29 June 2012

Official Tour de France 2012 - Stage Maps

Official Tour De France 2012 - Stage Maps

Saturday 30th June 2012 is the Start of the Tour de France with the prologue.

Map of the 6.4 km Prologue  in the heart of Liège 


27 June 2012

Google Maps Offline Mode for Android

Google Maps Offline Mode for Android

In the latest version of Google Maps for Android you can now download large areas to use offline without WiFi or mobile/cell reception but can use the internal GPS to locate your position. In this version Google Maps for Android you can save 6 large areas dependent on internal/SD card memory available.

To obtain an area of interest when online, you need to navigate to the area you want to download and select 'Make available offline' from the menu. You are now shown the size of the data to download so you know how much space it will take up on your phone or tablet.


Official Blog post:

22 June 2012

Google Maps Coordinate

Google Maps Coordinate

Google Maps Coordinate is a workforce management tool that improves the efficiency for mobile teams.

"All team members can be seen on a Google Map. By assigning jobs to the nearest worker, more tasks can be completed in a shorter amount of time. Administrators can dispatch jobs with the confidence that an individual's location is correct. You are able to upload your own floor plans, and locate workers and jobs indoors based on wifi information."

Employees in the field download the mobile app to their phone and then can:

Share real-time location. Google Maps Coordinate is built on Google’s mapping and geolocation infrastructure so the app will send an accurate location, even if you’re indoors (Google Maps Coordinate integrates with Google Indoor Maps).
Record data. Mobile teams often need to collect information while out in the field. Google Maps Coordinate allows the admin to customize the fields that the mobile team needs to capture and collect – from measurements to client contact details – directly in the app.

Meanwhile, a designated dispatcher back in the office can:

Create teams. Add team members to a Google Maps Coordinate team and see their locations in the Google Maps Coordinate web and mobile app. For example, our electric utility company might create a special team for home electricians and another for line repairers.
Manage jobs. Easily create jobs, precisely locate the job, assign the job to the nearest team member and notify them instantly. The next time there is a downed powerline, the operator at the utility company will have no problem identifying the closest team member and assigning them to investigate the issue.
View past jobs and locations. Get the hard data needed to make strong business decisions. With Google Maps Coordinate, businesses can easily visualize the locations of all their jobs and teams, including current and past jobs. Businesses can assess where they should be assigning or hiring more workers and how to optimally place their teams.


12 June 2012

Apple Maps (Preview) Released

Apple Maps (Preview) Released

for iOS 6

The main data source is TomTom owning the TeleAtlas Datasets
With other data-sources attributed here http://gspsa21.ls.apple.com/html/attribution.html 

Official Apple Maps website

* Flyover and turn-by-turn navigation will be available only on iPhone 4S and iPad 2 or later. Cellular data charges may apply.

Source and Reaction:

Would be good to see a web version rather than having to own a Apple device, do no expect an Android version anytime.. 

07 June 2012

WiFi Map London Underground

WiFi Map London Underground
"Transport for London (TfL) said people at King's Cross and Warren Street Tube stations will now be able to pick up the internet at ticket offices, escalators and platforms. 

On Friday, Oxford Circus and Green Park Tube stations will go live, followed by Victoria and Euston on Saturday.
By the end of July 2012, 80 stations will have wi-fi access, with 120 expected by the end of the year. 

Virgin Media will run the service which will become a pay-as-you-go offering after the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Virgin Media's mobile and broadband customers will be offered continued access as part of their subscriptions."

Transport for London have produced a WiFi underground and overground map of wifi locations

"Free service for passengers
With the eyes of the world on London this summer, Virgin Media's next generation WiFi service will be made available to all Tube passengers for free throughout the summer."

The Map [PDF] (a web map/app would be better!)

04 June 2012

Diamond Jubilee Interactive Map of Beacons in the UK

Interactive Map of Beacons in the UK, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

Please note - over 90% of Beacon Events are on this map currently. If your Beacon can't be found straight away, please check back on this page at a later time as updates are being made constantly.

For General Public and Media:  If you know your postcode please type it in the top right of the map and press ENTER or click on the magnifying glass to see what beacons are close to your location.  If you do not know your postcode then please enter a placename, such as “Blackpool” or “Oxford”.  If your placename returns somewhere outside of United Kingdom then add the Country at the end such as “Washington, England”.

To move the map left click on the map and drag.  To zoom in or out use the plus or minus symbols on the map or if you have a scroll wheel on your mouse use that to zoom in or out.

Diamond Jubilee Beacons Map