Any person in the country would be able to plan their travelling routes and track
their vehicles’ location in real time from computers or mobile phones using
Global Positioning System (GPS) by the end of 2016.
Officials of Survey of Bangladesh (SOB), the national mapping organisation under
the defence ministry, explained this new technology at the four-day Digital
Innovation Fair 2011 at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Novo Theatre in the city
SOB is giving final touches to the digital three-dimension maps that would make
the modern technology possible in Bangladesh, they said.
Combined with GPS, a satellite based navigation system already available in
Bangladesh, the digital maps would also enable real time navigation, monitoring
of land resources and assist in all kinds of development activities, they added.
The digital 3D map from SOB was the centre of much attention throughout the fair
and received the award for the most popular government initiative among
Fourteen out of 200 Information and Communication Technology (ICT) enabled
initiatives from 89 government and private organisations being exhibited at the
fair received awards for their innovation and functionality yesterday.
State Minister for Science and ICT Yeafesh Osman was present as the chief guest
at the award giving ceremony with IT expert Sajeeb Ahmed Wazed and ICT
Department Secretary Rafiqul Islam as special guests.
“The range of innovative services being shown in the fair proves that creative
impulse of the nation has grown significantly over the years. This impulse would
grow further and drive the country forward,” said Yeafesh Osman.
Sajib said the government achieved a lot over the last two years to fulfil its
dream of a digital Bangladesh and the innovative initiatives in the fair is a
part of that success.
Judges at the fair awarded health and family planning ministry’s Supply Chain
Management System as the best e-governance initiative. The system keeps track of
the stocks of family planning medicines and tools across the country through a
Other initiatives which were awarded are an online insurance system from Jiban
Bima Corporation, Zilla One-stop Service from Dhaka District Commissioner’s
office and teachers’ digital content sharing blog from the education ministry.