Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Google Maps launches Indoor Maps and Indoor Location

With the launch of Google Maps 6.0 users of mobile devices running Android OS 2.1 and up will have the ability to use Google Maps not just to get directions to an IKEA, Macy's or one of several airports, but to use the mapping functionality to figure out how to find housewares, ATMs, and your flight gate once you are inside. Google has also launched a beta tool that allows businesses to upload their own floor plans to the Maps database.

Google claims 5-10m accuracy indoors inside buildings such as airports and shopping malls. So how does Google do it? Is it rf fingerprinting? But if so, how is Google getting pass airport security to do the indoor map and rf fingerprinting? Well, Google actually established relationships with venue owners to not only get their floor plans but also to place wifi tracking nodes stations inside the buildings to enable micro location inside those buildings..to be continued.