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Which Facebook contest app should you use to promote a travel destination?

Which Facebook contest app should you use to promote a travel destination? | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Facebook has become a no-brainer for travel destinations of all shapes and sizes. Social media is all about relationships, and Facebook is the king of social media.
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Whilst this is clearly advertorial, it is a really good read and I recommend you have a look at it. In case you weren't aware, it is a breach of Facebook's rules to run competitions directly, they have to be run through an approved app. These guys offer a free trial. I haven't looked into what if any limitations that might include, but if I had a site I was looking to grow that was relevant, like a tourist destination, I'd be up for a trial.

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The Best Time To Plan Your Thanksgiving Travel, According To Google Maps Data

The Best Time To Plan Your Thanksgiving Travel, According To Google Maps Data | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Don't plan on driving the day before Thanksgiving.
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It's really interesting to be reading this Infographic in an Australian business people, in New Zealand given that neither country celebrates Thanksgiving.

 

Nevertheless we do all spend a lot of time trying to work out when the best times are to travel on long weekends and that's an area I've been putting a lot of effort into lately.

 

The last thing you want to be doing on a long weekend is spending half of it stuck in traffic. You also don't want to be cutting it short, after all that's not the point of a long weekend.

 

Interesting to see a significant reduction in people driving last year vs the year before. There could of course be a lot of reasons for this and looking at what I've seen comparing our last long weekend in New Zealand it doesn't appear as thought we were traveling less this year vs last year. I'm currently working through stats to try and identify what did happen through our key corridors, which is a combination of many factors. Hopefully we will be able to use this information to help people make their travel decisions on Boxing Day and 2 January.

 

One of the most important things is that around 40% of people don't check travel information before they get into their cars. Why would you not want to know what traffic is like before you go?

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Adobe Personalizes Mobile Location Features To Drive Real-Time Engagement - MediaPost Communications

Adobe Personalizes Mobile Location Features To Drive Real-Time Engagement - MediaPost Communications | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Adobe on Tuesday will launch several location marketing services aimed at personalizing the mobile experience for consumers.
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The interesting thing to me out of this is that the location based alerts come up on the phone screen even when it is locked, so you can have hands free information. Of course it won't stay on the screen and there is the risk that you are now distracted driving if you have to log on to view more.

 

Who will take responsibility when you crash because you were booking your coffee with a free muffin at the gas station ahead with a simple one-click?

 

How do we make sure that the messages we get are not frequent and are highly relevant. If marketers don't deliver on those two elements, there will not be huge value. I think the smartphones need to introduce features such as voice control, even while the phone is in locked mode.

 

The good one for me is things like real time traffic information. Tell me there is a road closure up ahead with a simple message, in fact why should I have to see the message at all? Why not just tell me and then let me use voice commands to open up my GPS car nav application so I can tell it to find me an alternate route, or if there isn't one, give me the ability to reserve a table and have my latte ready and waiting on my arrival. I'm even happy to pay for it in advance knowing that the security on my mobile payment app is covered by my bank.

 

Just make sure that whatever you tell me is relevant to my needs. Of course that's where the privacy issue comes in. How do you find our what I'm interested in and under which circumstances? http://solomoconsulting.wordpress.com/2014/11/19/privacy-protections-unite-carmakers-sci-tech-today/

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Shared space: Why the best thing for some streets is a little bit of chaos

Shared space: Why the best thing for some streets is a little bit of chaos | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
So many Americans fail to understand that uncertainty can be a good thing.
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I would love to see this work, but the skeptic in me wonders if it would work anywhere remotely near where I live. Having said that, there is the odd street in Auckland that works like this. I'm not sure we are mature enough as drivers for this to work in an urban square.

 

It would be great to see this tested in a flat area such as Christchurch where there are more bikes. I've been to several conferences and seminars that talk about open spaces, green spaces, people friendly spaces, but most of it is theory and there is little happening in the area of urban redesign.

 

What do you reckon? Could it work here?

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NXP, Honda, Siemens and Cohda Wireless launch smart car and ITS corridor in Europe

NXP, Honda, Siemens and Cohda Wireless launch smart car and ITS corridor in Europe | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Published: November 12, 2014| Eindhoven, Netherlands NXP, Siemens, Honda, Cohda Wireless and forward-thinking politicians come together in an unprecedented move to make European traffic smarter, gr...

Via Catherine Kargas
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Self driving cars are coming and having specific corridors is a great idea. It allows the case to be proven and will reward people or businesses that invest in the technology.

 

I think the same thing should happen for hybrid and electric cars. Why not give them special lanes in return for their contribution to the environment.

 

The one thing I didn't read in this story, which I feel is one of the most important elements is the number of people in the vehicle. When we talk about green driving, we should also consider other elements such as the space a vehicle takes up with only one person in it.

