Wateen goes green with Google Earth

I was visiting Wateen franchise today in order to get a couple of things for my recently purchased Wateen WiMAX package, when I heard the lady behind the big glass-table asking the customer, “This is the road you are talking about, now tell me which street is your house in?” I was thinking if are they keeping some detailed map of the city or what? She turned the face of her LCD towards the customer to give him a better view of the map or whatever she was talking about. Out of curiosity I got closer to the screen. And she was actually pointing on a satellite image of the city hosted in Google Earth. I was like, woww!!!.

Before this, for me at least, Google Earth was just a cool application used by people to look at different places in the world from upside, at a distance of few kilometers, just for fun. E.g. I remember when it was launched how excited I was on locating a blurred image of my own house and then my school and my university and my workplace and ….
But it was all fun.

And today I just realized that apart from fun, how useful it can be for some serious business as well.

The guys at Wateen actually locate your house on Google Earth, get the coordinates (longitude/latitude), provide these coordinates to their own system, which then maps these coords to the their signal-strength map, and they are able to tell you if the your house is in their operating radius or not, and if it is, what is the strength of signal in that area. Also on receiving some complaint, they get your coords from their db, and check if something is wrong with the signals in your area.

Good use of technology Wateen guys. Keep it up.

P.S. Although my experience with the staff at franchise was not that pleasant as I expected it to be, and also if you call their call center they put you on an unusually long wait before somebody picks your call, but the connection is quite good. So if you are thinking about trying it, you can safely go ahead. I am using it for a month now, and I had no issues with it, AS OF NOW. Who knows about tomorrow :)

3 Comments so far

  1. Phil (unregistered) on January 27th, 2008 @ 12:36 am

    Serious business? Check this application out.

  2. shaibee (unregistered) on January 27th, 2008 @ 10:59 am

    Well I was talking about Google Earth. Although based on Maps but still a different application :)

    And I think same goes true for Google Maps. Its quite recent that people have started using em for such kind of applications. And still there are quite few. But there were hardly any almost a year ago.

    See that AllVoices is still Alpha, not even Beta yet.

    P.S. You might be interested in looking at another similar application at Global Incident Map

  3. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on January 27th, 2008 @ 7:05 pm

    But I doubt if Pakistani city maps are regularly being updated on Google Earth. Lahore is not!

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