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Everett man accused of robbing delivery drivers tracked down with cellphone GPS - Boston.com

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Everett man accused of robbing delivery drivers tracked down with cellphone GPSBoston.comBy Amanda Cedrone, Globe Correspondent An Everett man pleaded not guilty to armed robbery yesterday after being accused of stealing a delivery driver's GPS-enabled...
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Anger over apps which allow users to spy on partners' mobiles and computers - Daily Mail

Anger over apps which allow users to spy on partners' mobiles and computers - Daily Mail | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it

ItSpyware software, bought online for as little as £30 and installed in just five minutes can turn an ordinary smartphone into a powerful surveillance platform allowing abusers to monitor their partner in real-time.

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It's not surprising that these apps are turning up, but what is surprising is that if it is illegal to sell them, how is it that they can advertise and promote their products through some of the biggest media and online publishers.

 

The video implies that you can't find out if your phone has been bugged with this or one of the similar apps, it sounds like whilst it isn't easy, it is possible and there are a number of websites like http://blog.flexispy.com/flexispy-vs-stealthgenie-one-100-undetectable/ that show what to do of you think someone might be monitoring your mobile.

 

Apparently in many countries it is not illegal to sell these products, with the disclaimer that using them might be. As far as use is concerned, in most countries it is only legal to use the software if the person being monitored is aware and approves it. For example this would be a great solution for field service people, for example people in health or security who care for or visit people in their homes, for example a case worker or a mental health nurse. It would be a good option for people who have children who suffer from conditions where they may become disoriented, conditions such as diabetes for example. This article provides more information that may be helpful http://resources.infosecinstitute.com/mobile-phone-spying-software-legality-symptoms-and-removal/.

 

Spy software, bugs and similar solutions have been around for years, but being able to access the ubiquitous device that everyone carries around on them is a big worry, especially when it comes to stalkers, spousal abuse and employer invasions of privacy.

 

Many years ago I helped establish a field sales automation solution. The client wanted it hooked up to a fleet management system, specifically because he didn't trust his staff to be where they should be, i.e. he wanted to spy on them. In that scenario it wasn't illegal because his staff understood that the Fleet Management system was GPS tracking. He explained that the reason he wanted the system was to be able to identify the nearest sales person in the field when they got new customer inquiries. 

 

It is illegal to track your staff, f they don't know you are doing it.

 

In actual fact people tracking other people happens all the time. People check into locations with Facebook and other social media applications, they post photos and share all sorts of location based information. I've seen lots of examples where people think they are sharing information privately, but the people they are sharing with may not be using privacy settings.

 

If you want to enjoy today's social media applications, then you are pretty much giving up on privacy and that's fine. Just understand that the point of social media is social. The point is that you choose to share that information, you understand that other people, strangers, will be able to access it without you knowing.

 

In the case of software that is installed on your mobile, tablet or computer without your knowledge, that is insidious in my opinion and needs to be stomped on. The problem is being able to prove it and prove who did it. It is unlikely that most Police organizations would know how to detect it or have the resources to deal with it, therefore they have to attack the source.

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Santee: Beware of GPS Enabled Mobile Apps - Patch.com

Santee: Beware of GPS Enabled Mobile Apps - Patch.com | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Many consumers are unaware that their location may be accessible even when the particular app is not in use.
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If you read my blogs, you probably know all this, but it is great (which is why I moderated this story, that a Police Department is sharing information about how to protect your data privacy.

 

On the other hand there are countless stories, pretty much every day of the week, of people who recover their stolen cars because they had a GPS tracking device, or left their GPS enabled smartphone in the car and had Track My iPhone or similar software on it.

 

Sometime people are able to track their stolen devices because of automatic settings that save photos taken on them, onto the cloud. There are definitely pros and cons to location based settings:)

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GPS ankle bracelets used to track immigrants caught at border - CBS News

GPS ankle bracelets used to track immigrants caught at border - CBS News | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Immigrants caught crossing border illegally in Texas' Rio Grande Valley given the devices after being released from custody
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It's another interesting use of GPS ankle bracelets. I don't know the politics as to whether these people end up with rights to stay in the country, but if they have means of support that's great. But if they are illegal immigrants awaiting cases that may go for years before the get to caught and I assume they can't legally work, how are they supported.

