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Google in India moving into services

Google seems to have moved into consulting business in India. It will provide IT based consulting services to large clients. According to Mohit Pande, Country Head – India, Google Cloud as told to Business Line, “We have invested significantly into professional services in India. These are consulting services, change management services for the customers where we work with them to solve some of their most complex problems.” Given that they are looking at services in machine learning and artificial intelligence, it is unlikely they would have much to do in traditional mapping solution domain, where the challenges are mostly basic at present, but the doors may open at a later date. In addition to this, they are also considering setting up Advanced Solutions Lab in India, which so far is only in Mountain View.

From unconfirmed sources, it has been learnt that regulatory agencies are considering to bring crowd sourcing of geospatial data into its fold. Moving over to National Geospatial Policy, the wait seems to be getting longer and maybe after the monsoon session it is made public.

Recently government mandated use of IRNSS positioning signals for vehicle tracking (AIS 140, final draft) from 1st April 2018. Seems it is in jiffy to set the ball rolling for indigenous positioning system which is yet to be made fully operational( Again, unconfirmed sources say it will be sometime in Aug’17)

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About Maneesh Prasad

Having been associated with the GIS/Geospatial/Mapping industry for over two decades, today he is believer in the strength & utility of survey and mapping industry. He is into the bandwagon of specific interest group which is into the advocacy of utility of geospatial data for the developmental works in India. He is one of the founding member of Survey and Mapping Association.

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