IGN maps: the mapping application that wants you to (re)discover France

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The National Institute of Geographic and Forestry Information (IGN) is competing with traditional navigation services by launching IGN Maps. This new mobile application, available from May 15 on iOS And Androidaims to offer ultra-detailed mapping of territories.

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IGN explains in its communicated and his press kit that its new mobile application allows you to benefit from around twenty thematic cartographic layers, thus lifting the veil “on the 90% of the territory (agricultural land, forests, beaches, etc.) made invisible by the applications of digital giants”. According to the Institute, “it is possible to know the type of cultivation of a field, the species of a forest or the composition of a beach (sand or pebbles)”.

The application also provides access to interactive maps allowing you to discover the evolution of places around you over minutes, hours, years or even decades. The app also has a community aspect, by embedding “functions for sharing discoveries between users, and for everyone to participate in data enrichment”.

The Institute thus intends to offer an application structured around four main functions:

  • Explore to search for nearby points of interest, create and save a landmark or be geolocated;
  • Move For “calculate a pedestrian or road route and quickly obtain a route, as well as the altimeter profile for pedestrian mode” or create one point by point;
  • Compare to discover the geographical transformations of territories;
  • Report For “contribute to the improvement of data by reporting potential anomalies or changes in the territory”.
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