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Location is Everywhere, How is it Changing our Lives? It affects everything in our daily lives. How do we manage it to live, work and play smarter?
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Cars Are Not Driving Away Any Time Soon

Cars Are Not Driving Away Any Time Soon | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
I've been reading a book called 'Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do' by Tom Vanderbilt, which resonates very well with me. Now I'm no petrol head, but I still like driving my car and it is still m...
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It only takes a little pain to have people hop in their cars. A wet day, having to stand on a bus, or having to stand on the side of the road and watch the bus go by. Driving is part of our culture. We are how we move. Even in cities where driving is impractical, like Tokyo, I have friends who still own a car, almost a status symbol because of the costs of even parking your car. They go driving in the weekend and enjoy the countryside.

The most popular and profitable radio time, even today when so many people are connected to their smartphones for entertainment, is drive-time. Of course this is also when we get our critical traffic reports.

We don't even want to get out of our cars. An estimated 22% of ALL restaurant meals in America are ordered through the window of a car.

I really like the footer, that a pedestrian is someone who has just parked their car.

Just last night I was reading in the news that sales of new passenger cars in New Zealand have gone up in the first months of this year by 3.6% breaking a 26 year record. Sales of commercial vehicles for the first four months in this country are up 14% on the same period last year.

Still think more people are ditching their cars?

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News VietNamNet

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There have been some really interesting developments lately that  demonstrate the difficulty for Governments to protect their people and in some cases their economies due to wild cards that are thrown in from left field.

One of these is Pokemon Go which has resulted in many injury accidents and many near misses. It would be very interesting to look at the number of insurance claims resultant from people playing the game, cars driving off cliffs, slowing down and causing accidents on freeways, or simply pedestrians walking directly into the path of traffic.

Games like Pokemon were always going to happen. AR and VR are the new wave, predicted by Gartner et al for 15 years or so. It should not be a surprise to anyone. The difference is that we have gone from geeky Ingress to something ever age group can comprehend and want to play. Banning it will achieve nothing, but all these specialist consultants who go to ICT conferences should have been advising their clients 5 years ago about the risks. It's a little late now. Why?

Remember when the first 1-day deals site popped up on the Internet and disrupted the distressed inventory industry which used to be managed by low cost emporiums, such as Ray Mills 'Goldmine' in Auckland. Within 12 months in Auckland I counted over 70 lookalike daily deal companies doing the same thing. I know many developers who set them up as 'easy money'.

Tell me if you are not getting emails from at least one of them? ? Tell me you have never bought anything from them.

We have reached a tipping point. I've been involved in location based games for almost 10 years which seems to be about the time it takes for these concepts to cross the chasm from early adopters to mass adopters. That being the case, before too long we will be bombarded by lookalike games, not only that, lots of them won't be played by holding your phone as you walk around, they will be played through VR and AR headsets, glasses an other devices, removing people yet another step from the reality around them and unlike Google Glasses, these devices are available for $20; but for now just imagine in a year's time when you will have a choice of dozens of similar, compelling games.

I did want to talk about Uber, but I've run out of time.  The gist is that in Melbourne they think it is unfair that a new business can take money from the mouths of the children of their taxi drivers, so they are considering a levy of $1 per Uber trip to be paid to taxis, so that they can invest in similar technologies. Surely if they had invested in similar technologies themselves, Uber wouldn't have been invited into the fray?

Would it be a logical conclusion that Amazon then has to pay a levy per book sold to book retailers, and Spotify and Pandora pay radio stations and record stores every time someone listens to music?

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Sheriff: Thieves Caught By GPS

Sheriff: Thieves Caught By GPS | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
A Watertown man and woman got caught because one of their allegedly ill-gotten goods had its GPS tracker turned on.
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So have you set up Where's My iPhone or Prey or any other tool yet to locate your phone or tablet if it gets stolen? It is so quick and easy to do and as in this example, not only were the 'suspects' caught red handed, but the 'GPS device' was just one of a number of stolen items they had in their possession.

Not only is it good protection against thieves, making it really easy to obtain a conviction, it is also great if you are prone to leave your phone behind at home, at the office or in a taxi.

In most cases if you don't set up something like this and your phone is stolen, even if you do have serial numbers and other information, you won't see it again. It will take you all of 5 minutes to set up.
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Maharashtra prisons dept plan: Microchips with GPS (implanted) to track convicts on parole

Maharashtra prisons dept plan: Microchips with GPS (implanted) to track convicts on parole | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
The changes being planned by the department in the aftermath of Moghul jumping parole will be soon presented before the state government for final decisions.
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There's only one thing I'd like to comment on here after a couple of weeks of watching TV stories about people cutting off their GPS ankle bracelets that are supposed to be be almost indestructible. 

The story quotes a senior official from the Indian Prisons Department about implanting tiny GPS enabled devices under prisoners' skin. The quote is "Most jails in Western Countries follow this system".

Well that is news to me and I can imagine the uproar if that was the case in New Zealand.

How do you feel about this concept? Is George Orwell knocking on my door? Don't get me wrong. Most countries have lots of recidivist offenders and the cost of keeping them in jail is high. When parolees abuse the trust they are given to come back into society and cut off their GPS tracking systems, perhaps the answer is that their sentences are extended and they no longer get out for any reason.

A lot of these people would think nothing of having a back street surgeon (depending on the wealth of the criminal) cut out the subcutaneous transmitter anyway. 

I feel for the justice systems and their problems, but I struggle with  "Most jails in Western Countries follow this system".
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S. Korea to use 'jam-proof' U.S. military GPS technology on guided bombs

S. Korea to use 'jam-proof' U.S. military GPS technology on guided bombs | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
South Korea's ability to counter North Korea's long-range multiple launch rocket threat will get a boost after its guided bombs get
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We've come a long way since guided missiles where near enough out to cause unplanned disasters when  GPS was accurate to 500 meters or worse. But the better we get at increasing the accuracy of GPS, the better engineers and scientists get at disrupting it. 

Hopefully that will have a spin off into the consumer world as other military designed technologies have delivered. GPS jammers already exist and as the story goes, North Korea is adept in this area.

In the same way as a missile can be disrupted, so can planes, ships and driver-less cars. consequences can be as little as a minor annoyance, or it could cost lives. 

