CEO The Urban Unit Khalid Sherdil said The future belongs to nations that excel in imminent technologies such as big data, artificial intelligence and robotics.
He told media that adoption of big data by entire countries which is a digital divide would emerge in the world. This digital divide would separate those countries which utilized modern technology for their decisions from the ones which did not.
Khalid Sherdil said big data is the new emerge for 21st century. Those nations who would base their decisions on big data in the near future will progress more than those who would not.
He further stressed that Pakistan needed to discuss at a national level how it could utilize these important tools for introducing problem-solving measures.
He stated that the modern paradigm was the confluence of big data and connectivity as fifth generation technology.
He informed that The Urban Unit had emerged as the data warehouse of Punjab and was receiving data from other provinces as well.
The Urban Unit has executed many projects in Punjab like developing Punjab Spatial Strategy, computerization of urban immovable property tax, geo tagging of industrial estates in Punjab and obtaining data of around 66,000 large and medium scale industries.
According CEO The Urban Unit Khalid Sherdil that the scope of its work was now widening and other provinces were also utilizing its expertise to streamline data of different departments.
He Informed “We have completed computerization of urban immovable property tax survey in Sukkur,”. “According to the survey result, the total numbers of units in the city have increased from 34,000 to 94,000.”
He pointed out that the department was engaged in similar work with the Excise and Taxation Punjab where delimitation was likely to increase the number of cities to 400 from the current 194 cities.
He added “The geo-tagging of new properties and cities will significantly enhance the tax base for provincial excise department in future”.
He highlighted that the department was executing a similar project in Peshawar city as well where it was collecting data of water bills of consumers.
He informed that “We also offer our expertise for crop harvesting where we use algorithms in artificial intelligence and combine it with satellite images to predict the crop yield and which crops should be harvested in a certain area”.