Frequently Asked Questions
What is MAP?
Mapping Aggregation Platform (MAP) is a conceptual decentralized protocol that enables the gathering and sharing of geospatial data through the blockchain. To create this map, the community contributes mapping information that is used to build a digital representation of the world. To enrich the map, the community embeds location-specific information on the world’s digital representation.
With this digital representation of the world, anyone can build high-quality and accurate location-based applications and services on top of the MAP blockchain. The MAP blockchain would ultimately allow for an interoperable “write once, use everywhere” model.
Who is building MAP?
Mapping Aggregation Platform, LTD., a Cayman Islands exempted company, is building the MAP protocol, which will receive contributing information from the community to build the MAP. Providing a consensus based, always up-to-date map of the world requires nuance that crosses an array of fields and disciplines. To meet this challenge, the MAP team is comprised of computer vision doctorates, blockchain experts, augmented reality pioneers, mapping professionals, and large scale mobile application developers.
Is MAP aiming to replace GPS and other mapping applications?
No. MAP is not designed to replace GPS or existing map applications. The MAP concept is designed to address the need to anchor digital content and devices to a decentralized, always up-to-date, digital map that anyone can read and write.
What’s wrong with our current positioning and mapping technologies?
Our devices adequately resolve inquiries such as providing us with the best possible routes with their respective ETA, but as we evolve towards automation and augmenting our real world experiences, our devices require more and more granular information to provide a richer experience.
- Accuracy of positional technologies like Wi-Fi, Beacons, and GPS are imperfect.
- Today’s GPS-enabled mobile devices are, at best, accurate up to approximately five meters. This accuracy suffers in any environment where the line-of-sight can be obstructed by anything from tall buildings to tree cover. To compensate, we also adopted Wi-Fi Positioning Systems. But location information gathered from wireless access points is still coarse. For augmented reality experiences, meters in accuracy can make the difference between a useful and inadequate location-based app.
- Satellite, aerial and vehicle surveying are out of date from capture to availability.
- Aerial and vehicle surveying are great assets for mapping out our world. However, because a useful AR experience requires a high level of accuracy, surveyed content is out of date from capture to availability. Additionally, these methods cannot capture 3D map data for indoor spaces, where many of us spend at least half our day.
- Dominant companies keep map data proprietary.
- Large mapping companies silo their mapping information, choosing which ways and what methods their information can be accessed and used. This causes unnecessary fragmentation in both purpose and availability; proprietors of map data maintain their dominance over mapping markets, but do so at the cost of everyone else involved
Why decentralize mapping data?
As we know, an accurate 3D map of the world has purpose beyond safe autonomous vehicle navigation, and cross-platform persistent augmented reality content; it can facilitate innovation, democratize the development of location-based applications and services, and establish a transparent reading and writing of our Earth’s information. Mapping on the blockchain is a way for us to restore agency and ownership in the creation and usage of our maps, without third party control or censorship.
In addition, when mapping data is gathered and stored in a decentralized fashion, it allows for data generation that reflects the world’s changes. This is great for companies or products that must keep up with a world that is constantly changing. Mapping data is also sizable, which becomes resource intensive to process at a global scale. Adopting a decentralized, open source protocol lifts this burden by changing the distribution of mapped and stored data.
Community mapping is impractical, how does MAP make it effortless?
Community cartography can be unreliable and impractical, but with MAP, community cartography would be a simple and intuitive process. Anyone can be part of creating the open map of the future.
Current consumer grade mobile devices can now gather 3D information about the world around them. If a user engages an augmented reality (AR) app with the MAP SDK installed, they can gather and submit 3D mapping data as they go about their session, without ever disrupting their experience. The MAP protocol would consolidate the individual perspectives of millions of devices to create a 3D map that enables every device to understand exactly where they are in the physical world. Once a device is positioned and oriented in the world, as an example, users could then engaged with persistent AR experiences.
Is MAP capturing images of the world?
No. MAP is not building a digital representation of the world with images; MAP creates a wireframe of the world by capturing features such as the edge of a door or the surface of a wall.
Who can use MAP?
The MAP Blockchain is for everyone.
- For innovators and developers who want to build data-rich and accurate location-based apps.
