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“Tracking devices can be placed on shipping containers coming into and traveling around the country. This is known as geofencing and is a prime tactic in controlling the transportation of hazardous materials. One large American port city has GPS devices installed on all the fuel tankers that commonly enter its port. If the tanker strays outside its proscribed route, a remote control system shuts off the tanker’s engines”
A very interesting website by the new York Times graphically links U.S. census data with Google Maps:
Mapping America: Every City, Every Block
Here is a fantastic interactive documentary dealing with culture, architecture, geography, and interactivity.
Out My Window
I came across this story concerning gps a couple of weeks back, and thought it would be a great example to respond to the discussions relating to gps. It truly is impressive how useful gps and tracking is. This article demonstrates how some individuals just do not think. Criminals stole a couples phone when raiding their house and were caught by police by the gps tracking on the phone. The same can be said if a car is stolen. It amazes me how thieves think they can get away with this.
In the architecture world gps is truly crucial. In my internship I have had experience with this. For example my employer and I were deciding on how to layout a very intrinsic stone wall layout over all types of slopes. It is not easy to go into the field and try to make markers on a site with lots of slopes. Our biggest concern was starting in the right place but the furthest end point to be off. In this example a gps was used to create this accuracy. Honesty, without the gps the contractors would have not been able to make the correct layout. Also, my boss was working on a golf course reconstruction and a gps was crucial once again when dealing with the water line. It is quite remarkable how gps allows for intrinsic projects and ideas to be conducted.
When discussing gps in class today i begin to think of how gps has really evolved. One of the greatest uses of gps for those who like to run, should really check out this Nike app. It’s great becasue it uses gps to track where you have been and how much you have run. Really useful if you are an outdoor runner.
The example of photosynth in class today was truly amazing! This use of geo-tagging is wonderful. It is a great collective way for individuals to come together with their perspectives and points of view of an environment or object. The next step of not only creating a detailed environment by image but by live video is pretty remarkable. This is great for seeing a place before going or deciding to go there(ex. vacation). I would not say that it is replacing actually seeing the Notre Dame although it is getting pretty close. I see this type of technology coming into effect soon with vehicles with the gps and just imagine what else…
Cellphones sort of being used as GPS units to map the use of city spaces has been explored here.
The electronic maps of cellphone usage were overlaid with geographic and city street maps to produce real time electronic landscapes of the city.
Opportunities for new approaches to city planning and transportation via new urban studies facilitated by technology arise.