Mapping on Handhelds and Cellphones

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Maps on the Move
E-City Software, a mapping technology for handhelds is moving to cellphones – in “3D”. The 3D views of streets, buildings and points of interest in major metropolitan cities making map reading more intuitive.

Their current list of 3D City Maps includes; Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, Washington, DC, and Vancouver, Canada. Other 3D city maps on the drawing board include: Boston, Dallas, Denver, Hawaii, Miami, New Orleans, New York, Salt Lake City and many more.

ESRI’s software is behind the Seattle-based firm which sells its products on the basis of both annual licensing fees and revenue share arrangements. Expect to see cellular companies pick this up including AT&T Wireless (NTT DoCoMo), Cingular, Nextel, and Verizon as well as handset companies Motorola, Qualcomm and Nokia.

Jupiter Media Metrix estimates that U.S. wireless Web users will increase to 96 million by 2005. There are currently 133 million wireless subscribers in the United States.

The Wireless Networking Visualization Project at the University of Kansas combines War Driving with aerial photographs. The signal strength of wireless LANs is coded by color and overlayed on aerial photographs making it easy to instantly see the range of different “hot spots”.

Internet mapping is a powerful tool. Check out the free map content available at ESRI’s Geography Network. Vexcel has off-the-shelf, 3D terrain data of Portland while LandInfo.com and the EROS Data Center have photo repositories.

Portland map resources include Metro Data Resource Center, PortlandMaps.com, the Portland Green Map and Eco Trust. Other resources include the Oregon Coastal Atlas and my own Oregon Telecommunications Atlas. Caida’s Global Fiber Map is a national fiber map using Java and MAPNET software.

Open GIS and OpenLS Testbed promise better portability. The Open GIS MapServer, used by Minnesota’s Recreation Compass with a vector GIS-based database.

Personal Telco’s Interactive Map was created largely by Perl genius Matt Hickey and is being maintained and modified with help from Eliab Helon, Don Park, Bill Holmstrom, Pat Callahan and others. Thanks everyone for creating such a terrific resource!

Posted by Sam Churchill on Thursday, March 28th, 2002 at 12:43 am .

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