indoor mapping

  • Microsoft’s Path Guide is an unconventional approach to indoor navigation

    Microsoft’s Path Guide is an unconventional approach to indoor navigation

    Indoor mapping is one of those problems that seems to only have solutions that involve a great deal of money and infrastructure: beacons, lasers, emitters, scanners… who wants to install those in malls across the world? Microsoft Research has produced an indoor navigation app that keeps things simple, using existing sensors and the fact that people already go most of the places you want… Read More

  • NASA tech could track firefighters where GPS can’t reach

    NASA tech could track firefighters where GPS can’t reach

    In the chaotic environment of a fire or disaster area, knowing where your fellow firefighters and first responders are is of the utmost importance, but GPS and other positional tracking systems aren’t always reliable. A project from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory aims to solve this with a tracker that relies on a totally different kind of electromagnetic phenomenon. Read More

  • Tencent Strikes Strategic Partnership With Indoor Mapping Startup Sensewhere

    Tencent Strikes Strategic Partnership With Indoor Mapping Startup Sensewhere

    Chinese Internet giant Tencent, the maker of WeChat, has pinned down a strategic investment with indoor mapping startup sensewhere. The total amount of the deal was undisclosed, but the companies said that Tencent now has a license to use sensewhere’s indoor positioning software in Tencent Maps. Sensewhere will also be Tencent’s preferred vendor for location-based advertising… Read More

  • Google Unveils The Cartographer, Its Indoor Mapping Backpack

    Google Unveils The Cartographer, Its Indoor Mapping Backpack

    If you have been following the development of Google Maps over the years, you are probably familiar with the Trekker, the backpack that includes a complete Street View camera setup for mapping anything from hikes into the Grand Canyon to walks through penguin colonies in Antarctica. Today, a new backpack is joining Google’s mapping tools: the Cartographer for indoor mapping. Read More

  • Indoor Positioning Startup Wifarer Not Acquired By Apple, But Its Founder Now Works There

    Indoor Positioning Startup Wifarer Not Acquired By Apple, But Its Founder Now Works There

    If a CEO and co-founder quits his indoor positioning startup to work for Apple, should his staff and customers be concerned? Wifarer, a startup which offers tools to help consumers navigate malls, museums and other venues, was not acquired by Apple, we learned, while following up on some tips pointing in that direction. However, its CEO and founder Philip Stanger now works there in a… Read More

  • Indoor Mapping Startup Meridian Adds Notification Zones To Their Strategy

    Indoor Mapping Startup Meridian Adds Notification Zones To Their Strategy

    Indoor mapping software startup Meridian, continues to evolve their product strategy with a recent update to their offering. Called Zones, the company’s newest update to their indoor mapping platform — and indoor is the key word here — allows geo-fence style app push notifications to be scheduled, by drawing polygons on location maps. Read More

  • Google Brings Its Indoor Maps To France

    Google Brings Its Indoor Maps To France

    Google today announced that it is bringing its indoor maps for places like airports, museums, and malls in Google Maps for Android to France. So the next time you stop by Galeries Lafayette in Paris, you will be able to see detailed floor plans for every floor, including information about escalators, ATMs and nearby restrooms. The maps vary in detail, but the floor plans for supermarket… Read More

  • Google Launches Android App To Improve Its Indoor Location Accuracy

    Google Launches Android App To Improve Its Indoor Location Accuracy

    Google Maps, Bing Maps and a number of startups have been offering indoor maps for large venues like airports, malls and stadiums for quite a while. The problem with indoor mapping, though, is that it’s pretty hard for these companies to actually tell you exactly where you are on these maps. GPS obviously doesn’t work well in these spaces and WiFi and cell tower triangulation… Read More