Many of the new technologies, especially in the consumer world seem to be developing at a greater pace than the security features behind it, as I've discussed previously in scenarios such as home automation and security. Security adds costs, it means more processing power, more communications, more storage and probably a 3rd party support agreement.

In the military, powerful security encryption is a necessity and the proliferation of satellite systems are not going into the atmosphere to support  consumer systems, rather to ensure the viability of military and transport systems and frequency shift key and high strength encryption algorithms can't be shared between companies and certainly not with consumer technology manufacturers.

It's going to be an interesting situation when the world is totally reliant on GPS for day to day transport, construction, mining, supply chain and other industries and this can be easily disrupted.

Having to increase security, which I believe we have to do, also makes it much more difficult to integrate the IoT home where one company supplies the lighting, another the alarm and access, yet another the heating and so on. I would love a connected home, which opens the gate when my car comes down the road, warms up the house, continues to stream the music I was listening to in my car etc. But if I have to have a separate app for each of those, I won't bother.

This means there would need to be an underlying technology or comms bus (similar, but possibly more complicated than you will find in a modern warehouse) and that means that there is still one underlying system that can be hacked. Hack that and you have access to everything in my house and probably even my banking.

I've digressed intentionally because when we open ourselves up to new technologies with wow factor and you know I have always loved new 'toys',  we are often prepared to overlook the potential risks in favor of the rewards. When you last installed a cool location based app that wanted access (and perhaps the ability to post on your behalf) to all your Facebook friends, your calendar, your location and other information, did you seriously consider the potential implications and risks, or did you focus on the prize?

We justify it by saying that our favorite brands wouldn't jeopardize their future business and reputation. Yet we know that major manufacturing brands are cutting corners as we demand more features for less cost. 

Are you going to do anything different next time you purchase an app or a system? What would you do if you asked for a written guarantee on the security and risks associated with the app or product you are buying and the vendor says they can't give it to you?
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A New Wireless Hack Can Unlock 100 Million Volkswagens

A New Wireless Hack Can Unlock 100 Million Volkswagens | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
A team of researchers has found that Volkswagen stores secret keys in car components that leave almost all its vehicles since 1995 vulnerable to theft.
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This isn't news, back in the early 90's I had one of the first Code Alarm systems in New Zealand which featured remote start which made a lot of sense in Canada where the winter temperatures are so cold that you want to warm your car up before you get in. In New Zealand it was just fun.

At the time, as an importer distributor I was shown videos of people using exactly the same hacking technology to steal very expensive cars to order by patiently waiting for the owner to unlock their car with a remote control. They might have waited hours or days, but for a car worth 6 figures, that's not a bad hourly rate.

For me I just loved watching people lean on my car in shopping malls from a distance of 10 meters or so and enjoying their reactions as an empty Nissan Maxima started up.

The difference was that in those days the hacking technology was expensive, but worthwhile for crooks stealing extremely expensive cars. But now we are talking very low cost technology like an Arduino board that probably sells for about $40. Of course you still need the software but I'm assuming that if the car manufacturers don't want to pay for the software, some hackers with less scruples will find other buyers.

Now its debatable whether the average crook or gang would want to steal Volkswagen's, sorry but its true, but this article also says they can steal Audi's. Cadillac's and Porsche's with the same ease. Now that might be a different value proposition. 

The other thing to consider and something we have been discussing for a long time, back to the days when I was President of the Wireless Forum is that the same technology could be used to hijack anything using wireless data. Think the Internet of Things. 

It could be your key-less entry to your home (available from a CE store or web site near you today). It could be more nefarious like hacking into traffic signals (science fiction on TV and movies becomes reality so fast that we don't even blink or get amazed any more). My VR glasses came shipped to me from VR Gear for $30. 

People are now buying systems off the shelf that allow them to turn on and control their heat pumps, open gates, look through security cameras, open deadlocks on house front doors and have breakdown services remotely unlock car doors rather than hving to send out a mechanic or engineer.

It seems to me that a lot more emphasis is focused on the cool aspects of IoT than the security risks. What might happen for argument's sake if someone turned your oven up to full bore remotely for a week while you were on holiday? What might happen if pranksters decided to turn off the engines of half a dozen top brands of car on the freeway as they drove under an over-bridge during a peak commute time? I could imagine that as a stupid capping stunt.

Read the research paper attached to this story's link and then tell me it can't be done. Then go back to some of your favorite crime based science fiction movies and look at the story lines and motivations, look at some of the technologies that you thought were so far fetched as to not represent a risk, then go onto the web (not the dark web) to popular web sites like Amazon, Ali Baba and Deal Extreme, or your local security shop and see what you can buy off the shelf. 

I'm not being alarmist here, my message before we get too excited about implementing ITS and IoT, is that we mandate some security standards. It may be too late to legislate, but as a buyer, its not too late to discriminate. If the message gets through to people that you would rather pay more for devices with security encryption than just cheap and cool, if insurance companies start asking about the security and safety features of your wireless technology enabled investments and impacting your premiums, maybe the standards will be lifted and we will all be safer. 
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Cash-Strapped Towns Are Un-Paving Roads They Can’t Afford to Fix

Cash-Strapped Towns Are Un-Paving Roads They Can’t Afford to Fix | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Rural areas all over the country are embracing this kind of strategic retreat.
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I had a discussion with some colleagues the other day about how traffic congestion wasn't a problem when we had plenty of unoccupied land in Auckland. Now we no longer have that luxury and we are looking at informing our customers of when and where the best times or modes of travel are.

We also noted that there are places in the world, like the USA, where there is still a huge amount of land that is basically unused. On my road trips around the USA, it is clear that freeways bypass towns and they get smaller and frequently go broke because the traffic stops coming through. Think Route 66, you could do the whole trip and hardly drive through or see a single town. Driving from New Orleans to Memphis it was sometimes hard to even work out where small towns were that we could stop at. One sign which we though would be a country town or off-freeway shopping centre that sounded interesting when we needed some food and a rest stop ended up leading straight to the Tennessee State Penitentiary, but that's another story.

It is interesting though that on one side of the world we are trying to educate customers to change their working habits, commute times and to use public transport and on another they are ripping up roads. Of course the cities still have the same problems ours do here and generations of habit take time to break.

