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When satellites do a better job

<b>Space technology</b>: Not a shot from James Bond. Darus Ahmad (<i>left</i>) gives Dr Yee a satellite picture of Kota Kinabalu.

Seminar tells of the advantages of remote sensing

It isn’t the stuff of James Bond movies. Neither is Big Brother spying on you. But remote sensing has come to Sabah and is being used to monitor logging activities, according to Darus Ahmad, director-general of the federal ministry of science, technology and innovation.

“It is cheap because it saves time and costs,” he said at an awareness seminar at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Kota Kinabalu on March 19.

In the past, aerial surveillance from airplanes was tedious, expensive and the results were not satisfactory, he said. Data could only be obtained once a week compared to within two or three days by satellites which can get information from inaccessible areas.

“Remote sensing and its related technologies should be optimised to spur national development that will benefit the people,” said Dr Yee Moh Chai, Sabah minister of resource development and information technology, while launching the seminar.

He noted that remote sensing, a branch of space technology used all over the world, was introduced to Malaysia in the 1980s to better manage agriculture production, natural resources, the environment, disasters, security and land development. – Insight Sabah

– Reported by Elizabeth Majaham
 

Posted on March 19, 2010

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