Geographic Information Systems (GIS) solutions provider Esri India (NIIT-GIS India) on Thursday launched a cloud-based GIS platform called ArcGIS Online (AGOL).

NIIT-GIS India is a joint venture between NIIT Technologies and Esri of US.

The company said there are lots of opportunities for GIS as many of the industries and Government departments are accepting, especially in disaster management, infrastructure, business management and location analytics helping individuals from improved citizen services.

“GIS technology is moving from traditional use as a specialised problem solving tool to the core of enterprise applications,” Arvind Thakur, Chairman, NIIT-GIS said.

ArcGIS Online is a new cloud-based mapping system which transforms the way geographical information is managed and used, he said.

Globally, AGOL has been used in solving many significant challenges such as organising and providing open access to global environmental information, more effective and co-ordinated responses to large-scale natural disasters, and enabling more efficient operations for global business enterprises, Dean Angelides, Corporate Director, International Operations at Esri said.