Google Maps is the navigation app that is used widely by users. But as India walks towards being self-reliant, or “atmanirbhar”, the country has been creating its own version of apps. Currently, ISRO and MapmyIndia have joined hands to create a homegrown navigation app.
Both the organizations, ISRO and MapmyIndia announced an initiative to partner together to offer India’s fully indigenous, mapping portal, and geospatial services. It is going to be a great initiative that is going to help locals.
CEO and Executive Director, Rohan Verma said that he is happy with the collaboration. He said that it will combine the power of MapmyIndia’s digital maps and technologies with ISRO’s catalog of satellite imagery and earth observation data. It will be the best of both worlds.
The CEO of MapmyIndia said that from now on the country will not have to be dependent on foreign organizations for maps, navigation, and geospatial services. Mapmyindia can become the go-to navigation app for Indian Citizens. He also proudly said that you no longer need to use Google maps.
ISRO admitted that the collaboration will enable them to jointly identify and build holistic geospatial solutions. They will be utilizing the earth observation datasets, NavIC, Web Services, and APIs (application programming interface) available in various geoportals like MapmyIndia, Bhuvan, VEDAS, and MOSDAC.
The collaboration will help have relevant and valid information on borders as per the Government of India. It will also reflect the true sovereignty of the country. Indians are going to be shifting from Google maps to the new platform soon.