T-Hub - a startup incubator set up by the Telangana government today announced the launch of 'GIS Innovation Hub' (GIH) for the start-ups belonging to the capital Hyderabad. According to a statement issued by T-Hub, the GIH is powered by Esri India, country's leading Geographic Information System (GIS) software and solutions provider. The facility was inaugurated by Jack Dangermond, co-founder, president and CEO, Esri Inc, it said. The GIH will be a platform for start-ups, within T-Hub ecosystem, to leverage the power of GIS through Esri India. As a part of the partnership, Esri India will be inducting the start-ups into a three year 'Start-up' program' where they would get free access to Esri's ArcGIS, a cloud-based mapping platform, software development tools and ready-to-use content, said the statement. Additionally, Esri India will also provide training and technical support to make the adoption of GIS technology easy for the start-ups. Agendra Kumar, President, Esri India said, the company's vision is to enable transformation and the start-up program helps realise this vision. "Through Esri's flagship ArcGIS platform, Hyderabad start-ups can leverage new dimensions of data and visualisation capabilities to create breakthrough advancements and deliver truly innovative products," he said. Srinivas Kollipara, COO - T-Hub said, studies have shown that on an average, implementation of GIS technology can result in saving anywhere between 10 to 30 percent in operational expenses, through reduction in fuel use and staff time, improved customer service, and more efficient scheduling. "And we hope that our start-ups will benefit from this collaboration and the GIS Innovation Hub zone created for their advantage," Kollipara said.
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