It would be great if we could get young people (not retirees) to go back to the country and reinvigorate some of the smaller towns. With good telecommunications you can communicate with the world and a lot of people don't need to work from an office. This is starting to happen a little bit in Auckland, but city dwellers tend to start by going to smaller cities which get bigger and more expensive, leading to the same fate. Younger people might suffer from agoraphobia if they go to the really small towns and in fact a lot of the urban growth comes from youth who can't wait to leave them.

Perhaps these small cash strapped  towns need to develop hubs and encourage smart people to move there, earn good money and pay the rates that help councils maintain their roads and services and end up with a wonderful lifestyle.

Chattanooga was  a good example of a place I visited where the Chamber of Commerce set up innovation hubs and attracted good keen minds to their town. They are now suffering a shortage of workers. For example there are 721 current vacancies under the heading of Business Development. I don't think they will be un-paving any roads soon.
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Nintendo admits it's not making much money off 'Pokémon Go', loses $6.7 billion in market value

Nintendo admits it's not making much money off 'Pokémon Go', loses $6.7 billion in market value | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Nintendo, Niantic, it's all the same, right? Err...no, it's not.
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So did they expect everyone to buy coins or other merchandise straight away? So here's the question. Are the investors fickle and wanted instant mass purchases inside the app in the first week and if that's not the case they think its a fail?

Here's another question, If Zynga can make loads of money selling merch on a game like Farmville, why wouldn't Nintendo be able to do the same?

What's the biggest difference between Farmville, Candy Crush and hundreds of other games that make pretty big money? They actively engage people's 'friends'. This is something that Nintendo hinted was coming. IMHO it needs to come very quickly. Let people know where their friends are, let them share Pokemon or resources, let them create Gym hangouts, come up with special deals (paid) where if you get say 5 of your friends to buy at the same time and you get extra points or special merch (not a discount) or a unique Pokemon.

So far Nintendo appear to have got the launch right and perhaps they are struggling with the mix of maturing the product in existing countries vs launching in others.

Probably the hardest thing in Japan is flexibility and the ability to pivot. I remember making a rush trip to Hamura in Japan, home of Casio's R&D to get them to strengthen a product on the basis of customer perception, due to sabotage by a disgruntled employee of a company. There was nothing wrong with the product, but there was now a perception that there was and they needed to be seen to do something.

Their initial response to me was "find better customers". I pointed out that this was a niche product and could be a hero product if I successfully got the sale of a few thousand of these products, which wholesaled for around $2,500 each.

Long story short, they agreed, we got the sale and they sold hundreds of thousands more units as a consequence of the endorsement of my world respected customer.

I hope that Nintendo's people are more commercial and  agile. Why? Because the success or failure of Pokemon Go will influence the opportunity for the Augmented Reality industry to take off on schedule as per Gartner's Hype Cycle and I have so many ideas (which I've had for a long time BTW) that have been waiting for AR to become mass market to the point that people don't know what AR is, they just do cool stuff on their smartphone.

If you know anyone in Nintendo, tell them to respond to shareholders by adding features to the game that will entice people to spend money in it.
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GPS, Mobile Technology to help Rabies control in Odisha capital, 100 Children die per day!

GPS, Mobile Technology to help Rabies control in Odisha capital, 100 Children die per day! | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Report by Odisha Diary bureau, Bhubaneswar: If things are on right track, an innovative proposal given by Mission Rabies, the dog
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Did you know 100 children die every day from rabies? That blew me away.

What a great use of GPS, although it sounds like a gargantuan mission and very expensive. With a lot of these dogs being wild its obviously not something they can put on pet owners to take responsibility for.
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What the fatal Tesla Autopilot crash means for driverless cars

What the fatal Tesla Autopilot crash means for driverless cars | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Tesla Autopilot is beta software, but are drivers treating it as such?
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So what exactly does autopilot mean. I've been on the jump seat on the  flight deck of aircraft several times when they are on autopilot. The crew keep an eye out and are ready to act, but they also might be having a coffee, a meal or turning around for a chat. They can do so safely and it is normal practice. Some captains might tell you that it is a safer and more comfortable flight.

There is one significant difference and that is there are no other planes within a potentially dangerous distance and as soon as something does come into their airspace, or there are environmental changes, the pilot is alerted and takes back control. The biggest difference is that they have time to take back control of the aircraft.

Now come back to the Tesla and various types of driverless or autonomous cars that share the road with a ton of other vehicles 'manned by drivers of various degrees of skill. Remember the pilot has trained for years before he is allowed to fly a commercial airliner. The person in the car next to you might not even have a license!

Let's look a bit closer at those people and compare their behaviour to the rigor of a commercial pilot. Half of them wouldn't pass a road test, whereas a commercial pilot has to constantly re-qualify their ratings for each type of plane they command and that includes simulations of events that are tough and realistic enough to come out of a SIM , vomiting and emotionally shaken, so that they know how to deal with a situation if it really occurs.

One of the issues I have discussed in the past is visibility. In this story they talk about the color match between the truck trailer the Tesla hit and the car itself. It was difficult to distinguish.

In the street furntiure data capture exercise I was involved with, on bad weather days or under intense low ambient light that Auckland commuters face every sunny day, it is very difficult frequently to see much of anything including speed restriction and others signs. Then on bad weather days like twilight in the rain we have to deal with things like ghost markings, where old lane markings can be difficult to distinguish from the new markings. They can be meters apart.

How about other humans that want to interfere, like boy racers https://thefuturediaries.com/2013/04/19/boy-racers-make-sport-with-driverless-cars/. I drive a Corvette and frequently have young drivers wanting to bait me or show me how fast their Mazda Familia is. I choose to ignore them, but I have the ability to not only react to their frequently irrational behaviour, but also to their faces or gestures, something a LiDAR system can't do.

I heard a comment yesterday from someone quoting a driver who is big on Pokemon Go. He said "There was a Pokemon on the Auckland Harbour Bridge and I had to really slow down to get it." That in itself is scary as hell, especially with the high winds and harsh weather conditions we have had recently, but more importantly, how will a driverless car cope with other vehicles individually or in groups, like the story above. That sort of behavior "does not compute"

It is interesting to read in the linked story that Tesla's car is in fact a 'Level 2' and as such they expect the driver to keep his hands on the steering wheel and if they don't, an audible alarm will sound. In effect it is not yet a driverless car, it is a car that assists the driver.

