Indian Space Research Organisation and location and navigation technology solutions provider MapmyIndia announced an initiative to partner together to offer India’s best, and fully indigenous, mapping portal, and geospatial services. It combines the power of MapmyIndia’s digital maps and technologies with ISRO’s catalogue of satellite imagery and earth observation data, according to MapmyIndia’s CEO and Executive Director, Rohan Verma.
According to ISRO, the Department of Space (DoS) – ISRO comes beneath it – has joined palms with MapmyIndia to mix their geospatial experience and construct holistic options by leveraging their geoportals.
He termed it a path-breaking milestone in India’s journey towards Aatmanirbhar Bharat, wherein Indian users would not be dependent on foreign organisations for maps, navigation, and geospatial services, and leverage made-in-India solutions instead.
“You don’t need Google Maps/Earth any longer”, Verma stated within the headline in an article on LinkedIn.
Under the partnership, the mixed geospatial experience of the DoS and CE Info Systems could be leveraged via their respective Geoportals, in accordance with Bengaluru-headquartered ISRO.
How will this New Maps app Work?
The collaboration will allow them to collectively establish and construct holistic geospatial options utilising the earth remark datasets, NavIC, Web Services, and APIs (software programming interface) accessible in MapmyIndia, Bhuvan, VEDAS, and MOSDAC geoportals, the house company stated in an announcement.
Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) referred to as NavIC (Navigation with Indian Constellation, is India’s personal navigation system, developed by ISRO. Bhuvan is the nationwide geo-portal developed and hosted by ISRO comprising geospatial information, providers, and instruments for evaluation.
VEDAS (Visualisation of Earth remark Data and Archival System) is an internet geoprocessing platform utilizing optical, microwave, thermal, and hyperspectral EO information protecting purposes significantly meant for academia, analysis, and drawback fixing, in accordance to ISRO.
MOSDAC (Meteorological and Oceanographic Satellite Data Archival Centre) is a knowledge repository for all of the meteorological missions of ISRO and offers with climate associated info, oceanography, and tropical water cycles.
Through the mixed partnership with ISRO, MapmyIndias finish-person maps, apps and providers will now combine with ISROs large catalogue of satellite tv for pc imagery and earth remark information, a MapmyIndia assertion stated.
It could be a lot better, extra detailed, and complete, in addition to privacy-centric, hyper native, and indigenous mapping resolution for Indians, in contrast to international map apps and options, it stated.
“For example, foreign search engines and companies claim to offer free maps, but in reality, they make money by targeting the same users with advertising based on invading user privacy and auctioning those users’ private location and movement data,” he claimed.
“On the other hand, MapmyIndia has an ethical point of view against advertising led business models of such companies, and hence, does not have an advertising business model. By using MapmyIndia maps and applications instead of the foreign map apps, users can better protect their privacy,” he stated.
“MapmyIndias maps cover all 7.5 lakh villages, 7500+ cities at street and building-level, connected by all 63 lakh kilometres of road network pan India and within cities, in total providing maps for an unparalleled 3+ crore places across India,” the corporate assertion stated.