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Tease your wanderlust with 'travel porn' app Spottly, a new 500 Startups ... - Tech in Asia

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Tease your wanderlust with 'travel porn' app Spottly, a new 500 Startups ...
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So there's another app. Did we need another one? Will it have sufficiently unique advantages or is it camping on the fact that Foursquare isn't doing a very good job on marketing some of the fringe benefits of using its app? Will they be able to monetize it? 

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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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The team behind Navdy, the 'Google Glass for your car' announces a huge milestone -- AppAdvice

The team behind Navdy, the 'Google Glass for your car' announces a huge milestone -- AppAdvice | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it

ave seen One of the most promising new iPhone accessories is finding plenty of investors after pre-order success.

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I've blogged about Navdy before so you may the video, if you haven't you should, its only a couple of minutes long. I'd love to road test one and see if it is as good as they say.

 

The price is great, given the current cost of Google Glasses, although by next year I'd be surprised if glasses haven't dropped below the US$1,000 mark, but they're still glasses right? I don't even like wearing sunglasses, so having something on the windscreen is much more desirable, even just for the navigation function.

 

This is certainly a possible answer to the risks of distracted driving, at least in as much as you are still looking at and through your car windscreen. At the very least for conventional things we have always done in the car and their evolutions, such as car entertainment systems, it is much safer than it was in the past driving along and looking for a specific CD, taking it out of its case and inserting it, whist driving a car. However the fact that you can interface your favorite apps, could add more risk. In the last 3 weeks I have had 3 cars screech to a halt in front of me. One for no obvious reason, one because a duck decided to walk its ducklings across the free-flowing motorway average speed 90-110kmlh. The whole 3 lanes in front of me stopped 3 deep by the time I got there and yes they crossed safely, but it could have very easily been the next TV news story. The latest one was yesterday afternoon when a little dog decided to walk on the 4 lane road, without the slightest worry in the world. The person in front of me slammed on the anchors in the middle of the busy road, I managed to stop in time, inches away from the deep dings knowingly looking at me from her rear fenders. She then parked her car in the middle of the highway before seeing that there was now a parking lot behind her as the dog continued to play canine roulette down the hill.

 

The point is that in the instant it takes to look away from the road ahead, your life can change for ever. A device that means that you don't have to do that any more has to be a good thing doesn't it?

 

So Navdy, if you're looking to head into the New Zealand car navigation market and want to know where people go for advice on what to buy. Google 'What's the best GPS nav for New Zealand' and if its as good as you say it is, sent me a test unit:)

 

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States Implementing GPS Tracking of Domestic Abuse Offenders - WGRZ-TV

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In New York, the laws already allow law enforcement to use GPS technology to track sex offenders and parolees.
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Given many stories about systems that aren't monitored and violations not discovered until 48 hours after the event, the words 'in theory' are really important. The technology is great but it comes down to the delivery. The best solution in my opinion is one that includes the an option for the victim to be warned when the offender is within a predefined radius.

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How Virtual Reality Meets Real Life Learning With Mobile Games

How Virtual Reality Meets Real Life Learning With Mobile Games | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Games played on mobile devices allow teachers to leverage all the information on the internet along with the lived experiences of people in real life.
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10 Location Based Games that get students (of all ages and persuasions out and learning about their communities.

 

This is awesome! Those of you who know me, are aware that I have a huge passion for location based gamification to engage people in learning and in their community. When I first started evangelizing these concepts, the number of applications could be counted on your fingers and in some cases you had to rent a smartphone to play.

 

Today they are everywhere and here are 10 very cool examples of apps that you could be having fun with, These are brilliant for teachers, but they are so much more than that. Now people can truly engage with and participate in the real world, learning and helping their communities become better places and more engaged. Check these apps out and seek out opportunities to get involved in your environment.

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Up-to-the-minute maps will be critical for autonomous cars - Automotive News

Up-to-the-minute maps will be critical for autonomous cars
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DETROIT -- History's most intrepid explorers were often at the mercy of their maps. The self-driving cars of the future won't be any different.
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I've spent many years mostly as a Sales & Marketing Manager for a mapping company working with car navigation companies and being involved in the supply of map data to them.

