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ISRO and MapmyIndia announce partnership to offer India’s best, and completely indigenous, mapping portals, apps, and geospatial software

• 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

• Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and MapmyIndia, the pre-eminent indigenous, local organisations in maps and geospatial technologies together provide end to end solution which is world-class and better for India compared to foreign mapping apps and geospatial software

February 12, 2021, New Delhi/Bangalore: Today, ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) and MapmyIndia announced a path-breaking Aatmanirbhar Bharat initiative to partner together to offer India’s best, and fully indigenous, mapping portal and geospatial services by combining the power of MapmyIndia’s digital maps and technologies with ISRO’s catalogue of satellite imagery and earth observation data.

Through the combined partnership with ISRO, MapmyIndia’s end user maps, apps and services will now integrate with ISRO’s huge catalogue of satellite imagery and earth observation data, and would be a much better, more detailed and comprehensive, as well as privacy-centric, hyper local and indigenous mapping solution for Indians, compared to foreign map apps and solutions. Users will be able to see in MapmyIndia’s maps, navigation, and geospatial services, all of India from a bird’s eye point of view, and also benefit hugely from the various map-based analytics and insights about weather, pollution, agricultural output, land use changes, flood and landslide disasters, etc. This will become the most comprehensive and useful maps, navigation, and geospatial service for India. MapmyIndia’s maps and APIs will enrich ISRO’s geoportals, empowering Indian scientists, academia, researchers, and government organisations with the best of India’s satellite imagery, earth observation data, and digital map data, and advanced geospatial technologies, all combined together in a fully indigenous Aatmanirbhar ISRO-MapmyIndia platform.

Commenting on the occasion, Rohan Verma, CEO & Executive Director, MapmyIndia said, “This is a special moment for us at MapmyIndia. For 25 years, we’ve persisted, despite many odds, because of our passion for India, for maps & technology, and our never-ending desire to positively impact society through business. This partnership with ISRO heralds new dawn of Aatmanirbhar Bharat in the strategic area of maps and geospatial technologies. I’d like to thank first and foremost our honourable Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi ji, for his clarion call for an Aatmanirbhar Bharat and Vocal for Local and for him personally driving reforms in space and mapping sectors. I’d also like to especially thank ISRO Chairman, Dr. K. Sivan and ISRO Scientific Secretary, Shri R Umamaheshwaran and the entire ISRO team for guiding us and facilitating such an amazing partnership. I’m committed to seeing all Indians benefit from the good work we’ve done at MapmyIndia over the last 25 years, and helping accelerate India’s rise as the most advanced country in the world through the full power of our maps and geospatial technologies, all developed indigenously in India, for India, and in future, for the world.”

There are many reasons why Indians are better off with an indigenous solution for maps and geospatial services. MapmyIndia, being a responsible, local, Indian company, ensures that its maps reflect the true sovereignty of the country, depicting India’s borders as per the Government of India, and hosts its maps in India. MapmyIndia pioneered digital mapping in India in 1995, far before any foreign organisation, and for the last 25+ years has created India’s most comprehensive, accurate, detailed, feature-rich, and continuously updated digital map data product. MapmyIndia’s maps cover all 7.5 lakh villages, 7500+ cities at street and building-level, connected by all 63 lakh kilometers of road network pan India and within cities, in total providing maps for an unparalleled 3+ crore places across India. This is by far the most exhaustive digital map database of the country, created entirely indigenously using world-class, state-of-the-art mapping technology over the last 25 years, far before any foreign organisation started offering maps for India. Similarly, ISRO is India’s crown jewel when it comes to space and satellite technologies. It has pioneered so many advances when it comes to the frontiers of space and has an enormous catalogue of satellite imagery and earth observation for all of India, that it generates and publishes through its constellation of satellites. ISRO is more responsive to the satellite imagery needs of Indians, especially during times of crisis and disaster.

Foreign mapping solutions come with a lot of hidden costs. For e.g., 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. This should be very alarming to all citizens. 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.