This is interesting when I hear about the fact that a Tesla drove itself over the Harbour Bridge some months ago. Check out this link to the story from the NZ Herald http://bit.ly/29QpwC8. Apparently the driver had his arms folded. He therefore did not comply with Tesla's regulations unless that car was more sophisticated than the current models.

Now put yourself in the 'drivers seat' of this car, if you could afford one and imagine showing it off to your friends, which of course you would do if you had one. Would you be demonstrating your driverless car with your hands on the steering wheel?

Once again, don't get me wrong, I'm all for driverless vehicles when they are ready, safe and suitable for our road network and can operate safely next to all the people who run red lights, don't indicate last second lane changes on motorways, are distracted by playing Pokemon Go or sending messages on their phone. I love the idea of distributed ownership and other concepts that will come from this. I just wonder if we are being a little hoodwinked by manufacturers who are looking to generate huge profits from their designs now, not in 10 years time.

Remember the jokes of what if Microsoft designed a car? Here is one of Bill Gate's own stories http://bit.ly/29RJXh0. Well guess what? Brands like Google are now doing exactly that. Are you ready for this? Would you buy one today?
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An Animal Shelter Is Letting Pokémon Go Fanatics Volunteer To Walk Dogs

An Animal Shelter Is Letting Pokémon Go Fanatics Volunteer To Walk Dogs | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
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I recently posted about Pokemon being an opportunity to drive business to destinations like bars and attractions. http://sco.lt/5QPpzN

Here's a really cool twist. An animal shelter needs people to help exercise their dogs. So they have targeted Pokemon players as potential dog walkers. What great thinking! Now we have people turning up wanting to take the dogs out, the dogs get exercise and some human bonding and everyone wins. Who knows, some of them mike even give a homeless dog a home.

This isn't just a game unless you let it be. Besides using it as a game based pedometer as you walk to incubate eggs, what other good things could you do with it?
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Pokemon Go players go mad as rare Pokemon appears in park

Pokemon Go players go mad as rare Pokemon appears in park | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Bizarre footage shows hundreds of frenzied-looking people gathered at a park in downtown Washington in order to catch a rare Pokemon.
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Of course they aren't telling the full story, there were Pokemon events organized all over the countries where it has been released. Large gatherings of people did not randomly appear in parks and other locations. Numbers of people in the thousands were predicted in some locations.

Nevertheless Niantic  is doing an a tremendous job in marketing this game and by combining supply and demand, location and gamification, they are creating an unprecedented interest and participation in mobile AR gaming.

This should be particularly pleasing to people who complain about people glued to their chairs messaging each other from across the room.

I would repeat my previous warnings about watching where you go. Given that cyber criminals or even terrorists could use Pokemon lures to get people to go go unsafe locations where they might want to prey on innocent players. This is particularly an issue now that there are a host of Google based web sites such as www.pokecrew.com that share the location of Pokemon on a map.

Gotta Catch'em All http://bit.ly/29MrFRd is an example of web pages I expect to see all over the world as Pokemon is slowly released using Apple marketing 101 around the world.

Bottom line, have fun, but use common sense and be a little wary of the locations you go to.
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How GIS and GPS is revolutionizing crime tracking and personal safety

How GIS and GPS is revolutionizing crime tracking and personal safety | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
With the memory of the Dallas and Orlando shootings still fresh in our minds, many of us have been asking what we can do to feel, and be, safer on the streets in our daily lives. Our fear is very real, but luckily, so are the opportunities to address and overcome it, with GIS and GPS systems
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I was watching a story on CNN news last night about the shootings in the USA, such as Philando Castile and learned that there is an organization in Baton Rouge called Stop The Killing Inc that listens to Police scanners and goes to potential crime scenes.

They were the ones who filmed the killing of Alton Sterling, although they said that they thought it was going to be an assault rather than the disaster it turned into.

When I first visited New York back around 1990 I was given a map by the hotel concierge. He shaded parts of Manhattan and said, "don't go to any of these places after dark". I had plans of visiting the Cotton Club and other famous music venues, but was told that no cabs would be prepared to pick me up in the middle of the night.

When I traveled through Mississippi a few years ago there were places I avoided because of high crash rates and I was still getting used to driving on the wrong side of the road again; and Murphy's :aw dictating that every time we arrived in a city it was rush hour, i.e. the busiest time of day.

Tools like RedZone will not only make it easier to avoid dangerous locations, but also to report incidents. I installed it myself and obviously it hasn't made it's way to New Zealand yet. It also runs very slowly on my iPad 2, so I might have to wait a while before I can use it, or perhaps when the Android version comes out and I can use it on my more modern Samsung Galaxy 6. Have you used it?
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If the age of self-driving cars is upon us, what's keeping them off the roads?

If the age of self-driving cars is upon us, what's keeping them off the roads? | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
As Google and Uber trial prototypes, the future of fully driverless cars and safer roads should come sooner than anyone thought – but they’re in no mood to rush
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Nice article and as I have said previously (recognizing we have to start somewhere) why have a driverless car where not only do you have to keep you hands on the wheel, but you have to keep your eyes on the road.

1. How much premium would you pay for that?
2. What temptation will there be to show off to your less wealthy friends that you have a driverless car?
3. Are the insurance companies still saying they will give you 100% cover if you crash?
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Sheriff: GPS does not replace common sense

Sheriff: GPS does not replace common sense | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
No GPS can replace a little good ol' fashioned common sense. It's probably a safe bet this truck driver would agree.
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It's been about 3 weeks since I picked up on a #TheGPSMadeMeDoit story, but I was on holiday in Samoa during that time and in deliberate blog-fade.

I don't know anything about this instance, but there is a global shortage of truck drivers and the average age in many countries is in the high 50's. Back in the day of the Baby Boomer, being a truck driver was something kids wanted to do and many have developed great businesses and financial security behind the wheel.

I wonder if some of the younger drivers, if they can even be convinced to start a career as commercial drivers are likely to take the technology they grew up with for granted and trust it as much as what they see through the windscreen.

