World in your pocket!

Now, just shake your phone and you will find your way. Mobile phones are not just for networking now it is guiding people in the streets around the world. Now it has also taken a new turn by adding cellphone maps to help people find their way when they are inside mall or in the streets finding their way. In the map users will be able to see a floor plan of a shopping mall, with stores indicated by name, escalators, exits, restrooms and elevators marked in.they also shor the road maps, short lane.
For years, researchers have been working on various methods for tapping into all those roving GPS systems in cars and mobile phones to document realtime automobile traffic, but as of today Google has implemented one.

According to the Official Google Blog

“If you use Google Maps for mobile with GPS enabled on your phone …. When you choose to enable Google Maps with My Location, your phone sends anonymous bits of data back to Google describing how fast you’re moving. When we combine your speed with the speed of other phones on the road, across thousands of phones moving around a city at any given time, we can get a pretty good picture of live traffic conditions. We continuously combine this data and send it back to you for free in the Google Maps traffic layers. It takes almost zero effort on your part — just turn on Google Maps for mobile before starting your car — and the more people that participate, the better the resulting traffic reports get for everybody.

A New York based company MindSmack’s FastMall, is one of the indoor mapping services. FastMall has a search engine to help users find stores on its maps and the service places a pin on the map to show the store’s location. Tap the ‘take me there’ button and the service plots a route to the destination. To find the nearest restroom, all the users have to do is shake their phone.

OpenStreetMap (OSM) is a collaborative project to create a free editable map of the world.

The maps are created using data from portable GPS devices, aerial photography, other free sources or simply from local knowledge. Both rendered images and the vector graphics are available for download under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 licence.


OpenStreetMap was inspired by sites such as Wikipedia; the map display features a prominent ‘Edit’ tab and a full revision history is maintained. Registered users can upload GPS track logs and edit the vector data using the given editing tools.

The various mapping services differ in how they obtain their maps. Some get them from mall management companies or mall developers. Others use maps that are already available online or they copy ones posted on mall directories. Most of the indoor mapping apps are free, like PointInside, FastMall and Micello, which work on the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. PointInside is also available for many Android phones.The new samsung galaxy also coms with the navigation on mobile system known as Layar Browser powered by Tele Atlas, to see real – time digital information right on top of the real world. Thanks to Tele Atlas, you can see more POIs (points of interest) from your current location, such as which train is on the corner, or customer reviews about the café across the street. Just point the phone’s camera in your chosen direction, and see everything you need to know.

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DTU