Tech in Asia —- InMobi will pay a US$950,000 fine to the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in response to a complaint filed against it on Wednesday. According to the complaint, the adtech startup has been collecting cellphone users’ location data without their consent. InMobi ties up with apps to get access to user information. It then feeds that info back into its database to help companies send out more relevant ads.
Tech in Asia — If you’re stuck in a new city, want to find a street, but can’t speak the local language, your smartphone can come in really handy. Driving a car and can’t stop every few meters to ask for directions? Your GPS device becomes a savior. And if you’re stuck in a mountain pass, with nobody around to ask, a GPS-enabled map might save your life.
Enterprise Innovation — Indian eCommerce marketplace, Flipkart, will collaborate with MapUnity, a Social Technology Lab, known for developing a variety of platforms for urban management, safety and transport. The collaboration may see Flipkart’s Mapping business – Flipkart Maps – taking a more central role in the company’s business schemes.
Times of India — BENGALURU: A campaign against the Union government’s move to govern how companies and individuals use maps is gaining momentum, with a number of thinktanks, research organisations and activists launching efforts to rally resistance against the proposed law.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Cold response from MNCs like Google to India’s security concerns is seen as a prime reason for the proposed legislation to regulate mapping of the country, a move that critics call “return of the Licence Raj” and “digital nationalism”. A draft of Geospatial Information Regulation Bill, released last week seeking public comments, says anyone mapping India by a satellite or aerial platform will need a licence from a government “security vetting authority”.
Mashable — The Indian government has proposed a bill that will require companies like Google to get a license to offer and publish maps in the country. If it becomes a law, then anyone who create maps ‘incorrectly’ can be fined millions of rupees or imprisoned. The draft Geospatial Information Regulation Bill, 2016, says that “no person shall depict, disseminate, publish or distribute any wrong or false topographic information of India including international boundaries through internet platforms or online services or in any electronic or physical form”.
RTN Asia — If you’re a regular user of Google Maps for navigation, you might want to update the app quickly before you head out. The latest version of Google News includes spoken warnings about traffic conditions, Google said. Till now, Google used to color code traffic conditions, with red indicating severe congestion and slow moving traffic.
Times of India— NEW DELHI: In a bid to make navigation around big cities easy, search engine giant Google on Wednesday updated its Maps app that now shows a dedicated tab with information for cab services in addition to the existing driving, public transport or walking options. So next time when you leave work to meet a friend for dinner or to meet a client in a new city, you will be able to compare all the commuting options right within the Google Maps app, the company said in a statement.
ZDNet — AutoNavi Software Co., Ltd, a Beijing-based mapping company which provides data to Apple Maps in mainland China, is reported to have put its core business system in the cloud owned by technology giant Alibaba.
MIS Asia — Singapore retailers should adopt state-of-the-art smart mapping technology to optimise their business operations, according to global retail expert Gary Johnson. Johnson, a renowned specialist in the use of geospatial technology within the retail sector, emphasizes that Singapore retailers should do so in order to remain competitive amongst global players.
Shanghai Daily — CHINA North Industries Group Corp (Norinco Group) and e-commerce giant Alibaba have set up a joint venture to provide location-based services using China’s Beidou navigation satellite system. The Shanghai-based firm has 2 billion yuan (US$313 million) in registered capital, with the two companies both holding a 50 percent share, according to Norinco Group.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Starting Tuesday, people can see traffic information for 12 new cities, including Kolkata, Thiruvananthapuram and Bhopal, on Google Maps, a company statement here said. The other cities for which the facility would now be available are Coimbatore, Lucknow, Surat, Indore, Ludhiana, Visakhapatnam, Nagpur, Kochi and Madurai.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: People can see traffic information for 12 new cities, including Kolkata, Thiruvananthapuram and Bhopal, on Google Maps, a company statement said. Among the other cities are Coimbatore, Lucknow, Surat, Indore, Ludhiana, Visakhapatnam, Nagpur, Kochi and Madurai. This latest update to Google Maps makes traffic information available for all national highways and expressways in India, it added.
India is expected to see the greatest migration to cities of any country in the world in the next three decades, with over 400 million new inhabitants moving into urban areas. The expansion of India’s urban population will also have to be met with an expansion of infrastructure that is 20 times the capacity that has been added to India’s city over the last decade. While infrastructure, especially the creation of smart cities, has been a major focus area for the government, smart maps and dynamic mapping technologies will be critical tools for the development of India’s smart cities project, says a new report.
In order to maximise efficiency and best serve the needs of the citizens, collaboration between government organisations is key. Governments which have adopted this philosophy would now be looking for the best possible way to facilitate that collaboration – and geospatial data sharing offers a massive opportunity for governments to maximise their potential. A report, ‘Improving collaboration using geospatial technology’, shows how by creating a common GIS environment, agencies can improve collaboration practices through spatial data and fully leverage GIS investments that they have made.
Japan has called for people to create smartphone apps using the government’s database of disaster-response maps. The apps should be able to display the user’s current location through GPS and directions to the nearest evacuation centre. Other features could be displaying the safest route for evacuation, highlighting dangerous areas, and accounting for loss of data connections and disabled users.