 

With many examples of the anklets not being  monitored very well and the consequences of that,  chances are that before long we do end up going to putting chips into people's bodies that include GPS and transmission capability. They would be less tamper-proof. I guess the main issue is power for comms.

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Driver Survives After GPS Leads Him In Front Of Speeding Caltrain In Atherton - CBS Local

Driver Survives After GPS Leads Him In Front Of Speeding Caltrain In Atherton - CBS Local | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
The driver of the Toyota Prius had mistakenly made a turn onto the tracks on the direction of his GPS unit.
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Here we go again, the GPS made me do it. So it was raining and the intersection crossing the railway track is sort of an S and a bit complicated. Isn't that even more reason to be focusing on what you see on the windscreen rather than on the road outside.

 

Folks before you go on holiday, or drive on roads you are not familiar with, read the start up screen on your nav system. It will tell you something along the lines of it is a guide, but focus on what you see on the road. If you are new to GPS or the particular brand or model of GPS Nav you are using, get familiar with how it works. It will usually say something like turn left in 100 yards. If there are multiple streets it will highlight the one it means.

 

Make sure your maps are up to date, many manufacturers update monthly or quarterly. Some of the latest TomTom units update daily if you want to take advantage of that.

 

Quality varies depending on the brand of the nav unit and the source of their map data. Ask around and read reviews to see who has the best data for the area you want to go to. One very important thing is the difference between car navigation and simply map apps that provide directions. If you want a systems that tells you the local speed zones, one way streets and other important features, I recommend that you have either a branded app or nav device, don't rely on your mobile phone's map app, which is fine for walking and possibly catching public transport. It's about the right tool for the job.

 

The bottom line is that when you are tired or stressed out, for example when weather conditions are bad, don't rely on the nav, use it as a guide and rely on what you see through your windscreen. If it looks like a water reservoir or a lake, or the sea (I'm serious, people have blamed their satnavs for all of these) or a river, or a railway track, it probably is. If the sign says it is a one-way street do not enter and the nav says go straight through, do what the sign says, it could be a mistake in the GPS map, but it could also be a detour because of road maintenance or an accident.

 

Use your common sense.

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What you need to know about location-based mobile marketing

What you need to know about location-based mobile marketing | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Ever since smartphone makers began incorporating GPS receivers into their handsets, marketers have dreamed about making use of the technology.
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I don't want to be critical at this time of the year, but this seems to me to be a case of the journo being given half the story, or this isn't what you need to know about location based mobile marketing in order to be massively successful at it.

 

I have spent half my life waiting for businesses to catch up with the key ingredients to transition from the obvious technical elements of location based marketing to an environment that has people saying I LOVE THIS and WHAT TOOK YOU SO LONG?

 

I wrote my first business model for this with the NZ Automobile Association several years ago when we were still using Windows Phone devices like my awesome iPAQ. It was a complete model for a successful location based tourism business which I have no doubt would be extremely successful right now. It combined harvesting excess inventory with knowledge about people who were close to the locations and were open to buy the services.

 

None of the solutions I have seen to date have dealt with certain key fatal flaws and I'm not going to divulge them all here, because they have value to me should I ever decide to set up my own business or help another business achieve it. All I can say is that it is not about using traditional models of business.

 

As a past ambassador for Foursquare I quickly saw the potential and could have had a huge business going with their solutions, but again they clung to policies that slowed their growth outside of large cities where you had massive populations that provided just enough business to make it look good, but even there they failed to achieve their promise.

 

Don't get me wrong, in 10 years time we will be doing location based marketing in a big way. I just have a habit of being ahead of my time. The thing is that if we don't, then within 10-20 years, conventional retail other than C-Stores and other essential service providers like hospitality, food and health will shrink to the point that many huge names in retail will go broke. They won't even know why. They will blame the Internet instead of realizing that the problem was that they focused purely on stock-turn, aisle ends, product positioning and even skimped on quality staff.

 

If you are in retail and want to do well, start thinking outside of the square. Location based marketing is a great option for you, but it isn't just about GPS or proximity based marketing. The best tools in the world don't make you a good engineer, the best products in your shop won't keep you in business if you rely on foot traffic and if people aren't much into going shopping any more and can get products cheaper and easier online, then you are going to have to do something different.

