How is ESRI helping India Fight COVID-19 

Geographic Information Systems combine location data with analytics and research. Presently, ESRI is offering the Indian Government free access to GIS data through its platform for fighting COVID-19. Find out more:

How is ESRI helping India Fight COVID-19 
How is ESRI helping India Fight COVID-19 

How is ESRI helping India Fight COVID-19 

The world comes together to fight a pandemic that has brought nations to its knees. Agencies have been deploying all kinds of technology for damage control, prevention, and mitigation. Geographic Information System, popularly known as GIS, has become a vital tool for almost everyone working towards controlling COVID-19.

GIS enables the collection, analysis, and management of data that has a geographic location as a variable and has geographic coordinates attached as a value.

This technology can stack multiple layers of data, variables, and locations from multiple sources. This data, which is collected and analyzed, is used to make predictions, understand patterns, and predict further trends. 

“GIS helps us in understanding the spread and impact of the disease. It helps us in identifying the risk to the community. What actions have been taken by health authorities and how they have resulted in some improvement. GIS deals with mapping. One layer of data could be of the health facilities; another could be the quarantine facilities, and also testing centres. As we discovered new cases of Coronavirus, we can map the location of all the patients,” said Agendra Kumar, President, ESRI India Technologies Ltd to The Quint. 

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Geographic Information Systems combine location data with analytics and research. Presently, ESRI is offering the Indian Government free access to GIS data through its platform for fighting COVID-19. 

One of the biggest game-changers has been this technology’s ability to work on remote and mobile networks while also being very easy to set up. A typical GIS system takes about 1-2 days to become fully functional. 

The data is being distributed through Cloud and analyzed in states across the country to take measures for prevention, controlling the spread, and even policy formulation. 

This geo-enabled data is collected from multiple sources. For COVID-19 prevention and control, health agencies across the world are collecting and sharing data freely. Agendra Kumar, President, ESRI India Technologies Ltd., said, “Most of this data comes from Health Ministries/ Health Departments of various States and Cities. They have the data of health facilities, where they are setting up quarantine facilities, and also because they are mapping disease instances in their area.” 

The systems over which this data is shared is secure. There is no compromise of data, and the figures shared across agencies are in aggregates for the most part. The pandemic has also led to concerns about data privacy, but while governments work for disease control, our data is protected.