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About SBL

SBL is an IT and Business Process Management (BPM) organization that offers smart solutions to organizations across geographies and industry verticals and empowers them to respond quickly to the changing market dynamics. We offer a range of customized services and solutions in GIS, Technology, Multimedia and Business Process Management that allow our customers to reduce operational costs substantially while accelerating the growth of their businesses.

Accelerate Business Growth Through Collaborative Approach in BPO SCM .

Changing dynamics in the global economy make it imperative for supply chain organizations to innovate, optimize costs and improve profitability. To ensure this, organizations must streamline their supply chain processes and enhance sourcing while focusing on core competencies.

Today, successful companies rely on the skills of supply chain management professionals to keep their goods and services flowing to the marketplace quickly, efficiently, and as cost-effective as possible. Supply chain management is a bright spot among up-and-coming careers, with employment opportunities in a wide variety of industries, in firms of all sizes. If you’re interested in a challenging career with a variety of specializations, as well as prospects for advancement, you might want to check out supply chain management.

“Organizations increasingly look to streamline their supply chain operations while gaining visibility and insights to quicken their time-to-market through their SCM BPO initiatives.

Business Process Outsourcing in Supply Chain Management has come of age very quickly. From a newborn aspect to a galvanising practice, the concept has speedily grown at over 25% compound annual growth since 2010. Today, it stands at a market rate of US $1.0-1.2 billion.

Technology is pushing SCM BPO toward maturity:

A role-playing aspect has been the digitization of all the related activities, which has inspired companies to focus on improving customer value, efficiency of operations, quality of results, and of course, outsourcing of its work.

At SBL, we take a partnership approach in supporting our customers. We align our goals with our customers’ business objectives, helping them meet the fast-paced demands of our dynamic markets. We have a proven track record supporting business processes. Our business is based on agility and integrity with a commitment to keep pace with customer demands and changing requirements. We base our success on the success of our customers have with their customers.

With deep product experience, industry knowledge and an agnostic approach, we can provide the best solutions for customer’s current and future business. The result is improved business relationships by transforming the way people communicate and collaborate with customers, employees and partners.

Ultimately, SBL can help your company achieve accelerated growth through innovation and the creation of new revenue opportunities.

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LiDAR DATA PROCESSING AND ASSET MANAGEMENT

LiDAR(Light Detection And Ranging):A form of representation of 3D surfaces, Point cloud data, are usually produced by aerial or terrestrial laser scanning, also known as Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR). The data is produced as sets of very dense (x, y, z) points or in a more common, binary format called LAS that may include values of multiple returns and point intensities. Many leading GIS processing software’s now accommodate and supports basic and advanced LiDAR data processing and analysis. LiDAR is emerging as one of the cost-effective and accurate data capture system to manage large assets such as Railway stations and other public/private infrastructures.
SBL GIS Services division has been in the forefront of processing LiDAR services for some time now. Our LiDAR data processing services has been entrusted with prestigious and complex Infrastructure modelling projects across many geographies. One such example is demonstrated in the picture given below.

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Fig-1: All visible data captured as vector data with the help of Terrestrial LiDAR scanner point cloud data related to this project and attributed to their respective code. The above view is illustration of the output.

The Science behind LiDAR Working
LiDAR working is quite simple and it works on the principle of Light – speed and time taken to reflect the same from a surface. The distance is calculated from the difference between the time when a beam of light hits a surface and measure the time it takes to return to its source. Light travels very fast – about 300,000 kilometers per second, or 0.3 meters per nanosecond so we feel the instantaneous result when a light is turned on. The paraphernalia required to measure this needs to function extremely fast. Only with the advancements in modern computing technology has this has become possible.
Distance = (Speed of Light x Time of Flight) / 2

USES OF LiDAR MAPPING.
One of the main focus of LiDAR services in the Urban Infrastructure Mapping.