 

I know of a lot of businesses that have gone under, or shrunk, claiming conditions outside of their control caused their ultimate demise.  I know,  I have worked for companies who thought they knew it better, the answers were all in the spreadsheets. Some of them no longer exist, some have shrunk by 80% or more and are hanging tenaciously to their aged stock reports. When they go under, they will be enduring a self fulfilling prophecy. Such a shame because I know many of those businesses don't need to go under.

 

They need managers or consultants with imagination who understand the new technologies and how to harness them to change their business models and reinvigorate their businesses as vibrant entities. The ones that do get it, and it can work in virtually any retail environment will thrive, the others with their staid old board members will scratch their heads and say they were always going to fail and unfortunately with that mindset, no amount of GPS Smartphone carrying, open to buy shoppers will save them.

 

What frustrates me so much is that it doesn't have to be that way.

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See inside NYC holiday windows with Google Maps - New York Daily News

See inside NYC holiday windows with Google Maps - New York Daily News | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
See inside Macy's, Bloomingdale's and other holiday window displays with Google Maps.
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So here's a glimpse of the future. Imagine if street view was able to be updated whenever there were new images to share? Imagine a world where each Google smartphone had a piece of software like Panoramio whereby each image of sufficient quality could identify where it is in location, could be picked up by Google and stitched into street view, updating that piece of the map puzzle.

 

If someone at Google isn't already working on a project to create exactly that I'll cut my hair off, seeing as I don't have a hat to eat.

 

Given that Google owns the operating system for a very large percentage of all phones and has software on most of the remainder, it would be very easy to do. Obviously they would have to deal with processing the data, but imagine (totally assuming they also have privacy covered) being able to see the cherry blossoms in Tokyo, the tulips in Holland, a line up for the Rolling Stones Concert in Madison Square Gardens and the latest Christmas light show on Fremont Street in Vegas.

 

Instead of looking at a Street-view map that's 2 years out of date, you could have one where parts of it are current at any given time. Google could then create location based games which would give people missions which involved taking pictures to fill in the gaps that haven't been recently updated.

 

All this needs now is for Google to acknowledge that they are either doing it, or that I gave them the idea, they could maybe offer me the job of setting this up globally, that could be fun, or at least a set of Google Glasses and the latest Smartphone to tether it to and I could be one of the first of the new wave of people helping to build this new copy of reality. I would start with some local Christmas highlights like Auckland's tree decorated with hundreds of bicycles, or some of the amazing New Zealand streets where every house in the street is lit up for Christmas, with amazing displays of yuletide.

 

Did you read it here first? How long do you think it will be before this crowd-sourced idea takes off? 

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Putting the User in the Driver's Seat of the Connected Car - Wired

Putting the User in the Driver's Seat of the Connected Car - Wired | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
The auto industry is racing to deliver on a grand vision for developing the “Connected Car” in which location technologies are integrated with relevant content to deliver a uniquely personalized online driving experience designed for those behind...
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This is a very well thought out and written article. If you are interested in the direction of the Connected Car, I recommend having a read.

 

A couple of very important points for me. One is that Google, whilst it has some very clever technology, is not (yet at least) capable of delivering true car navigation. It doesn't have the detail or the functionality, although it is fantastic from the perspective of a location based system.

 

A key issue is access to connectivity. Yesterday I was looking for evidence of a car crash that had been reported in New Zealand and  wanted to see a congestion map to see the impact of a closed national highway. Looking at the map it was clear that cellular coverage was week (or at least from Android mobiles, because it didn't show anything in the area of the crash, where I expected to see evidence of slow or stationery vehicles. I can only assume that mobile coverage was the problem.

 

Connected cars won't be very connected if they can't talk to a cell tower, unless manufacturers also look at mesh networks, but as far as I know most of the effort in that space is for late model cars of one brand e.g. Volvo to talk to each other. Not many people buy late model Volvo's in New Zealand.

 

There was also mention of car manufacturers who tie in to certain technologies, like the Volkswagen that had an iPhone cradle built in. Interesting move. Another very key fact is that many car manufacturers that put OEM car nav systems into their cars invest in the system and the initial map (typically one free update within a month of buying the car, but not ongoing) or they put in the map, but not the real time traffic solutions, which are equally important and available today. I do appreciate that the build design and OEM parts and partners are decided a couple of years before the first of a model is built. That means that smart ITS tech companies need to be involved in the car design much earlier. That means more car manufacturers need to consider mobile and ITS as part of their strategy, today is the information age. Safety is critical but location based computing will sell tomorrow's cars.

