Google Maps, Bing Maps and a number of startups have been offering indoor maps for large venues like airports, malls and stadiums for quite a while.
The problem with indoor mapping, though, is that its pretty hard for these companies to actually tell you exactly where you are on these maps.
GPS obviously doesnt work well in these spaces and WiFi and cell tower triangulation just isnt very accurate.
Now, however, Google has come up with a plan to improve indoor location accuracy for venues in Google Maps: venue owners who have uploaded their floor plans to Googles mapping service can now use a new Android app to provides Google with feedback about how accurate its predictions are for their locations.
The service is accessible from the web, mobile app Play Store on Android, and Google TV.
All they need is an Android device (including tablets) that runs Android 2.3 or up.
Once installed, the app will tell its users where to go in the venue and while they walk, the app collects data about nearby WiFi hotspots, as well as data from local cell towers.
Google Play can update the apps the user selects automatically, or users can update then on a per case basis or update all apps at once.
Throw in a few gamification elements or other rewards (chances are you are in a commercial venue already, after all) and Google would have an army of volunteers in no time.
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