AIR’s views on Leveraging tools of Space Technology in Efficient Governance
"Look at the sky. We are not alone. The whole universe is friendly to us and conspires only to give the best to those who dream and work." - A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
A beautiful thought by the man who dreamt and worked on how to make the best of the space technology! He believed that India can achieve much bigger milestones if Space Technology is exploited for the betterment of humankind.
Believing this simple fact and in an attempt to be one up, All India Radio, the Public Service Broadcaster of the country tries to bring in use whatever is latest in the broadcasting and communication industry.
In the year 1982, with Radio Networking (RN) System, AIR put its first young foot in the Space Technology through Satellites of ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation). The broadcaster uses two satellites GSAT-10 and INSAT 3C, which made it influential and helped to reach even the remotest corner of the country. Be it Port Blair or any other region, AIR has reach and capability to stay tuned to one and all in India.
The reliable and cost effective technology has opened plethora of avenues for AIR. It has helped in superior quality of relays, quick coverage of field/ outside broadcast. Infact it has become main stay for connecting various radio stations throughout the country to major broadcast centres.
The Broadcaster is making it most by incorporating this state-of-the-art technology for internal governance and for internal departmental communication purposes. AIRNET, is their system that has efficiently connected AIR Headquarters and Zonal Offices. It has a very critical role in the Internal Administration of All India Radio.
Director General of AIR has merged all systems of communications into one and now instantly gets connected with the field officers through in-conferencing mode enabled via Radio Networking.
The recent call by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India for maximizing usages of Space Science in Governance and Development has inspired All India Radio to use the tools of Space Technology in more efficient manner. He has declared that India’s Space Programme is driven by a vision of services to humanity.
All India Radio is playing an important role in realizing the vision of digital India as it works even when all modes of communication have failed. Recently, AIR showed an exemplary fete when it was able to get connected with flood ravaged Srinagar.
It has been realised that disaster management can be effectively handled with RN System and it becomes easy to reach and communicate with people in distress. Besides, endeavour is being taken to empower children in remote villages with quality education, upliftment of poor people by informing them about Government Welfare Schemes and educating them about health related issues.
All India Radio sees a lot of scope in the coming future and rests its hope in realizing the digital India dream at a great pace with well orchestrated use of Space Technology and its RN System.