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Maps: The countries that have been hardest hit by extreme weather - Washington Post (blog)

Maps: The countries that have been hardest hit by extreme weather - Washington Post (blog) | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Low- or lower-middle income developing countries are affected most.
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I've read and written quite a lot about climate change and there are many who say it is not true, that climates are cyclic (yes they do have patterns) and it's all just scaremongering. So tell me a month in recent years that hasn't produced a record of some climate related kind. It might be hottest, coldest (I did say climate change), wettest, stormiest, windiest etc.

 

I've also written about climate refugees coming to New Zealand http://thefuturediaries.com/2014/11/21/the-climate-change-refugees-are-coming-to-new-zealand/ from the future, but if I read this graph it would suggest parts of New Zealand are also at risk.

 

Would I come back to or stay in New Zealand, yes definitely, not just because it has plenty of good drinking water and isn't subject to the same extremes as places like Asia, USA, Europe, the Pacific Islands and even some places in Australia, but also because we are a very tolerant multicultural society. Sure we have our rednecks, crime and other problems, but they are minor and rare in comparison to many 1st World countries. When a criminal escapes custody in New Zealand, the whole country knows who they were and what their circumstances were. Would that be the case in California?

 

Climate change is happening and it will bring good and bad. We will have more subtropical storms in New Zealand and  climate will force agriculture to rethink the best places to farm and what products are best suited to certain locations. We will be able to grow crops that we haven't been able to grow here before, it brings new opportunities. We have issues with Ozone holes, but I've never seen acid rain, or huge forest fires, or heard people complain about having to drink recycled storm-water and having to buy bottled water. We have plenty of fresh water and natural energy resources.I wouldn't buy a house at sea level on the beach unless I had a great insurance company and a back up plan, or was rich, I'm happy being 10 minutes walk from the beach.

 

This map should be compulsory viewing for people around the world. It should be used by teachers in schools to understand why countries rate differently to others, to explore ways of improving their conditions, or at least be prepared for what is to come.

 

So has anything changed in your area? Have you had recent climate/weather extremes? Do you ever wonder about the fact that every few weeks there is a storm, or a drought or giant hail or extra high rainfall, tornadoes where they aren't known, conditions that are the worst they have been in 100 years? Just watch how often those extremes are reported. It's more prevalent than you might have thought and it is not getting better. Many scientists and world health and safety authorities are suggesting that we have brought the world past it's tipping point and yet there still seems to be a political desire to not to much about it.

 

A good starting point is interactive maps like this to increase awareness and to just be aware of what is going on, at least in your neck of the woods. What will today bring? What's happening in the Philippines this weekend for starters. But also just watch in your neighborhood, your country and your neighboring countries. Not scouring the media looking for extremes, just look at every day occurrences and  think whether that is the same as it was 30 years ago. Think about what it might be like in 20 years time. Don't care? Do you have children or maybe grandchildren? What is in store for them and did we have a part to play in creating that and can we have a part in reducing the impact, even if we are past a tipping point.

 

I loved the recent comments by Stephen Hawking last week, which echo what I have been saying for years. If we had artificial intelligence perfected, the Hal 9000 scenario would make a lot of sense, This planet's chances of survival in supporting life other than cockroaches, scorpions and other species that can apparently survive almost anything, would be much improved if humans were no longer around.

 

I'm getting off my Sunday Soapbox now. I kind of like being human, I like living and I love experiencing new things. I also accept a responsibility that I share with all of you that in order for my descendants to have a safe environment to live in for the foreseeable future something has to change and it starts with each individual human being. It starts with acknowledgement that we have problems. 

 

What little thing could you do today? Pick up some rubbish, recycle some plastic, teach your kids about climate change. Plant something in your garden. Find out more about what's happening in your part of the world. You are the problem and you are the system. If it's to be, it's up to me.....

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'Google Maps' for drug dealers launches online - showing nearest cannabis sellers - Mirror.co.uk

'Google Maps' for drug dealers launches online - showing nearest cannabis sellers - Mirror.co.uk | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
New 'deep web' site Map Dealers means that cannabis users can search a map for their closest dealer
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When I first saw this headline, I thought Colorado or other places where cannabis is legal, but this seems to be a lot more blatant than that.