 

It has been a real concern to me as some brands talk about having quarterly map updates, and in many cases they offer free updates for the life of the device. Now I know what goes into making map updates, especially quality data and there are hardly any countries in the world that offer data to that quality, that includes countries like the USA and Great Britain. In fact the UK said they were going to have a Government inquiry a few years ago because of the lack of quality of map data, especially outside of major cities.

 

The problem is that many brands of car navigation are competing on price to the point that it isn't physically possible for them to afford to purchase quality map data. Consider selling car nav devices for under $100 and then having the build cost of including not only quarterly updates, but also distributing them. It just doesn't work.

 

A driver-less car would need to not only know the exact geometry of the roads, but also the current speed zones (which change all the time) the changes in intersection controls, such as roundabouts (rotators) to traffic lights and vice versa and much more. Some may say that cameras will take care of that, but I've been involved in that research as well and reading things like traffic signs is actually a complex science as well.

 

There are definitely areas in some cities that are pretty good but even things like temporary traffic management are constant. It's not unusual for a smallish city to have hundreds of temporary traffic management changes, as simple as a 3 lane highway which is down to two. Then take into consideration the situation where the contractor starts a road closure early or finishes late and doesn't notify the roading authority.

 

Who wants an automated car system that tells you every 5 minutes that it is approaching a location where you need to take control. If you have to be monitoring the car all the time, because at any moment it is going to slow down and say there is an obstacle ahead that isn't in my database, then you are likely to just end up with more gridlock, if not more accidents.

 

This is a lot more complex than it sounds and I am concerned that the hype is overtaking the reality to a point where unrealistic expectations are being made. It truly is hard enough to find a normal car navigation system where the driver is still in control, that can be relied on for much more than general guidance.

 

I think the most likely scenario is that there may be certain toll roads or highways that may only be driven on in cars that meet certain standards, and outside of that, until a critical mass is reached of cars that not only have the technology with the latest map data on them ,but also that have the ability to identify changes and update a single common map data-set in real time. That may come in certain countries with cars that were designed for that country. But it won't be cheap.

 

If you'd like to know a little more just about the car nav itself, check out my blog from last year by Googling What is the best GPS car nav for New Zealand. You'll find it as the first return other than paid advertising and it will give you a little more insight.

 

It's probably time for me to road test some new models for this year. In the meantime, if you have a car navigation unit, especially one that you paid around $1-200 for, but even a top of the line unit, make a note of how often it is wrong, even slightly wrong and then think about whether you would trust that map data to totally control your car, with your family in it, while you read an eBook, newspaper or watch a DVD.

 

I'd love you to leave a comment on my blog about that. If there is sufficient interest, I'll approach the nav manufacturers and do somore more research.

 

Just for the record, I have driven with car navigation in the US, Europe, Asia Pacific and other places and I haven't been to a single country where the nav is fully accurate. The cost of doing that is just too high. I know from direct experience.

 

Will it happen one day? Absolutely, at least in cities and small countries where the massive cost of real time data collection, independent from manual data input from humans into databases, is justifiable.

 

Detroit might have you think it is all about the technology in the cars. Trust me, that's the easy part.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Explore the Pyramids and More In the Latest Street View Imagery in Google Maps

Free Technology for Teachers: Explore the Pyramids and More In the Latest Street View Imagery in Google Maps | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
RT @VIFLearn: Studying #Egypt? Explore the Pyramids & More In Street View Imagery in Google Maps http://t.co/ExeuMiOpiK @rmbyrne #globaled
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Great tool for teachers and anyone wanting to visit the world without leaving home or to decide where to go. I can almost feel the heat!

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Driverless cars: Who is responsible when something goes wrong? - Orlando Sentinel

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Driverless cars: Who is responsible when something goes wrong?
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The car itself is navigating into the spot, which it manages without a scratch.
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It is good to see car manufacturers looking to prevent driver-less cars from being hacked. It's also good that authorities are seeing that there is a risk of hackers taking control of driver-less cars, even groups of them and turning them into dangerous weapons.