MapmyIndia instead has built a strong, sustainable business based on delivering world-class, positively impactful, and valuable digital map data products, navigation solutions, mapping APIs, automotive technology platforms, geospatial analytics, and GIS solutions, IoT and telematics products, big data, and AI solutions, enterprise software (SaaS) / platforms (PaaS), and full-stack digital automotive, business and government technology solutions to enterprises and app developers, and GPS gadgets and apps for consumers.

This sustainable and direct, clean business model ensures that MapmyIndia’s maps and apps can be kept free of cost as well as free of ads for users. 5000 leading enterprise customers, including automotive companies, government organisations, businesses across industry verticals and app developers, leverage MapmyIndia’s maps and advanced technologies, collectively empowering over 20 crore Indians indirectly, validating the quality and capability of MapmyIndia’s digital maps and advanced technology products, in spite of facing competition from foreign, big-tech giants.

To learn more, visit www.mapmyindia.com and https://www.isro.gov.in/update/11-feb-2021/mou-signed-with-m-s-ce-info-systems-pvt-ltd-mapmyindia

About MapmyIndia (CE Infosystems Pvt. Ltd.)
MapmyIndia is India’s leading digital mapping & location-based deep-tech company, a 100% make in India organisation and winner of the Government of India’s Aatma Nirbhar 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.

Journey Risk management: Digital Mapping Perspective

MapmyIndia, with its power of maps & location based IoT solutions, is addressing the needs of organizations in the space of Journey Risk Management. The solution addresses in identifying locations & intensity of static & dynamic hazards, determining impacts & assessing associated risk scores of the routes as well as of the drivers. An increasing number of applications in the transportation industry rely on the availability of accurate high definition digital maps, describing the road network geometry with attributes such as; absolute height, slope, sharp turns, road width, speed limit, number of lanes,
stop sign, zebra crossing, traffic signal, blind turns & pedestrian. The role of spatial correlation further analyzes the spatial viability of emergency services offered for Journey Risk Management. Map identification of the accident-prone zones, hospitals, police stations, fuel stations etc. along the roadways using digital mapping helps with planning, response & recovery efforts, and situational awareness. The high definition map applications and getting information on telematics data from onboard sensors and IoT devices enhance spatial perception. Building rich 3D maps using HD map, Lidars & sensor data attributes, provide recognition and situation awareness to In-vehicle systems & drivers.

To build these High Definition 3D maps with Information about the road infrastructure and potential risks of driving on different routes as well as driver behaviors, MapmyIndia possesses the complete state-of-art technologies that include advanced car survey, Real-View Survey, IoT devices and smart mobile applications. Efforts to enhance road safety are based on the engineering and evaluation of road infrastructure where digital mapping plays a crucial role for safer roads.

Rishin Kalra Senior Vice President, MapmyIndia

Rishin Kalra Senior Vice President, MapmyIndia

Giving a reality check on what the risks are and how using high definition digital map applications address the challenges of the road journey,  MapmyIndia participated on the panel of “Journey Risk Management in Roadsafety” at Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) event “Role of Corporates in Road Safety” Rishin Kalra Senior Vice President, MapmyIndia, gave insights on the spatial perspective of the Journey risk management with future of high definition maps and telematics data as a part of its products & solutions would play a big role to mitigate road risks and serve the society at large

Inc42.com features 25 year journey of MapmyIndia, building maps and location data

Inc42.com covered MapmyIndia’s success story of creating India’s most exhaustive, accurate, and information rich digital maps and revolutionizing the use of GIS in the business models in India. The company was started by the husband-wife duo, Rakesh & Rashmi Verma in 1994 who led MapmyIndia’s pioneering and path ­breaking effort to create the foundation, framework and architecture for a robust and scale-able model of digital mapping in India. Today MapmyIndia team successfully delivers India’s most comprehensive and feature rich location data products and services. This unique and highly effective business model of MapmyIndia has been highly acknowledged and recommended in a case study by Harvard Business Review.