 

I can't see why law enforcement agencies would have a problem with this. It would seem that on one side it is a shopping list for people who want to buy drugs, on the other side it is a shopping  list for people who want to bust them. Sounds like bag half full for both of them:)

 

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Mobile apps mesh public safety and civic engagement - Statesman Journal

Mobile apps mesh public safety and civic engagement - Statesman Journal | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Mobile apps mesh public safety and civic engagement
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5 really interesting apps described here give a great example of location based apps that are low cost and can save lives. Need someone with CPR skills while you're waiting for the EMS to arrive? Want to know where crimes are bring committed? Crowd sourcing is a low cost and powerful way of engaging communities and the success stories are starting to come in.

 

Check out this great story and see what's around. There is bound to be an app or an idea here for you to pursue.

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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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Emergency Calls: Teens tracked by GPS in stolen car - Mansfield News Journal

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Emergency Calls: Teens tracked by GPS in stolen car
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Police tracked the location of the moving vehicle using a GPS device kept in the car.
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This wasn't much of a story to me in that I read stories like this every day, (including the part where the thief is almost always caught with either other stolen goods or illegal drugs0 but then I remembered that I am not you and we might not take the same stories for granted.

 

The days when stealing a car is easy pickings are disappearing. If you have a car that is worth not losing, i.e. you value it more than the insurance money and inconvenience, put GPS in it. There are loads of low cost solutions. Some people are even just hiding old smartphones with prepay SIMs wired into the car so they are always fully charged as a very low cost tracking tool. I love how Police watched this thief drive the car, get stopped at red lights that Police pre-arranged and then watched him hop into the back seat to make out that he hadn't been the one driving.

 

You know, if you have nothing to hide, you should be welcoming all the web cams out there. They save lives and catch crooks. If you are a crook, keep committing crimes where we can track you and Police and find you, it saves the tax payer loads of money. Or go get a job. It pays better and you don't have to look over your shoulder.

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Trash haulers in Ulster County could be subject to GPS tracking by Resource ... - The Daily Freeman

Trash haulers in Ulster County could be subject to GPS tracking by Resource ... - The Daily Freeman | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
TOWN OF ULSTER >> The Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency is considering the purchase of software needed to track trash haulers who are in apparent violation of the county’s flow-control law.
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Get used to it. Tracking commercial vehicles is going to be more prevalent and whether they are going to the right places at the right time is part of the deal.

 

I was involved in a large national field service company. They wanted to rationalize that the amount of time the staff were contracted on site to perform a service was the same amount of time as agreed by the sales person and the client. One of their divisions was cleaning bathrooms and pest control. In some cases they found that work was taking longer and the following year they would increase the price, in other cases they were over charging and were able to go to the client and offer them the same service at a reduced price, which won them a loyal following. In fact they could have used it as a marketing ploy to show off their integrity.

 

Any whilst we're talking about GPS tracked vehicles, this company actually had a high sense of ethics and were very clear that they did not want to be big brother, they just wanted to be best of breed in their industry segment, They went further than this and used technology to include route optimization, working out which vehicles in which order, to reduce travel times and distance and provided car navigation to their vehicles so staff (often new migrants) wouldn't get lost.

 

They lost a very small number of people, whose lifestyle included spending a lot of time using their company vehicle for non company activities both during the working day and after hours. These were also the people who reported that their GPS systems weren't working, got sent direct to auto--electricians (not knowing that the systems had tamper alarms) and t transpired that the GPS antennas were encased in tin foil (effectively blocking the tracking signal). They typically changed their habits or resigned because they didn't want to lose their lifestyle, or have to work as hard as their colleagues.

 

The end result of this system was such that productivity and profit increased, most staff were much happier and their customers were provided with a dramatically improved quality service.

 

Staff who did a good job found promotion career opportunities and the company did so well that they ended up taking over several of their competitors who did not adopt the new technology. There are many significant benefits of GPS Fleet Management and when its about fairness for staff and customers as in this example, it is a win win.

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Location services: How GPS delivery is changing shopping - BBC News

Location services: How GPS delivery is changing shopping - BBC News | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
How do you guarantee fast, accurate and reliable deliveries - whether it's pizza or a Christmas gift? Use your smartphone and GPS technology.
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This is so true and will represent some interesting new business models. I came up with a concept a couple of years ago using GPS and Augmented Reality for deliveries of services. I called it Pizza on the Beach. The idea was that rather than just deliver the product to someone's home, why not deliver it anywhere.

