Let’s build awesome apps together using MapmyIndia APIs

AppmyIndia, a developers platform from MapmyIndia witnessed thousands of developers with their ideas for a better and smarter India. Among them is a Chandigarh-based IT professional, Indu Chauhan who came up with a new mobile App “Feelsafe Maps” using MapmyIndia’s APIs! The app has won the first prize of Rs 1 lakh in AppmyIndia “Appathon” organised recently by MapmyIndia. This comes as good news for millions of people with special needs.

Indu Chauhan

Indu Chauhan

“Feelsafe Maps” is developed to cater over 15 million visually, speech and hearing impaired people who can take advantage of MapmyIndia application programme interface (API), which will help them become independent and also stay safe. The app acts like a personal secretary and a virtual friend to its user. This app will integrate with the National Crime Record Bureau to gather data and will use artificial intelligence to tell users about suspected crime locations. “Feelsafe Maps” app is in speak mode and feel mode for the convenience of people with special needs,” says Indu’s husband Apurav, who is a software engineer and has helped his wife in the development of the app.

The app runs on two modes. Feel Mode and Speak Mode.

Feel Mode is helpful for the people who can’t speak, hear or see. The app adopted the principle of Morse code, which is very easy for people with the knowledge of Braille. Users can use the app to communicate using a combination of long and short taps when seeking directions to a location. The app communicates the message via Morse code transmitted via your phone’s vibration.

Speak Mode is designed for a user to interact with the app directly by speaking and then telling it the location required. The app gives directions when the user asks it to navigate.While navigating, the app will alert the user about any possible crime location nearby, based on history of the location. This mode is very useful for those who can’t see, as they can use it to become independent. It will also be useful for normal people, as they can go hands-free while travelling to unknown locations even while using MapmyIndia map API.

MapmyIndia APIs help developer to add powerful location intelligence and mapping functionality to your apps with India’s best maps and location technology.

Read More:- http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/life-style/safe-sound/397382.html

Financial Express – How MapmyIndia is charting a new course with GST-based IoT devices

Financial Express covers how MapmyIndia is charting a new course with GST-based IoT devices. Mr. Sudhir Chowdhary writes Radio taxis are dependent on good quality maps, so are e-commerce firms that need to have the exact address so that the delivery boy knows where to hand over the package. The maps and navigation systems provider has also announced partnerships with government and private agencies, such as Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Idea Cellular, Reverie Language Technologies. Also, Financial Express publishes that the maps and navigation systems provider has also announced partnerships with government and private agencies, such as Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Idea Cellular, Reverie Language Technologies. Check out the full news here – http://www.financialexpress.com/industry/technology/how-mapmyindia-is-charting-a-new-course-with-gst-based-iot-devices/639311/

Financial Express Coverage

How MapmyIndia is charting a new course with GST-based IoT devices

MapmyIndia builds first Digital Map Twin of Real World , releases intelligent, multi-lingual ‘Hey Map’ keyboard app with map and eLoc integrated, and announces ISRO, Idea Cellular and more Make in India alliances, to empower All Billion Indians

MapmyIndia's Flagship Conference on how we can build a Smarter & Better future with Maps and Location Technologies.

MapmyIndia’s Flagship Conference on how we can build a Smarter & Better future with Maps and Location Technologies.

New Delhi, April 17, 2017: MapmyIndia, India’s leader in premium-quality digital maps, GPS navigation, GPS tracking, location-based apps and GIS solutions, today announced at its flagship Map the Future conference a series of ground-breaking map and location based technology and product releases, as well as strategic Make in India alliances with other best-in-class Indian organizations viz ISRO, Idea Cellular, Visit Health, Aatapaha Smart Lighting, Reverie Language Technologies and Udacity India, that will together lead to best for India solutions for all 125+ crores Indians, 5+ crore Indian businesses, and 7+ lakh Indian governments from village to municipal to district to state to central level.

At the conference, MapmyIndia shared details of its map of the future. On this occasion, Rohan Verma, Chief Technology Officer, MapmyIndia said “The next generation of our revolutionary Real View service, wherein we are pioneering building of the first Digital Map Twin of the Real World, powered by our technology building and acquisition efforts, is unprecedented, universal and overarching. It will be an all-India map of the outdoor and indoor, in 360 degree and 3D, highly accurate and updated live, available in all local languages, captured from the ground as well as the skies, where each place and object is given a unique, simple, standardized identity, that we call eLoc. Our new Hey Map keyboard assistant, and new flagship Map app, will allow all billion Indians to benefit from our map of the future by allowing powerful map, navigation, tracking and analytics features to be accessed across all interfaces, such as mobile, keyboard, voice, VR, across all apps, websites, phones, and IoT platforms and the data and APIs that underlie our map will be power a whole host of consumer, automotive, business and government solutions.”