As to common sense, that is definitely becoming an oxymoron. Pokemon is starting to result in lots of motor accidents too and chasing them while driving, or whilst walking across a road is also a clear indicator that some demographics are keen to prove that common sense is not very common.
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Sorry, driverless cars are not in your near future

Sorry, driverless cars are not in your near future | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
Why Uber and Ford's big autonomous vehicle announcements won't change our driving reality -- yet.
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You have to start somewhere right. Of course having an Uber driverless car with extra expensive technology and a driver who is only there for emergencies, but probably isn't paying attention if there is one isn't going to reduce costs. 

It seems a bit like instead of using an option of driverless cars as a long term outcome, we look at what customers want, it might be that we are developing the solution for the wrong problem. 

For example, productivity in many businesses does not require that staff are in a shared office every day. Look at how many people in the same building email each other instead of get up and talk to each other. Clearly THEY don't need to be in the same place. Is the problem about productivity and a quality lifestyle, or is it about protecting traditional industries reliant on people buying and using transport systems every day?

I can be far more productive working from home one day a week than going into the office for many reasons. It doesn't take focus and training and it also takes genuine commitment and passion for what I do. It also takes trust from senior management that I am working and therein lies one of the biggest problems. Managers frequently distrust their staff. 

That reflects on many things, have they employed the right people, have they given them access to appropriate systems and training? Do they value their staff? Do they actually have a passion for the outcomes their business is aiming for. I often feel that trust is in inward reflection, if a manager doesn't trust their staff to be productive working from home, say one day a week, maybe its because they wouldn't trust themselves. 

Think back to when cars and trains were developed, many people were saying we need faster horses, but what was the value proposition. I think they key thing people wanted in the early days especially in the 'new world', was life style. The rest was the how. 

Why do we need driverless cars? Are we going to be better off as a quality society if we have lots of driverless cars? Will we be better educated? More efficient? Happier? Will our economy be more profitable? Will we get world peace? What problem with they solve? 
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Olympic security officer navigating by GPS makes wrong turn into favela and dies in a hail of bullets

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Justice Minister Alexandre de Moraes announced Helio Vieira’s death early Friday on his official Facebook page
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One of my most popular blogs, which continues to get a lot of hits even though it was 4 years ago, is What is the best GPS to buy for New Zealand. That was in 2012, I did an update in 2013. If you search those words or similar, my blog will come up in first or second place on Google. The only times it is not first is when there is a paid advertisement above it. It still gets hundreds of visits a month.

A real frustration I have is that people think all car navigation devices or apps are equal. No they aren't. It used to be about price, but I can't even get updates for my $6,000 Siemens VDO unit any more. 

I stopped testing because brands stopped sending me their devices for testing, which is kind of ironic because hundreds if not thousands of people made purchasing decisions based on my reviews. I didn't charge for testing, I wanted to know myself and I wasn't satisfied with the tests run by the Consumer's Institute because their tests tended to be in areas where map data was very good (and every year they seemed to test the same things in the same locations), supplied by large councils who put a lot of effort into the accuracy and currency of their GPS data. Many smaller councils don't have those resources.

Anyway, the point of my diatribe (perhaps a little strong) is that accurate data does matter. I often use #THEGPSMadeMeDoIt as a bit of a joke. As in this story, near enough is NOT good enough. I'm sure many of you have stories where the GPS led you astray. I have many, one of the scariest was following the shortest route (one of the common GPS Car Nav programming options) in Louisiana, where the country road was getting narrower and narrower, the farms few and far between and the alligator population was burgeoning. Oh and of course the petrol tank was now under half full. 

Often trips are routine and I know where I  am going and most of the time I use GPS for real time traffic information rather than directions, something I consider equally important. I have an oncologist appointment this afternoon and being late would be highly stressful. I often hear stories about people missing out on important meetings, events and occasions because they weren't sure of how to get there. Whether that occasion is a medical appointment you have waited 3 months for, a sporting match you are refereeing (you'd be surprised how many are cancelled because the referee got lost) or you're heading to the airport for an important trip, getting the best directions is often critical.

The degree may vary, in this case it came at the cost of someone's life. Usually it is just inconvenience, but having quality information does matter and I can tell you that the pedigree of a brand doesn't mean their data is good or current. 

I would also say, in the defense of brands who make a serious effort to keep their data current, a high percentage of people who use dedicated navigation devices, or even mobile devices where you can download maps before you travel (great for overseas trips), that many of the customers don't update their maps even when they are available for free. It would be interesting to see the statistics, but I know that where people have access to quarterly updates, under half don't take advantage of them and many people NEVER update their map data.

There is also a law and I keep forgetting what it is called, that says people will be loyal to the brand or product they purchased even if it is rubbish. None of us want to appear stupid. So be cautious when asking for advice from other people, even retail staff. You'll know straight away when you start asking questions and they search the packaging for the answers. Also they get SPIV's (rewards from brands for promoting their product) and a chunk of their income is frequently commission based  and therefore they are influenced by incentives and margins.

Have you ever had an experience where the navigation system you used sent you in the wrong direction? I'd love you to comment with a story.
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GPS Trackers Lead Police to Not-So-Master-of-Disguise Serial Bank Robber: FBI

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Chicago, IL - How bank employees, FBI special agents and Chicago police teamed up to capture an alleged serial bank robber.
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I don't know too much about the GPS device that needed to be tracked by a radio device and it doesn't actually matter.

My question is, in areas where theft is fairly normal, why doesn't practice like this become commonplace.

Why don't insurance companies, law enforcement agencies and high risk businesses work together to make tracking of stolen property BAU. It would save everyone a lot of money, not to mention personal risk and the fear that comes from being traumatized..

This person is clearly a recidivist offender and up until now has gotten away with it. With clear evidence, its likely that obtaining a conviction is likely to be relatively low cost.

Tracking technology could be used in other industries too. In New Zealand currently we have a lot of problems with people doing a runner from restaurants and taxis. This amazes me given the number of security cameras these businesses seem to have. I can only assume that the quality is poor and many of them don't have audio or good quality audio and they are buying the cheapest low quality camera systems. In retail in fact many of them are dummies, although that is rapidly changing.

Video photography today is cheap and anyone investing in a system should not skimp on camera image  quality. It used to be that hidden pinhole cameras were low quality because of the small size of the lens. How big is the lens on my Samsung Galaxy mobile? Tiny? How good us the picture quality? With reasonable lighting, superb. Storage today is also very cheap.

