Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Tracking people with phones: an example of good

There was both a wonderful result, and a brilliant information integration story today in the news. An girl was found by taking approximate GPS signal locations and google maps street view. First, brilliant that she was found safely. Second, this is the sort of thing that people are both scared of being unduely monitored. Here is a case, though, when you really do want the right people to be able to find you through simply the signal of your mobile phone. I like the additional notion here, however, that the street view was important in finding seeing which buildings, such a hotel, were in that area. Although they knew where abouts she was roughly, the street view helped them stake out possible locations that would fit with the abductor travelling.

anyway. good all round i think.