ISRO, MapmyIndia join hands to take on Google Maps/Earth.

ISRO, MapmyIndia join hands to take on Google Maps/Earth.
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  • ISRO and MapmyIndia have announced a strategic partnership to launch mapping portals, apps and geospatial software.
  • MapmyIndia says that this is a boost to Aatmanirbhar Bharat.
  • MapmyIndia CEO & Executive Director announced the news in a LinkedIn post.
  • The collaboration will enable them to build holistic geospatial solution

To take on Google Maps, India Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and MapmyIndia the navigation solutions provider, have joined hands to offer an indigenous mapping solution.

Elaborating about the partnership, ISRO in a statement said, “The collaboration will enable them to jointly identify and build holistic geospatial solutions utilising the earth observation datasets, “NavIC”, Web Services and APIs (application programming interface) available in MapmyIndia, “Bhuvan”, “VEDAS” and “MOSDAC” geoportals.”

“You don’t need Google Maps/Earth any longer”, Verma said in the headline in an article on LinkedIn.

Rohan Verma, CEO and Executive Director of MapmyIndia said that both the organisations would come with an India made mapping portal and geospatial services on Friday. He went on to add that the collaboration will boost Aatmanirbhar Bharat, which will mean that users in India in future can rely on a country made solution and not a service designed outside India. “You don’t need Goo*le Maps/Earth any longer”, Verma in a LinkedIn post.

The space agency confirmed that R Umamaheswaran, Scientific Secretary, ISRO, signed the MoU on behalf of DOS and Rakesh Verma, CMD, CE Info Systems Pvt Ltd signed from the company side.

MapmyIndia’s maps cover 7.5 lakh Indian villages, 7500+ cities at street and building-level, connected by 63 lakh kilometers of road network pan India and within cities. The company claims that this is the most exhaustive digital map database of the country, created entirely indigenously over the last 25 years.

MapmyIndia’s maps, apps and services will now integrate with ISRO’s catalogue of satellite imagery and earth observation data. Users will be able to see mapping data along with information about weather, pollution, agricultural output, land-use changes, flood and landslide disasters etc.