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uniformity across countries will be key

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Semi driver blames GPS after plowing through public park - KTRK-TV

Semi driver blames GPS after plowing through public park - KTRK-TV | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Officials say a tractor trailer driver is blaming his GPS after he plowed through a public park Tuesday, heavily damaging two historic bridges in Milwaukee
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So here we are again, a driver ignores signs on the road saying this is for pedestrians and a cycle path and drives on through until his truck is totally stuck and blames the GPS. If you follow my blog you will find countless stories like this. The BMW that drove down steps into a canal, people who drive into the sea, the list is endless and the occurrence frequent.

 

Now there is a slight risk that his nav did show the cycle and pedestrian bridge as a road, in which case we have the answer as to why we have drivers to interpret what they see through the window and signs that tell them what they are seeing in case they still don't get it, hence the reason the driver was charged and the would have had an interesting discussion with his boss.

 

However, here's the rub:

 

1. Not all navigation systems are equal and have quality maps for all of the country. They are only as good as their data source and the effort that is put into creating and maintaining the map. Having been in a company that makes maps for 8 years, I know exactly how hard it is to maintain high quality, spatially accurate and current maps. I know what that costs. We lost clients who wanted to sell sub $100 complete car nav units with free lifetime map updates, competing on price instead of quality. We couldn't provide them with maps and stay in business, for what they wanted to pay. So they went elsewhere to cheaper maps. I have to tell you there are consequences to these decisions.

 

2. What if you have driver-less cars, using maps that show locations as roads, using navigation systems with sub par maps. The manufacturer or owner may have purchased the system in good faith, just as consumers today buy sub $100 navigation systems with lifetime free maps thinking they will get high quality data for the entire country, urban and rural and it isn't high quality data? As they say in the computer industry, GIGO or Garbage In, Garbage Out.

 

Have you bought a cheap nav unit? Ever had it give you information that could have got you into trouble if you hadn't correctly interpreted the data combined with what you saw through your windscreen? I'd welcome your feedback and stories.

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Car Dealership's GPS Tracking System Saves Philadelphia Kidnap Victim - GPS World magazine

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Car Dealership's GPS Tracking System Saves Philadelphia Kidnap Victim
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A GPS tracking device helped Philadelphia police rescue a woman who was kidnapped Sunday evening and to apprehend the suspect who abducted her.
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There are many companies now lending money to people who might otherwise not get a loan, but need a car to get work. The systems monitor their movements to make sure they are going to work and monitoring their activities, ostensibly to ensure they can pay back their loan.

 

The smart companies do not want their clients to default on their loans and the customers understand the implications of their new vehicle being tracked, well at least some of them do. Some obviously are just too dimwitted to realise that their car is now the equivalent of a GPS ankle bracelet.

 

I won't go into any detail about other things that can be detected using business analytics using this technology. Let's just say that if you have hit hard times, are an honest and hardworking individual, you have nothing to loose.

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Turn Your @Foursquare Check-Ins into a #History Lesson with @hoffrocket's @Fourstalgia [review]

Turn Your @Foursquare Check-Ins into a #History Lesson with @hoffrocket's @Fourstalgia [review] | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
One of my favorite new apps that use the Foursquare API is Fourstalgia. It's a very cool hack project built by Jon Hoffman @hoffrocket, an engineer at
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I love this concept, but like many applications, it appears to be mostly focused on the USA and Europe. I live in New Zealand and whilst there are amazing historic photo libraries here, they are not available on the service which this app uses, so I guess I won't be installing it. It was worthy of mention. If you live somewhere that is supported with historic images, I would recommend trying this out.

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Skip check-in; latest hotel room key is your phone

Skip check-in; latest hotel room key is your phone | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Hotels don't want guests to have to linger at the front desk -- or even stop by at all.
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This is really interesting and I'm no Luddite, but I'd love to know that there is real security attached to this. If it is tied to the MAC Address or some other unique ID that can't be sniffed or hacked easily, this is a great innovation. Who hasn't left their mag stripe hotel key in their room?

 

I guess while I have my reservations (pun intended) and I'd love to have a Zigbee system that opens my gate and unlocks my door, I wonder about criminals hanging around hotel corridors with devices sniffing for my Bluetooth ID. I'm sure these hotels are looking very closely at security or they wouldn't entertain the investment.

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Indoor navigation app: you'll never be lost again - Telegraph.co.uk

Indoor navigation app: you'll never be lost again - Telegraph.co.uk | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
A new app called Inside may mean you never have to ask where the toilet is again
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Have you ever been inside a casino in Las Vegas? They remind me of the time I got lost in the Hanmer Springs forest. I was pruning pine trees high above a blanket of gorse and broom and missed the smoko call. Everyone had gone for some food and drink and I couldn't find a soul. It took me about 6 hours to find my way to a forest road and back to the camp.

