ISRO partners MapmyIndia for Google Maps alternative ‘Bhuvan’
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has partnered with digital mapping and navigation technology solutions provider MapmyIndia to launch an Indian Maps alternative.
This will be a path-breaking milestone for India’s ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ initiative. This service will use India’s NavIC positioning system developed by ISRO.
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.”
Bhuvan is a geo-portal with geospatial data, services, and tools. VEDAS (Visualisation of Earth observation Data and Archival System) is an online geoprocessing platform for academia and research. MOSDAC (Meteorological and Oceanographic Satellite Data Archival Centre) is a data repository for the meteorological missions of ISRO.
MapMyIndia began in 1992, with an aim to enhance India’s map-making capabilities.