Urban Infrastructure Planning  
Urban Planning or City development is the science of land use planning which considers several aspects of the as-built data and social environments of the area of interest. LiDAR Mapping is a moderately new technology for obtaining Digital Surface Models (DSMs) and Digital Building Models. This data, when combined with orthorectified images, can create highly detailed Surface Models and eventually 3D City Models.
Wayside assets include tarmacs, streetlights, signs, advertisement boards, traffic signals and street furniture. A thorough understanding of all the assets, what they are and where each asset is located, is crucial to the development of an asset portfolio.
An accurate record of all assets along the transportation network is vital to asset management, to plan a maintenance schedule and budget costs. A bigger challenge than developing the asset database is keeping it up to date and this is where the cost-effective, accurate LiDAR Mapping will come into play.

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UAV DATA PROCESSING FIELDS OF APPLICATION

UAV data processing

UAV data processing


This write-up intends to present birds eye view of fully automated and accurate mapping solutions based on ultra-light UAV imagery. We showcase interesting observations in the field of UAV mapping, the steps to analyze the accuracy of the automated processing on several datasets. The software used to process is one of the leading and evolving software in the UAV data processing domain.
The accuracy highly depends on the ground resolution (GSD) of the input imagery. When chosen appropriately this mapping solution can compete with traditional mapping solutions that capture fewer high-resolution images from airplanes and that rely on highly accurate orientation and positioning sensors on board. Due to the advancement of computing practices and processing prowess of computers and careful integration with recent computer vision techniques, the result is robust and fully automatic and can deal with inaccurate position and orientation information which are typically problematic with traditional techniques.
SBL’s geospatial team is one of the first in the region to process such images. Processing of UAV images has its own challenges. SBL used to receive post-processed UAV images along with IMU and GCPs as input. Aerial Triangulation is the first step performed. During this stage Ground Control Point (GCP) and Actual Check Point (ACP) reports has been generated. This is an iterative step till we get desired accuracy. The following will explain in brief some of the critical steps in the processing of UAV data.

  1. The software examines for matching points by analyzing all images. The software used here an improved version of the binary descriptors, which are very powerful to match image points quickly and accurately.
  2. Those matching points as well as estimated values of the image position and orientation provided by the UAV autopilot are used in a bundle block adjustment to reconstruct the exact position and orientation of the camera for every acquired image.
  3. Based on this re-establishment the matching points are corroborated and their 3D coordinates calculated. The geo-reference system is WGS84, in this case, based on GPS measurements from the UAV autopilot during the flight.
  4. Those 3D points are interpolated to form a triangulated irregular network in order to obtain a DEM. At this stage, construction of a dense 3D model increases the spatial resolution of the triangulated data.
  5. This DEM is used to project every image pixel and to calculate the geo-referenced ortho-mosaic. The ortho image will be devoid of positional and terrain displacement inaccuracies.
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    One of the major application for which UAV images used are for agriculture. UAV images are ideal for small size farms. Plant counts such as corn counting will give an idea of yield from those plants. Plant health monitoring, differentiating species of agricultural farms/plants and plantation estimation are the major task performed for agriculture. Growth stages of the farms can also be monitored using ortho images acquired through UAV process. UAV image processing is also helpful for the site selection for solar farms.
    In case of forestry, UAV images are very helpful in species identification. SBL’s interpreters have identified forest species and enabled the client to map forest land parcels. It is a tool to monitor de-forestation as well as afforestation. Golf courses are another field where UAV data sets are highly useful. Golf course features can be mapped with their actual heights through this process.
    Mining industry is the most benefitted in the usage of UAV technological advancement. As most of the mines are spread over small areas, UAV data acquiring and processing is very cost effective. Along with other data processing, SBL has got the expertise in generating contours and mining related features to very minute levels of detail.

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Photogrammetry and Remote sensing

SBL is in the fore front of using the latest of mapping technologies such as Photogrammetry and Remote sensing to cater to the GIS services demands in the world-wide industry. As a leading GIS Services provider SBL has executed several complex Aerial Photogrammetry projects towards the fulfilment of Photogrammetry mapping demands.

The following is a brief introduction to Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing for those who are new with the technology.