“Currently, the company offers an entire API stack, IOT devices, a map app, and is creating disruptive technologies for a better, safer and a smarter India. It has mapped over 10.54 Mn unique Points of Interests, expanded coverage of over 2 Mn Kilometers of road network, 7068 cities at street level with house address level data for 80 cities, 6 Lakh villages, and 3D & 2D landmarks in 86 cities”. The core of the company is that we build maps, says Rohan Verma, CTO MapmyIndia.  Taking forward his parents passion and legacy, his vision is, to, creating the digital twin of the real world. A full 360-degree, indoor, outdoor, where we have an idea of how the world functions. The idea is that one day the digital twin of the world has to be made, for digital world experience.

Not fazed by the competition , Mapmyindia is dedicated to providing value added services with maps and location technologies, an asset for the country, with focus on being better, thus playing a key role in developing smart cities and swacch Bharat initiatives to make a world better place for the billions.

You can check out the featured article at httpss://inc42.com/startups/mapmyindia-maps-gps/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=organic and contact us at www.mapmyindia.com for further information.

MapmyIndia and Reverie Language Technologies make India’s first fully localised Map and release truly local, intelligent keyboard app, ‘Hey Map’

MapmyIndia, India’s leader in digital maps and location technologies and Reverie Language Technologies, a pioneer in language technology solutions have partnered & localised the entire map of India. In terms of product, they have collaborated on the existing MapmyIndia platform, to localize India’s largest repository of digital map data built by MapmyIndia over the last 20 years, and on a new language basedintelligent keyboard app, with map intelligence and assistance integrated, called ‘Hey Map’ (httpss://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mmi.heymap). This effort should enable all billion Indians to benefit fully from map and location information, regardless of the language, app or website they are comfortable using. It allows uses to easily enter MapmyIndia’ revolutionary new eLoc, which shortens and simplifies any complex and confusing long Indian address into 6 alphanumeric characters, into the address input field of any app or website, be it an ecommerce, taxi or food delivery app, and help in enabling accurate and efficient doorstep directions, deliveries and drop-offs across India.

BRIEFLY:

  1. MapmyIndia and Reverie have localised the former’s India map platform, which helps businesses or the government deliver their products & services accurately using a simple and powerful 6 digits alphanumeric eLoc code that guarantees doorstep delivery, directions and drop-off. The map is currently available in Hindi and other Indian languages will be rolled out soon. Multilingual search will also be enabled in the coming months making it the only fully localised map platform for India.

    Device Settings for Hindi Language Map

    Device Settings for Hindi Language Map

  2. MapmyIndia and Reverie have also together created a new keyboard for mobile phones called ‘Hey Map’ (httpss://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mmi.heymap)for end consumers to be able to search, saveand sharelocations or points of interest at the ‘Flip’ of the keyboard in Indian languages.

    Keyboard in Indian languages

    Keyboard in Indian languages

  3. It is also powered with Speech to Text (STT) making it easy to just ask:

    “Hey Map, show restaurants nearby?” or

    “Hey Map, where am I?”

    OR

    हेमैप, मैंकहानहूँ?”

    हेमैप, नज़्दीकहोटेल्सकहानहैं?”

    to discover what is around you or where you are. MapmyIndia’s 6 digits alphanumeric eLoc code will also allow anyone to share their location over any application which can then be seen on any browser or MapmyIndia’s app, or right from the ‘Hey Map’keyboard app.

    1. USP/DIFFERENTIATION:This solution is better than any other map or navigational solutions currently available in the market in the following ways:
    • Fully localised map platform – available in Hindi first, other Indian languages to be added soon
    • Ability to locate exact house addresses or locations as opposed to locations within a certain radius or vicinity using a 6 digits alphanumeric eLoc code
    • Ability to search a location via typing or voice in Indian languages, apart from the ability to share and store 6 digits alphanumeric eLoc codes

    DETAILS:

    MapmyIndia’s current products are used by 5,000+ enterprise customers and 10 million end consumers. Its eLoc product is India’s first nationwide digital address system, which has transformational potential in the private and public sector.

