NAVTEQ LBS Challenge

In the years 2003 – 2010, NAVTEQ was organizing the NAVTEQ Global LBS Challenge, an annual event.

The Global LBS Challenge was challenging developers of applications from around the globe to develop innovative LBS (location-based services) apps that were working with mobile phones and other wireless handheld devices and that used NAVTEQ map data and dynamic positioning technology. Take also a look at the following video.

To give you an example, developers from all across the world entered numerous LBS applications that were working on portable devices and mobile phones. These applications used NAVTEQ maps and wireless technology and the developers were competing for a huge global prize pool that was valued at around $2 million.

In the semifinals of the competition, 16 selected companies advanced to the finals where they were evaluated by an expert industry panel and all the entries were judged on these aspectS: unique features, functionality, ease of use, and commercial viability.

At the Awards Ceremony of the Global LBS Challenge, a Grand Prize winner and 3 Category winners were named across the following categories: Enterprise Solutions (Business), Entertainment & Leisure, Navigation, Social Networking, and Content.

ENTERPRISE SOLUTIONS

Field Services
Asset Tracking
Advertising
Buying
Billing

ENTERTAINMENT & LEISURE

Location-based imaging
Gaming
Athletics Travel

NAVIGATION

Traffic
POI Look-up

SOCIAL NETWORKING

Personal Security
Find Me
Peer-to-Peer

CONTENT

POI data location
dynamic data
relevant data

All through the years, the parent company, Nokia, continued to sponsor this great event, together with some other interested companies.

The NAVTEQ Global LBS Challenge was highly successful in creating an interesting outlet for the global developer community that, through this initiative, gained unique access to the industry and had the chance for worldwide exposure and recognition. The Challenge’s success is visible in today’s prevalence of readily available wireless navigation and location services.

Since 2003, when NAVTEQ launched the Global LBS Challenge, more than thirty percent of all the Challenge’s semifinalists succeeded in securing venture capital funding and some have even launched their own commercially-distributed applications featured on major wireless carriers.

In 2010, NAVTEQ acquired Trapster, a relatively small California-based company, that had succeeded in reaching the finals of the 2008 NAVTEQ Global LBS Challenge.

Our Future Technology: It’s Child’s Play

Me: what did you do at school today?
Son: Learned about the world using Google Earth.
Well, I really hadn’t expected that answer.

In the video above, Lisa Guernsey talks about how dealing with an iPad is affecting young children at a TEDxMidAtlantic meeting. Lisa directs the Early Education Initiative of the New America Foundation and she aims to elevate the dialogue about early childhood education.

But now back to my son. If you think about that for a moment it’s quite staggering. My son is 5 years old and in his first year of school. When I was 5 I can’t imagine I even knew what an atlas was and maybe I didn’t know the world existed outside my town, let alone my country.

So after dinner, we took a virtual trip up and around the top of Mount Everest. We also visited Ayers Rock in Australia, the Great Wall of China, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and my personal favorite, we zoomed in to the 50-yard line of Soldier Field, home to the NFL’s Chicago Bears. Ain’t technology awesome…

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Sticky Fingers: Our Children’s Technological Future

I have sticky fingerprints smeared across my flat-screen TV. They’re not mine, I might add. Rather they belong to my five-year-old son. Unlike his other random markings around the house (walls are a particular favorite), these are deliberate and with purpose.

He tries to operate the TV like he would my iPhone. That is, he competently swipes and pushes objects (buttons) on the flat screen as a means of navigating to the content he wants.

When the TV doesn’t respond he gets annoyed and airs his displeasure. For instance, a favorite program of his starts and ends with the characters entering a lift (elevator) – the top floor housing a fun playroom.

One day, as the program was coming to an end and the doors to the lift closed on the departing characters, he began to furiously ‘swipe’ the doors on the screen, yelling “no, no, no!” – desperately trying to open the doors so the program wouldn’t end.

But end it did, and in tears.

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Navigate to Food Trucks

Food Truck Mania is alive and well in many American cities. From Korean BBQ to tacos to cupcakes, there’s a truck to satisfy any palate. But how do you find out what’s available near you? Answer: Location-based food truck apps.

Apps Tailored to Your City
Depending upon where you live, there may be apps designed specifically for your city or town. The Cart Compass PDX app (iPhone | Android), for instance, provides real-time information about Portland’s famous food trucks, stalls, and pods. Cart Compass PDX is powered by a database containing over 300 different vendors! The app determines your current location and shows the nearest trucks on a map. You can also search by vendor or type of cuisine and access user-generated ratings and reviews. Here are a few additional city-specific apps:

New York City: NYC Truck Food iPhone
Chicago: Chicago Food Truck Finder iPhone | Android | Web
San Antonio: San Antonio Food Truck Finder iPhone | Android

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Geo-location for Educational Websites

Mobile navigation and geolocation became important features of modern websites. Many multi-location organizations rely on geolocation for bringing people to their websites. The same counts for schools and other educational organizations.