Mr. Rakesh Verma, Managing Director, MapmyIndia said “Our business is strong and fast growing, with a CAGR of 40% YoY during the last decade, continuous and healthy profitability throughout our 20+ year history, and 80% market share by revenue in our location intelligence industry. As we look to the future of India and MapmyIndia, we are focused on creating maps so advanced that they mirror the real world, building location technologies so powerful that they can leapfrog India to the forefront of the digital world, and encouraging innovation across India, to help map a better and smarter future for all Indians. We believe Digital India and Make in India combined will lead to Best for India solutions, and are happy to like-minded organisations”.

MapmyIndia’s partnerships with best-in-class organizations in their domains include ISRO, Idea Cellular, Aatapaha. MapmyIndia additionally shared details at the conference of its collaboration with Reverie Language Technologies for full localization of MapmyIndia map in Indian languages and access through multi-lingual keyboard assistant app with map and eLoc integrated, with Visit Health for a AI-powered Telemedicine Platform integrated with map and GPS for a Swasth Bharat solution, and with Udacity India to strengthen the self-driving engineering ecosystem in India. MapmyIndia also gave away prizes to the winners of its contest for AppmyIndia app developers, idea innovators, and ad creators, who were given the task of coming up with apps, ideas and ads that can help India become better and smarter through maps and location technologies. MapmyIndia shared how it is encouraging broad based innovation across India through its AppmyIndia developer and startup platform, and is working closely with LetsVenture, India’s largest startup funding platform, to help promising AppmyIndia startups receive angel funding, and working with BITS Pilani, one of India’s premier engineering universities, to focus on deep tech and fundamental research that can solve India and the world’s most challenging problems by leveraging and advancing maps and location technologies.

ISRO & MapmyIndia Alliance:

ISRO is best known for its satellite based mapping portal, Bhuvan, which captures India from space and offers a series of satellite imageries and remote sensing maps, which can be updated in near real time in case of disaster. ISRO recently also launched NAVIC, India’s indigenous satellite navigation system. MapmyIndia offers India’s best maps and location technologies. ISRO’s Bhuvan, MapmyIndia’s Maps and Navic have all been integrated for the most powerful, completely Indian and indigenous joint solution of space, ground and satellite mapping and navigation technologies. MapmyIndia has built a fisherman and coast guard alert app to help prevent fishermen from straying beyond Indian waters through the tracking and geofencing features in its Map app. Also, MapmyIndia and Bhuvan have been integrated to give any government, business or consumer user the best of locally made maps and satellite images and hybrid layers, which can be updated in near-real time in case of disaster.

Idea and MapmyIndia’s joint solution for Logistics Tracking:

The logistics industry of India is highly fragmented and dominated by small players (truck owners). More than 95% of logistics industry is dominated by 3rd party trucks being used by manufacturing and supply chain companies. Being the backbone of India Inc’s infrastructure, supply chain industry is undergoing a huge transition. Visibility of a shipment on real time basis is a key component of monitoring and optimizing logistics performance. Idea Business Solutions (IBS) has been working very closely with the manufacturing and logistics industries in India for addressing their requirements. IBS presents the first of its kind GSM based tracking solution for the logistics industry. The solution is targeted towards 3rd party logistics trucks, zero CAPEX and low OPEX functions. It utilizes the GSM network capabilities of Idea Cellular, to track any shipment in India, using an Idea SIM.

Speaking about the service, Mr. Rajat Mukarji, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Idea Cellular said, “The GSM based logistics tracking solution by Idea Cellular is a cost effective, simplified and accurate solution addressing the existing complexities of the Indian Logistics industry. Idea and MapmyIndia are jointly working to develop this solution while utilizing the technical, distribution and customer service synergies of both companies. This easily adoptable solution will enable the logistics industry to optimize its services for a brighter future.”

Key USPs of the Solution:
• Zero Capex solution
• No reverse logistics cost for devices
• Device agnostic solution
• No internet coverage required
• Works in low network coverage areas
• No GPS antenna/device required
• Interactive analytical solution portal

Idea Logistics Tracking Solution recently won the ET Telecom Awards 2017 for the Enterprise Mobility service category.

Aatapaha and MapmyIndia’s joint solution for Street Light Automation:

Automation of street lamps is essential for smooth functioning of any city. Aatapaha is a company that specializes in street light automation technologies and associated services. Aatapaha recently won the biggest order for street light automation in India from EESL (Energy Efficiency Services Limited). This project is to automate 1.5 million street lamps across India with over 19000 CCMS panels. Aatapaha has already begun execution of this project and meanwhile has start processing other OEM projects as well. Aatapaha’s biggest USPs are its in-house production and R&D facilities.