    Reverie Language Technologies has processed more than 2 billion words on its proprietary Language-as-a-ServiceTM (LaaSTM) platformin major Indian languages and has delivered language solutions on more than 1 billion devices for major mobile and chipset manufacturers in more than 50 languages, globally.

    1. Together, they worked on fully localising MapmyIndia’splatform– from street names to navigational commands using a combination of Reverie’s hosted language solutions and its APIs via its cloud based Language-as-a-ServiceTM (LaaSTM) platform. This will have a variety of applications:
    • Businesses: especially for MapmyIndia’s existing partners for supply chain & logisticsto ensure 30% more profitable and faster deliveries due to high accuracy of MapmyIndia’s digital maps, unambiguous and simple address input and precise navigation to destination doorstep in a preferred Indian language
    • Government: completely localised for delivery of citizen service initiatives across 100+ cities and 600,000+ villages,
    • Automotive companies – embedded within navigation systems in vehicles
    • End users – who use MapmyIndia’s platform via browsers or their app and would prefer to use it in a language of their choice

    Significant technological advancements were made for this app by both MapmyIndia and Reverie to ensure seamless functioning.

    • Navigation and mapping has high quality data requirements that are typically heavy in terms of content so MapmyIndia and Reverie had toopt for hybrid solution of hosted installation of Reverie’s language solutions as well as its API based Language-as-a-ServiceTM (LaaSTM) platform
    • Map data is highly dynamic in nature (for turn by turn navigation) and therefore time bound commands need to be provided. This is particularly critical especially for correcting any wrong turns taken as the distance has to be recalculated.

    With this platform, end users will gain from a holistic and seamless experience in doing the following:

    • Searching for a desired location on the map platform to the exact doorstep in a preferred language
    • Getting turn by turn navigational instructions to the desired location in a language of their choice

     

    1. After developing popular language apps– Indic Keyboard Swalekh Flip and Indic Phonebook that have each seen more than 400K downloads and let’s end users type in all 22 official languages of India, and save, search and read their mobile contacts in 11 major Indian languages respectively, Reverie also developed a newlanguage basedmapkeyboard for MapmyIndia called ‘Hey Map’. With MapmyIndia’s eLoc feature, it makes it extremely easy to search, save and share locations or points of interest at the ‘Flip’ of the keyboard in Indian languages. If eLoc is a digital address system akin to Aadhar, then Reverie’s solution provides the language identity to that address.The keyboard app comes with the following features:
    • Type or speak, long press the word and ‘Flip’ the keyboard to reveal a map preview and a listing of your points of interest – restaurants,shops and more
      • Speech to Text (STT) feature built in to query/ask for specific points of interest like –

      “Hey Maps, show restaurants nearby?” or

      “Hey Maps, where am I?”

      OR

      हेमैप, मैंकहानहूँ?”

      हेमैप, नज़्दीकहोटेल्सकहानहैं?”

      • Search for a specific location or the 6 digits’ alphanumeric eLoc code and get directions to it
      • Save your favourite eLocs and share it with others anytime
      • MapmyIndia’ eLoc 6 digits alphanumeric code that determines a location can easily be shared via any application (WhatsApp, Facebook, email, SMS etc.) and viewed on any website on any browser,which was previously not possible, and of course, on the MapmyIndia app.
      • Again, this is especially useful for:
        • Businesses: for accurate last ‘doorstep’ delivery, supply chain and logistics requirements and business address validation in a preferred Indian language
        • Government: for emergency response management, disaster management, last ‘doorstep’ governance and utilities provision and any other citizen location validation requirement, completely localised
        • End users – to set up a personal digital address and share it with your friends and family or search for points of interest in a language of your choice. Use an eLoc to fill out an address form you need to fill out online (Flipkart, Amazon etc.) – no more filling out lengthy details!