 

Just in the same way that Uber allows you to see where your ride is on the map, if a delivery person was paid electronically in advance reducing risks of not getting paid and of being a potential target, they can deliver anywhere at all, right to your favorite spot on the beach (I'm in New Zealand on a beautiful summer's morning, where my local beach had about 30,000 people on it yesterday).

 

Using Augmented Reality on a mobile, the delivery person can point their phone (or use AR / Google Glasses) in the direction of the customer's mobile phone and see exactly here the customer is, even on the beach or any other busy public space.

 

Looking for a new business model? There must be countless opportunities for delivery based business models. Very low overheads and minimal risk.

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App Shopper: Tel Aviv Travel Guide - Augmented Reality with Street and Transport Map 100% Offline - Tourist Advisor for your trip to the city (Travel)

App Shopper: Tel Aviv Travel Guide - Augmented Reality with Street and Transport Map 100% Offline - Tourist Advisor for your trip to the city (Travel) | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Mac Apps, Mac App Store, iPad, iPhone and iPod touch app store listings, news, and price drops
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If you know me, you know I'm into AR and I'm always looking for ways to use it in mobile apps. I haven't tried this app yet and probably won't because while I would love to, I'm not likely to be heading to Tel Aviv any time soon. Before you stop and say I'm not going there either, the company that made this app has similar apps for many parts of the world. I'm heading for Amsterdam amongst other places next year and at the bottom of the link, you will find it on the top of the list of other places they have applied this technology.

 

However I love this app and the thoughtfulness that has gone into it. I've played around with Augmented Reality apps for a few years now, ever since I first tried out a Google One phone. Point your mobile in any direction and you will be able to see what businesses, retailers, tourist attractions are in that direction.

 

As well as tourist itineraries, information about public transport and much more it also includes offline maps, so if you arrive somewhere, like I did in New Orleans a couple of years ago and don't have a Sim Card for that phone yet, you already have some maps that you can download at home or somewhere that you can get WiFi so you are not already isolated.

 

Of course your mobile comes with map apps. They are great for finding your way from A to B, but if you are a tourist and want to see the highlights of a city, then a dedicated app that can help you highlight the things you want to do and see and find your way around is what you need.

 

It's just a shame that large states and provinces still seem to be focused on guide books. Loads of wonderful tourist attractions are missing out because their region doesn't have an app. Why can cities do it when regions can't? Because its easy to sell advertising and they target different markets.

 

Anyway, enough of the soap box. When I head to Europe, I will be trying out one of these apps and reviewing it on my blog. Why not try one too? At the very least you will have fun with the AR which makes it all so much more intuitive for directionally challenged people who struggle to turn a map the right way. You know who you are:)

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Don't Text and Drive—Especially If You're Old

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A new study shows that texting while driving becomes even more dangerous with age.
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On the way home this evening, I watched a few people txting and driving, no biggie, it was on the motorway, so not many corners. Yes I'm being sarcastic. Only two weeks ago I watched video of a car that crashed straight into the back of a stationary vehicle parked on the 'safety strip', no hint of braking involved.

 

So what does this story tell us? Older people don't multitask as well as younger people, No surprises there. However here's the thing. Young people who have good fast reflexes, obviously trying really hard on the simulator still crossed the centreline 25% of the time, when txting while driving.

 

Have a little think about that. How many reasonably sharp corners do you drive around every day when you are dropping off the kids, going to work or doing what you usually do. Now imagine if a mentally agile young driver crosses into your lane while they are on the phone. Let's say only 1 in a hundred are txting, but they cross the centreline 1 in 4 times while they are doing it. 

 

What do you think the odds are of you or someone you know being the victim of someone who thinks they are OK, a good driver, momentarily distracted, taking a chance to look away from the road, just for a few moments? Not much?

 

Here's a statistic for you from 2012 in the USA. In 2012 an estimated 421,000 people suffered injuries due to crashes involving a distracted driver. That's not the number of crashes, but the number of people who were injured where the injuries were reported. 3,328 people died. Last year (2013) over 153 Billion txt messages were being sent a month in the USA.

