Rakesh Verma, India’s original digital map data product maker and the founder of MapmyIndia, a Make in India, Deep-Tech company which specializes in Maps, Navigation, Tracking, Analytics, GIS, GPS, IoT & location technologies has pledged INR 1 Crore towards strengthening the Incubation and Innovation ecosystem. Well-known for its students and alumni startups, 17 of BITS alumni-led startups have raised $700 million in past few months. MapmyIndia will further support promising student entrepreneurs by mentoring and advisory, workspace, seed/angel funding and incubation to help accelerate their ideas.“I am indebted to BITS Pilani, a generous giver, my almamater has played a key role in shaping me personally and professionally. And it gives me great pleasure to be part of this unique initiative – BITS Pilani Incubation and Innovation Centre (BPIInC). In this pandemic hit scenario we will churn out job creators rather than seekers – a class of professionally Aatmanirbhar students via Mentorship, guidance, funding and incubation. BPIInC will be a legacy builder, one that will have a lasting impact on the future genrations of the bright and talented alumni that will walk through the hallowed precincts of this great institution, says Rakesh Verma, Founder, Chairman and Managing Director, MapmyIndia, a BITS alumnus, class of 1972.
Prof. Souvik Bhattacharyya, Vice-Chancellor, BITS Pilani, said, “What MapmyIndia did in 1990s, despite a lack of support system really inspires us at BITS – it’s our commitment and ambition to support innovators on the campus with the resources they would need to be successful. With Rakesh’s pledge, we are moving a step closer to our intended goals.”
This initiative comes close to the heels of the recent path breaking partnership between MapmyIndia and ISRO to create India’s indigenously developed most advanced geospatial services, as a shining example of public-private partnership to enable Aatmanirbhar Bharat, and the Government of India’s historic announcement of the opening up of geospatial industry to bring the benefits of geospatial to the entire economy and society. MapmyIndia is quickly making moves to leverage them advantageously by speeding up innovation and increasing the output of the Indian geospatial sector.
Prof. Arya Kumar, Dean, Alumni Relations, added, “BITSian entrepreneurs and the alumni network has been widely acknowledged as one of the most helpful innovation networks, with support available to anyone with a viable idea. Rakesh Verma has been a long-standing contributor to this network, and his collaboration with the incubation efforts at BITS will help scale outcomes to newer heights.”
The funds from MapmyIndia shall be used for augmenting the upcoming Incubation and Innovation Centre at the Pilani Campus being built at the cost of Rs. 15 Crore – a 20,000 sq. ft. space for innovation labs and co-working spaces for enabling students and faculty with their ideas to change the world.
About BITS, Pilani
BITS Pilani, established in 1964, is an institute of eminence and offers undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral program in Engineering, Sciences, Pharmacy, and Management from its four campuses at Pilani, Goa, Hyderabad, and Dubai. It also offers Work Integrated Learning Programmes for working professionals. It has more than 150,000 alumni across the globe from its on-campus and WILP programmes.
About Rakesh Verma and MapmyIndia (CE Infosystems Pvt. Ltd.)
Rakesh Verma, a visionary had predicted in 1995 that almost 80% of all data will have a location element to it and today the impact of location technology is there for all of us to see. A pioneer of location technology in the country Rakesh founded MapmyIndia, India’s leading digital mapping & location-based deep-tech company. For his achievements Rakesh has received many awards and recognitions from the governments, media and institutions. These include – Chair, FICCI committee on Geospatial Technologies – 2020; Distinguished BITS Alumni – 2020, Leader, FICCI Business Delegation to Croatia accompanying Hon’ble President of India in 2019; Member Think Tank, Framework for a National Policy on E-commerce, GoI-2018; Geospatial Leader of the Year- 2018; 50 BITSian achievers in the last 50 years recognition by BITS Pilani-2017; Harvard Business Review Case Study “Customer funded highly effective business model”-2014, Member National GIS Core Group, Planning Commission, Government of India-2012, World’s GPSBusinessNews.com-2007, NASSCOM Showcase Company for IT Innovation in India – 2005.
MapmyIndia is a 100% make in India organisation and winner of the Government of India’s Aatmanirbhar App Innovation Challenge 2020. MapmyIndia pioneered digital mapping in India in 1995, and since then has built India’s most comprehensive, accurate and feature-rich digital map data set down to address and urban building level detail pan India, covering all villages across India, and the entire road network of the country.