        Speaking on the partnership, Arvind Pani, Co-Founder & CEO of Reverie Language Technologies said, “MapmyIndia has been a frontrunner in enabling accurate digital map usage in India. However, since India is a country where only 4% Indians are fluent in English and the dialect changes every 40 kilometres, it becomes imperative to take languages into account for enabling a truly efficient navigation solution. We hope this will be used extensively by businesses, the government and Indians for a truly delightful experience in a language of their choice.”

        Commenting on the partnership, Rohan Verma, Executive Director & Chief Technology Officer of MapmyIndia said, “ Since we began digitally mapping India 20 years ago, we have wanted to bring the benefits of digital maps to everyone i.e. all 125+ crore Indians, as well all  5+ crore big and small businesses, and 7 lakh plus governments across each village panchayat, municipal corporation, district, state and the centre. We have been able to do this by making our entire All India map data repository multi-lingual and integrating that into our comprehensive, flagship Map app across mobile and web platforms (https://maps.mapmyindia.com) and our all new Hey Map keyboard and voice assistant, which allows consumers to use MapmyIndia within any other app or website by simply switching to the truly local ‘Hey Map’ keyboard. Users of Map and Hey Map can save 30% time and money every day by getting and giving doorstep directions, deliveries, and taxi drop-offs using eLoc, our revolutionary new nation-wide door-step level digital address system that shortens and simplifies any complex and confusing  Indian address to 6 alphanumeric characters (e.g.  c-2/149a Janakpuri, new Delhi become simply 8GDTYX), in the language of their comfort. We believe this will rapidly be adopted by millions of consumers and also app developers, businesses and government organisations looking for the best, most localized and most efficient and effective map-powered experience for their daily lives, as well as business and governance initiatives. We are so excited to partner with Reverie, another best-in-class pioneering organisation, for a truly Made in India, Digital India, Best for India solution”.

        About MapmyIndia:

        (Website: https://mapmyindia.com, eLoc: https://eloc.me/mmi000)
        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 and its own private investment of Rs 200+ crore into cutting technologies and professional map building processes, which includes its revolutionary RealView service that 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 data set IP for all India, including the game-changing eLoc digital address innovation, a 6 character code for every doorstep across 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 powers 5000+ enterprises, 80% of car with in-built navigation in India run on MapmyIndia, 10,000+ developers build on the MapmyIndia stack, and MapmyIndia has successfully served over 10 million individual end users and customers.

        MapmyIndia makes not just the most advanced, accurate and detailed maps of India, but also the best GPS-based IoT (“Internet of Things”) devices optimized 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. Enterprises, startups and developers can infuse rich and valuable location intelligence into their own apps, IoT devices, solutions, systems and workflows by integrating with the MapmyIndia Stack, which is India’s best and most powerful set of data, APIs, professional services and customized solutions covering maps, navigation, tracking and location analytics. MapmyIndia’s developer platform, AppmyIndia (https://appmyindia.com), already powers tens of thousands of developers, startups and technology deployments by marquee public and private sector enterprises across 4 themes – Smart Cars, Smart Businesses, Smart Governments, and Smart Consumers – and is focused on enabling the entire ecosystem to transform India and leapfrog it to the forefront of the digital world.

        About Reverie Language Technologies:

        (Website: https://reverieinc.com/)

        Reverie’s vision is to promote Language Equality on the InternetTM. It was founded in 2009 by Arvind Pani, Vivek Pani and S.K Mohanty, and is led by a strong R&D technology team that builds technologies to bridge the language divide in the digital world. Reverie works with OEM & chipset manufacturers, enterprises (Consumer Internet) and the developer community.

        Reverie’s Language-as-a-ServiceTM (LaaSTM) cloud platform provides localisation services such as local-language translation, transliteration, device input, and search through a set of APIs.  The platform integrates with business infrastructure (websites and apps) to enable end users to consume digital content in their preferred language in multiple languages, real-time.

        Reverie serves the consumer Internet space (online retail, e-commerce marketplaces, travel, media & entertainment), banks and financial services, e-governance, across millions of devices.

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 – https://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