 

The experience in casinos in Vegas is different because you can ask directions, but ultimately malls are more interested in you finding your way in to help you buy things, not in getting out. They want foot traffic and to expose you to all the different in-store displays, because their success is proportional to the success of the retailer.

 

Now if you're an average male like me, there are particular stores you want to visit, either for a purpose or because you are interested, for me it is books (although because of price and convenience, 90% of my reading is now Kindle based), musical instruments and tech gadgets.

 

Indoor navigation is the holy grail and I was watching this short video of an industry segment I am passionate about and have been ever since a couple of visits to Arthur Anderson in Chicago and some great retail conferences like the National Retail Conference in New York.

 

Retail indoor navigation exists now within chains. For example my local supermarket Countdown has a shopping list app that then guides me up and down the aisles for those items (along with trying to promote specials and companion items to me) so that I don't have to go up and down again for things I have missed. It knows the layout of every store in their chain.

 

What I don't like about proprietary apps is that they will always be focused on one brand of retail, or one shopping location. So where I got interested was when they started talking about crowd sourced data. Now I'm still not totally sold on the quality of traffic data and mapping in Waze as compared to my TomTom car nav, but they do serve different purposes and they both embrace the concept of crowd sourced data, after all we are out there and I don't have a problem with an app that gives me value, getting better value because of my contribution to it's source data.

 

There are of course many very important places where indoor location would save masses of time and money. Top on my list are airports and hospitals (also University and college campuses especially for first year's). They are complex and busy. You are usually in a hurry and under a degree of stress. The might paint the walls a nice calming color like quarter tea, but you would need a lot less calming if you had your mobile telling you how to not miss the plane (and how long till they shut the door) and of course where is your luggage and is it going to the same location as you.

 

So this is a technology we will all be using before too long. I have no doubt that Google will want to own this because the commercial search listings will go up a massive notch in value and of course it will tie in nicely to things like where to park, how to find your car when you come our of the mall laden with new guitar pedals and a new video drone robot lawnmower, with the app having told you that you only have 10 minutes before the time on your park expires, which was extended by an hour for every $100 you spent and paid for through the navigation app.

 

If you know what I'm on about you don't need to watch the video, it is similar to those we have watched for many years. The difference is that these apps now do exist, We just don't know yet which app will become king and kingmaker.

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Top 5 Augmented Reality Mobile Apps | Application development Blog from Appsdevelopers, leading Mobile App CompanyApplication development Blog from Appsdevelopers, leading Mobile App Company

Top 5 Augmented Reality Mobile Apps | Application development Blog from Appsdevelopers, leading Mobile App CompanyApplication development Blog from Appsdevelopers, leading Mobile App Company | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Apps Developers is a leading Mobile Application Development Company with offices in Melbourne, Silicon Valley & London.
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I've always been a big fan of Augmented Reality and have been involved in a few firsts in that industry. I'm really interested in feedback on the ionroad app. It sounds really good, although I'm not sure I would use it personally beyond testing it, so I'm not in a rush to buy it, although it is priced to buy.

 

It's a shame they don't offer a one month trial or similar. I'd certainly be keen to give it a good go and review it on that basis.

 

In the meantime, if anyone has tried it, I would welcome your feedback. It sounds like the perfect app for insurance companies and potentially better than some of the current offerings such as the Tower NZ app which got boring very quickly and penalized me for having to commute on secondary roads.

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Understanding the Ebola epidemic – in 2 charts and 2 maps - Washington Post (blog)

Understanding the Ebola epidemic – in 2 charts and 2 maps - Washington Post (blog) | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
More people will probably bring Ebola into the United States in the next month or so, but that shouldn't be cause for alarm.
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Relieved to know there is no cause for alarm. All cynicism aside, this is where maps can quickly illustrate trends. This is a very interesting problem. If you trap people in their geography you are more likely to scare them into escaping and as a consequence spreading the virus more quickly into other geographies.

 

The more frightening element is the bell curve.  Obviously what we are looking for is a sin wave, but that isn't looking likely just yet.

 

The idealist in me wants to ask why we don't put all our efforts into fighting this instead of fighting other people. A virus doesn't care what you believe in, what color you are or where you come from. It has no respect for borders, governments or ideologies.

 

What sort of impact is it likely to have on tourism and travel, particularly air travel? We have seen lots of technologies that can monitor people's temperature at airports, but what we have been told is that there is a reasonably lengthy incubation period during which time people do not display any symptoms, which is long enough to catch a flight to anywhere in the world.

 

That means that all countries need to be vigilant and prepared and maps like these become very important. Strategies become very important. Several years ago I was involved with the pilot of a Windows CE app for infectious diseases, which was designed to ask people who arrived in hospitals a series of questions around whether they had traveled overseas recently, or had come into contact with others who had.

