MapmyIndia, the Qualcomm Ventures, KPCB, Sherpalo, Nexus Venture Partners funded location based services and maps company, has added house numbers on its online maps for 18 cities namely, New Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Chandigarh, Gurgaon, Faridabad, Noida, Greater Noida, Ghaziabad, Navi Mumbai, Thane, Kalyan, Pune, Pimpri Chinchwad, Mohali and Panchkula.
Zooming on to the last level in the maps will enable users to see residential house numbers, commercial building addresses and names, apartment complexes, businesses and points of interest in the mentioned cities.
In August 2010, the company had added this functionality for Delhi and Chandigargh in its device maps, however, it has now extended it to its online free maps. MapmyIndia has also added building footprints, which depict the built-up area of a building in maps for Delhi and Mumbai. Although, these are not available for all localities.
At the moment, the house numbers can only be located and viewed on the map, and house number search will be incorporated in a later release. Users can get door-to-door driving directions by selecting the originating and destination points on the online map.
Also, it now allows users to add and share new places on maps such as their homes, offices, frequent hangouts and other places of interest, with their friends via e-mail and social networks. These places are not added officially to the online maps, until they are verified by the company’s surveyors and approved for publication in the next release.
On being asked if the inclusion of house numbers in the maps could raise privacy concerns, Rohan Verma, Director of the company responded that the service will not offer detailed imagery such as pictures of houses, faceplates and people, which could affect their privacy. Its only limited to house numbers which are even featured in colony maps. Also, care has been taken to exclude sensitive installations. He did not however disclose, how many house numbers have been included in the update.
MapmyIndia, which releases updated versions of its maps every six months, plans to increase the frequency of the updates. It also intends to monetize the platform by offering local deals, some time in the near future and is currently in talks with providers.
The company has a team of 400 field surveyors and 150 mapping engineers, which takes care of the accuracy of the maps. Its current coverage comprises of 1027 cities at street-level detail, 5,76,000 towns and villages connected by complete national, state and district highway network and 4 million points of interests.