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Friday, January 26, 2007

Following a UK National Physics Laboratory meeting on Jan 18, there were a bunch of rumblings coming out of Europe this week about how they cannot and should not rely on the US GPS system for mobile location-based services – one such remark was made from my former Professor Jonathan Raper.  Carriers in Europe agree, but suggest waiting for Galileo is hindering market development and their objectives.  Meanwhile, device manufacturers are hesitant to release GPS-based devices waiting for Galileo, so the projections for location-enabled phones is less than I would have expected in comparison to US shipment numbers over the last 6 years.

Remember this bit of history – Europe launched LBS first back on 1999 with low-accuracy and there was little demand and therefore limited market success.  At that time, the US looked to Europe for creative application ideas because they were there.  However, the US lagged overall on commercial deployments, concentrating efforts on 911 and high accuracy.  Now, the US has millions of GPS phones shipped, with hundreds of thousands of subscribers using commercial applications.  The US has leapfrogged Europe.  It’s now 2007, and Europe is moving ahead with high accuracy following the US lead.  We have flip-flopped twice already.  Ready for a third?  I saw evidence this week from the social software community that 2007 could usher in high-demand for CellID-based low-accuracy in the US, where it is now unpopular in Europe.  Seesaw…

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by Adena Schutzberg on 01/26 at 11:26 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Brian Timoney writes:

I noticed that IBM’s Visual Communication Lab launched an interactive data visualization service called Many Eyes.

There are some interesting visualization techniques, but the map examples caught my eye.  I’ll let you be the judge of the quality of cartography, but it struck me as technology outrunning technique.  With choropleth maps, etc., being easier to generate by the uninitiated, some basic cart 101 faux pas are bound to come up again and again…

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/26 at 08:52 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

AOL hired Ted Cahall, recently a senior executive at (you know, the one with annoying ads?), to head up the company’s “platforms business unit.” That’s a new position that oversees “AOL Search, e-commerce, publishing tools, the MapQuest service and other services such as Relegence, which AOL recently acquired.”

- Biz Journal

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/26 at 08:47 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Yes, I saw the announcements before the holidays about shoes with GPS recievers and technology to broadcast locations. I figured it was a silly story. But, now it pops up again, what with the World Shoe Association (WSA) trade show next week in Las Vegas. This time another company, GTXC will show off “Xplorer, the next generation of smart GPS shoes.”  You can set a geofence and be notified via SMS when the shoes move outside the boundary. Thus, it seems to be a good tool for tracking kids/elders, which is how both companies tout the offerings.

What’s equally interesting is an open letter from GTXC (scroll down on page noted above - why there is no direct link? I don’t know!) about it concerns of the other company misstating its patents and technology. Now, GTXC has its own patent “FOOTWEAR WITH GPS.” This will be one to watch!

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/26 at 08:17 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The “Demo” conference is next week in California and as usual there’s a long list of companies hoping offer the next big thing. The list of those “demoing” is in this press release along with a tease about a new “geo” offering:

—A GPS product that allows users to control their vehicles wirelessly

I’m all ears on that one!

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/26 at 08:04 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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