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Samsung entices cartographers from Apple

Samsung hires for its cartographic lab open source Mapzen specialists Apple. Employees of the American Corporation will participate in the creation and support of open data and software to promote the “right of ecosystem maps.

In the list of “defectors” was Nathaniel Kelso, who left in may Apple after two years in the company and in June was admitted to Mapzen as chief cartographer. To work in Cupertino, he was a design engineer in the Studio Stamen Design. Another former designer Geraldine joined Apple in 2013, and then moved to Mapzen in the past two months.

The authors of the project Mapzen support geocoordinate by creating tools for cards, as well as collaborate with other cartographic projects are open source, e.g. from OpenStreetMap. The laboratory is part of the Samsung Accelerator – experiment Korean company to develop cutting edge software and services.

“We design things that can be provided as services that are not yet on the market. The tools that the developers of any level can easily customize and use for yourself. We do not want to limit users to a closed platform in which they can make changes,” the company said. The project aims to develop the main components of map platforms, including search, rendering, navigation and geolocation data.

How Samsung intends to use Mapzen is unclear. Observers believe that the technology developed by the subsidiary, will be used in a mobile platform Tizen.

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