Why don't retailers band together? There are many low cost ways that they could collaborate. If I was selling quality technology in areas where there is high crime, I'd be working closely with the insurance industry, the main-street association, fellow retailers, security and police so that the pictures of the offenders were publicly visible within minutes of the offense. With tracking, even using RFID if combined with sufficient local businesses would have minimal cost, especially in partnership with telco's and ISP's. I'd even consider a conviction based fee at times providing they follow the advice to the letter.

It's not rocket science and if we make it a high risk of getting caught and the penalties, especially for repeat offenders are sufficiently harsh, theft crimes must reduce.
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'Pokemon Go' News Updates: Cheaters Teach GPS Spoofing Via Twitch And Video Tutorials

'Pokemon Go' News Updates: Cheaters Teach GPS Spoofing Via Twitch And Video Tutorials | Location Is Everywhere | Scoop.it
"Pokemon Go" cheaters are proudly showing their exploits in game streaming site like Twitch. App developer Niantic has yet to respond to his latest development.
Luigi Cappel's insight:
Often disruptive 'innovations' come from the most unusual places. GPS spoofing is something you might expect from sophisticated criminals, intelligence agents, the military and security agents.

Pokemon Go and other location based apps are suddenly going to make that become mainstream and some of the potential consequences and uses will be less than desirable.

Personally I have never liked the concept of cheating in any form of life including gaming. If I got bored with a computer game, I might find a god or cheat mode just to see what it could do, but within a short period of time, measured in minutes or hours I would lose total interest in the game and never play it again. I like the challenge of winning fairly,

This was why I was keen to be involved with Drug Free Sport NZ when they first launched drug free pledging via Palm devices. You may be interested to know that the first person to pledge many years ago was one of our favorite Kiwis, World Champion Valerie Adams. 

So how else might GPS spoofing be used? Staff using company mobiles with apps that include GPS tracking might want to use it. When I sold a GPS Fleet Management system to a large NZ business with several hundred vehicles, word quickly got around that if you put aluminum foil around the GPS antenna, you couldn't be tracked. It took us about a day to figure out what was going on and a few 'clever' people were looking for new jobs.

A lot of people now have mobile phone where they can be tracked, often for very good reasons, think Uber, taxis, field health workers, couriers. They all have very important reasons why the should be tracked including quality assurance of their service and personal safety.

That clever spoof would not be so clever it you had a heart attack while showing a different location, or crashed your car playing Pokemon Go (more common that you realise).

In Greg Milner's new book about GPS called Pinpoint, he shares some interesting facts about GPS tracking including that your phone can be tracked even if it switched off. You can't escape it any more. My point though is that being tracked can be a very good thing for most of us who live in safe countries where freedom of speech and belief is the norm.

Just as an example, I was involved in a charity  project to put GPS navigation into every ambulance in New Zealand and I learned about 'ambulance time'. For someone having a stroke or a heart attack, the risk of their dying or being permanently damaged grows by every single minute, which is why Google have partnered up with emergency services in the UK to allow 999 calls from Android phones to be traceable (only by emergency services NOT by Google, Spoofing your GPS location could cost you your health, your life, or if you're lucky just your job.

What's different? Pokemon Go makes the how available to everyone with access to the Internet.
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What would we do if GPS failed?

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As our dependence on the Global Positioning System grows, a potential failure of its satellites would spell disaster.
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We are becoming more and more reliant on GPS. Think about just the simplest of things, finding our way around. Do you still have a paper map? What if Google or whatever device you use for navigation stops working?

How many apps do you have that use location on your smartphone that you take for granted? What about ships and planes, fleet management systems for trucks. Let's not even start with driverless cars?

We are becoming more and more reliant on this technology and whilst there are new land-based technologies being developed, commercial and military users are heavily reliant on this technology.
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Two Canadian teens so distracted by Pokemon Go game they leave country

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Two Canadian teens were so absorbed while playing Pokemon Go that they inadvertently crossed into the US and were detained by Homeland Security agents on Thursday.
Luigi Cappel's insight:
This is a whole new twist on #TheGPSMadeMeDoIt and there are now multiple cases of serious incidents were people have been injured playing Pokemon Go.

In Bosnia, players had to be stopped from playing in an area containing landmines and in Incinitas San Diego, 2 players fell of a 100 foot cliff edge.

It would seem to be only a matter of time before a player causes a road crash and there is not much that can be done about it other than education, because players are encouraged to play on public transport, which stops the game makers from disabling the game at a speed beyond normal walking or running, because there are plenty of cases where it is legitimate, even as a passenger in a car.

A few days ago someone said to me, this is just a fad and it will be over soon. Sorry, I totally disagree. Pokemon Go will certainly have a limited lifespan as did Ingress, However, I believe you can measure that in many months or perhaps even a year before it tails off because of the way it is being launched to limited markets. The financial impact on Nintendo's share value certainly won't be hurting Niantic's reputation. It has taken a few years for them to become a real overnight success, but they have really put the concept of Real World Gaming on the map.

Sometimes it's just about timing. Back in 2009 I was helping on creating channels for GeoVector's World Surfer project https://luigicappel.wordpress.com/2009/10/22/blogfade-and-android-mobile/ which was an Android app very similar to Niantic's Field Trip http://www.fieldtripper.com where you could point your smartphone at an object and learn all about what was there, anything from the history of building the Auckland Harbour Bridge to the Sea Scout Club adjacent to it. GeoVector were o course pioneers in the viewing of Americas Cup with Virtual Spectator. It's hard to be a futurist, but the exciting thing is that the gap from the time that many of us come up with ideas to the time they become a commercial reality is getting shorter.

What this will do, as has been the case with many other concepts is it will spawn hundreds of new location based games, interactive advertising events using Augmented Reality, tourist walks with information about the surroundings and more.

I'm not sure how to prevent people hurting themselves, given it is perfectly legal and will result in many positive experiences. Probably the most important thing, something Niantic has committed to, is reducing the battery drain, because that means more people will use the option of seeing through your mobile's camera, to identify potential read world obstacles instead of turning it off.
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Munich shooting: Police operation underway, at least 6 dead

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Gunfire rang out at a shopping mall in the German city of Munich on Friday evening, leaving several people dead and others wounded, CNN affiliate NTV reported.
Luigi Cappel's insight:
The closest I've been to Munich is frequent changes of airline at the airport but that's obviously as risky as anywhere in the city these days. The fear being created by terrorists is becoming greater and despite the candle and flower vigils and rhetoric about being stronger through adversity, fear must be creeping into the hearts of most Europeans, especially given that these 'people' don't care whether they murder innocent women, children, they are indiscriminate so to speak.

