Reliance launched BigMaps.com, local search service, on GSM network. BigMaps.com claims to have over 20 million geoc-tagged buildings across India.
This service is available only to Reliance Communications users over SMS, WAP and download medium, With BigMaps, subscribers to search across business, directions, events and movies. The maps can be zoomed up to 15 zoom levels and the services aim to provide real time landmark based routing.
According to BIGMaps.com, you can log in to the site, and updates the website with details in your locality, provide details about your favorite store, add events taking place in the city and mark your school and colleges on the Big Maps. You can create communities to share information with those making your city their home.
It is also said that, Reliance is working on MapMaker tool to enable user participation. With this service, users will be able to add more accurate information in to the BIGMaps network.
Commenting on the launch of the new service, Mr Krishna Durbha, Head – VAS, Reliance Communications said, “Our BigMap service reiterates our focus of driving VAS leadership through innovative offerings. This service will increase the usage of device based search & navigation. Business, Event, Direction and PointnFind search are for the serious users, while Friend finder adds the fun element”.
Mr Manav Sethi, COO, BIGMaps added that this is just a beginning and whole lot of unique features on the platform and across data are in store. He added “ BIGMaps has best Maps data and geo-coded yellow pages information with 20+ Mn geoc-coded buildings across India which once opened on web allows for most accurate search and user generated content. The missing restaurant could be added on the exact building and its possible to search café around atlantis building in Bandra. We are also ready with the mapmaker tool where in a missing building could be added next to the one on the map”.