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3D Digital Maps in Cell Phones
February 6, 2008 By Dariusz Pietrzak   
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Polish cell phone and GPS users are in for a shakeup when Intermap Technologies land here later this year. The U.S.-Canadian concern has been busy remapping entire countries and storing the data in a system of uniform databases known as NEXTMap. The company uses airplanes instead of satellites to ensure precise land elevation data.

Intermap Technologies' AccuTerra maps go way beyond satellite navigation. Devices such as state-of-the-art cell phones can use the downloadable data to show the surrounding area complete with compass points. Motorists can better plan which routes to take, drive more safely and track other vehicles simply and accurately. Off-road users can find their way around no matter how poor visibility might be simply by having a cell phone handy.

AccuTerra maps can also be used in intelligent transportation systems (ITS). By helping to plan routes and by warning of what lies ahead, ITS can reduce costs and increase safety. An on-board computer can factor in road conditions like precipitation and temperature to calculate a safe maximum speed while the Curve Speed Warning system (CSW) can modify this for oncoming curves.

Three-dimensional maps can be also used in economical land planning. For example, actuaries can use the data to more accurately calculate potential risks to insured property.

Intermap Technologies Corp. is based in Denver, Colorado, and the Canadian capital of Ottawa. The company employs 550 people worldwide and has offices in Calgary, Detroit, Jakarta, London, Munich and Prague.
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