Topographic maps get to smartphones

Topographic maps get to smartphones
UK-based Augmentra, maker of the off-road navigation software ViewRanger, has announced today an upgrade to its solution to integrate Slovenian topographic map data from the Surveying and Mapping Authority of Republic of Slovenia on the top of the existing UK (Ordnance Survey) and Finland (National Land Survey Finland).

Augmentra has also set up a partnership with to provide topographic maps for Belgium, France, Holland, and Switzerland. Craig Wareham, one of the director and founder at Augmentra said today to GPS Business News: “We provide our mobile application to them so their maps are compatible with our solution. Therefore you can go to their website and download their maps and use them with Viewranger.”

Augmentra also said, “Mapping for a further five European countries will be available shortly”. The company is also looking at extending its map coverage outside Europe, probably in the United States.

Starting price for a map download is around GBP20 ($40) which gives around 400-500 sq km at a 25,000 scale. Prices are a bit different from country to country depending on the deal made by Augmentra with the local mapping institution.

ViewRanger, which is compatible with a large number of Symbian s60 phones, display maps, record tracks, navigate, show points-of-interest and display its panorama without requiring a mobile network connection, an important feature for activities taking place outside of network connection. Additional features such as the Buddy Beacon, or to share images, notes and points-of-interest, or to update licensed POI sets obviously requires a data connection to the internet.

Monday, July 14th 2008

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