The joint solution by Aatapaha and MapmyIndia for smart street light automation, also referred to as CCMS (Centralized Control and Monitoring System), runs on GPRS technology and connects to a server applications that records events and energy data for each feeder point in the city.
Aatapaha recently joined hands with MapmyIndia to integrate Aatapaha’s IoT hardware with MapmyIndia’s InTouch platform and app, that allows the street lights to be remotely monitored, controlled, managed and make the solution extensible for features like location based analytics, emergency services, maintenance services, to name a few.

Commenting on the partnership, Aman Chawla, founder of Aatapaha said, “We have been committed to being at the forefront of energy efficiency technology, and MapmyIndia is a company that shares our vision of making India’s cities smarterl. Our partnership to promote the cause of energy efficiency in India is just the beginning of a long-term association with MapmyIndia as we develop smarter solutions to increase efficiency of resources across cities and households.”

Key USPs of the Solution:
• Ensures safety on street
• Saves energy
• Saves daily manpower to turn on / off lights
• Saves maintenance costs
• Solution is extremely low on investment
• Comes with a bluetooth application for field force

About MapmyIndia (http://www.mapmyindia.com)
MapmyIndia’s mission is to make the world better through maps and location technologies. Founded in 1992, MapmyIndia is India’s leader in premium quality digital map data and APIs, GPS navigation, tracking, location apps, and GIS solutions.

Headquartered in New Delhi with offices across India, MapmyIndia is an ISO 9001-2012 company with 750+ people that pioneered digital mapping in India. Since 1995, through continuous efforts of its 400+ professional field surveyors and state-of-the-art mapping technology, including its revolutionary RealView service which captures, analyses and publishes the world in 3D and 360-degree photo-realistic clarity, MapmyIndia has built its proprietary MapmyIndia Maps, the most comprehensive, accurate, reliable, full-featured, professionally created and continuously updated digital map dataset for all India, which are used for a wide range of applications including Navigation, Telematics, Autonomous Driving, Geographic Information Systems, Location Based Services and Smart Cities.

MapmyIndia makes not just the most advanced, accurate and detailed maps of India, but also the best GPS-based IoT (“Internet of Things”) devices optimised for use in vehicle, asset and personal navigation and tracking, market-leading location-based enterprise SaaS (“Software as a Service”), popular and delightful hyper-local mobile and web consumer apps, including maps.mapmyIndia.com, India’s very first and most detailed, accurate and comprehensive interactive online mapping portal, and NaviMaps, the best offline GPS navigation app for India. To enterprises and developers, MapmyIndia also provides a whole range of Map, LBS, GIS, GPS and Telematics Platforms, APIs, professional services and customized solutions which infuse rich and valuable location intelligence into their own apps, solutions, systems and workflows.
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IT majors to benefit from regulatory push for telematics by Times of India

An Article on Times of India exhibits the role of MapmyIndia in telematics. With 5,000 enterprise customers, Mapmyindia offers telematics answers for a scope of customers from Ola, Safexpress, schools and city partnerships. From just following, “We have two products — one which is deep installed in the vehicle and a plug and play device. From merely tracking, our device can give information like temperature, whether the doors were opened, driving habits etc,” said Rohan Verma, CTO and Executive Director, Mapmyindia. For taxi aggregators, fleet owners it solves a major pain point by letting them track their drivers’ behaviour, including driving patterns, head-on collisions, and possible sexual assault on passengers.

MapmyIndia IOT Devices

MapmyIndia IOT Devices

Ranjani Ayyar writes, IT majors and telecom organizations in India are best ready to benefit from the most recent administrative push towards telematics. At first, telematics was intended to find vehicle and track courses but today, a telematics solution which can be any device transmitting real-time data to track vehicle location, provide geo-fencing, car driving pattern, alert emergency services in case of accidents, call for towing and give engine/battery health indicators, etc. Cognizant and Infosys are currently working with global insurers around driving behaviours, driver safety, fleet management, and usage-based insurance.

For more read: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/it-majors-to-benefit-from-regulatory-push-for-telematics/articleshow/58136318.cms?from=mdr

Meet MapmyIndia, the ‘Desi Google Map’

afaqs spoke to Rohan Verma, executive director and chief technology officer, MapmyIndia, about the brand’s recent TV outing and more.

afaqs talks about MapmyIndia’s #HarPataHumeinHaiPata tv ad & growth of the company:

MapmyIndia, the map data, APIs, GPS Navigation, tracking, location apps and GIS solutions provider, that has maintained a low profile on the ad-marketing front so far, is in the news for its recent mass market push – a 360-degree campaign, ‘har pata humein hai pata’.
Founded in 1992, the New-Delhi headquartered company, claims to have built the largest, most accurate and comprehensive map database for India. Today, it boasts over 5000 enterprise partners, including government organisations. But Rohan Verma, executive director and chief technology officer, MapmyIndia, informs us that this campaign is targeted at both individuals and enterprises.