MapmyIndia has also built a whole suite of location-based technologies, applications, APIs, IoT solutions and has capabilities across the map APIs, navigation solutions, tracking systems, IoT & Telematics solutions, GIS and geo-spatial analytics solutions, big data, AI/ML, computer vision, cloud computing, edge computing, consumer apps and enterprise SaaS, and IoT devices and gadgets that it delivers to individuals, government organisations, businesses, automotive companies and app developers. With its vast experience and expertise, MapmyIndia provides platforms and solutions for citizens, residents and local, state and central government authorities towards Smart Cities, Digital Door Number Address Systems, Urban Planning, Urban Transportation & Mobility, Emergency Response, Road Safety, Smart Governance, Swacch Bharat, Grievance reddressal, Traffic Management etc.
The government of India’s official vaccination registration website, cowin.gov.in, integrates MapmyIndia Maps and APIs to deliver this useful nearby vaccine centre search functionality to all
India, 1st March 2021: MapmyIndia, India’s pioneer and leader in digital mapping and advanced location-based and IoT technologies today announced the launch of maps and nearby search features as a part of its mobile application and official website, to help Indians find Coronavirus vaccination centres across the country. The Government of India has also integrated these features into cowin.gov.in, their official Corona vaccination registration portal to guide the people and connect them to their nearby vaccination centres.
In the fight against COVID, each one of us has a role to play. Since the pandemic entered India, MapmyIndia took upon the task of real-time geospatially mapping all corona related places – testing, treatment and isolation centres as well as containment zones. To make the critical vaccination effort seamless, MapmyIndia has put all the vaccination centres across India on MapmyIndia’s maps. Users can use the MapmyIndia App (mapmyindia.com/move) and Maps portal (maps.mapmyindia.com) to search and find nearby vaccine centres and get directions to them. They can also write reviews and report issues they face there – to help authorities get feedback and take corrective action, where required,” says Rohan Verma, CEO & Executive Director, MapmyIndia.
He further adds that “We are additionally so excited and thankful to the Government of India for integrating MapmyIndia’s Maps APIs and technologies into the official corona vaccine registration website and app, cowin.gov.in, to enable the crores of citizens, who will log in, to be able to find nearby vaccine centres. This represents the best of AtmaNirbhar Bharat – a partnership between the indigenous public and private sector organisations – to leverage world-class, indigenous technologies to enable Ease of Living and enhance efficiencies for the country.”
Steps to find nearby Corona vaccination centres:
MapmyIndia’s App, powered by MapmyIndia Maps and APIs, was the winner of the AatmaNirbhar App Challenge organised by the Govt of India 6 months ago. MapmyIndia’s app offers far more detailed and accurate maps is privacy-centric, fully indigenous, more localised and respectful of Indian nuances, and is an AatmaNirbhar alternative to foreign map apps that come default in operating systems. MapmyIndia’s app can be downloaded from mapmyindia.com/move. All website and app developers can participate and further an AatmaNirbhar Bharat by integrating the best Indian maps using MapmyIndia APIs (mapmyindia.com/api) so that all end-users see localised maps instead of foreign ones.
The Government of India announced historic policy reforms in the mapping & geospatial sector to enable an Aatmanirbhar Bharat, Sarvottam Bharat in the strategic area of maps & geospatial data.
The new guidelines announced by the government of India will unlock the value of the geospatial sector to all of India & all Indians – consumer, business, government or social sectors – Honourable PM Shri Narendra Modi has driven India into a historic, new reformed era – there will be unprecedented value creation for the Indian economy & society. We whole-heartedly & sincerely applaud & thank the Honourable PM and the Government of India on this historic step.
Sectors such as agriculture, healthcare, finance & revenue, logistics, transportation, technology, commerce & many more – which form 70% of India’s GDP will be positively impacted, and the country will see 4-5% GDP growth due to the horizontal, wide-spread, and all-pervasive benefits of geospatial technologies.
MapmyIndia has been building digital maps & advanced geospatial technology products, APIs and solutions for 25 years tirelessly – because of our passion to enable India’s growth. Our 5,000 customers include leading vehicle manufacturers, leading tech companies & app developers, the largest business as well as top government organisations. Indirectly, we empower 20 crore Indians through our maps & tech, all built indigenously, to enable an Aatmanirbhar Bharat, Sarvottam Bharat in strategic area of maps & geospatial.
MapmyIndia has built the world’s most advanced digital maps & geospatial technologies – we call it the 4D Digital Map Twin of the Real World. This is a 3-dimensional map of the world, which updates live (time being the 4th dimension) – for the outdoor AND the indoor.
