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. Smartphones and tablets are naturally driving the proliferation of this technology because of their built-in location-sensitive sensors and other features. A growing facet of location intelligence in libraries is location-based services (LBS) that provide content that is dynamically customized according to the user's location. New location intelligence technologies are extending that capability into buildings and interior spaces with remarkable accuracy. A recent compelling development for location-based services is the advent of indoor geolocation, which is providing users with very specific information tailored to their exact location within a space, allowing fine-tuned information or services to be accessed from their exact location in 3D space, so that even different floors of a building can be identified.

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

  • This sounds a bit like Augmented Reality revisited. Pokemon Go blew the lid off this technology. Museums is an obvious domain for this technology, and I think this technology has some potential if you combine it with user generated content. - oysteinjohannessen oysteinjohannessen Nov 14, 2016
  • I have thought of this mostly in connection with museums, where one could think that information was given to you with the correct language depending on where you stood in the location. My school has been involved in a nature/culturale trail where we have some 20 signposts where we have depicted things of cultural interest, but it is only in Norwegian. I have thought of producing soundfiles and qr-code these to make this information accessible for people from different contries. With this new geolocation-technologies a new possibility opens up for me! I have also plans for some of the same things in connection with a litterature trail downtown Odda. The author of the book "bikubesong", Frode Grytten has a very popular walk through Odda, where he talks about the city, the upbringing in Odda, the book.. We want to digitalize this experience. This new technology opens up new possibilities. - sven.o.brekke sven.o.brekke Nov 4, 2016
  • While I agree with the comment above and also have seen this is particularly relevant in a museum context, I think the potential is interesting - just consider what Pokemon Go did to all of us this summer. - kristineploug kristineploug Nov 11, 2016

(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • The link with Internet-of-Things (and drones) is missing. Locating sensors and mapping sensor movement is interesting for many applications, not only in research sensor or parents keeping track of their children through their cell phones location data. Being able to pull in data from IoT and drones, and combine with mapping data makes it easier to measure and experiment. Getting access to data about traffic flows on busses may enable students to understand how to build a greener solution for transport, or to discuss the social aspects of bus travel. Investigation is not limited to physical reactions in the lab, but may be taken from the world. - ingrid.melve ingrid.melve Nov 7, 2016
  • I know that the advertising industry is working on various ways of geolocate people and stream commercial advertisement through phones or screens in shopwindows. I have googled Adidas sneakers, I have allowed geolocation on my phone, next time i pass a shop that sells those sneakers, they pop up asI pass the window !! - sven.o.brekke sven.o.brekke Nov 4, 2016
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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative inquiry?

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(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

  • The book drones at Biblo Tøyen, the Oslo public library aimed at ages 10-15, allows children to store books as they find practical. The book drone keeps track of location, and the user is directed to the book. This reshapes the way we interact with learning resources. http://theoslobook.no/2016/05/28/biblo-toyen/ - ingrid.melve ingrid.melve Nov 7, 2016
  • The local bus authority in Trondheim, AtB, publish open data about the location of their busses https://www.atb.no/apne-data/category419.html This has been used by students at NTNU for building apps and analyzing traffic patterns. - ingrid.melve ingrid.melve Nov 7, 2016
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