 

Oh and by the way, for the self congratulatory young people reading this message and being pleased that they are so much less likely to crash while txting, 10% of all drivers under 20 years of age who died, were reported as having been distracted at the time.

 

If it's that important, why not pull over to the side of the road (not the motorway) and do it safely? I wish you a very merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year.

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Traffic jam on toast ... it's the Christmas clog in Sydney - The Daily Telegraph

Traffic jam on toast ... it's the Christmas clog in Sydney - The Daily Telegraph | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
ABANDON hope, all ye festive holiday-makers, the Christmas traffic chaos begins now.
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Looks like a lot of the Sydney population go on holiday early. I've been doing a fair bit of research on this problem lately about New Zealand roads. The NZ Transport Agency has also been doing a lot of work on identifying peak times and on Monday, they will have Infographics on their Current Highway Conditions website http://www.nzta.govt.nz/traffic/current-conditions/index.html, which will allow people to identify the dates and times that they should travel based on peak vehicle numbers and the capacity of the most popular routes to take them.

 

A really interesting factoid is that in Christchurch on Christmas Day 2500 cars cross the Waimakariri bridge between 11AM and 12PM. It's not a problem, that is within capacity for the State Highway, its just a unique condition where the Christmas Dinner (lunch) is part of the Kiwi traditional way of life.

 

Another interesting fact from research suggests that despite the severe congestion 40% of motorists never check real time travel information before they leave. On the other hand, 60% say that if they had travel information they would change their travel plans, such as delaying their journey or taking a different route, such as one of the suggestions in this article.

 

There are of course loads of ways you can get travel information, the question is more about whether you look for it or are confronted by it, before it is too late.

 

Do you look for travel information before you go, or do you just go sit in the holiday parking lot and complain that someone should do something about it?

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Man runs miles to spell out marriage proposal with smartphone GPS tracker - Mirror.co.uk

Man runs miles to spell out marriage proposal with smartphone GPS tracker - Mirror.co.uk | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
A runner has proposed to his girlfriend of two years by running miles to spell out the big question on his phone's GPS
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There's a trend happening here of people using GPS to map out words, and particularly marriage proposals. There was recently on a story where a man went all over Japan for a year using GPS to track words on a map.

 

This is very cool and potentially a great way to get people exercising. I have been trying for years now to get Map My Run to consider a feature whereby you can see everywhere you have been on a map, without success. My concept is I want to see where I have been before and the goal is to cover all roads, i.e. go places I haven't been before. They said about 4 years ago that they would add it to the design mix, but maybe I'm the only person that has been asking for it. Maybe soon I'll be able to do that on Google Maps and won't need Map My Run any more. My phone seems to have a pretty good idea of where I am and where I'm going.

 

This would be another way that people could create GPS art, like this, but you can see my point which is the weakness on many of these apps, not just Map My Run. This guy has had to do one word per route and bring up four separate screens to share his message.

 

It's cool, but it feels very much like a Palm Pilot when it should be a Galaxy 5 or iPhone 6. Don't get me wrong I loved my Palm devices so much I kept them.

 

I have to laugh about the new phone with a stylus, representing it as a modern innovation.

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Internet of Things will change everything - Mobile Industry Review

Internet of Things will change everything - Mobile Industry Review | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
The Internet of Things will have a profound impact on the way we communicate and live our everyday lives. But just what is it and what can it do for us?

Via Don Dea
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The Internet of Things or IoT has been around for a while. If you control anything from your mobile for example, you are already using it. It might be remote controlling your TV, using a Fitbit, connecting to a GoPro. These are everyday things today and we don't think of them as IoT, we just use them.

 

One of the things that I liked in the story was intelligent furniture. I get frustrated when I watch Science Fiction TV shows that are supposed to be in the future and they are still using the equivalent of today's iPhones. In 20 years time that type of communication will seem as outdated as the bricks we used to use.

 

What do you have in your home today that's connected? Garage door? Printer? Notebooks, Mobiles, Tablets, TV, alarm clocks, fitbit, Go Pro? I'll bet you have a few even though you don't think of them as IoT. I'm about to buy Bluetooth shower speakers for $20. You wouldn't even think of that as being anything sophisticated any more right?

 

Think about basic entertainment. I put my iPhone into my home theatre and control Spotify from my iPad. Not only do I get the music I want, the latest tracks on The Billboard Top 100 but my phone is also charging at the same time.

