Feeds

Google Maps takes shelter from the British summer

Indoor mapping comes to Blighty

Security for virtualized datacentres

Google has extended its indoor mapping, launched in America last November, to the UK, providing guidance around any property the owners care to share.

Google is priming the pump with floor plans for 40 sites around the UK, including Kings Cross, City Airport and the V&A, but anywhere else that wants visitors to be able to navigate via Google will need to upload their own floor plans for the Chocolate Factory to integrate.

The British Library mapped

Never get lost in a museum again, and apparently that's a good thing

The capability has been in Google Maps since version six, which was just lacking the data itself, so most Android users should now be able to zoom in to The Victoria and Albert for a floor-by-floor guide.

We say "should" because right now not many of the listed sites are working. The National Maritime Museum is a blank box, as is the aforementioned V&A, though the British Museum is working perfectly so we're assuming a few teething problems.

What we really want to know is if the Olympic venues will be uploading their floor plans any time soon. Google won't mention the word "Olympic" of course – the company isn't a sponsor so isn't allowed to reference the Games at all – so we've put the question to Olympics organiser LOCOG and will see what it says.

We're not that optimistic: Google's indoor mapping was launched in the USA back in November last year, and more than six months later there are only 51 listed sites (though some of those are department-store chains), and none are the supermarkets which are surely the indoor place where one is most often lost.

Aisle 411, which launched in November 2010 with the intention of mapping supermarket shelves whether or not the supermarkets wanted it, is still rolling on. Supermarkets don't always want to be mapped; controlling the flow of humanity is part of their business models, so it's hard to imagine they'll be contributing to Google Maps any time soon.

It will be interesting to see which businesses will take the Googleplex up on the offer of uploading their own maps, and if the other mapping companies (Apple, Nokia) will ever feel the need to compete in this particular niche. ®

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
Docker's app containers are coming to Windows Server, says Microsoft
MS chases app deployment speeds already enjoyed by Linux devs
IBM storage revenues sink: 'We are disappointed,' says CEO
Time to put the storage biz up for sale?
'Hmm, why CAN'T I run a water pipe through that rack of media servers?'
Leaving Las Vegas for Armenia kludging and Dubai dune bashing
Facebook slurps 'paste sites' for STOLEN passwords, sprinkles on hash and salt
Zuck's ad empire DOESN'T see details in plain text. Phew!
Windows 10: Forget Cloudobile, put Security and Privacy First
But - dammit - It would be insane to say 'don't collect, because NSA'
Symantec backs out of Backup Exec: Plans to can appliance in Jan
Will still provide support to existing customers
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.