GITA Day 2

A good presentation by Peter Batty of Ten Sails which introduced the concept of Sentient Computing, I guess an extension of using Geographic Information to provide context to other systems. For example the flow of a patient moving through a hospital along with their records could be tracked, if the two were separated an alarm would be activated. Another example could be the reconfiguration of a meeting room to suit the needs of its occupants. These application rely on accurate short range location determination technology based on things like RFID tags but as Peter pointed out the technology is not there yet.

My worry is that when the technology becomes mature as it has with mainstream LBS application developers will still take the conservative user activated view of services, so that rather that automatically offering services tailored for you based on your location you must ask for them through some clunky interface.

Written and submitted from my hotel room using the in-room high speed internet connection

GITA Day 1

GITA in Denver
Denver welcomes the GITA show – a shop window sticker !!

Made my first presentation today in the interoperabilty session hosted by the Open Geospatial Consortium , and covered the use of GML. To download a pdf of the presentation click here (warning 5Mb!) A good set of presentations I thought, which came from a number of different perspectivies.

This is the third time I have attended GITA and each year to my eyes it appears to get smaller with little that is new. Is this the result of the industry reaching maturity or the impact of vendor websites on the need for industry trade shows.

My new blog

After a few years maintaining the familiy blog I think it is time to try and develop a site more related to my day job and to technology in general. – No kids pictures here. I’m also trying out some different technology, WordPress a php based solution that is dynamic and which will allow me to experiment more. The first experiment a real time weather feed – watch this space..