 

With location based technologies, map solutions and cloud based scalable computing it would be possible for hospitals and health authorities around the world to share information in near real time to get a picture on what is happening including false positives.

 

A picture speaks a thousand words.

 

 

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Traffic Congestion Costs Americans $124 Billion A Year, Report Says - Forbes

Traffic Congestion Costs Americans $124 Billion A Year, Report Says - Forbes | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
In 2013 traffic congestion costed Americans $124 billion. In 2030, this number will rise to $186 billion, if nothing is done to address the problem.
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There is a fundamental gap in my opinion in the way countries are looking at this problem. I wrote a treatise about this last week which I'm not going to share here because it is too long and you are unlikely to read it.

 

Fundamentally what it comes down to (and one of the reasons I joined the NZ Transport Agency, because they believe in customers and their needs) is a partnership with the customer.I am not writing this in any way on their behalf, these are strictly my opinions.

 

The more we invest in 'systems' the more the motorists expect that silver bullet. The more we talk about the systems we create, rather than the customer and their needs, the more likely it is that the customer sits back and expects us to solve the problems, when in fact the problem is 'us', the customers.

 

Our statistics tell us that 40% of people don't check traffic conditions in any way before they depart on their journey. Research in large cities suggests that many people feel that the cost of living and working in a city is congestion and that there is nothing they can do about it.

 

On the other hand, research from TomTom reveals that if 5% of motorists change their behaviour, delaying their journey, changing their route or mode of travel, 15% benefit.

 

People don't seem to value their time, given that they don't seem to be prepared to help themselves.

 

As a father, the family events, like sports, concerts, school visits, birthdays and other events are priceless. You can't get them back. They aren't just events, they have a lifetime impact on your relationship with your children, that they carry forward as adults. As a business person, arriving late for an important meeting can lose you business and reputation. What is that worth to you?

 

I work in Travel Information if you weren't aware of that and I was recently given some really interesting information. We have a long weekend coming up and Kiwis love to travel to their bach, or holiday home. On the Monday, when they travel home, it seems that a large percentage of them think that everyone will maximize their long weekend and will go home late. So what happens? They all leave early and create major congestion around 1PM in the afternoon. What a waste of their day off!

 

So we are planing to share real time information on that public holiday and will try to spread that peak out, giving people a longer holiday and safer journeys back home because a side effect of the congestion is stress, accidents and a waste of the happy time people have just had.

 

Of course 40% of people won't check before they go, but if we're lucky 60% will, whether it is on TV, radio, car navigation like my favorite TomTom with real time traffic, our websites like http://www.nzta.govt.nz/traffic/current-conditions/highway-info/road/7873/north-island.html, free email route and area alerts, or our social media. Hopefully they will make it better for everyone.

 

So what is your time worth? Are you going to check the traffic before you go? Do you realise that you are in fact the system? You are the traffic. It's not all about Intelligent Transport Systems, important as they are.

 

You are a critical part of the intelligence, it's just that many of you choose not to use it. Crazy isn't it, when most of it is available for free.

 

I wasn't going to get on my soapbox, but I ate some unhealthy lettuce on the weekend and have been itching to get back into helping people with their journeys. Now its up to you to help yourself. Will you check before you go? We're talking about your time here. Where would you rather be?

 

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Bored cyclist pedals GPS bike pattern around southern England

Bored cyclist pedals GPS bike pattern around southern England | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
A fastidious cyclist has navigated a GPS drawn bike route around the New Forest in honour of the famous Nazca Lines in Peru, a series of...
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I've been trying to get map my run to create a feature for many years now that allow me to see where I have been before, with no success. Maybe this person has come up with an idea that could convince them that it is worth doing it.

 

Let's take the concept of this 'bored' cyclist a step further. We can generate and share runs, walks or bike rides that have a start and an end, and of course you can overlap. But basically when you stop, it's saved, you get your cool stats etc and that's it.

 

So now that it's done, what about a competition to create route track works of art. Let's use apps like Map My Run to come up with a campaign to get people to create art out of the works and then share them with the world. Whether it is just for fun, or whether brands then come along and sponsor work, like the coolest cycled logo or picture of a product, the coolest route representing an area. Challenges like run the shape of a famous work of art.

 

This would be awesome promotion for Map My Run as a business and others do all the work, of course they could also have sponsors with prizes or add their own gamificaton. People could vote for their favorites and of course have the fun of completing someone else's route.

 

So here's the win/win and why I give these ideas free for Map My Run. You won't be able to and shouldn't be a be able to complete all of these routes in a day. Therefore there should be a feature where you can come back and complete a run, walk or cycle over any period of time, be it weeks, months or something you never fully complete. You could create routes across one or more countries, you could collaborate as a group and create a massive work of art like the Mona Lisa by having dozens of people walk through predefined routes leading out from the Louvre Museum.

