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[aprssig] Re: GPS with open API

Chris Kantarjiev cak at dimebank.com
Thu May 15 18:08:01 UTC 2008


Dash have been around for about 5 years; this is their third name and 
I've lost track of how many business plans they've burned through.

The initial interesting technology was "crowd-sourced traffic" - they 
were building mobile-to-mobile WiFi links, trying to exchange traffic 
observations on the fly. That didn't work out for a number of reasons.

The current approach includes the crowd-sourced traffic, but they're 
really trying to turn it into an ad-based content terminal for your 
vehicle; they announced a bunch of content partnerships yesterday, 
including real-estate, speed traps, and yahoo! search.

It's an interesting platform. I agree that an APRS client would be 
interesting, though it opens a can of worms around non-hams causing RF 
generation via the server :-)

The 'geoweb' world, especially on mobiles, is moving very very quickly. 
There are some amazing sites out there doing display of geospatial data, 
and some nice platforms being built up to do them (check out geodjango). 
  For display purposes, they far outstrip pretty much all of 'our' tools.

73 de chris K6DBG




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