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  1. 1. A way when Google map cannot find any... By: Dhawal Singhal 1
  2. 2. Intro Google maps are very common for getting directions to a certain place. But, what if we don’t know the exact address of the place itself? Or worse, what if the address doesn’t show up in google map ? In these situations we are bound to ask the shopkeepers or other people of the area for the directions, failing the prime objective of the maps or navigation system. 2
  3. 3. Many times we come across situations where we don’t know the correct address or the official address which makes the searching on the maps almost impossible. Or sometimes, there are more than one landmarks sharing the same name, making the searching even more confusing. Only choice left in that case is asking the passersby, which is often quite inconvenient. 3
  4. 4. An Actual Map 4
  5. 5. This is a snapshot of a part of my hometown, Chandpur-246725 (Dist. Bijnor, U.P., India). I live in Shiv Lok Colony which is inexistent in google maps. Now, anyone knowing my address can reach the town but finding the precise location is not possible. Have a look at the approximate location of my house in the map in the next slide. 5
  6. 6. The black dot shows the approximate location of my house. 6
  7. 7. It is now worth noticing that there is no mention of roads or streets reaching to the place. So the usage of the maps is limited in this case and not very efficient. I must indicate here that I am living at this place for more than 9 years. 7
  8. 8. This problem is not limited to small colonies in remote areas. Even some large companies may suffer from their inexistence on google maps. I must share an example supporting my claim, on the very next slide. 8
  9. 9. Here, I am discussing the case of a world renowned paper machine and machine clothing supplier, Voith Paper Fabrics India Ltd. This is a unit of Voith Group of Companies. 9
  10. 10. Share Prices on Google! 10
  11. 11. Voith Paper Fabrics India Ltd. is located at Faridabad, India. Its current stock rate is shown if its name is searched on Google. But when I tried to locate the same on google maps, this company could not be found. A snapshot of the search is available on the next slide. 11
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  13. 13. Why can’t it be found? The reason why google maps is unable to find its location may be because the company originally was Porrits & Spencer (Asia) Limited, and Voith Group of Companies took over it and the company was renamed. Please note that this change is not recent, it happened 7 years ago in 2007. 13
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  15. 15. On Google Maps, the search “Porrits & Spencer (Asia) Limited” correctly shows the company location in Faridabad, Haryana, India. 15
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  17. 17. Possible Solution One possible solution to this problem is having a tool by which we can have a mini map of our locality saved with us, which can be sent to the person coming to meet. In this scenario, the person can use the google map services to reach well known landmark and from there onwards, the local mini map can be used to reach the final destination. 17
  18. 18. Here, I present the map of my locality, edited to highlight prominent locations nearby. See the next slide for the terrain view of the map and the directions for my house. 18
  19. 19. Terrain view 19
  20. 20. Here, I have manually edited the terrain view of the map indicating the directions along with some prominent landmarks. This image can be saved and forwarded to the person who intends to visit my place. 20
  21. 21. Concept Even though the Google maps are quite accurate and give precise directions for a particular location, we generally face problems when it comes to searching of specific buildings that are not well known. Hence, people specially having frequent visitors can generate a local map in which their current location would be marked along with some prominent landmarks. 21
  22. 22. A user can use the tool to get a local map downloaded on his device. The user can also edit it and add personalized instructions etc. before sharing it with the prospective visitors. 22
  23. 23. Now having this system and these maps will have several advantages few of which are mentioned in the next slide. 23
  24. 24. Advantages  Offline Maps: Significantly low battery consumption and data usage.  Easy Sharing: It is feasible to keep and even share the edited images of maps even by the organizations, offices, hotels, industries or individuals which can aid the person to reach the respective place. 24
  25. 25.  Time Saving: There is no repeated saving and downloading of maps is required; the images of maps can be downloaded once by the resident and can be used repeatedly, until there is no change in the user’s address.  Customization: Customization is possible for the places that are not well documented in the Google maps. 25
  26. 26. About Me Dhawal Singhal B.Tech. (IT) 3rd Year Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal. dhawal.singhal@outlook.com Dhawal Singhal, December 2014 26

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