What can you do to protect yourself? I don't think anyone can give that advice, you get become dead by playing dead, you can run or hide. I think I'd go for the hide if there was somewhere I could lock myself away, by presenting less of a target. It's hard to hide in a crowd though.

Given that these people either operate in cells or are sometimes just people with anger about something and have nothing tangible to do with terrorist organizations at all, it makes it very difficult to catch them. For every person that wants to kill, there is another one waiting, at least those that are caught will stop those individuals from doing it again.

For that reason, I'm keen for apps like Facebook Live to have their own instant record button, without having to open up Facebook or another app first, looking for the option and then running it. Most people closest to the situation are not likely to have the presence of mind to start paging through the cards of an app. Fight or flight is the only natural instinct in this situation.

However, an emergency only app like a 999 phone call could video the situation whilst sending out the geospatial coordinates of the phone could hep identify and apprehend these people. The best time to start recording is the instant it happens, every minute could save lives. This could be trained into people in the same way as we have been trained in how to deal with fires and earthquakes, tempered with the first thing in every emergency protocol which is the number one thing you have to do is try to make yourself safe first..

It could also be used to warn other people to avoid the area. I appreciate it could be abused and might require moderation, but I'm sure there are intelligence tools that can help cull some of the crank users from real ones. Every time there is an event like this, we now see the news channels using video from mobile phones. This is good in the absence of other systems, but really just serves to add to the frenzy and whist journalists and editors love the ease of getting coverage from the theater, wouldn't it be more useful in the hands of Police asap?

So how about it Facebook, Apple and Google? How about an emergency live broadcasting video smartphone app that can be easily triggered, but not by accident, that can be shared with Police and emergency services in a hurry. The concept is already being used by breakdown services, my Automobile Association app lets me take photos and used the GPS assisted location information to let them know where I am with remarkable accuracy.

At the moment it feels like these videos are the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff and by the time the videos get n the hands of authorities, the time and resources to track the perpetrators down is exponential and the likelihood of catching them diminishes by the minute. 

Isn't it a no brainer?
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Local GPS mix up brings drivers to dead end

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A GPS mix-up with the Spokane Social Security office has been causing problems for residents in the neighborhood.
Luigi Cappel's insight:
I rest my case (see previous blogs). So many people just blame the GPS system, but don't tell the GPS supplier that there is an error on their map.

So for 2 years locals in Spokane had people turn up on the wrong side of the railway track, unable to get to the Social Security Office. Locals quoted anything from 5 to 20 people turning up a day hurling epithets at their device. That's a lot of people over 2 years. That's a lot of epithet!.

Isn't it interesting that so many people out of frustration go to the news media as they did in this case. So along comes KREM2 a local TV station who confirmed the problem, used the tools provided by Apple, TomTom and MapQuest to report problems with map data.

The response time varied, but the end result is the map data has been corrected and frustrated people are no longer venting at their phones or navigation devices and I suspect that the atmosphere in the Social Security office is also a little more relaxed.

In most parts GIS people in councils (the ones that make sure changes to roads, new roads etc end up on public map data) do an awesome job. Map companies then subscribe to that data and update their maps. That used to happen annually, then monthly and now some GPS navigation brands are aiming towards 24 hour turn around.

No matter how well intentioned, not every change is going to magically appear on your car navigation system, but most quality brands have made it easy to let them know. They then need to verify that you are telling the truth and not a summer vacation student who is bored and is looking for some cheeky entertainment. They will probably be too busy playing Pokemon Go now.

Verification may involve using services like Fiverr which will pay locals a small sum of money to go to a location and take a few photos and confirm the situation, it might be talking to council or using aerial photography or the likes of Google Street View.

Once they are satisfied, the correction can appear on your map. In the case of services using offline maps (i.e. where you are not downloading map tiles as you drive), that still requires that you also update your GPS device or software. You would be amazed at how many people never do that even if it comes with lifetime free map updates.

It's a bit like looking for real time traffic or travel information. Most people don't look for it until they are already on the road when it might be too late.

So here's how you can help. Next time you spot an error, send an update to your map supplier. With most nav units or apps, you can do it from right there inside the app. If your GPS nav device requires that you have to take an action to update your map data so that it is current, do it regularly, perhaps once a quarter and it will save you a lot of stress wen you least need it.
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Mine rescue teams pull teenagers from cave after they get stuck hunting for Pokemon

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Specialist mine rescue teams were scrambled after four teenagers got lost in a cave while hunting for Poké
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I had only just completed my last blog about risks and dangers to Pokemon players such as getting lured into dangerous situations or having accidents whilst paying the game when this story popped up on my Pokemon radar.

1. Kids followed Pokemon characters into a mine in Wiltshire and got lost underground.

2. A boy in London who was suspected to be playing Pokemon ran out between two buses and got bowled by a motorcycle instead of bowling down an Pokemon.

3/ British Rail put out a warning about playing Pokemon near railway tracks as Pokemon characters will randomly pop up anywhere.

4. 11 Youngsters were lured to a location in Missouri and robbed, thinking they had found a great place to replenish in-game supplies and there are now fears that pedophiles will use the game to lure children into remote areas.

Given that I frequently find stories of adults who drive into canals and rivers, or the wrong way up one way streets, claiming #TheGPSMadeMeDoIt there is a high likelihood of children making poor decisions and getting themselves into trouble.

Don't get me wrong, I am not a nay-Sayer. I committed a year of my life to an Augmented Reality startup and have been promoting location based services and games for over 10 years. I'm just saying, let's be safe out there.
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GPS Guides ‘Em Wrong, Rio Woman Says

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Geraldine Kirk of this community is convinced GPS (global positioning system) devices, widely used in vehicles, are steering drivers the wrong way on Old Rio Grande Avenue (C.R. 634).
Luigi Cappel's insight:
It's not that hard if you think about it. The major brands of car navigation not only have features within the nav itself to report changes, but they are keen to hear from customers when there are errors. The good ones also subscribe to road changes from road transport authorities such as councils.

