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Government launches mobile mapping service (with photo)

     The Lands Department today (June 22) launched "GeoMobile Map Hong Kong", a new mobile mapping service that allows users to view detailed government maps or to search for community facilities in the surrounding area while they are on the move.

     This enhanced mapping service comes after the Government web map portal, "GeoInfo Map", which was rolled out by the Lands Department in May 2010.

     "GeoMobile Map takes advantage of multi-touch technology, allowing users to smoothly zoom in and out of a map on their mobile devices," a spokesman for the Lands Department said.

     "It also incorporates a strengthened geographic search engine, supporting not only the search for places, streets and buildings in Hong Kong, but also simple semantic searches, such as 'museums in Central', 'supermarkets within map area', and so on," he added.

     Through the positioning capability of the mobile devices, GeoMobile Map can show the approximate position of a user on the map and identify nearby facilities and points of interest, including tourist attractions (e.g. sight-seeing spots, hotels, heritage trails), public transportation (e.g. ferry piers, MTR exits), leisure and cultural facilities (e.g. performing venues, museums), gas stations, car parks, charging points for electric vehicles, hospitals, clinics, police stations, post offices, shopping malls, registered pharmacies, convenient stores and supermarkets. In the countryside, this new service displays useful information such as hiking trails, distance posts, viewing points and terrain contours.

     The spokesman said users can also share a marked map with their friends for viewing on their smartphone devices.

     GeoMobile Map supports mobile devices and smartphones running on iOS and Android operating systems. The new service can be accessed via

Ends/Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Issued at HKT 17:43


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