Esri India, a joint venture between NIIT Technologies, a global IT services provider and Esri, announced the launch of ArcGIS Online (AGOL), a cloud based GIS platform which provides intuitive tools to create and publish maps and applications on demand for visualizing and sharing geospatial information in India.

“GIS technology is moving from traditional use as a specialized problem solving tool to the core of enterprise applications” said Arvind Thakur, chairman, NIIT-GIS. “ArcGIS Online is a new cloud based mapping system which transforms the way geographical information is managed and used.”

AGOL provides open GIS capabilities to any user allowing access to any application, anywhere, anytime on any device. It facilitates sharing and use of geospatial content within groups of an organization, as well as between organizations and the public, providing a pervasive platform for services.

Dean Angelides, corporate director of international operations at Esri, said, “We are very excited with the launch of AGOL in India. As a global leader, we always strive hard to provide greater value to our users by enabling them to solve real world problems more effectively. Early adopters of ArcGIS Online have realized immediate benefits from extending their geographic information to reach more people within their organization and beyond.”

AGOL has been used in organizing and providing open access to global environmental information, coordinated responses to natural disasters and enabled efficient operations for global business enterprises.