Johannesburg, South Africa, November 07, 2007: Visitors to the soccer World Cup need not worry about getting lost in South Africa’s busy streets, as Business Connexion’s GIS division has its eye on providing stable, custom-built products for the event.
The 2010 version of Business Connexion’s navigation product will be released in October 2007 and will not only pinpoint locations of interest to tourists, but will also cover considerably more of South Africa, and Africa’s, roads. These will include 2010-specific navigation datasets, which will identify stadiums, accommodation, retail and banking facilities, and popular attractions and routes.
Currently, the dataset shows a total of 530 000 kilometres of navigable road mileage, including Lesotho and Swaziland. The 2010 version, however, will cover 560 000 kilometres in South Africa alone. Updates will also be available to the product’s coverage of Lesotho, Swaziland, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
According to Dirk Nel, managing executive of GIS, Microsoft Competency, Business Connexion has commissioned an aerial photography project to cover rural municipalities. “The imagery provided by this project will allow GIS to capture, update and verify rural areas not covered under our data exchange agreements with major metropolitan councils,” he says, adding that future plans include using a combination of aerial photography and vector data to compile 3D views and simulations of underlying route data.