Ahmedabad, Jan 27 (Agencies): The Space Application Centre, (SAC) part of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), here on Thursday launched new version of its indigenous software IGIS for analysis of GIS and image processing data.

Director of SAC, Dr R R Navalgund launching the new version of IGIS (integrated GIS and image processing software) said, "IGIS is a software which is indigenously developed catering to the needs of our own satellite data and is available at a low cost to academic institutions."

"It could provide information like crop production in India, ground water availability, change in water levels of reservoirs, what is happening to mangroves, results of afforestation. In short it would be useful for all natural resources," he said.

"IGIS will not be complete without tools for analyzing microwave data. Within six to eight months time, we would be launching a satellite that would provide data in microwave form. And so if we want to analyse the data we need the tools," he said, adding that in next few months the people who designed the IGIS could upgrade it further to be able to analyse microwave data.

The IGIS is a joint venture of ISRO with city-based Scanpoint Geomatics Ltd.