Think GPS is cool? IPS will blow your mind | ExtremeTech

GPS satellite constellation

For all of their awesome applications — from portable navigation devices, to self-driving cars, to cruise missile targeting — the American Global Positioning System and its Russian cohort GLONASS have two fundamental flaws: They don’t work indoors, and they only really operate in two dimensions.

Now, these limitations are fair enough; we’re talking about an extremely weak signal that has traveled 20,200km (12,600mi), after all. Passing through concrete and other solid obstacles is hard enough for a strong, short-range cellular signal — you can’t seriously expect a 50-watt signal traveling 12,000 miles to do the same. Detecting a GPS signal on Earth is comparable to detecting the light from a 25-watt bulb from 10,000 miles.

The situation is a little more complex when it comes to detecting a change in altitude; GPS and GLONASS can measure altitude, but generally the data is inaccurate and too low-resolution (on the order of 10-25 meters) for everyday use. Even with these limitations, though, space-based satellite navigation systems have changed almost every aspect of society, from hardware hacking to farming to cartography to finding a girlfriend.

What if we had a navigation system that worked indoors, though? What if we had an Indoor Positioning System (IPS)? Believe it or not, we’re very nearly already there.

GPS vs. IPS

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How Google Maps is changing the face of data — Cloud Computing News

Geospatial adds an incredible amount of context. It allows for complex tasks such as tracking of people as they go about their business to help determine who’s connected to whom, or predicting where someone might go next and what’s the best route to get there. If we’re talking about a spreading disease, Jonas explained, geospatial data helps us determine its vector and velocity.

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Marissa Mayer: Google Will Connect the Digital & Physical Worlds Through Mobile
Source: Mashable

Google’s recently appointed head of mobile and geolocation Marissa Mayer took the stage Friday afternoon at South by Southwest to discuss how Google’s maps and locations products are paving the way for a more digitally and physically connected future.
“The mobile phone acts as a cursor to connect the digital and physical,” Mayer said during her presentation in which she also discussed Google’s location and mobile products and strategies. She segmented the talk into three sections: fast, fun and future.
Mayer spouted off impressive product stats and the improved speed of Google Maps for Mobile, highlighted how the company is applying Google Street View to art and concluded by hinting at a future when Google marries its fast array of mobile-friendly products — Calendar, Hotpot, Google Maps for Mobile and Goggles — with location to make life smoother. This is what she calls the “power of here.”

Marissa Mayer: Google Will Connect the Digital & Physical Worlds Through Mobile

Source: Mashable

Google’s recently appointed head of mobile and geolocation Marissa Mayer took the stage Friday afternoon at South by Southwest to discuss how Google’s maps and locations products are paving the way for a more digitally and physically connected future.

“The mobile phone acts as a cursor to connect the digital and physical,” Mayer said during her presentation in which she also discussed Google’s location and mobile products and strategies. She segmented the talk into three sections: fast, fun and future.

Mayer spouted off impressive product stats and the improved speed of Google Maps for Mobile, highlighted how the company is applying Google Street View to art and concluded by hinting at a future when Google marries its fast array of mobile-friendly products — Calendar, Hotpot, Google Maps for Mobile and Goggles — with location to make life smoother. This is what she calls the “power of here.”

Geospatial Revolution Project | A Public Media Project
The Geospatial Revolution Project is an integrated public service media  and outreach initiative about the world of digital mapping and how it is  changing the way we think, behave, and interact.

Geospatial Revolution Project | A Public Media Project

The Geospatial Revolution Project is an integrated public service media and outreach initiative about the world of digital mapping and how it is changing the way we think, behave, and interact.

The Outernet Guidelines Initiative

A global forum to discuss how pervasive, mobile computing, augmented reality and smart objects, sensors and devices are transforming the Internet into the Outernet. The objective: to anticipate the cultural, commercial and policy implications that the convergence of digital and physical realms will engender.

Outernet Guidelines