 

As I have blogged and requested of Map My Run for many years now, I want to be able to plan walks (I have a back that won't tolerate running and I don't really like to bike) I want to be able to walk somewhere different every day, streets I haven't been on before. To do that I want to be able to see, either pre-trip or preferable also on my phone, any streets I haven't been on before.

 

Pretrip would be awesome because I could then also get in on the art idea. I could go and walk the shape of my Gibson Les Paul, or my Fender Strat and share it online with my music friends and fans. This could be a huge seller, it would sell loads more software and make money for Map My Run as well as the free publicity, sponsorship and marketing opportunities that I've just outline and they just got yet another hour of my consultancy expertise for free.

 

Now I'm going to finish here with another thought. I have been chasing Map My Run with emails for years, they didn't listen and obviously feel they have enough market share to not innovate significantly in the location and mobile space. That's fine, so did Borders, the music and video retail industry and loads of other businesses who just thought they could keep increasing the budgets by 10% per annum and still be around 10 years later. Well bless my Kindle, I don't shop for printed books any more. Even straight retail, I just bought a new Bluetooth speaker embedded headband so I can listen to podcasts and music in bed when I can't sleep, online, so I don't have to go to bed with earplugs on. There is more to that story. I'm on 24/7 call and without earplugs my wife gets woken up every time my mobile goes off on the night.

 

I went to 3 shops in New Zealand this week to replace my Asics GT's. All are about a 3rd more expensive after discount, than I paid in Nashville 18 months ago. I'm going to buy online.

 

This is not a total point of my story, which is I went to Map My Run with my idea several years ago, for free, not asking for a share, a job or anything else, just a customer looking for a feature that I would have helped sell.

 

I do have some klout with my blogs. I don't import or sell any technology hardware, I'm an ideas person. I solve problems. I do know a bit about location, social and mobile technology and have trained and presented on these topics around the world. You can learn more on my LinkedIn Profile, or simply Google "What is the best GPS Car Nav Technology in New Zealand." and see why GPS manufacturers get me to review their devices and solutions. It gets them sales.

 

So finally, if Map My Run really don't want to pick up my idea, here it is for anyone else that might be interested, for example all the companies who sell wrist band technology like Pebble, TomTom, Garmin, Apple, Sony, Nike, Google, Timex, Polar Loop, Adidas all of which come with their own software and some with interfaces to apps like Map My Run.

 

Sounds to me like at least 10 reasons for Map My Run to get on board.

 

I hope to be testing some of these devices soon for upcoming blogs. I have helped sell a huge number of products for brands like TomTom through my blogs. The only thing I have ever received for my reviews is a demonstration unit, which I like to keep so I can continue to compare and track things like map updates and feature enhancements. Beyond that I am totally impartial. My focus on TomTom has been largely because of their great features, especially their leadership in real time traffic.

 

So what do you think. Would you like to be able to see all the places you have trained or raced on a map, at the same time so that you can plan your next adventure?. Would you like to be able to create works of art on a map, simply by running or walking them with your smartphone and be able to join multiple days, or work as a team and have social events where you could all join up and create a work of art on a map?

 

Everyone I speak to thinks it's a great idea, but none have done it. There is customer satisfaction, brand leadership, trend-setting and profit in these ideas and I've just given them to you for free.

 

Any runners, or cyclists out there? What do you reckon? Tourism, sports clubs, sponsors?

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Cellphone tracking: Find an address? Easy. But new devices can calculate your ... - Washington Post

Cellphone tracking: Find an address? Easy. But new devices can calculate your ... - Washington Post | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
New devices can pinpoint what floor you’re on, aiding rescue crews but setting off privacy groups’ alarms.
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There are now about 100 million smartphones that feature barometric sensors. This is very interesting technology and while the primary purpose for barometers was to monitor changes in the weather, this opens up some very interesting new capability.

 

One of the exciting opportunities this opens up is being able to locate people, not only by their GPS coordinates, but also what their altitude is and therefore what floor they are on. Imagine for example that someone has dialed 911 and needs urgent medical assistance, but is disoriented. The ability to track that call and identify that a person is on the 15th floor of a commercial building could be a life saver.

 

Retailers are constantly seeking that magical solution to identify where people are in a shopping precinct or mall. This again can help in pinpointing the location of shoppers without requiring the use if Bluetooth or other LBS technologies.

 

Of course this raises security concerns, especially if you don't have the ability to turn that information off. When it comes to law enforcement, safety, security and providing evidence of a crime that has or may be about to be committed, I'm fine with this concept and particularly situations where innocent people can use location based services to prove they were not at the scene of a crime.

 

It's interesting to me that we have long seen these sorts of technologies on TV shows, where high tech law enforcement agencies use it to find terrorists and others and tracking people by their mobiles is an every day thing. Now we're talking reality and its getting interesting.