 

It's ironic that while they are working on ensuring security, the FBI is suggesting that driver-less cars will easier for them to track. It will be interesting to find out what the privacy trade-off will be in that driver-less cars will need to communicate with the grid for safety and navigation purposes. That means if the transport systems know where vehicles are, so will the transport authorities and then if that data is subpoenaed, then legal authorities will also be able to track them.

 

This raises lots of interesting concerns. There are other industries that will encourage location based information, as I have blogged about before, for example Pay As You Drive (PAYD) insurance wants to know where you drive, how safely you drive, and other industries such as automobile associations breakdown services want to know where you are if you're airbag deploys. These types of services are typically something you opt into and the laws are there to 'protect' your privacy. They apply to all forms of vehicles, not just those without drivers.

 

The next step starts to get more interesting. If DOT's start using your location for things like automatic payment on Toll Roads using Fleet Management systems, they can technically track your vehicle anywhere. You could find that your car tells on you whenever you exceed the speed limit and you get instant fines. Law enforcement could find out where your car has been if you are a crime suspect and lots more. Of course they can already do a lot of that by tracking your mobile, but that's another story.

 

What it comes down to is that car manufacturers and government in general needs to ensure that our privacy is protected. To make it very clear with any system what information is shared, with who and what restrictions are in place on the purpose of use. If they don't, car manufacturers could find a resurgence of interest in old school cars that don't have computers.

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Ford Green Zone works magic with GPS to make your drive smarter, cleaner - Autoblog (blog)

Ford Green Zone works magic with GPS to make your drive smarter, cleaner - Autoblog (blog) | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Ford Green Zone works magic with GPS to make your drive smarter, cleaner
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Ford is working on a smart system, based on Nokia mapping technology, that uses GPS data to use both the electricity and conventional fuel more efficiently.
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I started getting excited when I read the headline, but as I got further into the story, I realized this is a concept in development and won't be available for production for some time.

 

It is great news however for someone who spent 8 years working for a mapping company where amongst other things we were collecting gradient information aka inclinometer, specifically to assist in identifying Eco-routing opportunities including downhill  areas which would be great to include into a data-set for car navigation, which includes systems such as regenerative braking, keeping in mind that for every downhill, there is an equal and opposite incline. I have wondered which is best in a hybrid, should you use batteries on the uphill and petrol on the downhill?

 

The data we collected was also used to inform competitors in events such as marathons, so that people training for an event could identify areas they can train in, to find similar locations to those in the competition, which might be particularly useful if the competitor is not in a position to train on the actual course, but wants to be able to come up with a realistic simulation.

 

So great that Ford are doing this and look forward to seeing it available in production cars. I just wish the price would come down for hybrid cars. Seems a bit like healthy food, the vehicles that are the best for our environment cost the most.

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New quake map shows Northwest at high risk - KING5.com

New quake map shows Northwest at high risk - KING5.com | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
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New quake map shows Northwest at high risk
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In July, the U.S.
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Following the Napa Valley quake yesterday (photos http://huff.to/1tC1AX4) this website/service which has just been updated provides a timely reminder, especially for the West Coast, but for all parts of the world that are prone to earthquakes, how you a map can provide easy to access and comprehend information to all people.

 

Planning to move? In my book Buying a House - Using Real Estate Apps, Maps and Location Based Services http://amzn.to/1olxtOa I provide examples and food for thought on identifying potential risks when buying that new property that turns out to be high risk for earthquakes, flooding and other natural risks.

 

Your council will have these maps, as will other Government Departments. Insurance companies have GIS systems to determine the risk of the property you are thinking about buying, it's well worth checking out. You're home being the biggest asset you will probably own in your life, it's worth doing a bit of research and a lot of it is as easy asking Google. I did a quick look for New Zealand Earthquake Maps and got results in around a second, like this one http://bit.ly/1p9pObA from The Encyclopedia of New Zealand.

 

There are always lessons to be learned and a little research up front may save a lot of grief farther down the track.

 

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United, TripAdvisor, Starbucks add Uber booking to their mobile apps

United, TripAdvisor, Starbucks add Uber booking to their mobile apps | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Despite its regulatory woes, Uber is extending its reach in the smartphone world big-time.
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Before the taxi industry gets up at arms over this, you have options too. Some airlines such as Air New Zealand have Air NZ Taxis, a fantastic service https://www.taxi.co.nz/ which allows you to enter your flight details and choose from a variety of companies and types of taxi from vans to corporate through to lower cost services. If your flight is delayed, they are notified and there will be someone at the airport with a sign with your name on it. The prices are prepaid and guaranteed as is the service to get you to your flight.

