MapmyIndia, India’s leading location technology and digital maps company, announced that its location APIs will enable real-time data availability on Amazon Alexa.
Alexa can now answer questions about points of interest such as local business locations and landmarks, as well as locations of the Covid-19 testing centres, using MapmyIndia’s real-time data, MapmyIndia said in a press statement.
In recent times, voice has become a huge part of consumers’ experience when they are searching for information online. Access to rich and accurate data by asking simple questions on Alexa-enabled smart devices, hands-free, can be extremely useful and delightful for customers, it added.
According to the company, Customers can now ask Alexa to provide the nearest Covid-19 testing centre and the Alexa-enabled device will provide addresses of the nearby testing centres along with travel distance. Customers can get started by asking questions such as “Alexa, where can I get a Covid-19 test?’
In addition to the Covid-19 information APIs, MapmyIndia also provides cloud-based Location SDKs & APIs that allow users to access numerous landmark & business categories such as pharmacies, petrol pumps, supermarkets, hospitals, malls, etc for the vast and myriad country that is India. Customers can ask “Alexa, find a nearby pharmacy”, or “Alexa, where’s the nearest petrol pump/ supermarket/ hospitals/ mall”.
Responses from Alexa that are accessed via MapmyIndia’s APIs are available on all Alexa enabled devices such as the Echo Dot smart speaker, Echo Auto, Fire TV, on the free Alexa app for smartphones, through the microphone icon on the Amazon India shopping app (Android only), and Alexa-enabled devices such as smart speakers or TVs made by other brands.
“Customers in India interact with Alexa millions of times every day for entertainment, help in managing the day, controlling a smart home, as well as looking up information. The Alexa service is always getting smarter and more useful for customers. We are happy to announce that, with the addition of MapmyIndia content, Alexa is now even more knowledgeable about nearby places,” said Dilip RS, Country Manager for Alexa Skills and Voice Services, Amazon India.
Rohan Verma, CEO & Executive Director at MapmyIndia, said, “MapmyIndia moves a step ahead in its endeavour to deliver cutting edge, location-based cloud services. By making our location APIs and hyperlocal content available on Amazon Alexa, we are not just offering our services but also assisting the Indian public, by providing hyperlocal search on Alexa, whether they are at home or on the go. Currently, we offer dynamic, Covid-19 specific services, and we are always improving MapmyIndia with regional and hyperlocal features.”