Desi Google Map

MapmyIndia, the Desi Google Map

A Standford graduate, Verma, who worked on creating India’s first interactive mapping portal, mapmyindia.com in 2004 (thus founding brand ‘MapmyIndia’), says, “This is our first mass market campaign in a decade through which we want to address all stakeholders who can benefit from us.” The objective is to create more awareness and get consumers to try the brand’s services.

To give us an idea of the insight behind the campaign, he briefly runs us through the history of the company which began almost 25 years back with the vision of his parents, Rakesh Verma and Rashmi Verma. The two, even in the 90s, firmly believed that someday, 80 percent of data will have a location component to it. While this may be a reality today, back then it was dismissed as a pipe dream.

Naysayers didn’t give up even as late as 2004 when mapmyindia.com was launched or 2007, when the company launched the first all-India GPS navigator. While they had their doubts about who would use/pay for maps in India, today, with as many as 14 car manufacturers including the likes of BMW and Jaguar and 40 car models, 80 percent of all cars with built-in navigation use MapmyIndia.

The pointer here, insists Verma, is to the fact that although Indians are easy going and accommodating people habituated to all things ‘good enough’, this accommodating behaviour is mainly because of lack of better, or perhaps, the best option. “Experience tells us that whenever consumers were given better services/value, they did adopt change. Hence, our campaign seeks to incite and inspire Indians to think of a better India,” he states.

Much like this conversation throughout which Verma wittingly abstained from naming the ‘good enough solution’, which obviously is Google Maps, the campaign positions MapmyIndia as the best maps and navigation service without taking a negative approach to competition.

Though cognizant of the ubiquity and clout of Google Maps, especially among individuals, he believes that MapmyIndia’s India-specific and professionally created content will continue to have an edge over Google’s user-generated content which lacks accuracy and granularity. And articulating this exact difference or advantage is the campaign tagline, ‘not just roads, we take you to doors’.

Last month, MapmyIndia also announced the release of MapmyIndia eLoc, a nation-wide digital address which is basically a precise and ready-to-use unique 6-character code for any address across India. The company has privately invested close to 200 crores in the last 20 plus years in advanced mapping technologies and professional field surveys to create this digital address database, as a result of which over 2 crore and counting eLocs across 7000 plus urban towns and 6 lakh plus villages in rural India are already available for individual, business and government users to use instantly, for free.

Sharing MapmyIndia’s vision for eLoc, Verma says, “eLoc can have an impact as transformational on India as Aadhaar; what Aadhaar is to people, eLoc is to addresses. Essentially, with eLoC we are democratising and giving rights to every location in India, be it a big bungalow in a city or a small hut somewhere in rural India. The way Aadhaar talks of the India Stack which is a set of APIs anyone can integrate for payments or financial verification, MapmyIndia Stack allows public and private sector developers to build apps around verified places/locations.”

The company also offers location ad-tech services to agencies and advertisers to facilitate planning and decision making. While there’s no in-app advertising, MapmyIndia helps marketers with geodemographic analysis and similar location-based data classified on as many as 5000 different parameters.

Recently MapmyIndia also partnered with LetsVenture – a startup funding platform – to encourage startups and developers in India to leverage the company’s map and location technology stack to solve problems for Indian and global markets, and to get the opportunity to pitch for investments from leading angels and institutions that are part of the LetsVenture platform.

Announcing the partnership through a LinkedIn article, ‘How the Indian startup story will survive, and thrive!’, Verma insisted that the ‘Indian Startup Story’ will not just survive despite the headwinds but will also flourish, if only the “ecosystem realises that it has to understand and respect India for what it is, build businesses and guide portfolio companies following the Indian way.”

Giving the MapmyIndia example of what this can achieve for businesses, the article contends, this is what we’ve done at MapmyIndia for the last 20 plus years. Which is why we’ve never been unprofitable in our history. Which is why we’ve seen 40 percent CAGR over the last 10 years, why we have very healthy and positive, strong double digit, profit after taxes. Why we have 5000 plus enterprise customers, 10,000 developers building on the MapmyIndia Stack, 10 million users and customers, and why we have 80 percent value share (in rupees) of the location intelligence market in India, our home and sole market. And which is why 2 years ago our company was valued at a quarter billion dollars, and since which we have grown 80 percent on all metrics already.

Verma says that although it is a 20-25 year-old-company, MapmyIndia is a fast-growing business at the cutting edge of technology. “It’s an odd mix of being an existing large enterprise with one that innovates like a Silicon Valley company. We talk of maps that can power self-driving cars, of smart cities and states and smart businesses. There are around 1.3 billion people in India and 50 lakh businesses. Currently at 5000 enterprise customers, there’s still room for 100X growth for us! We are making efforts to get there and one part of this is using media.” he states.