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NAVTEQ forays into interior mapping business

Chicago, US: NAVTEQ launched Destination Maps which feature a set of interior map attributes (e.g., escalators) with detailed place data. The maps enable users to more efficiently navigate and explore interior spaces. With NAVTEQ Destination Maps, location-based applications can extend beyond streets and sidewalks and into complex interior spaces.

NAVTEQ Destination Maps moves the industry beyond the interactive floor plan maps available today and into a three-dimensional data model essential to a more advanced exploration and guidance experience.  It does this by providing pedestrian-specific attributes unique to interior requirements like stairs and elevators as well as recognizing different floor levels (called Z-levels) that are essential for applications to “understand” movement between floors once inside a venue and generate routes and guidance.  NAVTEQ Destination Maps also include a Virtual Connections feature that enables more intuitive guidance by recognizing how pedestrians “cut across” open areas.

The product even includes access restrictions to avoid being guided to an “emergency exit” as well as precise locations of important points like the nearest public bathroom. Additional POI detail such as meta-tag data enables search to be associated not just with a POI (e.g., a department store) but with specific sub-information (e.g., perfume) within those categories.

NAVTEQ is the first global map provider to offer this type of indoor mapping product. The company’s own research indicates that consumers are ready for this holistic navigation experience:  74 percent of US consumers are very likely to use interior mapping functionality when outside of their local area, and roughly 40 percent when local.

NAVTEQ Destination Maps also allows for seamless integration with other NAVTEQ products and services; for instance, dynamic POI content – such as Movie and Event Listings – can keep users abreast of entertainment options within and near each venue.  Additionally, NAVTEQ LocationPoint Advertising services can deliver location-aware mobile ads and special offers to users as they shop, while helping to monetise high-value content.

“The concept of interior mapping and navigation is still relatively new,” said Tom Fox, vice president, Maps and Content Americas, NAVTEQ.  “And we recognise that the interior of shopping centres is just the beginning: as future indoor positioning technologies are deployed, NAVTEQ Destination Maps will support even more sophisticated applications like seeing where your friend is in the mall or how crowded a restaurant is in real-time.  NAVTEQ is actively working with its customers to help shape future indoor mapping applications.”

Source: NAVTEQ