Has anybody here ever seen ANY businesses that have POI files listed on their own webpages? I haven't, but I have often thought that if I were a business owner I would do that. I suppose it is a geeky think downloading POI files, but an awful lot of people are computer literate nowadays. Maybe if a business that caters to electronics already would be a natural place to start. Say Radio Shack, Best Buy, Circuit City, etc. could have an area on their own website to download POI files to their own stores.
I am an amateur radio operator and although their aren't that many amateur radio stores around the US. Perhaps a ham radio equipment dealer, say Ham Radio Outlet or Amateur Electronics Supply, could have a small POI file on their webpage for their stores as well as the ham radio repeater POI files.
Another post a while back mentions Pilot Travel Centers and Flying J.
Their web page has stores listed in both .csv and ov2 formats.
About 2 1/2 years ago, when I first became interested in GPS's, one of the first POI files I ran across was of a Pilot/Flying J Truck Stop. Having retired from over 35 years in IT, I was sort of a data junkie. I grabbed up that POI file, not knowing yet what I would/could do with it. But, shortly after that, I purchased my first GPS, and the rest, as they say,...........
When we went to Pa. in August, we always hit at least one Eat'N Park restaurant in Pa. or WV. I contacted the Web Master of their Web Site, and he was extremely interested, having just purchased a GPS himself. After
getting all their physical addresses from him, I developed the Eat'N Park POI file for POI Factory, and don't be too surprised to see it show up on Eat 'N Park's Web Site soon.
I am really surprised that more companies don't offer them. Maybe it is because there is not a universal standard format; even Garmin doesn't have a standard. As noted on another thread the chain Sheetz offers one for download as a csv and ov2. I've offered to create them for Waffle House, BW3 and Quaker Steak & Lube if they would just send me the data. Waffle House didn't respond, BW3 showed interest and Quaker Steak & Lube sent me the data. I'll be posting the POI's here soon.
Any multi location company that caters to the traveling public should have this as a priority.
you know, you make a great point, Garmin needs to standardize their poi format. the nuvi is < br > while the c5xx is alt+enter. Makes it hard for me to share with coworker.
Sheetz, which is popular in the East and Northeast for fuel, food, etc.@ www.sheetz.com has a download for gps cordinates for all of it's 332 stores on it's website, in csv and ov2 formats. One of the few companies that I have ever seen that has a gps cordinates download on their website.
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