Emergency Location to the Centimeter
It makes sense that emergency response can be quicker and more efficient if they know exactly where to go. GPS is ok, but being off even 10m can be too much. Australia’s Ergon Energy has teamed with Nokia and Samsung to create a system that’s cheap and versatile enough to find callers down to the centimeter. It involves a series of pole mounted GPS stations in a local area working in conjunction with special chips located in cell phones. Being LBS nuts here at VS, it’s obvious to us the commercial applications of this technology beyond emergency response. Knowing exactly where something is happening down to the centimeter is the last major domain to realizing LBS, I think. Look for this to eventually reach US shores, I would imagine.