 

So locating people with special needs has always been an interest of mine. Elderly people, people with disabilities like being blind, dementia, health conditions like diabetes that can cause people to become disoriented or lose consciousness. I have long looked for viable devices and been involved in R&D with a number of them, but the ubiquitous mobile has the potential to change all that.

 

What other things could you do with this technology? How about fitness training? The barometer can help apps know when you are climbing stairs and can count how many you climbed. It can be used to monitor inclinometer for people doing training for sport, because publicly available web maps mostly don't provide this. functionality. I'm sure cycling, running and other fitness apps soon will. The iPhone 6 comes with a health app that counts stairs for you, so you may already be using this functionality in your new mobile.

 

I recently had the pleasure of flying in a Hoverwing, a hybrid combination of plane and hovercraft. The pilot used his iPhone to get information about where we went and emailed me a picture of the track. Glider pilots can now use this technology which is much cheaper and lighter than conventional technology. For a glider pilot of course the lighter the craft the more lift,

 

For those of you who have scoffed in the past about face and voice recognition, tracking people and using big data analysis to track people and interpret their behavior, location and where they are likely to go next as something that will remain on SciFi movies, it's time to face facts. We live in a new world. I'm just glad that I live in a democratic country where it is unlikely that this technology will be abused by those in authority.

 

Of course the technology can be abused very easily by people with less benevolent intentions and this is where standards to protect our personal safety and privacy need to be developed, and quickly, because it can be very easily be abused to commit crimes against people. Whilst law enforcement is getting smarter, there are levels of  the criminal element that are doing likewise. There are of course loads of less intelligent criminals and as you will read in many of my blogs, particularly http://luigicappelwordpress.com and http://solomoconsulting@wordpress.com people are being caught daily having stolen mobiles, cars, handbags, even hay bales! Something I love to read about these busts is that they also tend to find lots of other stolen property and other illegal items when they catch these people.

 

As long as the laws are in place to protect the innocent and our inherent right to privacy, inasmuch as that exists any more, I think these are very positive and exciting developments. How about you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Farid Mheir's curator insight, November 23, 11:52 AM

Cell phones can now be tracked inside buildings using barometric sensors. Great for 911 calls, it also raises a lot of privacy concerns.

Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, November 25, 2:10 AM

As great as this development is for saving lives and pinpointing people in emergencies, there are serious issues revolving around privacy.  Perhaps well-intentioned people are getting a bit too involved in the personal lives of others, often in the guise of helping them.  I don't like the idea of someone being able to track you every minute.  Aloha, Russ.

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Privacy Protections Unite Carmakers - Sci-Tech Today

Privacy Protections Unite Carmakers - Sci-Tech Today | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Nineteen automakers accounting for most of the passenger cars and trucks sold in the U.S. have signed onto a set of principles they say will protect motorists' privacy in an increasingly digital era.
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It's interesting how information pops up at the same time by coincidence when you are looking. I was just reading about Carnegie Mellon's Privacy Grade site http://privacygrade.org/home which identifies Android apps (Apple to come) where your information is likely to be shared with 3rd parties such as advertisers.

 

An example of one that rates a C (A is trustworthy and D is not good) is Angry Birds. What's of real concern to me is that you might let your children play games like Angry Birds on your phone, not knowing that information about you, your location, behaviors, possibly even contact data may be sold to advertisers or others. If you have Angry Birds on your mobile device, your information is being shared with Facebook, Admob, MoPub and other advertisers to name a few.

 

Amongst other things this game can access your phone number, current state, device ID, carrier and a lot more. I don't know if that only applies to the Freemium version, or if you are doing the same when you pay. The important thing is, did you know that 'you' had authorized that?

 

It's great to see car manufacturers understanding the implications of privacy. Now it may be that privacy is already a thing of the past despite laws designed to protect us. The thing that these brands have worked out is that people may love the features but value their privacy and therefore choose not to buy a particular car because the manufacturer is sharing information with advertisers about where and when you are driving it.

 

I want to know how far away the nearest gas station is when I'm running low and I think it would be cool to have my car not only tell me that I have been driving for 2 hours and should take a break (which it does) but also where I can go to grab a coffee at a place with a good reputation and on my route is. The same with traffic, tell me there is a major incident ahead and suggest either an alternate route or somewhere good to wait it out, based on my preferences or interests. BUT, don't ever share my data with a 3rd party without my express informed consent.

 

This is a very good move on behalf of these brands, who are showing not only that they want to be trustworthy, but that they understand implications of privacy and customer needs. Intelligent Transport Systems are the way of the very near future and we need standards. We need to protect people who don't understand the technology and lets face it, that's probably most of us.....

