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Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Researchers from the social networks IT security group at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, in Isreal, home of Waze, can help prevent traffic accidents. They studied a month's worth of data from the four million users of the app in that country. The used Google Earth to analyze the data and found:

  • 75% of locations prone to traffic accidents were intersections
  • police need an average of 20 minutes to reach the scene of an accident, sometimes up to 40 minutes

So, how wll waze and other apps prevent accidents? The will help local governments identify dangerous intersections and better locate police officers.

There is no indication of who funded the study. Per other studies half of Israeli drivers use waze; 72% of all drivers that use navigation apps use the service.

- Globes.il

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/02 at 04:13 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The patent, granted on Dec 25, 2012 is titled: System and method for identifying erroneous business listings. The idea is to highlight businesses that may intentionally locate themselves near or within the boundaries of oft-searched points of interest like the Eiffel Tower or Yellowstone National Park. The abstract:

A system and method is provided that detect a business listing having erroneous geospatial data. In one aspect, it is determined whether a first location and a second location are at least partially situated within a cell, the cell representing a geographic region having a predetermined area.

If the first location and the second location are at least partially situated within the cell, it is determined whether a geospatial coordinate of the first location is within a predetermined radius of the second location.

If it is determined that the geospatial coordinate of the first location is within a predetermined radius of the second location, the first location is flagged for inspection.

As Bill Slawski notes in his coverage of the patent at SEO by the Sea, it's interesting that Google is collecting patents (he gives a few examples) and using crowdsourcing to make its map data better just as Apple made that giant mapping boo boo with Apple Maps earlier this year.

- SEO by the Sea via +AJ Kohn

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/02 at 04:13 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

National Institute for Geographic Information and forestry API: The service provides data for mapping and geographic information sysetms (GIS) applications related to forestry and agricultural conditions in France. It documents forest coverage, tree species and health, soil conditions, and related environmental reports tied to specific locations, identified as geographic points or physical areas. It is intended to provide a continuously updated inventory of French forest resources.

API methods support retrieval of reports on tree species, environmental health, and forestation. Data may be formatted as map layers for integration with third-party mapping applications. Native client integrations are available, including Geoportal.

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by Adena Schutzberg on 01/02 at 04:12 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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