 

Buying any Bluetooth or WiFi devices for Christmas? If the answer is yes, then you are buying into the IoT. The cool thing today is that we are just doing it, its not about the acronyms or jargon, its just how we live today.

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Be-Bound®'s curator insight, December 5, 10:13 AM

The IoT will completely change the way we do things ! It's a major change in paradigm and this article prooves it we numerous examples !

John Presutti's curator insight, December 14, 9:13 AM
  • GE estimates that the “Industrial Internet” will add $10-$15 trillion to worldwide GDP by 2035
  • Cisco says the “Internet of Everything” may add $19 trillion in economic value by 2022
Jean-Christophe Gilquin's curator insight, December 15, 6:24 AM

L'internet des objets va profondément changer nos modes de vies et notre manière de communiquer.

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Snoop Dogg: the GPS industry's secret weapon against Google

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You know what TomTom has that Google Maps Navigation doesn't? Snoop. D. O. Double G. Voice Skins, the same company that brought Homer Simpson to the world
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I have to say that the novelty wears off after a while, nevertheless voice skins on your nav have proven to be a huge success for TomTom. It is very smart marketing and a way of renewing your nav over and over again. I spend a lot of time looking at changing markets and how classic business models need to keep reinventing themselves. TomTom is a really good example of a business that keeps doing that.

 

I remember people saying the market would be saturated 5 years ago, but people are still buying nav units because they are still the best at what they do. That should get a few people going. I'm looking forward to your comments.

 

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LexisNexis Study: Fleet Managers Want Telematics to Cut Insurance Costs - ForConstructionPros.com

LexisNexis Study: Fleet Managers Want Telematics to Cut Insurance Costs - ForConstructionPros.com | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Despite low awareness of usage-based insurance facilitated by telematics, 27% of commercial fleet managers who know about the programs buy them
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I've been advocating this for years. There are many reasons for the use of fleet management and standard reporting features (some with driver alerts) including harsh breaking, harsh cornering, speeding, length of time between breaks, load weight have been reported to drivers, safety officers and company management for years.

 

I've said for a long time that there is a multiple value proposition for insurance companies that can provide major benefits.

 

Insurance companies are companies are all about risk. When it comes to freight the risk is very high. It is not just about the truck, the driver and the contents, it is about consequences. It might be damage to the roading infrastructure, it might be hazardous chemicals that can damage the environment and of course there are third parties.

 

Just yesterday we had a fatal accident in New Zealand between a van and a tanker truck. 2 people died and 7 were injured. When there are incidents like this, it is much easier to unravel some of the details of what happened. How fast was the truck going (including vs the speed limit), when did they first apply the brakes and how did the electronic baffles in the tanker holds deploy. Were airbags activated and did they deploy. There is so much data available in fleet management systems today, it's the road equivalent of a black box in a plane.

 

Drivers can be assessed individually and trained based on daily and weekly reports and companies can also be assessed on their commitment to improvement and of course green driving, harsh acceleration for example often results in that horrible black soot that fills the atmosphere.

 

Companies can then be offered reduced rates based on their reports and rewarded for sharing full results of their fleet management reports.

 

Of course these reports include location based data. This means that insurance companies not only have risk profiles on drivers and companies, but also on locations. They can identify which routes have higher risk than others and report that back to their customers.

 

Insurance companies have a great opportunity to participate in the training of road users and to reward those drivers and companies who drive more safely than others (including when the driver or vehicle in an accident situation was not at fault). By reinforcing the statistics and information back to their clients, they have the ability to make our roads much safer for everyone.

 

The focus would be on positive reinforcement and training and of course there are a world of side benefits. Greener driving helps our environment, fewer accidents means less injuries and deaths, improved economies where just in time business models can rely on their deliveries; and reduced congestion caused by road and lane closures due to accidents and incidents.

 

I haven't even touched on the other industries mentioned in this report, like family vehicles, teenage drivers etc. I believe they will be served by other solutions, more likely low cost mobile apps, but the major benefits for insurance companies are in the freight industry because when things go wrong and trucks are involved, the subsequent financial and human costs tend to be far greater.

 

The point of the story is that these technologies are not just hardware and telemetry that goes into vehicles, its how it is used to encourage better and more consistent behavior.

 

Bottom line, this technology will save lives and reduce costs.

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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.
Luigi Cappel's insight:

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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