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Photogrammetry

Photogrammetry, as its name implies, is a 3-dimensional coordinate measuring technique that uses photographs as the fundamental medium for metrology (or measurement). The fundamental principle used by Photogrammetry is triangulation or more specifically called Aerial Triangulation. By taking photographs from at least two different locations, so-called “lines of sight” can be developed from each camera to points on the object. These lines of sight (sometimes called rays owing to their optical nature) are mathematically intersected to produce the 3-dimensional coordinates of the points of interest.
The expression Photogrammetry was first used by the Prussian architect Albrecht Meydenbauer in 1867 who fashioned some of the earliest topographic maps and elevation drawings. Photogrammetry services in topographic mapping is well established but in recent years the technique has been widely applied in the fields of architecture, industry, engineering, forensic, underwater, medicine, geology and many others for the production of precise 3D data.
Branches of photogrammetry

There are two broad based branches in Photogrammetry

  • Metric Photogrammetry : Deals with the precise measurements and computations on photographs regarding the size, shape, and position of photographic features and/or obtaining other information such as relative locations (coordinates) of features, areas, volumes, These photographs are taken using a metric camera and  is mostly used in the engineering fields e.g. surveying etc
  • Interpretive Photogrammetry: Deals with recognition and identification of the photographic features on a photograph such as shape, size, shadow, pattern etc to add value and intelligence to information seen on the photograph (annotation).,

Remote Sensing

Remote Sensing is a closely aligned technology to Photogrammetry in that it also collects information from imagery. The term is derived from the fact that information about objects and features is collected without coming into contact with them. Where remote sensing differs from Photogrammetry is in the type of information collected, which tends to be based on differences in color, so land use and land cover is one of the primary output of remote sensing processing. Remote sensing was originally conceptualized to exploit the large number of color bands in satellite imagery to create 2D data primarily for GIS. Nowadays remote sensing tools are used with all types of imagery to assist in 2D data collection and derivation, such as slope. Software tools today tend to hold a much wider range of image technologies such as image mosaicing, 3D visualisation, GIS, radar as well as softcopy Photogrammetry.

Key concepts:

  • Spatial resolution.
  • Radiometric resolution. 
  • Spectral resolution. 
  • Temporal resolution
    • Spatial resolution describes the ability of a sensor to identify the smallest size detail of a pattern on an image. In other words, the distance between distinguishable patterns or objects in an image that can be separated from each other and is often expressed in meters.
    • Spectral resolution is the sensitivity of a sensor to respond to a specific frequency range (mostly for satellite and airborne sensors). The frequency ranges covered often include not only visible light but also non-visible light and electromagnetic radiation. Objects on the ground can be identified by the different wavelengths reflected (interpreted as different colours) but the sensor used must be able to detect these wavelengths in order to see these features.
    • Radiometric resolution is often called contrast. It describes the ability of the sensor to measure the signal strength (acoustic reflectance) or brightness of objects. The more sensitive a sensor is to the reflectance of an object as compared to its surroundings, the smaller an object that can be detected and identified.
    • Temporal resolution depends on several factors–how long it takes for a satellite to return to (approximately) the same location in space, the swath of the sensor (related to its ‘footprint’), and whether or not the sensor can be directed off-nadir. This is more formally known as the ‘revisit period’
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Offshore Services Provider SBL Opens North American Headquarters in South Florida

SBL is proud to announce our expansion into North America with our operations center in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. As we service our current clients and build new relationships in the US and Canada, we understand the need to provide an immediate line-of-sight view of our capabilities through a local presence. This U.S. operations center will execute all SBL business development, marketing communications, customer service and PR activities in North America.

The SBL USA office is managed by Paul Dudley, VP of North American Business Development and a Florida native with a comprehensive background in global sales, marcom, PR and customer service. With a combined 50 years’ experience in fulfilling sales and marketing requirements for international enterprises, the SBL USA team is working to effectively acquire and deliver business in North America. SBL US(1)

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SBL celebrates Environment Protection milestone.

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At SBL, we are proud to be celebrating the tenth anniversary of our involvement in India’s Environment Protection Initiative. Originally set up in support of national projects, it has since grown into the starting point for all our international project standards. This journey has been recognised and audited on numerous occasions, through our multiple ISO and Six Sigma Accreditations and our Associations with major international Partners and Organisations.

