International firm taps NOLITC for first community travel mapping

Last Updated on Friday, 6 January 2017 08:46 Written by NOLITC Administrator Friday, 16 December 2016 12:09

A GLOBAL mapping company has tapped the Negros Occidental Language and Information Technology Center (NOLITC) in Bacolod City to conduct its first community travel mapping in the country.

HERE, which is one of the digital map providers covering areas in 78 countries with main headquarters in Germany and United States, is currently working on enhancing its location content in the Philippines.

HERE Philippines Inc. Community Analyst Roneil Domael, who led the two-day community travel mapping at the NOLITC until Thursday, said the activity was first conducted in Indonesia and Malaysia.

In replicating it in the Philippines, Domael said the company has identified Bacolod City with the students of NOLITC as their first community members.

“Being a government-run school, we are looking at NOLITC’s active participation in promoting Bacolod City and the whole Negros Island Region especially in terms of tourism,” he said, adding that through community travel mapping, they aim to provide more “packaged” data in the maps for travelers when they are in the city or anywhere in the region.

Community travel mapping is basically a community effort where members will explore from one area to another in order to collect data like common places, structures and other landmarks.

These data will be processed into three-dimensional (3D) models to be integrated in the map. Unlike with other map providers, Here Maps application is capable of offline use, Domael added.

“In improving our map, we want it to look like 3D not only the location and structure but even the small details of the building,” he said, adding that they target to make the “better Bacolod map” available to the public starting next year.

After Bacolod City, Here is planning to expand its community travel mapping to other nearby areas in the province.

For her part, NOLITC vocational school administrator Cristina Orbecido said that the international partnership will benefit a lot not only the school but also the government particularly in tourism promotion.

Aside from enhancing the skills of the students, Orbecido said their inclusion to the digital mapping initiative will also boost NOLITC especially on its visual graphics design offering.

“This is also NOLITC’s contribution to the local tourism industry as 3D landmarks will provide investors and tourists the ease to navigate,” she added.

(News article was written by Erwin Nicavera of Sunstar Bacolod on December 17, 2016)