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OGC Open Geospatial Consortium to Consider Apple’s Indoor Mapping Data Format as Community Standard

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is in the process of ratifying Apple’s Indoor Mapping Data Format (IMDF) as a Community Standard. OGC Members Autodesk, Esri, Google, New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DOITT), Ordnance Survey Limited, and Safe Software support the submission and welcome public comment ahead of the voting period for the Work Item Justification on March 17, 2020.

IMDF targets indoor mapping and provides a mobile-friendly, compact, and human-readable data model for any indoor space, providing a basis for orientation, navigation, and discovery.

Apple designed IMDF to deliver indoor maps for thousands of airports and shopping centers around the world, making it possible for users of the Maps app to find their way indoors and discover places to shop and eat. IMDF provides a mobile-friendly, compact, and human-readable data model for any indoor space, providing a basis for orientation, navigation, and discovery. 

IMDF enables many use cases such as multi-level indoor mapping, indoor way-finding, indoor routing, hyper-local search, and indoor positioning. Using Apple MapKit and MapKitJS for cross platform rendering of IMDF, the free, online IMDF Sandbox, and the Indoor Survey app tool for self-enabling indoor positioning, the format has been adopted by many companies and organizations for use in private and public applications.

Adoption of IMDF by OGC and the wider mapping community would make it possible to create apps and services using the same highly accurate and detailed map data on any app, website, or operating system. Examples include government agencies using an electronic standard of indoor maps data for efficient response to events, hospitals providing mapping guidance to patients, doctors, and visitors, and airports creating a single map that can be easily styled by partners without altering the accuracy of the underlying data.