By Gaurav Gupta, Ya’ir Aizenman, Sanchali Pal, Aditi Singh, Ahmed Nadeem Khan, and Sneha Iyer
Maps are essential to our lives. They answer basic questions – for citizens, for businesses, and for governments. Maps help us search for places we are interested in, pinpoint their locations, optimize routes to get there, understand surrounding neighborhoods better, and communicate better with others. When maps cannot answer these questions, we rely on other sources that may be costly, time-intensive, or incomplete.
Enter Smart Maps. Smart Maps use mapping technology that enables users to quickly and effectively achieve their day-to-day and long term goals. Smart Maps capture detailed data for a broad range of inputs; present data in a user-friendly, intuitive format; are dynamically maintained in real time; and allow individuals to add additional information, creating a platform for innovation.
Smart Maps hold particular promise to help achieve the Indian government’s ambitions around Smart Cities. India will see the greatest migration to cities of any country in the world over the next 35 years, with over 400 million new inhabitants flooding into urban areas. Even painstakingly compiled maps will be outdated within a year or two. Cities have the greatest density of Internet users, the most infrastructure and road information to capture, are changing at unprecedented rates, and are driving India’s social and economic growth.
In association with the Confederation of Indian Industry and supported by Google, we are releasing a new report today titled “Smart Maps for Smart Cities.” We have found that Smart Maps can help India gain upwards of USD $8 billion, save 13,000 lives, and reduce 1 million metric tons of carbon emissions a year, in cities alone. And we have reason to believe that the broader economic and social benefits of Smart Maps for citizens, businesses, and the government are likely many times greater.
In addition, we share our perspectives on India’s need for a policy framework to encourage scalable solutions and unleash the latent value that maps hold for Indian users. A mapping policy that encourages innovation and scalable solutions can help the private sector create a world-class mapping and GIS industry that benefits Indian citizens, businesses, and government.
Read the full report: Smart Maps for Smart Cities: Urban India’s $8+ Billion Opportunity >>