For commanders and explorers geography has always been a means to know their routes. Now, coupled with Geo Information Systems (GIS), geography can be useful to disseminate the knowledge of the earth to anybody. It can be even helpful in that it applies geographic knowledge to a large host of human activities.
Geographic Iinformation System (GIS)
As a result, the geographic approach is a great challenge and a great opportunity at the same time; a new way of seeing that goes beyond the illustrating paradigm. The geographic approach also allows us to apply this paradigm to the way we move, plan, and interact with our world.
GIS can be dramatically effective in fleet management, as is this important - sometime crucial - to realize where a specific asset was located at a given time. Actually (and firstly), we applied this technology to the travel segment, resulting in a new way to read about, to plan and to track the journey.
Here is the most popular panorama in Rio you can virtually enjoy with Google Earth ® or by clicking the 3D icon on feature bar of the flat rendered Rio mashup at http://www.inognidove.it/rio
The 3D rendering as you can see at http://www.inognidove.it/rio/3D.shtml requires the Google Earth Plug-In and uses the keyhole file (kml) derived from the flat rendering.
As on the flat rendering, markers (red pins) and routes (yellow paths) appear on the view port and can be triggered one by one thus showing a balloon with a picture and a short description. On click, the balloon opens to a new browser window that returns to a regular page with the full size picture and the complete story.
Whether you are tracked by your mobile phone or a solely gps-device, your position is plotted on line, on the mashup(s) you were associated with. Assuming you agree to share your position as a buddy icon or a blinking dot is shown on the map..
The above example shows a green dot that blinks at the positions your gps-device has transmitted to the on line mashup.
Into your Gps-enabled device, having Google Maps ® installed, you may turn on the layer you need and easily follow the route from Dead Sea to Petra passing by the suggested stop-overs in Wadi Mujib and Al Karak until you reach your hotel.
Once you are there, you may turn off the driving direction layer and turn on your Petra attractions layer accompanying you from the Ticket Office all through the Siq and up to the El Deir. It's feasible, and very easy.
By clicking on any given marker (red pins) on the layer, you can get some further commentary notes and suggestions. Logging into Google Latitude ® and assuming you agree to share your position, your journey is also plotted on line and you can start posting your sms-to-web by simply short-messaging (sms) to a pre-configured number. It is more than what you can get from your Smart Phone built-in map feature.
This schema shows you as a tourist (the red contoured icon) walking through the Baixa in Lisbon. Your position is tracked by your gps-enabled device and added to the Baixa walking tour layer, made of red route plus celeste markers. Both your position and the tour layer are plotted on the online mashup at lisbona-baixa that can be seen by any web browser (no plug-ins required).
When you are actually there, you can follow the suggested red route on your iPhone. This is how it may looks like.
The Baixa walking-tour layer is basically a keyhole file you can easily turn on on your smart phone, assuming you've Google Maps for Mobile ® on board. The InOgniDove.it staff is going to provide more and more destinations; you can see them all at InOgniDove.it as soon as they are uploaded to InOgniDove.it server
Iphone is a registered trademark of Apple Inc whereas Google Maps, Google Maps for Mobile and Google Latitude are registered trademark of Google Inc. InOgniDove is an initiative by Animated Web Srl.