As a direct result of this initiative we now lead on state-wide government projects that have environment protection at their heart. In the last few months alone these have included:

Digitization & Archival Management

  • Digitizing the State of Kerala’s Legislative Assembly proceedings since 1888.
  • Digitizing and archiving old newspapers for Kerala Media Academy.

E-Governance

  • e-Vidhan project for the Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly. Environmental considerations included:
    • Drastically reduce paper used to almost zero
    • Save over 6,000 trees supplying oxygen to over 12,000 people
    • Saving over Rs.10-15 Cr. on paper and printing costs
    • Deliver an online app for remote attendance dramatically reducing travel expenses and carbon emissions
    • Deliver a sustainable online portal which not only makes the process more efficient, with better decision making and outcomes, but which also dramatically reduces duplicated work and waste.
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    Geospatial Services

    • BIM for Smart Cities
    • Environment and forestry planning and suatainability.
    • Groundwater analysis and flood modelling.
    • Agriculture management and productivity.
    • Mining and Corporate Responsibility.
    • Site suitability analysis for solar, wind and thermal.

    This anniversary coincides with the re-launch of our Group Mission, Vision and Values. Much has changed in ten years and we have updated our company policies to reflect the increased opportunities to forge global partnerships. Our core values of integrity, trust, accountability, innovation, teamwork and leadership underpin our commitment to operate in a sustainable, transparent and collaborative manner at all times. The inspiration for our Mission and Vision encapsulates this corporate responsibility:

    “Our worth is not measured by our look, popularity and money we amass. Our true worth would be measured by the benefits others gain out of our success and the positive impact we create to human life”. – Lord Shirdi Sai

    Over the next ten years we hope to expand significantly the number of clients for whom we operate a dedicated team throughout the year. This creates efficiencies and economies of scale while also allowing for more effective forward planning, project standardisation and teamwork based on collaborative innovation. These benefits in turn lead to less waste, greater productivity, an engaged and fulfilled work force on both sides of the partnership and a shared vision of how to develop and deliver a sustainable future together.

    If you would like to explore how an association with SBL can benefit your business practices please contact info@sblcorp.com

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eVidhan Attracting Interest from Other States

eVidhan system was implemented in August 2014 in Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha and the system played a key role in successfully facilitating all the sessions of 2014-15, including the monsoon and the budget sessions.

eVidhan has supported Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha through better time management during the sessions, improving the efficiency of processes and by reducing the operational cost. According to Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha implementation of e-Vidhan has reduced the usage of paper and printing and helped to save nearly 10-15 crores of operational expenses in addition to its contribution to environment.

eVidhan offers mobile application solution for the Legislative assembly members enabling them to access the days’s business 45 minutes before the start of the session. This application allows Legislative assembly members to access the information of the entire proceedings of the House in the digital form on their mobile phones and tablets immediately after the end of the day’s work.

Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha’s successful implementation of e-Vidhan is getting attention from all other states. Madhya Pradesh assembly speaker has visited Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha, to know more about the system and its benefits. The delegation led by the MP speaker was keen to explore the possibility of implementation of the project in their state.

eVidhan project is first of its kind in India and was developed as a joint venture between the Himachal Pradesh State Legislative Assembly, National Informatics Centre, National Informatics Centre Services Incorporated (NICSI), Government of Himachal Pradesh along with SBL.

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IMPORTANCE/SIGNIFICANCE OF DATA SECURITY CERTIFICATION FOR THE VIDEO POST PRODUCTION BUSINESS

One of the main challenges facing the entertainment industry is data security. This is evident from the recent American television series Game of Thrones episodes leak. HBO had mailed out DVD copies of screeners to the press for upcoming episodes and the first four episodes of season five of Game of Thrones leaked online before the first’s broadcast. Researches have shown that pre- release privacy significantly reduces a movie’s market potential and thereby revenue.

Sony Pictures Entertainment hack was another such incident where confidential data such as personal information about their employees and their families, e-mails between employees, copies of (previously) unreleased films and other information were released by hackers on November 14, 2014.

To prevent such security breaches, it is essential to manage confidential data so that it remains secure. Most organizations have a lot of information security controls. They are often implemented as solutions to some specific situations. But without an Information Security Management System these controls are disorganized.

