Counter terrorism, crime control: ‘satellite technology widely beneficial for country’
Lahore: Member Space Electronics Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (Suparco) Dr Muhammad Riaz Suddle said on Wednesday that farmers or entrepreneurs can access the internet or telephone by using satellite technology and through satellite they know about the market price of their products.
Muhammad Riaz was delivering a lecture on “Satellite Technology for Socio-economic development and security of a developing country like Pakistan organised by Pakistan Engineering Congress. Example of such program is the E-Choupal project in India and African regional centre for computing in Kenya, these projects allow farmers to access local internet for information about market prices and weather conditions using rural internet kiosk.
He also said that disparity in quality education opportunities between the urban and rural areas of Pakistan can be overcome by using tele-education. Pakistan can use this technology in crop estimation, agriculture planning, pest detection and weather forecasting. Riaz said that satellite technology will be beneficial for Pakistan in counter terrorism and crime control, damage assessment and border security, search and rescue and maritime security.
Riaz said that Suparco’s Space Vision 2040 has already been approved by the NCA. He said that currently around 4,000 trained Suparco scientists, engineers and technicians are deployed on its various projects. Suparco has been pursuing an extensive HRD programme, which include DAE, BS, MS and PhD degree programmes as well as on-the-job trainings, both within and outside the country.
Speaking on the occasion President PEC Engineer Riaz Ahmad Khan said that satellite technology today have become an integral part of global information, infrastructure, connecting people across the world and serving the communication needs of individuals, businesses and government. Khan said that latest generation of high powered communication satellites allows the use of smaller antennas there reducing the cost of ground equipment. These interventions help connecting people, improving health care service delivery and providing access to quality education.