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Infograph: the future of geospatial technology for governments

Waw, that's a trend, thanks to Rudi De Waele for point ing out. In 2020, the location-based service market is a $1.3 trillion industry. In 2020, use of geo-location data, including GPS, generates $500 billion in consumer value. Geographer jobs grow 35 percent per annum, while those of cartographers and photogrammetrists grow 22 percent between 2010 and 2020. The future of geospatial technology

Disruptive geo-business models: Uber forbidden in Brussels

It seems that the business model of 21st century (unlimited amount of Uber car rides) versus the 20th century (limited number of licensed taxi rides) is increasing in Brussels. The trade-off has been tax revenue vs regulation of the market and a kind of protection of the sector.  It hasn't stopped the private cars from offering rock-bottom prices to stranded Thalys customers at Brussels south to Paris, or other unregulated practices . Now comes a new type of busines model taking advantage of improving the inbalance between offer and demand.  Looks quite easy no,  if taxis with a Brussels region license are allowed to drop of customers at Brussels airport, but not allowed to take new customers because of limited Zaventem licenses.  The middlemen (central phone dispatch) is replaced by a matching service, and is more efficient.  It is a business model that brings more value to the end customer, really moving the taxi experience to the 21st information area.  Uber is not in se pl

European Location Framework -> authoritive mapping data

I started redently coordination of a research project called European Location Framework, within the frame of KULeuven university partner. It is the extended research effort by the European national mapping agencies to push into the market authorative and accurate mapping information. As it is an extension of INSPIRE and will push for re-use fo this data, it can only be good for more innnovative applications coming into the market. Find out what's happened during the first year of the ELF project

Where is the guacamole ? Use of LED for indoor navigation

This is the Guacamole test used by Philips to promote indoor navigatin using LEDs, another technology used next to iBeacons. Seems that more mobile phones are capable of using this LED technoogy. It is apparently linking with the light sensor used in the camera and 'hacking' this feature enables this type of apps apparently. Tests by GE : Test by Philips : Philips using LED for indoor store navigation and communication with the smartphone