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GISSA and FIFA Soccer World Cup 2010

Please tell us what you did with your GIS for Soccer World Cup 2010. Did you create maps for tourists; analyze possible transport problems; created an event management plan for matches or used Google Map to find the location of stadiums?


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Soccer World Cup 2010

Avatar Posted by Etienne Louw at Jul 12, 2010 12:55 PM
To overcome the myriad logistical challenges associated with the Soccer World Cup, soccer fans and officials will have access to a special soccer edition mapset based on the most detailed mapping data yet available of South Africa.

MapIT, in conjunction with its international shareholder Tele Atlas, provided maps that contained all the logistical detail needed to navigate the event, such as road closures around major matches, stadium entrance gates, ‘Fan Park’ points, drop-off areas and 3-D displays of key landmarks in the nine host cities. Emergency services, vehicle tracking organisations and fleet managers had access to identical information, which was available on the web as well as on personal navigation and mobile devices.

Our mapping for the World Cup covered not only the latest street level changes and new access ramps, but also the geometry around existing and new stadiums and walkways. It was designed for people on the move.

The 3-D display of more than 50 landmarks including Loftus Versveld, Coca-Cola Park (Ellis Park) and Soccer City was a powerful and innovative new tool. These images offer users more realistic orientation and route guidance in a strange environment and users could literally identify key points as they approached them.

Danny Grobben, General Manager, Tele Atlas South Africa said, "The special map release allowed our navigation and local search partners to deliver solutions for an enjoyable, hassle-free World Cup experience. With Tele Atlas content as the foundation, mobile and in car navigation products helped people avoid temporary road closures, find the best walking route to stadiums and see just where they are using Tele Atlas 3D landmarks or detailed Tele Atlas 2D city maps. Our addition of phonemes enables speech recognition technologies on navigation devices and provides better voice output."

This special version of Tele Atlas’s MultiNet map database included 675 160 km of road in South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland, 228 152 Points of Interest, street names and road safety information, speed restrictions, signposts and lane information.

Business and industry depended on the accuracy of our map data. With this latest map release, we are confident that we offered the platinum standard in mapping that we promised and set out to deliver when we first pioneered mapping in this country nearly eight years ago.

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