Online technology provides an opportunity to bring people geographically closer and to offer individuals a chance to sneak around amazing places and to take virtual tours in seconds. With the aim to help people find the information they are looking for, and to give tough competition to AOL’s MapQuest, Google map is decided to move indoors.
With this new facility, Google Maps will not only tell the city, street number, house number, it will show where bathrooms and offices are located within the building. With the aim to help users to save their time and energy in locating things, Google’s indoor mapping service will provide clear and easily understood directions for floor plans of venues. But, don’t worry about your privacy. Google will only go indoors if you let it. So, no, people won’t be able to see inside your house.
Surely, this service will help people get around in public places. It is meant to simplify daily lives and it will help to users to plan trips to various destinations like malls, theaters, airports easier. These indoors maps are develop to decrease the disorientation that generally originates in big stores and other large complexes. This software shows a user’s location with blue dot. Then, user can figure out where is nearest restroom, baby shop, or elevator in a mall. Without wasting, detailed floor plan of any venue helps you to determine where you are, what floor you’re on, and where to go.
Mapping the Great Indoors
Google will accept floor plans from any indoor venue that wants to be included. This service offers 360-degree business photos and gives a panoramic view of the insides of businesses. The company sends a photographer to a store, and the photos are posted on the store’s Google Places page. Anyone interested in visiting that store, can go to the Google Places page and see visuals. Google is working hard to make its indoor service a big hit. The company has decided to use Google Places and Google Wallet to generate revenue.
Security is a Concern: Is Indoor Mapping an Evil?
So, what do you think? Should small business owner go ahead and get their business venue included under this service? Don’t you it could prove to be surveillance-in-the-name-of-convenience?
It allows anyone to view any house or street in any city and describes the legal and security issues. We need to think that this service can be misused by terrorist, psychopaths and young misguided college or high school students. I hope, you remember the Columbine High School massacre. I think that this service may also help criminals to carry planned, coordinated attack on an airport, a mall, or a college campus by using this technology. On the other hand, it is very useful for the general public. Google indoor mapping has one issue. The users will not be able to get accurate signal in buildings with thick walls and ceilings, and underground spaces in order to view an indoor floor plan when already inside. However, Google is seeking a solution to this issue.
Well, Google has started including new indoor maps of public buildings across the world, as a small business owner you may sign up and get your premises mapped. But it seems indoor mapping is beneficial for large premises and a small business/shop owner still doesn’t need it.