Apple Opens Map Office in India

Apple today announced the opening of a new office in Hyderabad that will focus on development of Maps for Apple products.

“This investment will accelerate Maps development and create up to 4,000 jobs,“ the company said today.

“The talent here in the local area is incredible and we are looking forward to expanding our relationships and introducing more universities and partners to our platforms as we scale our operations.” added Apple’s CEO Tim Cook, who travelled to India this week for the opening of the office.

This new office is developed in partnership with RMSI, an IT services company specializing in GIS. “We are experts in geospatial data and we will be hiring thousands of people from the local area to support this effort,” said RMSI CEO Anup Jindal.

Hotbed of GIS software expertise

India has been for a long time a hotbed of GIS software resources. Tele Atlas (then TomTom) has been in the country for more than a decade and HERE has a significant center in Mumbai for a few years, while Google has located significant resources in the country for Google Maps (Google Map Maker was invented in India).

We can also mention smaller players like Dutch map maker AND which map development is fully done in India, and, obviously, the leading local map vendor Mapmyindia, based out of New Delhi.

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