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Dubai unveils digital navigation system

UAE: Finding a location in Dubai and opting for a route with less traffic to reach the destination will now be possible through your gadgets, thanks to a new comprehensive digital navigation system launched by the Dubai Municipality.

The Emirates National Coordinates Grid system now available through www.mylocation.ae will be fully functional by mid-2013, officials said.

The digital maps on the system will give directions to any place or any building in Dubai with just a click on a smartphone, tablet PC, notebook or navigation device. Live traffic data will be available, enabling users to know on-the-spot traffic situations on their route and divert their journey to roads with less traffic.

Municipality Director-General Hussain Nasser Lootah said the system will be updated as much as possible as per the requirement from individuals and companies.

The GIS Department of the municipality has tied up with digital map supplier Navteq and leading GPS maker Garmin for the project. The entities will jointly issue “a special location number and barcode to each and every place and building in the emirate to identify the desired location with a single click on any smartphone, navigator or computer”, Lootah said.

Director of the GIS Department Abdul Hakim Malik said the strategic project is aimed to help and support all government organisations, companies, residents and tourists with different nationalities and languages to locate and reach any place in Dubai easily using digital maps.

“This will be achieved by creating a national coordinate grid on a digital map, developing applications and fixing plates that carry location information on all buildings in Dubai. All types of buildings will be covered like government organisations, hospitals, parks, commercial buildings, houses, factories, warehouses etc.”

The map control tab on the site allows the user to choose different views like map view, satellite view, public transport view or live traffic view.

Source: Khaleej Times