Our 4D Digital Map Twin is in High-Definition, giving maps which are extremely accurate and precise, of the outdoors, of the roads, of buildings and of the indoors. These are advanced maps built by state-of-the-art artificial intelligence, LiDAR, cameras, computer vision.
The incredible benefits of MapmyIndia’s 4D Digital Map Twin – across Advanced Navigation & Driving Assistance Systems for vehicles, simulations at city & country scale for planning & analytics, last metre doorstep level deliveries at any floor in multi-floor buildings – are huge!
One example benefit of our 4D Digital Map Twin – is the nation’s first digital address system & unique location identity – eLoc – a 6 character unique code to EVERY place & object – a mud hut or a big villa, or even any public infrastructure item (http://eloc.me). Now exactly identifying the location, getting directions to the exact doorstep, and using this as a unique ID to ensure civic services are delivered and covering all beneficiaries are all possible using MapmyIndia eLoc.
eLoc, and our 4D Digital Map Twin, is easily usable through MapmyIndia’s free Map Portal (https://maps.mapmyindia.com) and MapmyIndia Move App (https://mapmyindia.com/move). We’re also collaborating closely with ISRO to take this to the next level by integrating with their huge catalogue of satellite imagery and earth observation data. MapmyIndia’s APIs (https://www.mapmyindia.com/api) will be used by ISRO and can be used by all app developers, businesses and government organisations. Many are already using MapmyIndia’s maps, apps and APIs – but with this reform, that will explode.
We thank them for their untiring faith in us, and look forward to serving all Indians.
To learn more – visit www.mapmyindia.com
This Gandhi Jayanti, let’s contribute and support in making India cleaner. On this day, we are extremely proud to share you can actively join & spread Swachh Bharat Mission by reporting places that are clean, not clean, & that you have cleaned on the MapmyIndia Super app (https://mapmyindia.com/move/) and maps (http://maps.MapmyIndia.com).
2. Open the app, from the home screen, swipe up to open the Quick Access Menu or click on + icon the map on the web portal
3. Tap on Report an Issue Category on the app
4. Now, select Swachh Bharat Category on the app or on the web portal
5. Report places that are clean/not clean/and those you have cleaned.
6. Share and tag 5 friends to do the same on social media
7. Use the hashtag #GandagiMuktBharat
8. Tag MapmyIndia official handle@MapmyIndia
* The post that generates 50+ likes or retweets with the link will be eligible for the prize.
“Be the change that you want to see in the world.”
So, let’s step up in support of Swachh Bharat Mission and help mark places on MapmyIndia maps and super app.
Wish you all a happy Gandhi Jayanti 2020.
Voting by the public to help create momentum for the winning apps is open till Saturday, 15th August.
We are happy to share that MapmyIndia Move app has been selected as #1 in the prestigious Digital India AatmaNirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge!
MapmyIndia Move is India’s super app for maps, mobility, safety, hyperlocal social discovery & more that comes built-in with India’s most detailed, accurate, comprehensive, continuously updated, and feature-rich maps from MapmyIndia. MapmyIndia Move app offers, in one app itself, features such as live traffic and safety based navigation, GPS tracking and safety monitoring of vehicles and loved ones, the revolutionary 6-character code eLoc which simplifies complex address search and enables precise door-step navigation, as well as community reporting of hyperlocal issues and personalised maps and real-time location-based feeds of what’s happening nearby through World View.
24 FINALISTS across 9 categories were selected from amongst 6940 entries received from across India. In MapmyIndia’s category, there were 1200 apps out of which MapmyIndia was given the 1st prize! Some of the other winners included prestigious apps from Zoho. This is an initiative of the Niti Aayog & MeitY, GOI as part of the flagship Atal Innovation Mission.
You can see the announcement of MapmyIndia as the winner in this video (skip to 9:41): httpss://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jz4DHBimzb4&feature=youtu.be.
You can see our MapmyIndia Move app presentation at httpss://youtu.be/jC0UfUEhuAo.
We are very thankful for all the support, and request you to explore and use MapmyIndia Move for all the various features and benefits it gives, and encourage others as well!
VOTING IS OPEN TILL 15TH AUGUST
Voting by the public to help create momentum for the winning apps is on till 15th August.
To vote for MapmyIndia, please visit the link: httpss://www.mygov.in/group-poll/aatmanirbharapp-hackathon-vote-your-favourite-app/, scroll down to OTHERS and OVERALL categories, select MapmyIndia Move in both.
You will have to register on MyGov – it takes just 30 sec! Spread the word. You can also see the leading apps by votes here.
Learn more about the MapmyIndia Move app at mapmyindia.com/move.