Apple has launched a new web service called Maps Connect that allows small business owners to manage their listings on Apple Maps along with a tool for setting up indoor positioning in select areas. Companies can enter their own listings and verify via a phone call or email address.
The iBeacon-powered indoor mapping tool allows businesses to setup interior views of their businesses on Apple Maps to help guide users through their venues. This tool is currently limited only to locations that meet specific criteria, such as Wi-Fi throughout the building and at least 1 million visitors per year.
Updates to both services will reportedly take about a week to show up on Maps, according to Search Engine Land. A listing on Apple Maps means Siri will be able to find your business, so this tool could prove very powerful for small businesses that currently don’t have any presence on Apple’s mapping service.