Ever gotten lost in a mall, hospital or theme park? Sam Feuer explains how his idea for MapEverywhere came about and how he made it possible.
What are you working on right now?
We are currently working with Fortune 500 companies and several others on ensuring MapOS (the operating system for navigation without GPS, WIFI or Internet signal) can be easily utilized as a self service or custom enterprise solution for any indoor or outdoor space anywhere in the world in any language in the world. The OS is for simple, visual and precise turn by turn, multi-level navigation that will never fail due to signal loss or lack of power. If you have a charged mobile smart phone, you can get around easily, period.
Where did the idea for navigation without GPS, WIFI or Internet signal come from?
GPS and Wifi fail over time no matter where you are navigating to. We built the entire platform utilizing GPS and WIFI initially and it failed miserably because of these dropped signals. I challenged my team to build the app and an actual platform for any venue in the world without GPS or WIFI for turn by turn, multi-level navigation and over the course of many months we were able to execute this product.
My wife Amie and I were walking through the Menlo Park Mall in New Jersey. She was 6 and half months pregnant with my son Maximus and needed a restroom immediately. We hunted for a good 10 minutes before finding the restroom based on the static directory. The only issue was that restroom was out of order and there was no other information on where another restroom was. We asked 3 employees and no one knew. Amie said, Sam, you have to make a mall app to find bathrooms. And so it begun, never thinking about no-GPS navigation we landed into this space and were able to rise to the challenge of creating a technological advancement in navigation that is being utilized in 32 countries in multiple languages at the time of this publication.
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