Pay-As-You-Go GPS

A British company is rolling out (no pun intended) a Pay-as-you-go GPS/Navigation system for cell phones. The vision is for it to be used by motorists in an ad hoc fashion to avoid traffic. What I think is interesting is all the computation is done back at the server end with the result pushed to the phone. They call it “off-board” navigation. I wonder if it could compete well with on all the time products like Onstar?

Via Piston Heads

GIS Unshackled – from GeoWorld

This is a feature article from the August issue of GeoWorld that gives an overview of open source GIS tools. Since I have to admit that I am not that familiar with using open source stuff for GIS applications, I thought it was a good introduction.

You can read the article on Geoplace

Real-time Ship Tracking

IBM and Maersk (Danish shipping company) announced they are teaming up on a project to provide real-time wireless tracking for cargo ships, via a device attached to individual cargo containers. They’re actually going to start testing this fall.

Read the article here

(via abcnews.com)

Paying your highway tolls via satellite?

I just saw this article on Geocommunity. Apparently , a private company called Mapflow is teaming up with the Dublin Transportation Office (Ireland) to do a feasibility study on the use of satellite technology to track cars in real-time, and then charge drivers for the distance they travelled on the toll road. The study is also being funded by the European Space Agency. Yeah……. I think I will leave it at that, and let you read the article

http://spatialnews.geocomm.com/dailynews/2005/sep/19/news2.html

Geospatial Information & Technology Assoc. to hold online convention

GITA will be holding its first ever online convention and exposition, from October 1st to December 31st. There will be 2 sessions of speakers, and registered users can view the sessions anytime during that session’s run. Session 1 will be October 1st-Nov. 14, and the speakers include Karen Ball from Intergraph and Jack Dangermond, head of ESRI. Theregistration is free, and the form is available at http://www.recyber.com/preconventiongita/

For more information on GITA, visit their website

(via GISuser.Com)