In a really fascinating and insightful session on the ability of cartography, Sanjeev Sanyal, Principal Financial Adviser within the Ministry of Finance, Authorities of India, held an in depth dialogue with MapmyIndia Founder, and CEO & Government Director. MapmyIndia is an information and know-how merchandise and platforms firm providing proprietary digital maps as a service (MaaS), software program as a service (SaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS). The corporate is India’s main supplier of superior digital maps, geospatial software program and location-based IoT applied sciences. “As we (India) go digital, the cartography sector goes to be essential,” mentioned Sanyal.

The background

Setting the tone for the dialogue, the Principal Financial Adviser within the Ministry of Finance offered a historical past of cartography ranging from the late 15th century all the best way to the 21st century, highlighting all of the necessary milestones involving a number of nations like Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands and the  United Kingdom.

“At present, the science of mapmaking, or cartography, is utilized in every part from municipal administration, visitors administration to going to a good friend’s place,” added Sanyal. In context of India, he defined how the British made certain that knowledge sharing was prohibited, which led to the Survey of India holding a monopoly on cartography.  

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The change

In February 2021, the Authorities of India liberalized geospatial pointers, beneath which the geospatial sector was deregulated and situations reminiscent of prior approvals for surveying, mapping and for constructing functions had been eliminated. For Indian entities specifically, a whole deregulation was introduced, with no prior approvals, safety clearances, licenses for acquisition and manufacturing of geospatial knowledge and geospatial knowledge companies, together with maps. “It was heartening to see the federal government give you the brand new pointers. After we began, India didn’t have the digital map database. At present, everyone knows that digital maps can convey an excessive amount of change within the lives of individuals,” mentioned Rakesh Verma, Founder, MapmyIndia.  

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The innovation   

In the meantime, Rohan Verma, CEO & Government Director, MapmyIndia, talked in regards to the evolution and innovation in mapmaking within the nation. “India has come a good distance by way of mapmaking in the previous couple of many years. At present, we’re utilizing applied sciences like Synthetic Intelligence (AI), and are in a position to replace maps in actual time. This proves to be essential for areas like e-commerce, visitors administration and concrete planning,” he mentioned.

Rohan  additionally revealed that his firm was  offering APIs to app builders for various wants. “Take, as an illustration, the Covin platform. We made certain that everybody may use maps to determine their nearest vaccination middle, together with different necessary particulars,” he mentioned. The  CEO & Government Director of MapmyIndia additionally exhibited how innovative may assist the authorities in enhancing tax assortment, evaluating growth, and do much more.

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