 

Uber and lookalikes would not have the opportunity to break into markets if the incumbents were catering to clients needs. This is another industry that is changing and it is only changing because the old school companies are not keeping up with the times. Instead of trying to legislate new technologies out, why not try to find out what your customers want.

 

It is smart marketing for Uber to work together with other service providers such as transport, accommodation, tourist attractions and the features such as allowing customers to see where the nearest car is are smart. The ability in these types of apps to rate drivers is another  feature that adds confidence. With taxis having been deregulated over the years and more and more incidents of both assault of drivers by passengers and passengers by drivers, it seems that the traditional modes have become arrogant in some cases. 

 

I strongly recommend to the taxi industry that they start understanding the customers and remembering that they are there to meet their needs. A good place to start thinking IMHO is the wonderful book by Jeff Jarvis called What Would Google Do? You could start with the Slideshare, it's free http://www.slideshare.net/jeffjarvis/wwgd-the-powerpoint

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Apple invention helps iPhone users find their parked car despite poor cell ... - Apple Insider

Apple invention helps iPhone users find their parked car despite poor cell ... - Apple Insider | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
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Apple invention helps iPhone users find their parked car despite poor cell ...
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Apple's automatic car parking and navigation patent applications were first filed for in February 2013 and credit Jason A.
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This is an application concept I tried to get off the ground in New Zealand a while ago, however circumstances meant it never quite got finished to a commercial level. That aside I used my Where's My Car application a week or two ago when I was parking in a park and area I hadn't been to before. It worked great.

 

The problem is a daily one for millions of people as I found out when I did some research for a presentation to the NZ Car Parking Industry Conference a couple of years ago. I visited car parks in New Zealand, Australia and the USA; in shopping malls, urban areas, and large car park buildings which were inside and encased in concrete where in many cases each floor looked identical to the one above and below. Every time a coconut, I saw people laden with shopping, impatient kids and other people in various stages of frustrated bewilderment, looking for where they parked their damn car.

 

Just go to any large parking area and see it for yourself. There were a pile of features I wanted, like the ability to know if I parked at a meter, or a limited time park, how long I had before I got a ticket, but that's another story.

 

My Where's My Car app that I bought in the USA was great going to concerts in giant venues, especially when I was in a rental vehicle that I didn't know well, and looked like so many others around it. I told my wife we should have gotten the Jeep, anyway that's another story.

 

The problem is that when you are inside the concrete jungle carpark, the GPS and sometimes even the phone signal don't penetrate and GPS or assisted GPS are the primary ways to pinpoint your location. A good app will pinpoint your exact location and to remove any doubt, will also allow you to write down details such as the floor and park number and even a photo (which could include the rego of the vehicle next to you, in case they leave any scratches on your car.

 

So the point of this patent which Apple think will give them some exclusivity, is the relationship with the car. If they have a device of some sort in the car, probably something like passive RFID, then when you get close enough, the car can tell your phone where it is. Meanwhile when (it determines) you park your car, the application starts monitoring the inertia censors and 6-point electronic compass as you leave the vehicle, in order to bread crumb  your movement until you get to a point where the GPS can get your signal again.

 

I don't see how Apple will get a strong patent to monopolize this technology except that they are working with car manufacturers, so they can have exclusive relationships with certain brands. This means that locating your car if you own one of the those brands, will be easier if you have an iPhone. I would expect Google Samsung to be having similar discussions with Asian car manufacturers for Android phones.

 

Anyway, the crux of it is that if you have the right combination of mobile and car, you will be able to locate where you parked it, even if its underground or in a concrete tower. That will save millions of people a lot of grief in the coming years. Don't worry, if you don't have the right combination of car and mobile, there will be perfectly good aftermarket solutions available in your favorite electronics or car accessory store and online.

 

If they are smart, car insurance companies will include this functionality in their PAYD or safe driving app; and perhaps the odd smart airline will do the same for frequent flyers, including this functionality into their check in apps.

