Monday, December 22, 2008

Dubai GPS

I posted about being in Moscow, and getting a GPS lock almost instantly upon walking outside.

Well, I was lucky enough to be in Dubai last week, although it rained almost the entire time.

I got a bit lost walking from the office to the airport (I have no sense of direction whatsoever), so I whipped out GMM and tried my luck.

The maps are incredibly detailed, which is great, but in a 20 minute walk, I didn't get a GPS lock at all. Thankfully, the cell tower id is pretty decent, and Nagi (a righteous dude in marketing) had drawn me a map. I scoffed initially, but thanks to him, I got me home ok.

At a couple of points, certainly, the high rise buildings would have prevented the lock, but I was out in the open quite a lot, too.

I don't really know much about GPS, beyond it using satellites to triangulate you, so it's possible there are fewer over Dubai, or they were low in the sky or something, but it was pretty annoying.

I might have to do some Christmas reading.


1 comment:

Nitin R.K. said...

Hi Chewy!

I've been looking all over for you after the event at the Dubai Press Club - I searched on Facebook and did a Google search to look for your blog or website.

There aren't many tech events here, and whenever we do have any they are usually hush-hush.

I hope you enjoyed your trip to Dubai. It doesn't rain very often in this part of the world so you got to catch a very rare time of the year - it's usually too hot and sunny to walk along the streets so pretty much everyone gets their own set of wheels.

Looking forward to hearing more from you soon.

-Nitin