At this week’s Location Intel (LI) event in Westminster, Colorado put on by Directions Media a number of hot topics in the location-Intel space were discussed by a nice gathering of Geo professionals and visionaries harnessing the power of location for their applications and services. The following are just a few interesting notables and quotables that I picked up on over the 2 days that I attended:
- The ability to deal with location is becoming ubiquitous and Were dealing with going from a small insular community to the point where billions of people use location specific information in diff ways every day…
- Google maps did about $100mill in enterprise app licensing last year
- Tradional Geospatial technologies have typically been: Too dull, Built for insiders, Too cautious, and too incremental
- Customers love features of amazon and google but they don’t trust them with their data (re: Cloud Computing / Cloud Services)
- Platform as a service – platform inside a cloud and you can write apps and services and deploy in the cloud, making it easy for developers
- There’s about 400,000 neo geographers creating maps around the World and some 20million contributors to social maps. They’ve contributed some 1.5 billion geobits of information
- Real-time data increases the possibilities and moves us from entertainment to actions
- Did u know, Use TIGER data from US is updated daily with drives from wazers via Waze social location app
- via INRIX crowd-sourcing data, there’s now almost 200,000 miles of real-time speed info available in the USA – Europe coming next
- we’re seeing a Massive shift to 2 way connectivity as well as a Willingness of consumers and businesses to contribute to crowd-sourcing
- The mobile workforce population will grow to about 1 billion by 2011 – 30% of the global workforce
- If users have more control over privacy and their information that is gathered/consumed then they will share and use more.
- Privacy settings are key to the application and help make users feel comfortable
- In a perfect world we need one [converged] device, easy to take with you, connected, but you need maps…
- AND is developing a US Street Map (base) which is expected to be completed by the end of 2010
with no restriction on uses, on time, or on hits!
- Location specific info is quietly becoming part of the infrastructure and social fabric and Location specific info will be a normal part of everything we do
- A hot topic for the future seems to be the idea of users helping each other in order to save recalculation time (for example, data fed from local taxis or fleet vehicles in the region)
- A cool acronym… Open municipal geodata standard – OMG!
- LBS is a commodity where the providers of the services need to differentiate themselves in some way. One way of doing this is by adding GIS services. Interesting business models exist for gaming, augmented reality, and business uses.
- Location is becoming a commodity
- We are all sensors
- Crowd-sourcing data is where its at!
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