shrug-l: RE: Navteq/TeleAtlas data sources

Sykes, John John.Sykes at
Tue Mar 2 15:27:40 EST 2010

If you have ever attended one of the major GIS meetings, you would see a TeleAtlas van equipped with about 6 TV cameras and GPS antennas that they drive around to acquire a lot of their street-level data.  It is, essentially, a good, old-fashioned windshield survey.  If you ever notice, all their addresses plot to a street in front of the address, not the building itself.  I think someone sits in back of the van and punches a "waypoint" button while they record the street address from mailboxes and posted address signs.  We use to do the same thing with a laptop and a GPS.  You would hit the waypoint store button on the GPS and enter an address to the corresponding number in a spreadsheet or database.  Additional data like business names, etc. can come from online directories, etc.

-- John 

-----Original Message-----
From: shrug-l-bounces at [mailto:shrug-l-bounces at] On Behalf Of Bokey, Aparna
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Subject: shrug-l: Navteq/TeleAtlas data sources

From: Daniel Schwartz [mailto:schwartz at]
Sent: Tuesday, March 02, 2010 12:01 PM
Subject: Navteq/TeleAtlas data sources

I'm wondering where companies like NavTeq and TeleAtlas get their data for
street/road maps and geocoding.

I've heard that they do their own "fly over" with arial photography, but I
can't imagine how this would provide all the needed information, including
address/location correlation, street/road names, water bodies, parks,
schools, etc., i.e., all the things they put on their maps, as well as the
parcel boundaries and coordinates they use for locating an address.

It seems that they would need need to go around the country county-by-county
gathering all this information, but that would be a very big effort.

Would anyone on this list know where I could learn about this?


--Dan Schwartz

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