India, Feb. 18 -- There was a time when video games were a bit like the modern map and navigation services we use these days, be it Google Maps, Apple Maps and others of their ilk. A three-dimensional world represented as a 'flat-earth' - think PAC-MAN. But things are changing fast in the world of location services, geospatial data and mapping. This is where India's new guidelines for geospatial data and services fit into the picture.

From a top-down perspective or satellite-based mapping, India is taking steps to move towards ground-level surveillance, where everything, from multistorey buildings to street-level shops and points of interest, will be catalogued with next-generation detection technologies such as drone-based photogrammetr...