SBL offers video post production services like Rotoscopy, Stereo Roto, Digital Paint and Rotomation and has been working with the production and corporate houses, international designers and creative directors for several years. Being an integral part of entertainment industry, SBL understands the importance of data security which is an important issue for filmmakers. So, at SBL, we have adopted ISO 27001 Information Security Management System (ISMS), which is the international best practice standard for information security.

An ISMS is a systematic approach to managing confidential or sensitive corporate information so that it remains secure and retains data integrity. ISO 27001 is a security management standard to guide the development and implementation of an ISMS. The standard was published jointly by International Security Office (ISO) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

By adopting this globally accepted control framework to underpin our approach to client projects, we deliver effective analysis of the key project risk areas, identify and document the controls needed and monitor and measure compliance. The benefit for our clients is that we can be proactive in managing and mitigating any risks from information systems and can ensure that professional standards are deployed across our design, development and testing processes.

Certification ensures that:

Valuable data and Information assets are identified.
Risk of these data and assets is analyzed in relation to threats and vulnerabilities.
Where the level of risk is identified as high, the controls are implemented to reduce the risk.
These controls are frequently audited to ensure security and best practice.
Action is taken to address any non conformances identified.
By adhering to ISO 27001 standard, we show to our global clients that we are highly committed to securing and maintaining the privacy of film makers and companies who are associated with the entertainment industry.

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Why Select a Tier 3 city for Video Post Production?

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Indian cities are fast catching up with the changing technology trends. The Global Entertainment industry is actively sourcing talent and is considering these small urban cities to tap the potential and avail services for the industry. Amongst the most prominent and sort-after service is video post-production. Advanced techniques of Rotoscopy, Stereo Roto, Digital Paint, keying & Rotomation have become widely used tools in Tier 3 cities. The Indian cities including Tier 3 cities are fast becoming centres for grooming professionals having exposure and expertise in video post-production services. 
 
Video post-production forms an important part of activities pursued by Production houses to make Commercials, TV Series and feature films. The intricacies, associated with post production activity, are well defined, structured and understood by specialist service providers that are blossoming in Indian cities. Professionals in Tier 3 cities, unlike earlier times, are well aware of different aspects of video post-production which includes Rotoscopy, knowledge of Stereo Roto, Digital Paint, and Rotomation technique.   
 
Tier 3 cities are fast becoming preferred choice of destination for international production houses who rely on superior quality, precision and accuracy of output and timely deliverable of services offered by providers in Indian cities. Service providers in Tier 3 cities are hiring well trained digital experts who are capable of creating better live action, CG composites and amazing visual effects with the help of rotoscoping. Service providers in Tier 3 cities are braced up with highly advanced tools and equipment that offers not just precision and accuracy to video post-production but also address specific needs and requirement of production houses across the world.
 
Indian cities especially Tier 3 cities have a distinct advantage of having economical talent pool, are well equipped with resources as well as offer a professional environment that promotes and propagate the essence of video post-production. People residing in cities, who are chasing their dreams for success, are actively taking up specialized academic courses to gear up for entertainment industry. Tier 3 cities in India offer great scope of professional growth and are becoming low cost centres for entertainment industry to avail video post-production. Besides low cost, tier 3 cities offer pool of talented people with VFX expertise and knowledge of subject that offer complete commitment and expertise of subject with deep insight and understanding of finer intricate detailing, which is a prerequisite for video post-production. Moreover, service providers related to video post-production are increasing their portfolio of services to offer an entire basket that encapsulate every specific need and requirement of entertainment sector. 
 
At a time, when metro and non-metro cities have highly paid video post-production providers, there is a greater shift in focus to Tier 3 cities that are emerging hub and hunting ground for video post production services. The development of video post-production in Tier 3 cities are ably supported by academic institutions that promote talent from Tier 3 cities to take up specialized training in video post-production. Having an eye on precision and accuracy, service providers in Tier 3 cities have enhanced quality output with timely submissions of deliverables that are matching international standards of delivering services. Production houses across the globe depending and relying for their video post-production should work with Tier 3 cities in India.

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