After getting a homegrown Microblogging Platform “Koo“, it seems like India isn’t going to stop for now. This time India is preparing for creating its own Mapping Portal giving straight competition to Google Maps.
The Indian Space Research Organisation has partnered with MapmyIndia (An Indian company pioneered in making Digital Maps) to create an Indian Mapping Portal just like Google Maps.
This initiative will descend India’s need of Digital Maps on foreign services and will significantly contribute in fulfilling the dream of Atmanirbhar Bharat.
Yesterday, the Department of Space who owns ISRO has reportedly signed an agreement with the CE Info Systems who in turn owns MapmyIndia to build Holistic Geospatial Solutions.
Do note that ISRO owns a list of satellite systems and centres and MapmyIndia gonna use these systems and centres to build India’s Own Advanced Digital Maps.
Here is the list of Satellite Systems and Centres ISRO owns and which the MapmyIndia gonna use.
- Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS)
- Navigation with Indian Constellation (NavIC)
- Visualisation of Earth Observation Data and Archival System (VEDAS)
- Meteorological and Oceanographic Satellite Data Archival Centre (MOSDAC)
Talking about MapmyIndia, as per Rohan Verma (MapmyIndia CEO and Executive Director), the company is pioneered in digital mapping since 1995 and in these 25 years the company has created comprehensive, accurate and detailed digital map products. MapmyIndia so far has covered 7.5 lakh Indian Villages, 7500+ cities at the street and building level.
MapmyIndia CEO explains, the Foreign mapping solutions comes with a lot of hidden cost. For example, they invades user’s privacy and make money by targeting users with advertisements. MapmyIndia, on the other hand, doesn’t have any advertising business model, hence, the company respects user’s privacy.