There is a lot of hype about drones, UAVs. Recently Michael MAes , BeUAS provided an overview of the market situation in Belgium in this sector. What is interesting are the wide variety of UAV applications: geographic applications, ground inspectionis, photography, farming, building industry, police and firebrigade, mining, ... Link (Dutch) Presentation link
1Spatial plc, the spatial big data company which manages some of the world’s largest spatial data, is one of the UK’s fastest growing and dynamic small to medium sized businesses (SMEs), according to the London Stock Exchange’s landmark research report ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain’. http://t.co/CfZSSzOCqk #spatialbigdata
This recent visit to Intergeo has opened my eye to the fast hardware evolution in the UAVs. The presentation below summarizes some of these trends - Connected APPS The success of current mobile app ecosystems is due largely to the opening of the marketplace by Apple and Google to third party developers; these take the risk of innovation away from the platform - However, there are signs from the market that a consolidation phase is likely to take place and that it becomes difficult for an app developer to get attention. (Tapptic study: user only regularly uses 6 apps on his smartphone) - Connected devices and cars - The market of wearable devices linked to a communication device is an upcoming market. Uptake of smart watches (5 million to yes old in 2014 according to Canalys) or visualisation tools like Google glass are set to take off in 2014. The ecosystem of these wearable devices brings in new players that go directly especially in the product solution space - The M2M (machine
Rise of the iBeacons - Micro Location & Proximity Revolution iBeacon offers tremendous possibilities to retailers who might use the technology to power mobile payment solutions, coupon solutions and also targeted advertising. (source) to be followed...
Extract from VRWI future study for Flanders on GEO that I like: Space, territory and landscape (political, social, urban, natural etc.) as the overlap between physical space and virtual space is increasingly discussed and virtual landscapes of communication are redefining our sense of space and time. The human habitat and its landscapes are being redefined in dramatic ways, and new physical and symbolic geographies are needed to explore it. Hence, social science and humanities research has a major role to play.
Here a link to a nice resume on open streetmap and redent meeting in Belgium by enthusiasts of open source (French) http://linxtek-informatique.eu/blog/conference-la-cartographie-participative-le-projet-openstreetmap/
The WAZE gps driver application is the perfect example of a 2.0 Geography. Interestingly it is on the radar to be sold by Facebook or Google or another with very high figures; Seems that location location location is still the key? And now seems that the deal is confirmed http://allthingsd.com/20130609/this-time-its-real-google-waze-deal-on-the-way/?mod=atd_homepage_carousel I like the following paragraph bvecause it indicaztes the power of the crowdsourcing model: In the grand scheme of mapping software, Waze isn’t a behemoth: The startup boasts 47 million registered users, 32 percent of them active. What’s impressive is how accurate its maps and traffic information are in areas where it has critical mass, because they are constantly updated by users who are running the app as they drive .
The Google I/O conference this week was stunning regarding the mapping service; with real enhancements and personalisations. Chipchick resume goes as follows: "Google Maps is already pretty hard to top, given Google’s enormous edge in data. The new version of maps has a stronger focus on personalization – each account will have its own unique map. As you visit and review places around where you live, Google will add them as landmarks to your map, then use those landmarks to recommend new places. Also, instead of throwing up a limited number of pins after a query, Google will show all results on the map, marked with smaller red circles. Clicking on a location will display an information card about that location. Clicking on that location will light up new locations on the map that are somehow related, and you can go on exploring from there. Directions from those locations will be automatically provided, using your location or whatever you have marked as home as the starting p
Seems like mobile and outdoor sports are an ideal combination to provide GEO applications. And as Belgium is full of great and creative companies, the applicaitonsare also quite vast Bike to the moon with g-flux: http://g-flux.com/ Routeyou.com in Ghent has been building a large portfolio of apps, sometimes together with partner network. This includes : - Raceyou - Orbit Cycling Liège company STAR also has stakes in companies like GEOlives. It also has it own products like SityTrail BE available on the app stores Any other suggestions?
With nearly 250 datasets released by different geo-authorities (thank you!) the appsforgeo.be co-creation hackaton was already a success. Three teams battled during the day to make a useful application from this. Just before the presentation, geo data-owners from Federal and three regions reflected upon a benchmark made by Solvay students on Geo-datasets in neighboring countries. Other actors from the Open Data scene ,like Finland OKFN chapter, Data.be, OKFN,… participated in a lively discussion on what is allowed with data, absence of licenses even if datas are released,… The jury and audience listened to following presentations: Team Geosolutions- Geofreedback map (automatic error correction tool on combined map data) Team Nostalgeeks – Nostalgeo (Web/mobile app to map existing data and old data like postcards and maps) Team Nextl@b – Daily Workers Mirgration Analysis (Georeferening statistical datasets for analysis) Access to AppsforFlanders- AppsforEurope went to Nextl@