What is Location Intelligence?

Location intelligence refers to the mapping of the geographic relationships associated with data. Resources including GIS are used to provide individuals and organizations with information about how people are interacting with various applications and services based on their location. Through combinations of trilateration, WiFi fingerprinting, and crowdsourcing data, the data and patterns achieved through location intelligence are extremely accurate. Smartphones and tablets are naturally driving the proliferation of this technology because of their built-in location-sensitive sensors, WiFi signals, gyroscopes, magnetometers and accelerometers, and other features. Major players in the mobile and wearable technology space, such as Apple and Google, are rapidly acquiring the latest location intelligence technologies with the goal of enhancing the ways in which consumers interact with their surroundings. Apple recently purchased Locationary, a start-up that leverages crowdsourcing and game mechanics to update a database of location information for businesses. Additionally, they acquired WiFiSLAM, a company that specializes in employing WiFi signals, GPS, and sensors to track user movements within buildings. WiFiSLAM uses pattern recognition and machine learning to detect relationships between the data collected through all of the sensors in a device to create reliable indoor maps. Ultimately, location intelligence is poised to help people better understand their environments and even contribute their own measurements in an effort to map the entire world, inside and out.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • - bobmoore bobmoore Feb 4, 2014It seems there could be a number of possible uses in education. I am anything but an expert on the technology, but I'll offer a couple of ideas. First, safety and security. Anytime you can track the whereabouts and movement of objects and individuals, that has to have application for safety and security. Having said that, not the privacy issue I mention in section 2. It also seems that this could lend itself to instructional areas, such as math. ?? Out of my area of expertise here though.
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(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • - bobmoore bobmoore Feb 4, 2014As with some of the other technologies, student privacy is a potential concern. While applications for safety and security are undeniable, as soon as we start tracking the movements of individuals, we must consider the privacy implications.
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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative inquiry?

  • add your response - shalini.sinha shalini.sinha Feb 8, 2014 The geographic information gathered from the user's device may be linked with geological information of the place. Currently, it is used to provide relevant information on traffic, closed convenience store, hospital etc. But, if it can be linked to provide the information on natural soil, vegetation, clouds and climate that middle school and senior school students are learning, it can make geography more real for them.
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