United Maps 'fills the gaps' in conventional road networks by adding layers of objects, the navigable world obviously is made of: buildings, pedestrians paths, mass transit information, waterways and topical layers relevant to mobile people (rather than cars).
Basemaps are pre-processed and algorithmically matched and conflated with supplemental data sets. The data missing and to be added to road networks most likely is invisible to search engines or deeply hidden in the dark web or needs to be generated from analog sources. Contrary to popular crowdsourcing or grass-roots approaches and in order to deliver comprehensive and editorially qualified content, plenty classical cartographic and GIS skills are operative.
The approach delivers up to +50% density in cities and municipial areas and up to +300% more streets, pathways and trails in rural regions. All original base attributes are conserved, added and enhanced content is maintained in added georeferenced attribute sets. With more than 10 experienced cartographers, editors and GIS experts, United Maps produces better maps starting in November 2008. Germany is scheduled in 1Q09, Austria, Switzerland and additional 200 European cities will follow in 2Q09.
Target markets for United Maps’ better maps are mobile devices and Smartphones, location-aware Media and Services (LBS) in online portals and business process optimization. United Maps’ white-labeled and on-demand services primarily cater for vertical B2B-markets and professional customers.
United Maps received an undisclosed funding by the German High-Tech Grunderfonds, Bayern Kapital, and SpaceTec Capital Partners.
United Maps receives funding, starts operations to produce hyperlocal maps.
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