GeoVation winners Ramblers Scotland launched their Medal Routes App this week. The team developed their free app using Ordnance Survey data to inspire people to be more active in their daily lives, fitting the GeoVation challenge to encourage active lifestyles in Great Britain.
The Medal Routes App identifies and maps short circular walks at three different levels, gold, silver and bronze. These walking challenges encourage people throughout Scotland to integrate walking into their daily life. They can progress from short 15 minute walks (bronze) to walking for up to an hour (gold). Wherever people are they will have hundreds of walks at their fingertips and, through the games and challenges in the app, incentives to walk and add and map their own routes.
We’ve teamed up with world-renowned outdoor accessories brand Silva for the new version of our OS Locate app – and it’s now available for Android and iOS. We’ve had fantastic feedback from people across Britain since the iOS version launched in February – and had an amazing 10,000+ downloads so far. Our free to download app is a fast and highly accurate means of pinpointing your exact location – and now you can see your latitude, longitude and altitude as well as your grid reference –meaning you can now use OS Locate all around the world.
For our new version, available in Android for the first time, we’ve partnered with leading compass manufacture Silva to feature their iconic Silva Expedition 4 as the compass display in the app, complete with a moving bezel to take bearings. Better yet, OS Locate does not need a mobile signal to function, so the inbuilt GPS system can be relied upon, even in the most remote areas – you have no excuse for losing your place on the map now!
Have you tried out our latest iOS app, OS Locate? It’s perfect for pinpointing your exact location when you’re exploring Great Britain. It’s designed to be used alongside an Ordnance Survey map, and the app converts GPS location readings from a mobile phone to Ordnance Survey National Grid references, helping you determine precisely where you are on one of our maps.
OS Locate is free to download and, importantly, it doesn’t need a mobile signal to function, so the inbuilt GPS system can be relied upon, even in the most remote areas. It can be used as a useful tool for walkers, cyclists, runner, canoeists, horse riders and many more people.
Have you been working on the latest geo-app? Or do you have a B2B idea involving geo-location, but need a hand bringing the idea to reality? We’re looking for people with ideas to solve B2B problems using our maps in our Developer Challenge 2014.
We know that launching your business can be a daunting prospect, so our Ordnance Survey Developer Challenge 2014 is offering to help you get started. We’ve teamed up with TechHub – one of the leading technology co-working communities in Great Britain to offer a fantastic prize. We’ll provide the winner(s) with 12 months’ free access to our extensive range of datasets and services to build their idea and TechHub will provide free flexible working space at a TechHub office of their choice (London, Manchester or Swansea) for up to a year. On top of this both Ordnance Survey and TechHub will provide support and mentoring to help you make the most from our products, sort out the legalities of setting up a new business and much more.
We’re excited to be helping developers of mobile applications with our latest launch of our mapping software development kit (SDK), OS OpenSpace SDK for iOS devices.
It’s free and allows developers to quickly and easily add detailed Ordnance Survey maps to their apps on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. It gives them access to the range of high quality datasets available within both the OS OpenSpace and OS OpenSpace Pro API.
Developers access OS Openspace through the new SDK and can easily select which products are displayed within their applications. These products include overview mapping for Great Britain, street level mapping featuring detailed building property boundaries and accurate road networks, vector based mid-scale mapping and the popular, and trusted, outdoor mapping product, OS Landranger Maps (1: 50 000), featuring national parks, tracks, paths and fields.
If you’re planning on visiting Pembrokeshire over the half-term holiday and want to explore the area and enjoy some great food – then we know the app for you! Real Food Wales is a new iPhone app from one of our GeoVation Challenge winners, and it can help you discover local, sustainable and delicious food along the Welsh Coast Path in Pembrokeshire.
Helen and Nicola Steer, sisters from South Wales, were one of five successful ventures in last year’s GeoVation Challenge, which asked entrepreneurs across Great Britain to use innovation and geography to come up with ideas to help connect communities and visitors along the new Welsh Coast Path.
The Real Food Wales team used their unique network of local knowledge to displaying a large selection of food businesses on an offline interactive map of Pembrokeshire. Real Food Wales maps over 150 of the best food businesses in Pembrokeshire, helping you access sustainable and delicious food. It’s the ideal app if you’re looking for a special meal at a restaurant, a bite to eat in a quirky café, the best sausage in town for your campfire or a food experience you’ll never forget.
The core feature of Real Food Wales is the interactive map, consisting of five zoom levels, which allow users to find the best places to eat out, buy food or have a foodie experience. The map of Pembrokeshire is stored onto your device, so you can access the information even when there is no mobile signal.
Today’s guest post is by Nadine Horn.
By the end of April I will embark on an exciting challenge; I will ‘barefoot’ run the length of Great Britain – exploring the country on a self-plotted route created by using OS getamap. My journey will take me across the 10 largest National Parks, starting in the South-East with the South Downs Way and finishing at the tip of Scotland with the Cairngorms. The distance: a 1000 miles.
Ordnance Survey, as one of the official partners, will make sure that I stay on track with my route by providing me with an iPhone that is equipped with the amazing OS MapFinder app. Also, updates of the journey and more details will be released on the blog here. So stay tuned.
Who am I and what’s the story behind it?
I am one of those people with a rare allergy to walls and comfortable beds. My passion: traveling, exploring, learning and meeting people from all walks of life. My career: extreme endurance athlete/adventurer/author/barefoot coach.
In 2011 I cycled 4000 km around whole Spain learning fluent Spanish on the way (Mission Spain). It took me 29 days from the idea to the moment sitting on the air-plane off to Spain to start the quest. Last year, I finished my 1140 km solo-triathlon across three countries: cycling across Switzerland, swimming the Danube for over 200 km and traversing Austria (Three Border Triathlon).
Did you know that geographic information (GI) plays a major role in many public services across Great Britain? Ordnance Survey provides mapping and data to over 1,700 public sector organisations in England and Wales through the Public Sector Mapping Agreement (PSMA). Keep reading to find out how some of our public sector customers have used our data to deliver their services.
The public sector sales and marketing team have had a really busy October, packed full of activities. Throughout the month, we were planning and delivering a series of free conferences for our public sector customers in England and Wales. The events give our customers an opportunity to meet Ordnance Survey representatives – and also a chance to network with their counterparts from similar organisations and share best practice. Knowledge sharing is a concept that we are keen to encourage and the events have been designed to help this interaction. We use the day to deliver key messages such as product development news and licensing information, topics of great interest to our customers.
We think this is pretty cool, and it’s an example of a company creating commercial value from open data.
Lovell Johns, a company that has been providing traditional mapping products for the private and public sectors for 45 years, has created a range of Street Map Guides for Amazon’s Kindle.
Maps on Kindle isn’t actually unique, but this is the best interface I’ve seen that manages to overcome the Kindle’s basic navigation functionality.
Downloadable within seconds, the guides contain OS Street View mapping covering the central area of each city – with London, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Bristol, Oxford, Cambridge, Portsmouth, Cardiff and Edinburgh available so far.
Users then navigate about the map using the traditional page turning buttons, plus on page click-to-navigate tools. Personally I think this is one of the more innovative commercial uses of OS OpenData I’ve seen.
Kindle Map Guides can be found on the Amazon website.