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Don't see ISRO's geo-portal app Bhuvan as competition: Google India official

  • Published: November 3, 2016 10:00 PM IST
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Google does not perceive ISRO’s geo-portal app Bhuvan as competition, a senior Google India official said on Thursday, stressing that such data sharing platforms help bolster the industry. Also Read - Google Android 12 for TV rolling out with some much-needed features: Check details

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“From our analysis, it’s a great platform for sharing data. We generally don’t look at a different app as a competition as we are trying to solve the same problem,” said Google India’s Maps Lead Sanket Gupta. “There’s a long way to go… It is something like a great experience and generally great for the industry,” Gupta told the media.

Bhuvan is a software application created by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) that allows users to explore 2D/3D representation of the Earth’s surface. The mapping app is specifically tailored to view India, offering highest resolution in the region and providing content in four local languages. ALSO READ: Google yet to receive permission from government to launch Street View service in India

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Asked about the security and privacy concerns regarding live traffic updates, Gupta clarified the company aggregates anonymised traffic data from people using Google Maps apps. ALSO READ: Google partners ASI to provide 360 degree virtual tour of Indian monuments

“We generally strip out personal identifiable information which keeps it secure and that’s why we can’t identify a particular traffic update to a particular cell phone,” Gupta added.

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  • Published Date: November 3, 2016 10:00 PM IST



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