If you find an error, tell someone. The major brands like TomTom, Navman, Garmin and map suppliers like Google encourage it. It's not hard.

There are two significant problems here:

1. The navigation device is a driver aid. The person behind the wheel drives the car and the should be looking at the signs, just as they should be looking for any other obstacles on the road. In this case, any more signs and there would be no room fr the trees. #Thenavmademedoit is not an excuse. Most nav units have a splash screen that says that they are just an aid and to obey street signs and laws.

2. A very high percentage of navigation users rarely update their maps. There is every likelihood that if you were to look at new maps, they would be aware of the changes and users would get the right instructions.

If the Middle Township Police are issuing that many tickets, then the stick isn't working. For the time it took to do that, for the time the freeholders meeting took and for the time taken for the Cape May County Herald to write this story, they could have made contact with the major navigation brands.

It took me 3 seconds to go onto Google and typ in TomTom Map Corrections. Try it yourself. This link will take you to the search results http://bit.ly/29KpH3R. It doesn't get any easier than that.

Just to prove that wasn't just good luck with one brand, I invested another 3 seconds and entered Garmin Map Corrections and got http://bit.ly/29P7MJx.

It's not rocket science folks. These brands want to help, but they are not reading your news stories, they are busy updating their maps. So how about it, good people of Rio Grande. Do you want to keep getting tickets or risk having crashes, or can someone spare half an hour to tell the GPS Navigation map companies that something has changed?

As to Al Campbell of the Cape May County Herald, how about doing some research on how often people update their car navigation maps? The irony is that most devices these days come with lifetime free map updates, so all consumers have to do is connect their device to their computer (in most cases) and they will get the corrections for free.

Maybe you could contact the map companies yourself Al and write a story about the experience and how you solved the problem that the Police, the County Road Supervisor and the South Jersey Freeholders couldn't. Now that would put a feather in your cap.
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Death and crime in Pokémon Go

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Gamers trying to “catch ‘em all” in the hot new Pokémon smartphone app are catching hell instead, as players are being lead into ambushes by robbers and even to the locations of dead bodies.

Pokémon Go, which launched last Wednesday, has proved so popular that it has rocketed to the top of the Apple Store and helped boost the stock of its maker, Nintendo, by 10 percent.

But the game — which leads players on a real-word scavenger hunt in which they can view Pokemon characters in virtual reality through their phone’s cameras — is causing some users to find trouble.

In Wyoming, the update of the popular 90s gaming franchise caused a teen player to follow the directions on her phone to a river, where she stumbled on a dead body.

“I was walking towards the bridge along the shore when I saw something in the water. I had to take a second look and I realized it was a body,” Shayla Wiggins told KTVQ, adding that she cried for about an hour.

In Missouri, a group of armed robbers lured eight players to one of the game’s Pokestops — which is a spot in the real world that shows up on the GPS on the players’ phones that gives them items to catch characters.





“Using the geolocation feature of the ‘Pokemon Go’ app, the robbers were able to anticipate the location and level of seclusion of unwitting victims,” Sgt. Bill Stringer of the O’Fallon Police Department said in a statement to Buzzfeed.

A Reddit user noticed there was a trove of Pokéstops in a local cemetery.

“All of the graves are Pokestops,” the user TheBatInTheBirdcage wrote on the Pokémon Go subreddit with a photo of the blue floating cubes.

While there haven’t been any deaths or crimes related to Pokémon Go in the Big Apple, many residents credited the game, which was created by Niantic and the Pokémon Company, with making them more social and helping them explore the city.

“Never in the 20 years I’ve lived in NYC have I had a conversation with a stranger on the train. Pokemon Go is powerful,” @SkywardWing tweeted.
Luigi Cappel's insight:
Once again a concept that has been festering for many years since the successes of La Mosca in the streets of Europe where Nokia clutching cops and robbers chased each other gaining power ups and dropping GPS bombs. I met the guys from La Mosca in Amsterdam in 2007 and seriously considering taking up a franchise for New Zealand and Australia. Part of the concept of The Chase was to get people to explore cities and provide entertainment for locals and for tourists. http://www.eurisy.org/good-practice-la-mosca-come-out-and-play-outdoor-games-using-satellite-navigation_115

One of the concepts of La Mosca is to help cities come alive and encourage certain behaviors by gamifying them. This can apply to getting them to use public transport and local amenities, seeing locations they hadn't been to before, visiting cultural and heritage locations and generally helping urban communities thrive.

Most players of Pokemon will never even have heard of the NYC Pac-Man games played over 10 years ago http://nyti.ms/29C3jsc. This actually had similar outcomes in some cases where people freaked out when they thought they were being chased by games players.

There are risks and its good that they are coming out early. The concept of gangs using lures to bait players to go to a certain location is very real and I feel that news media and Nintendo themselves should consider warning players about personal safety as this new craze goes wild.

Another obvious risk is people playing while they are driving and the obvious distraction his causes. I would.  love to see the terms and conditions and the splash screen with an agreement by the user that they will not play the game whilst in a motor vehicle.

Because the game uses Points of Interest from Google, Nintendo have no control over where the key locations are, but they can help protect the players and have an ethical and moral obligation to do so.

This is not a situation you can regulate because now that we have a critical mass of smartphones, this will just be the first of many similar games. Opponents of people sitting in their rooms for hours playing video games should be happy that games like this encourage exercise and collaboration, but it needs to be tempered with safety warnings, or we will see everything from cars driving into pedestrians who don't see them coming to people walking into obstacles and falling off steps and injuring themselves.

Having said that, we have now entered a new era in mobile phone use with GPS which will spawn new industries, especially power packs for batteries that will go flat in a hurry.

This is a great opportunity for government, public transport and destinations to experiment for free. Want people to catch your buses and trains? Put lures on them. Want them to visit the museum or an ice cream parlor, you now have a great mechanism to do this. Create you own games and create loyalty to your brands.

Of course this is also a great opportunity for partnerships between transport and sporting franchises, between shopping malls and movie companies. I've got $10 that says within a year there will be a new Pokemon movie and every theater that plays it will be a Pokemon Super Gym.

Who would have thought this would happen? Hundreds of people I know did, we were just too early in our thinking.

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