute with their full measure to the progress, prosperity and security of our country now and for generations to come.