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New Hacking Threat Could Impact Traffic Systems - NBC Chicago

New Hacking Threat Could Impact Traffic Systems - NBC Chicago | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Motorists drive by traffic lights every day and trust they will work. But NBC 5 Investigates found that as more cities turn to wireless traffic systems, some of those systems are unprotected and open to...
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It's a wonder this hasn't happened before. In a copy of The Futurist some time ago there was an article on SCATS systems (the systems often used to control everything from power utility company networks through to traffic lights in cities around the world.

 

One of the things they discovered in many sites was that the default passwords that these systems have when they are first installed, something like 'PASSWORD' was still the default. That means that anyone who found a random way of getting access to the systems could automatically get in without even having any computer skills.

 

Do you have any systems where the password is something obvious like Password, Password123 or Admin? Might be a good place to start looking....... At least don't make it any easier than it needs to be!

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Google Glass and other tech gadgets make check-ins a breeze - News24

Google Glass and other tech gadgets make check-ins a breeze - News24 | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Virgin Atlantic aims to use the cool Google Glass gadget to make check-in at airports easier.
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This sounds more like a gimmick than a practical application to me. We already have smart digital passports and mobile apps from airlines that include digital boarding passes. Why do we need someone with Google Glasses to look at our passport?

 

Great PR for Virgin, but I'm sure they can do much better from a practical perspective.

 

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Self-Driving Buses Could Really Reinvent Transportation Systems - CleanTechnica

Self-Driving Buses Could Really Reinvent Transportation Systems - CleanTechnica | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Congested cities, troubling unemployment due to the absence of transit, and environmental issues from automobile pollution all point towards the need for much greater development of mass transportation.
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Would you hop on a driver-less bus? The concept makes a lot of sense and I have read a number of stories about public transport pods that are driver-less and connect to each other on freeways or bus lanes in busy areas.

 

I suspect this will be the way of the future, it does make a lot more sense than driver-less cars because it is easier to regulate and control, including the specific routes they take.

 

I've been on driver-less trains at airports and they work fine. However I have one significant concern about driver-less public transport and that is about keeping passengers safe from each other.

 

I have been in many situations around the world where passengers have been unruly, or potentially dangerous. In those situations, knowing that there is a driver, a conductor or other official person who is keeping an eye on what is happening on their PT vehicle makes all the difference.

 

If the vehicle has no one on board but he passengers, then I would have a problem with using it, at least at certain times of day. Whist I would expect these vehicles to have cameras, just as the bus and train stations have, I doubt they would deter a drunk, or a criminal from taking advantage of a situation where they felt they could get away with it.

 

If you then have to have someone on board to keep the peace, they could just as well be driving, couldn't they? What o you think?

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New York City lowers its speed limit to save lives, and a lot of impatient people freak out

New York City lowers its speed limit to save lives, and a lot of impatient people freak out | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
The city copes at 25 miles per hour.
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This is an interesting story and I would love an opinion from you New Yorkers who are following my blogs.

 

From what I saw of a lot of NYC the average traffic was so heavy that it would struggle to do 30MPH, actually that's probably more Manhattan to be fair.

 

I would love to see some statistics as to the reason for the fatalities. I wonder how many of the pedestrians that are being killed aren't paying attention, aren't crossing at pedestrian crossings, or at least those saying cross now. How many of them are listening to headphones and can't hear what is going on around them? Will slowing down traffic by 5MPH save lives?

 

I'm not saying it won't, just looking for feedback on the science and rationale behind this decision.

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Automotive infotainment systems can be good and bad - Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Automotive infotainment systems can be good and bad - Pittsburgh Post Gazette | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Powerful in-dash infotainment systems have become a big selling point in new cars, but they’re also one of the features most likely to give drivers fits.
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This article makes a very good point. The cars that have the most impressive list of new infotainment systems are typically the most expensive, which kind of makes sense. But the owners of those cars are typically baby boomers with the least technical expertise.

 

If I think back to the day when I was teaching people how to use their $6,000 OEM car navigation systems, they were typically people who were 60+ and struggled with much more than txt messaging on their mobiles. Now we're talking not just navigation but WiFi, streaming music, cameras, social media, location based services, proximity warnings and much more!

 

Bring on the driver-less car because some people won't have the capability to handle all the features as well as drive their car! We love the IoT Internet of Things but the distractions are becoming a real concern and if we're not careful it will become illegal to use the cool features coming out in new cars.

 

The problem for car manufacturers is that they have programmed us to always want new features and cup holders and reversing cameras just aren't enough any more.

 

Have we forgotten the primary purpose of the motor vehicle? Isn't the primary function still to get us safely to our destination?

 

Is there a lesson here for public transport providers? Maybe they should be making buses and trains as much fun as driving?

