How MapmyIndia is planning rival to Google Maps

By: | Updated: January 18, 2018 5:08 AM

“The alternative maps will be rolled out in the next two months. Besides, as part of our monetising plans in the industrial space, we will be launching an in-built, easy-to-use GPS for two-wheelers. We are in talks with an OEM for launching the product,” MD Rakesh Verma said

MapmyIndia, Google MapsHow MapmyIndia is planning rival to Google Maps

Location technology company MapmyIndia will be launching an alternative to Google Maps in the next two months. It is also targeting the two-wheeler segment for providing an in-built navigation system, a feature which is currently offered only in four-wheelers. MapmyIndia is upbeat about offering an alternative to Google Maps. “The alternative maps will be rolled out in the next two months. Besides, as part of our monetising plans in the industrial space, we will be launching an in-built, easy-to-use GPS for two-wheelers. We are in talks with an OEM for launching the product,” MD Rakesh Verma said. However, he did not elaborate on the nature of the GPS for two-wheelers and its usage, though he did confirm that this would be a factory-fitted navigation system. “We will also be launching MapmyIndia Map Engine, a solution designed to geo-enable applications and solutions with faster turnaround time. The engine is powered with MapmyIndia’s map data content in the form of map tiles and ready-to-use geospatial functionalities to integrate with any platform and is simple to use, efficient and cost-effective,” Verma said. “We have launched the MapmyIndia Map Engine to empower governments and enterprises. The Map Engine is universally compatible with all commonly-used software and ERP systems/platforms, thus allowing for speedier deployment and faster turnaround time. Since 1995, we have developed products and solutions that are made in India and made for India. It has been our core value to give back to the society, and we are contributing towards a better tomorrow by way of MapmyIndia’s free map portal and mobile apps which are integrated with ISRO’s Bhuvan,” he said.

This engine offers users with options to customise their own map portals and publish-to-user communities like citizens (B2C) and departments (B2B). It integrates easily with closed systems as well as with those connected with the internet. Recently, the Department of Posts, in association with MapmyIndia, launched a pilot project, called eLoc, to digitally map physical property addresses. The postal department is looking to evaluate the effectiveness of the digital addressing system. With this, the government aims to further evaluate the idea of easing the address location process and then provide possibilities to link them to other information such as property title and property tax records.

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