Data in motion

A New Mobile Map Captures ‘Internet of Moving Things’

Welcome to the world of data in motion, all the time. A data-intensive mapping service from Urban Engines that was announced on Tuesday carries information about several cities in the United States, as well as route maps for getting around and directions in augmented reality, using just the processing power and storage of the phone. As impressive as that seems, the underlying technology used to figure out where things are have a bigger impact. The augmented reality function is particularly useful for walking directions. Using the compass and accelerometer in a smartphone, it’s possible to look through the viewfinder of the camera and see arrows that indicate the route one should go through, say, a subway station to come up the correct exit. Connect to a cloud computing service, and it can also give information about things like traffic congestion. ….[READ]

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