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Bengaluru to be Remapped as Satellite Images Show Variations

As India's knowledge capital, Bengaluru is said to be the first city using the satellite data to map its civic wards

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Bengaluru City. Wikimedia Commons

BY SHARON THAMBALA

Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike, the Bengaluru civic body has decided to remap the tech hub landscape after latest satellite images from the ISRO exposed chinks in its outdated property records, an official said.

“We are soon going to re-map the city with the help of the latest satellite images from the Indian space agency, which used geospatial technology in mapping accurately all the properties that have come up exponentially over the last decade,” a senior official told IANS.

Though the civic body drew the maps based on satellite pictures a decade ago, the latest images reveal the fault lines in its property records, including open/lung spaces and commercial/residential buildings that have mushroomed in all its 198 wards due to reckless and explosive growth of the city.

“As the old maps were drawn on the images available then (2009-10), the property records do not reflect the ground realities, which have changed dramatically due to rapid urbanisation, infrastructure development, housing and civic amenities,” recalled the official.

To boost property tax collection and increase revenues from its assets, the civic body has decided to use the high resolution satellite pictures from the state-run Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for creating digital maps to show each and every property, spanning residential, commercial and industrial.

The civic body has recently entered into an agreement with the city-based ISRO for using its Cartosat-2 remote sensing satellite images to identify the various properties spawning the garden city for bringing them under its tax net.

As one of the cosmopolitan cities in Asia, Bengaluru’s growth in terms of area, reach and population (110 lakh) has been phenomenal, putting pressure on its woeful infrastructure, utilities and civic amenities. Even lakes, open and lung spaces have vanished due to monstrous construction activity.

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This image shows beautiful infrastructure of buildings in Bengaluru. Pixabay

“The latest satellite images of the space agency will enable us to know the way Bengaluru has been growing, where the population density is increasing and houses are being built in which area,” noted the official.

The civic body will train its revenue staff to re-map the expanded city with the help of the 1-metre resolution images.

“The re-mapping will also enable us to update the property records, rectify mistakes that would have occurred during the last 10 years,” reiterated the official, but declined to be named.

The civic body plans to develop an app (application) to facilitate its revenue inspectors update the property records in their smartphones or hand-held devices after assessing their value on the spot.

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The space agency has super-imposed new structures on old pictures, showing the dramatic changes in the city’s topography.

The civic body is mulling to give a hardcopy of the data to its field staff or upload it in an app for smooth integration with its software.

“The re-mapping work will commence in a week and take two months to complete the mammoth exercise,” said the official.

As India’s knowledge capital, Bengaluru is said to be the first city using the satellite data to map its civic wards.

“This is our (BBMP) initiative, as we are the first to seek ISRO’s domain expertise in re-mapping the city,” added the official. (IANS)

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Indian Cities Mumbai, New Delhi and Bengaluru face Majority of Cyber Attacks

As the digital footprint of India increases through capital intensive projects, hackers are targeting data and large scale disruption like never before

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Smart cities, financial services and transportation sectors lead the rankings in terms of Cyber Attacks. Pixabay

 There has been a 26 per cent increase in Cyber Attacks in India and Mumbai, New Delhi and Bengaluru together accounted for roughly 38 per cent of all attacks in the July-September period, a new report said on Wednesday.

The report prepared by Bengaluru-headquartered telecom solutions provider Subex identified over 3,500 modular malware samples in the country, registering a whopping 37 per cent increase.

Smart cities, financial services and transportation sectors lead the rankings in terms of cyber attacks, said the “State of Internet of Things (IoT) Security Report” for the third quarter (July-September period).

“As the digital footprint of India increases through capital intensive projects, hackers are targeting data and large scale disruption like never before,” said said Vinod Kumar, Managing Director and CEO, Subex.

“The increase in cyber attacks against the country and the strong geopolitical correlation indicate high levels of interest in targeting our critical infrastructure. Hackers are working to improve their ability to monetize cyber attacks,” he warned.

Malware of varying degrees of sophistication are being reported from a variety of deployments, including new projects surrounding renewable energy.

Most malware detected (36 per cent) could be traced to sources on the Dark Web while as much as 14 per cent of malware couldn’t be traced to a known source pointing to the arrival of new actors and malware shops on the scene,” the findings showed.

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There has been a 26 per cent increase in Cyber Attacks in India and Mumbai, New Delhi and Bengaluru together accounted for roughly 38 per cent of all attacks in the July-September period. Pixabay

The detection of malware connected with critical infrastructure projects has also registered an increase.

“This implies that hackers are targeting large scale disruption and are working to increase the cost associated with managing such projects as also negatively impact future investments in them,” the report added.

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Independent hackers are increasingly feeling the need to monetize cyber attacks as the unit cost of malware has risen in the last quarter. Further, it is becoming increasingly difficult to source high-grade malware from multiple sources due to various factors, the report added. (IANS)