 

In the meantime, your mobile's app store already has many free and paid versions of find my car apps that work perfectly well as long as the mobile has access to GPS.

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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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Hackathon hatches cycling-safety startup Beacon - Sacramento Business Journal

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Beacon entered its most recent prototype into the New York-based ChallengePost online competition for traffic safety technology.
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This is a really good idea if it can be focused enough. There are a lot of roads in my area that I would consider too dangerous to ride bikes on. If you're not on a cycle path this box could b beeping non-stop. I'm interested to hear from people who have used it because I could imagine it going off non stop in some places.

 

The concept is great, but the risks remind me of Waze telling me there is congestion, simply because I am at a red light. It needs to be able to distinguish between normal and risk.

 

Having been a motorcyclist a long time ago, the greatest risk to me wasn't vehicles coming up too close behind me, it was people changing lanes into mine from the side, especially in situations where they didn't understand the implications, like a car that pushed me into rail lines that were parallel to mine. That cost me a clutch level and a couple of bruises.

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Bears to be tracked by GPS in Yosemite for first time - ABC30.com

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The San Francisco based-Yosemite Conservancy donated nearly $70,000 to outfit bears with GPS collars.
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I wondered if they had the complete solution with this one. I thought they had already done this, but maybe it was a different park.

 

So here's what's missing, unless they aren't telling the full story. First I want an app so that I know where the bears are. Having read so many stories about how many convicts on parole manage to go out and commit crimes while they are still wearing their GPS tags, doesn't fully inspire me with confidence, I want to know when to run. The other part could be to provide an app that tells the park service where the public are too, that way they could offer a variety of services:

1. Tell the public where the bears are.

2. Warn people through their mobiles or through wrist bands when bears are nearby

3. Locate people who are lost or disoriented

 

I'm sure you could come up with more ideas....

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The Traffic Lights of Tomorrow Will Actively Manage Congestion

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The humble traffic signal is gaining some new responsibilities.
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Excellent story and it is very exciting the direction that traffic management is taking. There is of course some optimism when it comes to V2V communications. There are not currently any international standards and in fact many of the systems currently going into new cars are only capable of communicating with other cars of the same brand.

 

When looking at the effect of these V2V systems, there is a critical mass required in order to have any effect and of course most people don't regularly buy new cars. Having said that, research by TomTom in the UK a few years ago suggested that if 5% of cars on a highway positively changed their behavior due to real time information, it could benefit as much as 15% of traffic, even if the latter don't have car navigation with real time traffic in them.

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Cut the cord: Four wireless options for turning your car into a tech-savvy cabin - New York Daily News

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New York Daily News Cut the cord: Four wireless options for turning your car into a tech-savvy cabin New York Daily News In other words, if you enjoy being able to search for subway directions with ease and speed, you'll love it when your car's...
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This isn't exactly a location based technology, although your car wasn't built to stay at home was it?

 

There are a few question s about things like wireless to me. If I put a Wireless hotspot into my car, who get's to pay the mobile account?

 

I'm big on wireless charging though. If there was one thing that would have got me to upgrade my iPhone 5S, it would have been factory inductive charging. As a power (no pun intended) user of my phone's GPS and Internet I carry cables to work and back. I want a mat at each end so that whenever I go out, my phone is fully charged.

 

I'd love the Caddie but it's a very expensive phone charger.

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North Attleboro residents concerned new flood maps could force costly ... - Attleboro Sun Chronicle

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North Attleboro residents concerned new flood maps could force costly ...
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The same thing is happening in Florida and other parts of the world and in some cases home owners are getting maps redrawn, having argued that they are not in flood risk areas. Councils in some cases are bending to the pressure from their rate payers who are concerned about increases in real estate insurance, decrease in property values and the properties being harder to sell.

 

Of course the other side of the argument is, what happens if the maps are changed and the houses then end up underwater? Do they blame the councils for getting it wrong?

 

This is a difficult situation that is being faced in coastal areas all over the world. Part of the problem is that when many subdivisions were approved years ago, climate change wasn't something people knew or thought about, definitely not from the perspective of the average person's lifespan. Tsunamis were the same, 20 years ago I couldn't have told you what a tsunami was. Now I'm hoping that my house which is in a once in 100 years risk zone, doesn't happen in my time. As far as I know it has never happened in my area. Of course you could argue that means it's due soon.

