PIB – 16th Feb 2021

APEDA upgrades the GrapeNet to ensure secured, scalable and cost effective interface in the exports value chain

  • In a bid to ensure cyber security protection for its traceability initiative, APEDA has adopted next generation Blockchain and Cloud migration enabled GrapeNet System which would ensure a secured, scalable and cost effective interface for all the stakeholders in the exports value chain.
  • The GrapeNet is a web based certification and traceability software system for monitoring fresh grapes exported from India to the European Union. APEDA can trace details of the consignment right upto the farm plot level. After integrating Blockchain, GrapeNet will be more secure.
  • The Blockchain will help track all the activities and steps involved in the grapes lifecycle process, right from the allocation of the farms for production of the grapes to the point of grapes being delivered to the customers. 
  • It will keep a record of all the processes involved which can be traced by the customers at the end of the chain to validate the authenticity of the grapes being provided to them. The traceability of the grapes can be done from any level. The chain of the process flow will be able to be retrieved to determine also if all the processes have been followed.
  • Blockchain is a shared, immutable ledger that facilitates the process of recording transactions and tracking assets in a business network. The technology is ideal for delivering that information because it provides immediate, shared, and completely transparent information stored on an immutable ledger that can be accessed only by network members. 
  • A Blockchain network can track test reports, consignments, production, and much more. And because members share a single view of the truth, they can see all details of a transaction end-to-end, giving them greater confidence, as well as new efficiencies and opportunities.
  • APEDA has also adopted the cutting edge cloud based infrastructure in order to attain a secured, scalable & cost effective environment for its stakeholders.

Government announces liberalised guidelines for geo-spatial data

  • The Government has announced liberalised guidelines for  geo-spatial data. By liberalizing the geo-spatial guidelines, the government has taken a historic decision that  will lead to a One Lakh Crore Rupees Geo-Spatial economy. It will enable science to become a public movement and also to deliver a New India to people of the country.
  • The next generation of technologies will use hyper-resolution maps.  Availability of comprehensive, highly accurate, granular and constantly updated representation of Geospatial Data will significantly benefit diverse sectors of the economy and will significantly boost innovation in the country and greatly enhance the preparedness of the country for emergency response  The availability of data and modern mapping technologies to Indian companies is also crucial for achieving the vision of AtmaNirbharBharat and a five trillion-dollar economy.
  • With the advent of publicly available geospatial services, a lot of Geospatial Data that used to be in restricted zones are freely and commonly available now and some of the policies/guidelines that used to regulate such information have been rendered obsolete and redundant. 
  • What is readily available globally does not need to be regulated.  For Indian entities, there would be complete deregulation with no prior approvals, security clearances, licenses, etc. for acquisition and production of geospatial data and geospatial data services including maps. 
  • All geospatial data produced using public funds, except classified geospatial data collected by security/law enforcement agencies, will be made accessible for scientific, economic and developmental purposes to all Indian Entities and without any restrictions on their use.  
  • Government agencies and others need to collaborate and work towards open linked geospatial data. Stakeholders benefited will include practically every segment of society, from industry to academia to government departments.