Indoor Google Maps comes to 22 shopping malls in Singapore (Android only)
February 19, 2013 by Terence LEE
Indoor Google Maps is now available in 22 shopping malls in Singapore. Available only on its Android app, users can now avoid getting lost during The Great Singapore Sale — hunting season for Singapore’s bargain lovers.
On the app, they can zoom in to see detailed floor plans and where they are relative to it. A blue dot indicates their approximate location, and they’ll be able to tell which level they’re on.
Enabling these indoor maps in these sprawling maze-like shopping malls make a lot of sense, since Singaporeans love to flock to these places after work and on weekends.
The technology used to achieve this feat is similar to Google’s My Location for outdoors, which means it uses a mixture of wifi and GPS signals to determine a user’s whereabouts.
Google Maps has been testing this technology in other cities since 2011. Business owners who are keen to have their floor plans displayed on the service can do so here. They will have to upload their floor plans and position it on the map.
The 22 shopping malls with indoor maps enabled are:
- Century Square
- Hougang Mall
- ION Orchard
- Liang Court
- Mandarin Gallery
- Marina Bay Sands
- Metro (Department store in Paragon)
- Ngee Ann City
- Orchard Central
- Parkway Parade
- Scotts Square
- Suntec City
- Takashimaya (Department store in Ngee Ann)
- Tampines 1
- The Centrepoint
- Tiong Bahru Plaza
- Triple one
- Wheelock Place
- White Sands
- Wisma Atria
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