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Real time maps could predict and prevent the spread of malaria

Real time maps could predict and prevent the spread of malaria | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Epidemiologists at the University of California are developing a tool that uses rainfall and other factors to forecast outbreaks, writes Katherine Purvis
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This is excellent. It would be great if it were possible to combine this with information identifying where people live or have been when they arrive at hospitals or clinics showing symptoms.

 

The same concept should be used with Ebola. By having this data updated in the cloud in real time, trends should become obvious very quickly. This could also be extremely useful with people traveling and tracking interactions between people. I appreciate this sounds a lot like big brother, but surely it is better than dead brother...

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Hailo taxi app unveils new features and teams up with futurologists - CITY A.M.

Hailo taxi app unveils new features and teams up with futurologists - CITY A.M. | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Taxi app Hailo has teamed up with futurologists to give an insight into the future of cities as well as launching two new features.
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There is certainly some merit to elements of this story and like many futurists (I haven't heard of a futurologist before, but why not?) am an idealist. I watch models like Uber with interest and believe that the taxi industry needs to get smarter rather than do what so many other traditional models do on their way out, which is complain that it isn't fare (pun intended).

 

One of the key Achilles heels for the taxi industry (especially in areas where they have deregulated) is in fact trust and that is one of the reasons why services such as Uber are able to get a foothold. Back in the day when taxi drivers had to know their way around, without car navigation, they were mostly reliable in getting you tp your destination by the quickest most economic route.

 

Today they have access to a mixture of both proprietary in-house systems as well as low cost but highly sophisticated car navigation systems which will take into consideration speed zones and real time traffic. Yet, despite using taxis 6-8 times a month, I rarely see a single one using real time traffic. They don't really want to use it because it can reduce the value of their fare. 

 

A system that can rate drivers on trustworthiness and providing good value for money, which is open and transparent would be a very smart way for the industry to win back the trust and credibility that has opened its industry up to competitors.

 

As to shared ownership of vehicles in the long term, I put that in the idealistic basket unless it is managed in the same way that shared ownership of yachts is modeled, where a broker takes responsibility for all maintenance, cleanliness etc of the vehicles. Of course this potentially adds to the cost of the no or shared ownership model, unless cars are purpose built, with cabins that are very easy to keep clean despite the efforts of some drivers to leave them in a mess. Of course the rating systems could also rate and reward or penalize drivers for the condition of a vehicle when the next person receives it.

 

Certainly a good thought provoking article.

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Innovative Approaches to Encourage Travelers to Help Manage Transportation in Metro Corridors

Innovative Approaches to Encourage Travelers to Help Manage Transportation in Metro Corridors | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
By Paul Minett, Chair of the Ridesharing Institute
Abstract: Travelers are doing a lousy job at assisting in successful traffic management, often absolving responsibility to others. We need to enco
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An excellent article from Paul Minett. Two things I particularly like. One I wrote on extensively in a blog earlier this week is about getting the road user, the driver, to recognise that they are a major part of the problem.

 

The other is about gamification. This is an untapped area and one that I feel is going to be needed in spades to get people to actively look for change. People love recognition, earning points, badges etc and these do not have to be expensive. Rewards for carpooling or ride sharing are a great example. 

 

I'm a big fan of Kate McGonigal and her book Reality is Broken. I am currently looking for ways that we can turn a shift to ride sharing or onto public transport and gamification is an obvious way to move forward. It could be discounts on food or entertainment, or discounts on public transport, stickers on your car that have date stamps that allow you cheaper parking if you arrive in a car park with multiple passengers.

 

Do you have any ideas we could pursue?

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Navman Wireless delivers BI to fleet management - iTWire

Navman Wireless delivers BI to fleet management - iTWire | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Navman Wireless's new Adaptive Intelligence BI-as-a-service lets fleet managers make more sense of their data. Fleet management systems such as those...
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Interesting, its been a lot of years since I first presented to Navman Wireless on map based business intelligence with BIonaMAP. It would be cool to find out more about what they are offering, this story is light on detail. Roll out the case studies and examples.

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Tiny GPS Tracking Device Locates Lost Pets - PSFK

Tiny GPS Tracking Device Locates Lost Pets - PSFK | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Never lose your pet again
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You're probably aware that tracking pets, people with certain conditions and assets has been a passion of mine for many years.

 

This product if it delivers on its promise sounds like one of the best I have heard of to date. Interchangeable batteries that last up to a week! That's pretty much unheard of! A docking station to make charging easy and even some cool apps that let you see where your pet is, where it's been, set up radius alerts, see how fast your dog is as it's running away from you, and where it is on your smartphone. Best yet, they are talking a about retailing at $199 US.

 

It's small, unobtrusive and nearly here. If you have a pet that wanders, or an old or sick one that disappears that you worry about, check this out. I'm really impressed with what I've seen so far. I was at one stage thinking of setting up a resale business for products like this.

 

If you buy one, let me know how it goes.

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