 

It does make me glad that I could never afford one of those awesome waterfront properties.....

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NASA Is Making a Traffic Control System for Drones - Gizmodo

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NASA is not down with drones flying around town all willy-nilly and potentially electrocuting North West.
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I've been hoping someone would do this. I had visions of drones crashing into each other, especially as they become more sophisticated. Another question is what happens around airports?

 

The concept of drones flying around without being regulated brings with it so many risks. Privacy is an interesting one. I can see many uses such as taking photos of real estate, traffic congestion, news, law enforcement, private investigation, insurance, government, military, agriculture, the opportunities are endless and each one has pros and cons.

 

This is going to be a difficult one to legislate, but very important.

 

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Are visitor centers passé? Haywood tourism authority mulls bang for the buck ... - Waynesville Smoky Mountain News

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Are visitor centers passé? Haywood tourism authority mulls bang for the buck ...
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Having had the pleasure of visiting a number of visitor centers such as on the Natchez Trace a couple of years ago, I found them first to be very busy (a good sign) second very helpful and interesting both for meeting staff, but also other visitors and what brought them into the area. Of course there is also accessibility to cold drinks on a hot day which is a health service:)

I am an active promoter of location based services on mobile devices and social media. I don't much like the State tourist guide books, although I have to admit that without them I wouldn't have known about the Trace or decided to drive and walk through it.

 

The other factor for them is the interaction with staff who are passionate and knowledgeable about the area's geography and history. Their ability to get an idea of what would be interesting to me, such as Indian trails, the Pharr mounds etc, where other people might have been more interested in a tobacco plantation or how they crossed the river in the Civil War.

 

Finally, the most important element that comes from Information Centers is Word of Mouth. The number of people I have shared information with who might go visit the Trace, because of the service and information I got from their information centers.

 

I have blogged on many occasions that US tourism, especially outside of major cities, still relies heavily on paper, which has its place, but wake up folks, it is very old school and most of us now have smartphones that know where they are. The technology IMHO is not yet ready to replace the human being at the Information Center. They are your face, the people who share the passion of the people who invested in the wonderful natural attractions so that tourists like me and people like your next door neighbor can enjoy your wonderful country.

 

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Farming theft on the rise, GPS led detectives to stolen farming equipment - KERO-TV 23

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With the help of technology hope is on the horizon for farmers.

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I like these stories. The FLIR sounds interesting, you expect heat sensing technology to be used by Police and emergency services, but haven't heard of it being used to find prowlers down on the farm before. I wonder how cost effective it is and what other things it could be used for?

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Vt. police: GPS leaves trucks stuck on notch road - WCAX

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"A very common thing we see is that truck drivers are simply following their GPS.
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There are no truck specific navigation systems and that isn't likely to be an option in these situations because even if there were, the drivers are just as likely to use the portable system of their choice.

 

However, if this sort of problem happens frequently, there is capability  in GPS based Fleet Management systems. This technology that uses GPS to identify the location of vehicles, safety performance elements such as harsh braking and acceleration are becoming more popular. These systems are becoming more popular for functionality such as road tolling and information related to Pay As You Drive insurance. They are are also used to maintain elements of safety and efficiency such as brakes and engine heat, temperature of refrigerated trailers.

 

Some of these systems have the ability to alert drivers to potential obstacles such as bridges that have weight restrictions and tunnels or overpasses with height restrictions. I wonder if the road authorities are working with the Fleet Management system providers rather than the car navigation companies. Fleet Management systems have the ability to block off areas of land such as unsuitable routes, such that drivers would receive a warning if they cross boundaries into those areas.

 

Of course there will also be situations where there are temporary problems and the bottom line is drivers need to pay attention to road signs. I fully agree with this story that if there are locations where signs are required, place them 50 miles back where there are detours. Once people are committed to a route they are more likely to take risks rather than have to turn back, especially if the signs don't clearly articulate the risk. Maybe an image of a stuck truck with the associated recovery costs and time would help, it would pay for itself in no time.

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