A Few Cool Technologies from the Location Intelligence Conference

By Hal Reid

Immersive Media. Used with permission. (Click for larger image)

While the Location Intelligence Conference was chock full of great presentations and technology, here are a few cool things that stuck with me.

Immersive Media – 25 Cities
Immersive Media now has video of 23 out of the 25 U.S. cities the company plans to capture. This is not run-of-the-mill video. It involves 11 cameras taking 360 degree imagery in real time, all merged into a single image. The imagery is geo-referenced; you can measure how big or how far apart things are. If you are doing anything related to real estate, city planning, etc., you need to see this.

Telmap – Navigation on your phone or PDA
Telmap. Used with permission.
Telmap provides navigation on your cell phone or cell-enabled PDA for a small monthly fee, not just in the U.S. but in many other markets as well. No loading maps prior to your trip, no updates to manage; just connect to Telmap and establish the geography you need. Of course you get voice instructions and buffered maps, which are especially nice if you temporarily drop out of cell range (e.g. going through a tunnel).

Naturally, if you are downtown (walking) and need to find your way to an appointment or point of interest, it will do that for you, too.

AeroScout – Knowing Where It’s At
Aeroscout tag. Used with permission.
If you know where you are, but want to know where your inventory or shipments are, AeroScout provides an end-to-end set of solutions for RFID, Wi-Fi tracking or a combination of both. AeroScout is an “Enterprise Visibility Solutions” company providing the means to help see what is happening to the things that are portable in an organization. So instead of asking, “Where is that…?” or “Where are those…?” the tags can let the “things” tell you where they are without you asking.

Major Asian cities from MapAsia. Used with permission.
MapAsia.com – Major Asian Cities on Your Desktop, Cell phone and PDA
MapAsia.com has a fascinating collection of maps and data from the Far East covering most major markets and even some areas that are less well-traveled. Be sure to explore the Web site. If you need data from this part of the world you will be pleasantly surprised at what is available.

Published Friday, April 21st, 2006

Written by Hal Reid

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