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Marching ahead: Anil C. Kakodkar, Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission, in conversation with G. Madhavan Nair (right), Chairman of ISRO in Hyderabad on Saturday.
Marching ahead: Anil C. Kakodkar, Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission, in conversation with G. Madhavan Nair (right), Chairman of ISRO in Hyderabad on Saturday.

ISRO to focus on better service for fixed and mobile consumers

HYDERABAD: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has decided to expand the Village Resource Centre, the single window mechanism to guide the people of rural areas in planning the development of their villages across the country.

The VRCs, launched on a pilot basis in some villages, have been successful.

The Agriculture, Health and other departments could reach out to the villages effectively and give timely advice on weather conditions, land and water resources and natural resource management.

Developed on the basis of space applications, the VRCs networked with block, district and State level offices proved as effective tools in providing tele-medicine and tele-education.

Wasteland

According to ISRO chairman G. Madhavan Nair, information about water resources, wasteland, weather information and soil mapping could be provided to village administration through VRCs that would act like help lines.

He was delivering the 39th Homi J. Bhabha memorial lecture organised as part of the golden jubilee technical convention of The Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers here on Saturday.

Dr. Nair said as the demand for multimedia and broadband services was expected to increase significantly, ISRO was planning to shift to Ka-band in the coming days for effectively catering to the requirement of both fixed and mobile consumers.

The premier space research agency had embarked upon developing a satellite, INSAT-4E/GSAT-6, which would provide satellite-based multimedia services using high power transponders in S-band.

The proposed satellite, already in advanced stage, would have eight beams and the total capacity available from it would be of the order of 1.2 giga hertz.

The next five years would witness major developments like significant increase in mobile phones with 3G and multimedia capability and use of Wi-Fi and Wi-Max systems for fixed communications.

Atomic Energy Commission chairman Anil Kakodkar said though the country had achieved significant progress in terms of developing software products and services as well as human resources, it was still catch up with others in hardware systems. “Though we did retain the edge of building new technologies, we did lose out on the hardware side,” he said stressing the need for developing products that suited to our requirements and derive larger benefits out of them. IETE president S. Narayana welcomed the participants.

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