Apple's indoor mapping format now recognized as a community standard
What you need to know
- Apple's Indoor Mapping Data Format (IMDF) has been adopted by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) as a Community Standard.
- Apple positions its format as a way to offer indoor mapping while preserving privacy and security.
Apple's Indoor Mapping Data Format (IMDF), which the company uses to offer indoor maps through its Apple Maps service, has been adopted by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) as a Community Standard.
The company announced the news in an update (opens in new tab) on the Apple Developer website.
The format, which was developed by Apple, allows property owners to offer indoor maps while retaining security and privacy controls. Unlike other indoor services, which use physical technology like beacons, IMDF operates with just an iPhone or iPad.
Anyone interested in building out indoor maps can learn more about the Indoor Mapping Data Format (IMDF) (opens in new tab) as well as Displaying an Indoor Map (opens in new tab).
Apple has been continuously improving its mapping service, expanding features like turn-by-turn directions and Look Around to more areas across the globe. The iOS 14.5 beta even introduces the ability for users to report accidents and hazards, a feature that competing maps service Waze has had for years.
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