Mobile Apps Make GIS Pocket-Sized

By Andrew G. Roe

Andrew G. Roe of Cadalyst magazine, the leading publication about computer-aided design and related technologies, writes about intensifying battles between rival smartphone providers and the burgeoning market of mobile phone applications. DataArt is featured among innovative mobile application developers for its work on Navmii, a new mobile consumer application with location-based services.

"Geographic information systems professionals can benefit from consumer-oriented tools. Navmii, a navigation application from London-based GeoLife that was previously developed for Windows Mobile devices, was recently released for the iPhone and iPod touch. The app uses GPS to provide smart routing, interactive maps, and spoken directions for turn-by-turn navigation. While similar applications were previously available for the iPhone, GeoLife claims Navmii is the first to bring GPS navigation to the iPod touch. Navmii is currently available for the United Kingdom, and will be available for the United States later this winter.

GeoLife's software partner, New York City–based DataArt, helped develop the technology that combined GeoLife's Navmii engine with PosiMotion's G-Fi mobile network and GPS router. The solution uses GPS, Wi-Fi, and cellular telephone technology to establish positioning in a wider range of situations, said Dmitry Bagrov, DataArt's senior vice-president. "At any given moment, you can request the position of your phone," he said, noting that the combination of technologies enables users to dependably find that position even within buildings, unlike conventional GPS."

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