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Why is indoor mapping so hot?

Last week, this company, Meridian, was bought by Aruba. It does indoor mapping. Why is this so hot? Because in the age of mobile and context you'll need to get directions to things indoors and learn about things you are walking near. This can't be done by GPS alone. Strategically these indoor mapping companies are hot because this is the next smartphone and Google Glass differentiator.  

Apple recently bought WifiSlam for the same reason. Here's an article on Aruba's purchase: http://www.oregonlive.com/silicon-forest/index.ssf/2013/05/indoor_mapping_startup_meridia.html

Here you get a good look at what indoor mapping does. I
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It's been a long day (er, past few months). But happy we're now offering our stuff to other app developers. 
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In anticipation of Windows Phone, my coworker +Nick Farina blogged about his fun-filled experience developing for Windows Mobile back. in. da. day.
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On the heels of speaking at O'Reilly's Android Open, +Nick Farina comes out with this bit for O'Reilly Radar. http://radar.oreilly.com/2011/10/indoor-navigation.html
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Friends, if any of you try out the Meridian App at the Portland Airport, let me know how it worked for you. Lots of points of interest, so want to ensure it's a good wayfinding experience.
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Excited to see Powell's and Timbers' mobile app screenshots made it in Businessweek's piece on mapping.
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Big news for us today: We at Meridian closed our first outside funding round. Thanks to all of you who've been so supportive over the past few months. Means a lot.
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This is like a new video game I need to figure out. But not too difficult. Like Little Mermaid for Nintendo 64.
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I work for the mobile-software company Meridian. I like to collect unused beta invites. When people let me, I read aloud the short stories I write. And I play drums sometimes. Nothing is more welcome than a sad book recommendation.
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