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    From Cape to Cairo with a digital map

    MapIt, together with Georigin, and Tsala are involved in Garmap....


    From Cape to Cairo with a digital map
    BY LEON ENGELBRECHT , ITWEB SENIOR WRITER


    Mapping Africa
    [ Johannesburg, 17 January 2007 ] - MapIT MD Ray Wilkinson expects 200 000 navigation devices will be sold in SA this year, up from 90 000 last year – most with digital maps provided by his Pretoria-based company.

    “The personal navigation market has an estimated worth of R700 million in SA alone,” he adds.


    “Internationally, the navigation market has been broken down into three sections: personal digital assistant, personal navigation devices (PND) and smartphone navigation,” Wilkinson says.

    “International trends are seeing PND and smartphone navigation take off. With Africa's burgeoning mobile industry, we expect SA to follow suit.”

    The first smartphones with built-in GPS will hit the market this year and Wilkinson expects such devices, loaded with appropriate mapping software, will be widely used by visitors during the 2010 Soccer World Cup. “The key is to give visitors the ability to plan [their movements] ahead of time,” he says.

    MapIT is a joint venture between Map Studio (51%) and global geospatial solutions company Georigin (49%), which has internationally-focused engineering, programming and geographic information systems skills. MapIT has exclusive electronic rights to the MapStudio map database compiled over the last 50 years.

    Mapping Africa

    MapIT is developing digital maps of SA's rural areas, using satellite and aerial photography as the basis.

    Wilkinson says the company's focus is now to complete the building of a seamless map database for Africa. GSM providers across the continent already rely on MapIT products for network planning.

    In late 2006, MapIT had a field team in Nouakchott, Mauritania, to confirm mapping data derived from aerial photography and to add points of interest. The company was also translating and updating Russian-language maps of neighbouring Niger.

    A national road atlas has been published for Nigeria and a detailed street map of Lagos compiled. Detailed street maps for southern and east Africa are already available and are being used by Garmin and TeleAtlas. In mapping Africa, MapIT is receiving “a lot of support from international organisations”, Wilkinson says, although he believes the task will be never-ending.

    However, by year-end he expects enough data will be available for a PND user to safely navigate from Cape to Cairo.
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    It seems that mapping is becoming a hot topic all over!

    In my PERSONAL opinion only I reckon T4A will remain the map of choice, it is the only map where the normal traveller or man on the street can advise of map faults, errors etc and actually have it implemented. With this community driven system errors are picked up very quickly, and is also implemented rapidly!

    But that's just my opinion......

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    Quote Originally Posted by amaDisco View Post
    It seems that mapping is becoming a hot topic all over!

    In my PERSONAL opinion only I reckon T4A will remain the map of choice, it is the only map where the normal traveller or man on the street can advise of map faults, errors etc and actually have it implemented. With this community driven system errors are picked up very quickly, and is also implemented rapidly!

    But that's just my opinion......
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    I don't agree with you on

    it is the only map where the normal traveller or man on the street can advise of map faults, errors etc and actually have it implemented
    Garmap DO implement user advised changes (they have virtually the same requirements as T4A and I have experience on this). Where we do agree is that the problem is the PACE of implementation - it just takes so long to see these changes...

    That being said if I was forced to choose between T4A and SA V1 I'd have a hard time because of they fulfil different needs, but I guess T4A would probably win that in the long run (if we exclude cost as a deciding factor).

    Disclaimer: This is NOT an invite for the HandyMappers to start bashing everyone else
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    Quote Originally Posted by SimonB View Post
    Dirk

    I don't agree with you on



    Garmap DO implement user advised changes (they have virtually the same requirements as T4A and I have experience on this). Where we do agree is that the problem is the PACE of implementation - it just takes so long to see these changes...

    That being said if I was forced to choose between T4A and SA V1 I'd have a hard time because of they fulfil different needs, but I guess T4A would probably win that in the long run (if we exclude cost as a deciding factor).

    Disclaimer: This is NOT an invite for the HandyMappers to start bashing everyone else
    Maybe that's my perception! I always perceived Garmap as something off the shelf, where you have no input in....

    HandyMap, personally I have never looked at it, for the only reason (that again my perception only) it does'nt offer value for offroad travel, and is a roadmap system. Personally not interested in roadmaps, after all in PE you really don't need it!

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    After more thought, we all know T4A and Garmap, maybe it's time we invite the HandyMap agents to give an overview here and represent their product, it might be commercial, but it is still of interest to us all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by amaDisco View Post
    Maybe that's my perception! I always perceived Garmap as something off the shelf, where you have no input in....
    No certainly not, but the input does take a while to appear. Check here for their quidelines

    HandyMap, personally I have never looked at it, for the only reason (that again my perception only) it does'nt offer value for offroad travel, and is a roadmap system
    Not according to whitthers in the tag end of this thread
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    Quote Originally Posted by amaDisco View Post
    After more thought, we all know T4A and Garmap, maybe it's time we invite the HandyMap agents to give an overview here and represent their product, it might be commercial, but it is still of interest to us all!
    Not a bad idea. I remember a few HandyMappers slagging off Garmap and T4A on the Dark Side, with the reciprocal slagging from the Garmap and T4A fans!!!

    Lets invite them and stick it in the Product Suppliers section....
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    Quote Originally Posted by SimonB View Post
    Not a bad idea. I remember a few HandyMappers slagging off Garmap and T4A on the Dark Side, with the reciprical slagging from the Garmap and T4A fans!!!

    Lets invite them and stick it in the Product Suppliers section....
    Doubt they will, I have mailed quite a few suppliers already, ie Echo4x4 in PTA when they released the Chobe2, requested information and photos for the forum here, got a read receipt, but whoever read it did'nt even bother to respond. So far one supplier responded with a yes will definitely send but nothing more!

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