- Location-data and geospatial intelligence are core components in a broad spectrum of applications; these applications include, but are not limited to, augmented reality, entertainment, social, emergency and non-emergency alert notifications, and pathing for autonomous vehicles and drones.
- For users like you and me.
- We can access to a myriad of high-quality, location-based experiences without subscribing to a specific platform.
- Enterprises can have their own blockchain as they do not require constant consensus of what their space looks like. With their company chain, their AR apps, drones, and employees can navigate the space efficiently and safely to accomplish their needs.
What do I get for contributing to MAP?
To generate a tangible incentive for community cartography, the MAP network proposes fixed rewards for submitting mapping data from any place to the MAP Blockchain.
However, it should be noted that it is in everyone’s best interest to contribute to a genuinely open sourced 3D map of the world. By having everyone contribute mapping data to a genuinely open map, not only can we use what we contribute, we can use the contributions of millions of others, which is a larger and more helpful data set than what anyone alone can map of our ever changing world.
What are MAP Tokens?
When MAP perfects a reliable digital representation of the physical world, MAP Token owners would embed location-specific information to exact physical locations using MAP Tokens.
What kinds of information can I embed and who can see them?
Embedded location data can range from drone way points to augmented reality 3D content. MAP also provides an easy way for establishments to verify their embedded content, which allows developers and users to filter information they trust and/or want to see.
The location data would then be leveraged by developers to make their services even more robust (accurate AR content placements) or it can be general information usable by anyone (store menus or hours).
What are sample use cases?
Sample use cases for embedding content:
- Logistics and supply chain companies can plot autonomous vehicle and drone paths and waypoints onto the digital representation of the world. This provides autonomous machines with the means to communicate their whereabouts while, simultaneously, updating the map for other autonomous machines.
- Retailers can drive foot traffic with unique in-store experiences that include but are not limited to: embedding 3D content for products in their display windows, limited-time AR photo opportunities, and hosting personalized shopping experiences.
- Spaces that are, by nature of their purpose, large (shopping complexes, convention centers, universities, etc.), can provide a seamless experience for visitors with AR guided navigation and/or relay information about a landmark.
- Advertisers and marketers can run truly synchronous location-based campaigns (indoor and outdoor) at scale for thousands of users to engage, without the use of markers all around the world.
- Decentralized AR applications can implement use case specific triggers tied to smart contracts, instantly providing a compatibility layer for application content; an AR app can be built on the MAP Blockchain without a server.
What else can I do with my MAP Tokens?
MAP Tokens can also be deposited MAP Tokens to obtain region stewardship privileges.
What is a Region Steward?
Region Stewards are responsible for their region.
- Secure sufficient infrastructure resources to ensure smooth functioning of their region.
- Allocate data bounties within their region to incentivize participants to gather data in unmapped or outdated areas.
- Determine transaction price for embedding a Universal Resource Identifier (URI) to the map.
Region Stewards can further subdivide their region to allow for additional stewards, with new regions requiring equal or greater proportional deposits.
MAP will provide basic tools to region stewards to aid in this process, but region stewards are encouraged to proactively innovate in their roles.
How can I become a Region Steward?
After the initial offering of MAP tokens, all regions of the United States will be offered for region stewardship. The perceived cost of these regions will differ depending on their location and the activity in them, therefore the variable cost for these regions is best left to market determination.
Each region will initially be offered for a deposit of 10,000 MAP tokens, with the price descending during the initial region reservation period to a predetermined minimum reservation deposit amount of MAP Tokens. The date and time of this offering will be announced on the official MAP website at www.mapplatform.com.
Any region not claimed by the end of the region reservation period will be managed by the MAP team, and can be reserved for stewardship at any point in the future by providing the minimum reservation deposit to the network.
Why was this method of region offering chosen?
All regions will begin with the same deposit price and approximately the same assigned land area. As the perceived value of these regions will differ depending on their location and the activity in them, the variable cost for these regions is best left to market determination.
Can I be Region Steward outside of the United States?
MAP supports global data. Stewardship is only available for regions in the United States geographic area for now. As the network progresses, these regions will be offered with advanced notice on the MAP website (www.mapplatform.com) and may be accompanied with an additional offering of existing MAP reserve tokens.