Thursday, November 19, 2009

BIGMaps is live on Facebook


Finally BIGMaps is live on Facebook via an application. This is the first time on web you can see the 'Search' and 'Maps' combo feature provided by BIGMaps.

The URL :

The Application profile says:

"You can use this application to map your home, office or even your favorite restaurant and add it to your profile. You can also use it to make your profile more interesting by adding the location of your college or university. You can even point out your next vacation spot. Add this application and have fun."

"BIGMaps is a local search platform. Along with local information services, BIGMaps offers directions, movies and events. It is currently available on one of the India's largest mobile network and can be accessed through SMS, Mobile browser and the mobile client. The platform is integrated with GIS, Search, Advertising and UGC and it will be available across web, voice and PNDs. BIGMaps Platform will be open to public very soon."

BIGMaps is now entering into each and every field on Web and Mobile. The intentions are crystal clear.. proliferate and rule the web :)

Cheers !

Thursday, September 10, 2009

BIGMaps is finally Launched on mobile

Reliance Mobile has launched BIGMaps service on its GSM network. Reliance Communications is the first telecom operator to offer BIGMaps service. The BIGMaps service allows search across Business, Directions, Events and Movies by organising local information on a pan-India basis. At present it’s available on mobile through SMS, WAP and downloads. Plans are afoot to offer the service through internet in the near future.

With the launch of BIGMaps service, Reliance Mobile intends to offer world-class local search platform for India with maps data across 15 zoom levels and real time landmark based routing.

Once public beta is opened on web, the platform will allow rich mobile-web experience leveraging on the best in class maps and geo-coded yellow pages information for India. BIGMaps service is available on RWorld for download and WAP search.

Commenting on the launch of the new service, Mr Krishna Durbha, Head – VAS, Reliance Communications said, “Our BigMap service reiterates our focus of driving VAS leadership through innovative offerings. This service will increase the usage of device based search & navigation. Business, Event, Direction and PointnFind search are for the serious users, while Friend finder adds the fun element”.

Mr Manav Sethi, COO, BIGMaps added that this is just a beginning and whole lot of unique features on the platform and across data are in store. He added “ BIGMaps has best Maps data and geo-coded yellow pages information with 20+ Mn geoc-coded buildings across India which once opened on web allows for most accurate search and user generated content. The missing restaurant could be added on the exact building and its possible to search cafĂ© around atlantis building in Bandra. We are also ready with the mapmaker tool where in a missing building could be added next to the one on the map”.

Source: PTI

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Bhuvan .. The Google Earth of India

Thursday, August 13, 2009: ISRO yesterday launched the beta version of its over-hyped mapping service 'Bhuvan' . The Bhuvan platform allows users to use information on basic maps resources in the geospatial domain, mostly the images and thematic information.

Bhuvan displays satellite images of varying resolution of India's surface, allowing users to visually see things like cities and important places of interest looking perpendicularly down or at an oblique angle, with different perspectives and can navigate through 3D viewing environment.

Snips from ET:
"With Bhuvan, one can: access, explore and visualise 2D and 3D image data along with thematic information on soil, wasteland, water resources etc; visualise multi-resolution, multi-sensor, multi-temporal image data; superpose administrative boundaries of choice on images as required; visualisation of AWS (Automatic Weather Stations) data/information in a graphic view and use tabular weather data of user choice; navigation using the 3D view Pop-up menu (Fly-in, Fly out, jump in, jump around, view point); 3D Fly through (3D view to fly to locations, objects in the terrain, and navigate freely using the mouse or keyboard); drawing 2D and 3D objects; snapshot creation; measurement tools; and shadow analysis."

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Combo : Satnav and Survey of India

SatNav & Survey of India (SOI) will enable SoI maps and build value added products for consumers.

The deal will allow SatNav to launch SOI digital maps and map content for business use in a fields of navigation and location-based solutions (LBS) in India.

Survey Of India, The National Survey and Mapping Organisation of the country under the Department of Science & Technology, is the OLDEST SCIENTIFIC DEPARTMENT OF THE GOVT. OF INDIA. It was set up in 1767 and has evolved rich traditions over the years. In its assigned role as the nation's Principal Mapping Agency, Survey of India bears a special responsibility to ensure that the country's domain is explored and mapped suitably, provide base maps for expeditious and integrated development and ensure that all resources contribute with their full measure to the progress, prosperity and security of our country now and for generations to come.

SatNav Technologies, one of India’s early starters in the IT Products space, offers a wide array of Products both Off-the-shelf as well as customizable, for both the B2B and the B2C markets. These products were developed when the management team of SatNav Technologies working together since the year 2000 was a part of a large Indian IT company. It was spun off as a separate entity in the year 2004. SatNav aims to grow exponentially and be a Billion Dollar entity by 2012. SatNav has strategic alliances with the experts in the Industry and is consistently developing its market intelligence and approach. This has led it to become a Market Leader from a Pioneer in the field of GPS Maps and Navigation.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Geo Names

GeoNames contains over eight million geographical names and consists of 6.5 million unique features whereof 2.2 million populated places and 1.8 million alternate names. All features are categorized into one out of nine feature classes and further subcategorized into one out of 645 features codes.


Thursday, March 19, 2009

Lost? Need Directions? Call Us!

Here is what they say on their website :

"We have launched India's 1st Voice based Navigation Directions service LCU (Lost? Need Directions? Call Us!), the latest variant our popular GPS navigation product, SatGuide. The service is available from 6:30am - 11:30pm throughout the week. LCU is presently available in Andhra Pradesh and will cover the entire country over by March 2009."

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Giagantic GIS

GIS in India is proliferating at jet speed !! And not only GIS, but more products are taking birth with solutions built around it. Mostly in Local Search , classifieds, LBS and mapping solutions.

Recently rediff maps came into picture. It was a huge disappointment after looking at this beta product. It looks like they were in real hurry to push this product live without even thinking to correct their basics right. Its a crap, and we know it.

Giants in Indian mapping like google maps, yahoo maps, mapmyindia are steadily progressing at a slower pace. As such, no new innovations are visible, but they are not at all quiet. They are adding up the data on daily basis. Mostly, yahoo maps are pushing more detailed tiles for 2nd, 3rd tier cities of India. Google is more into launching their routing solutions for India. Looking at directions in India on google maps will be fun. Hopefully, the routing features will be similar as they provide on US maps.

Vidteq has come up with a brilliant product for Bangalore Junta. Showing videos of roads and traffic while searching a route is the best feature a user can demand for. Good luck ! Vidteq team :)