Good news for all the GIS/ LBS companies in India.
After a very long wait, Survey of India approved digital maps will be available for public distribution. However, Tele Atlas Kalyani India will be the Value Added Reseller for these maps.
The agreement allows Tele Atlas Kalyani India to release the first Survey of India-approved digital maps and custom map content within the public domain for commercial use in a range of navigation and location-based solutions in the mobile, internet, automotive, personal navigation system and enterprise markets.
The current release of navigable maps created by Tele Atlas Kalyani India are the first ever to be screened and approved for public release by the SOI, in full compliance with the regulations of the Government of India and the provisions of the National Mapping Policy.
What about direct availability?
Wondering will Survey of India make the digital maps available directly as well? Tele-Atlas being a Value Added Reseller will bundle it up with many rich features and provide it at a very high premium.
What’s in for startups and individual developers?
So, unless Tele-Atlas has exclusive and favorable licensing models for emerging companies and individual developers, this segment may still not be able to get access to these maps. However, good news is that SoI approved maps are at least available to public.
The Survey Of India under DST, is the oldest scientific department of the Government of India. Under the new National Map Policy, promulgated in 2005, the Survey of India has a nodal role in liberalising the dissemination of map data to the public domain.
One of the key elements of this policy is the Public Private Partnership program to enable the objectives of the Map Policy to provide, maintain and allow access to the National Topographic Database (NTDB) of the SOI conforming to national standards and to promote the use of geospatial knowledge and intelligence.