There are many things that users do with their Android smartphone, and more and more of these functions are location based. Applications and features that provide users with maps and directions have proved to be beneficial and priceless for many, and in certain instances, these features have turned out to be actual, legitimate lifesavers.
It seems that Google has managed to map out and track a lot of the great outdoors, but now it wants to take these same services inside. While indoor maps are a service that Google and other providers have offered for select venues for some time, it is now time to hone this service and make it even better and more precise. The very recently released Google Maps Floor Plan Marker aims to do just that.What is it?
This is an Android application that will allow folks using Google Maps find their location and get directions more accurately when they are inside a building. This feature is not completely new, but this new app is designed to help more and more public buildings get mapped so that more users can utilize this indoor location service in the future. Easy to use, this application gets regular Android users involved in this process, and it can be a big help to those who own and manage public venues and wish to make them more friendly and accessible.Why is it needed?
As mentioned, indoor mapping services are not completely new. These indoor maps for places like airports and stadiums have been around for Google, Bing, and other mapping services for some time.
Indoor mapping services have been quite helpful for many, but they have also been problematic. While the maps are useful, the services have trouble figuring out precisely where users are in these buildings. In large venues, GPS doesn’t work well or precisely, and other means of determining location like cell phone tower triangulation or even WiFi usually aren’t accurate. This application is part of Google’s plan to improve accuracy for these indoor Google Map venues.How does it work?
Many venues have already uploaded floor plans to Google maps. Regular Android users, map enthusiasts, and venue management will be able to download this application from the Google Play Store to give Google feedback about the accuracy of their indoor location services. Presently, however, the application seems to only be available to those who run venues and have already uploaded a map to Google.
Using and Android tablet or smartphone, users confirm the floor they are on and area they are in and tap to get started. Then the app tells the user where to go in the venue, and as they walk, the application starts to collect data from cell towers and WiFi hotspots. By analyzing this data, Google is able to be more reliable in providing directions indoors and locating users, down to the floor they are on.Final thoughts
Enhancing these indoor location services is a fantastic idea that will help many. Large venues can be overwhelming, and greater accuracy will help many to navigate conventions, sporting events, and their next visit to O’Hare International. This app is easy to use, and it is all business, but it would be great if they could throw in a gaming element or a reward to make it appealing to everyone to use (and use correctly). With a fully crowdsourced application that is fun and open to more people, Google could end up with even more venues fully mapped and analyzed than they could have even imagined.About Author:
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