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Aug 2012 | No Comment


Using cell phone while driving could get reported

Researchers at Anna University of Technology in Tamil Nadu, India have developed a technology that not only jams cell phone calls while a vehicle is in motion, but can report a driver’s attempt to use their mobile communication devices to the authorities. The technology, based on RFIDs, is aimed at preventing truck drivers and other road users from using their cell phones while driving and could also be integrated with police traffic monitoring.

Indoor GPS system uses smartphone and earth’s magnetic field

Finnish researchers from the University of Oulu (who founded their own company named IndoorAtlas) may have a solution with an indoor positioning system that uses the Earth’s magnetic field to figure out exactly where you are. The research is already being adapted into a product that your smartphone can use to create indoor maps and IPS-powered apps. The idea behind the technology is to use your smartphone’s magnetometer, which powers your phone’s digital compass, to identify your location no matter where you are.

Compasses can be useless in an urban setting because all the metallic structures that throw the Earth’s smooth magnetic field out of whack. IPS, however, doesn’t use your digital compass to derive which way is north. Instead, it uses the phone’s magnetometer to map these magnetic disturbances to produce a digital representation of a building’s fl oor plan.

App to know where you are

ButiMohammad Al Delail, 21, a recent graduate of Computer Engineering at the university in Sharjah has developed an indoor navigation application that could kick-start the future of indoor mapping. Only outdoor maps are presently accessible through Google.

Buti’s ‘Context Aware Visual indoor Augmented Reality’ application (CAViAR App), which is compatible with and downloadable from Apple’s iTunes platform, uses state-of-the-art Augmented Reality (AR) technologies to provide the user with the blueprint of his/her location, 3D view of the vicinity and navigation based on image detection.

Where will you be this time tomorrow?

UK researchers have developed an algorithm that can predict your future geographic location using data gathered from your friends’ smartphones. In the study of two hundred people, the algorithm predicted the location of some users 24 hours later within 100 metres, others as close as 20 metres.

Mirco Musolesi, lead researcher and computer science lecturer at the University of Birmingham, said the algorithm is exploiting the synchronized rhythm of the city. “iknow this kind of thing looks kind of Big Brother,” said Musolesi. There is a problem for privacy, it is a big problem for these kind of services in general.” Still, if users’ phone information could be protected, the algorithm has a potential future in targeted advertising, said Musolesi.

Police of Finland Make Neighborhoods Safer

The Police of Finland – Poliisi- wants to make neighborhoods safer by engaging the citizens of Finland in a mobile and online social conversation. Poliisiwill be testing beta app Grafetee as a public safety tool in the following months, and engage with non-mobile users via Grafetee-supported interactive map on

It allows users to update their status with images and text, and to alert the police in real time about things happening in their area, without having to actually make a call. With just a tap, citizens of Finland will be able to report a crime or a dangerous situation, or inform officials of any situation needing immediate attention. Likewise, the police can alert citizens and request support as needed.

Flickr adds Nokia Maps for Photo Geotagging

Photo site Flickr has partnered with Nokia for an all-new online maps function. Up-to-date maps now provide greater levels of detail and allow closer zooming than before, thanks to Nokia’s map style and satellite images, as well as continued Open Street Map (OSM) integration for areas where commercial maps didn’t have full coverage.

XcelMobility launches Mach 5 LBS feature

XcelMobility Inc has introduced its Mach 5 LBS as a featured product and optional component of its Mach 5 browser accelerator product line. The Company has opened talks aimed at cellular carriers, OEM manufacturers and retail distributors for initial entry into the Asian marketplace within the next few months.

Smartphone-interfacing solutions for compatible automotive navigation

The North and Latin American automotive navigation markets are on the cusp of a shift to connected navigation systems that offer real-time traffic information and local searching options. Navigation systems, whether by original equipment (OE) fitment, aftermarket, or portable navigation device (PND), are feeling the heat of competition from smartphone-based navigation applications. Low-cost smartphone replication technologies are helping navigation markets breach the perimeter of the mass market.

Lexus selects TomTom navigation

TomTom will supply one of the navigation solutions available in Europe on the upgraded Lexus CT 200h. The MoveOn navigation system offers TomTom HD Traffic and is seamlessly integrated in the dashboard of the Lexus CT 200h. It will be introduced in several European markets this year.

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