For example, MyCareerTools.com gives students access to free online GED courses and they also can easily find ‘traditional classes around their locations. This is a very important search option because students expect to be able to find a school near their home.

This solution is based on API from NN4D.

Signal jamming is a major concern for the shipping industry. A compromised GPS signal can have serious safety and financial consequences. However, unlike jamming, which merely interrupts signal availability at the receiver, spoofing overrides the satellite signal with one that transmits misleading information.

In June, students from UT Austin conducted a spoofing experiment off the coast of southern Italy. They used a custom-made device to send counterfeit signals to a GPS-powered yacht located 30 miles offshore. By overpowering the GPS signal, the students were able to take control of the ship’s navigation system. Next, they successfully altered the ship’s course, leading it away from the intended path.

While this experiment certainly raises a number of security concerns, one group of researchers claims that intermediate signals can be used to detect and prevent spoofing.

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NASA Scholarships and Grants


Students who wish to apply for full scholarships or partial grants should complete and submit the “Scholarship Application”. The MUST Center bases its selection criteria on a series of requisites that the prospective candidate must meet to qualify for NASA scholarships and grants as outlined below:

  • The scholarships are designed for students who are registered full time in the MUST Center, have an outstanding academic record and obtain excellent marks and are exempted from the MUST Entrance Examination.
  • The selection is based on both the student’s academic record as well as his/her family’s income.
  • The scholarships awarded may cover a minimum of 15% of the total costs of academic tuition fees (excluding the pre-inscription fees). (more…)

American University Tuition on Average

The education that you need to have depends on the career that you are going into. You will be able to get most of what you need when you’ll take community college courses. Of course, you should make sure that you are getting what you’ll need and that you’ll be able to pay for college or university. So what is the American university tuition on average?

So when you’ve completed your high school curriculum comes the time when you’ll need to make sure that you’ll be able to pay to go to college. The majority of the universities and colleges will allow you to pay a relatively small amount and this particularly counts for community colleges. The important thing is to make sure how much you can pay at any given time.

Paying By Course

Whenever you are going to community college, you will need to pay for the courses that you are taking. Each course will have a fee attached to it. Make sure that you are not only getting the courses that you will need for your degree. You’ll also need to be sure that you are getting all the financial help you can to afford your education.

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American University Tuition and Student Consolidation Loans

A friend of mine got himself into serious problems when on top of all loans, he researched and found a possibility of student loan for a car. Having a car is great but his finances were far from feeling great. We started looking for a good debt consolidation company but that might turn out to be troublesome when you don’t understand precisely what you should search for. So in this post, we’ll take a closer look at American University Tuition and Student Consolidation Loans.

As soon as you come across a students consolidation loan that appears attractive to you, check again! Some individuals even take months to get the most suitable debt consolidation company for their needs. The following CNBC video explains a lot.

The success of a debt consolidation program depends on how much debt you have and how much you can afford to pay each month to clear them up.

A friend of my son dropped out of high school and used the GED Math course of the online education platform BestGEDClasses to get ready for that section of the high school equivalency test and he got into college at least without any debt. Please be aware that also online high school diploma programs and college courses are not free and will set you back at least $9000 annually.

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Decluttering your life…

Yet again, Christine Kane hits home with her recent newsletter talking about steps to decluttering and the excuses we use to keep clutter in our lives.  This got me thinking of how business owners often do the same thing with their business. Decluttering your life…Including your business!

With Spring officially only a few weeks away, though here in northern Michigan it may hang on for a while, I thought I’d provide some excuses business owners use to keep clutter in their business and what you need to do about it.

Excuse #1 – I can’t stand work with this client!

If you wake up in the morning dreading the client call, meeting or project with a particular client that is difficult to work with it’s time to reassess and deal with it.  If you truly can’t stand to work with them, if they repeat patterns that you’ve had discussions about, or they’re not listening to your advice that they are paying you for then ditch ‘em!  Yes! Toss them to curb (mind you, you probably want to be a bit nicer than that when you do). (more…)

Entry Level Engineering Jobs and Scholarship Options

Engineering is the most popular education field all over the world. Every year, more than fifty million students graduate to become engineers in the major countries across the world. In this post, we’ll talk a little more about entry level engineering jobs and scholarship options.

There are numerous engineering jobs and scholarship option are found everywhere. To get an idea of engineering scholarships, check out this interesting University of Connecticut video:

The staggering number of graduates manifests the scope the field of engineering has to offer. Realizing the importance of a career in engineering and the impact it has generated across the world, many research organizations and scholarship agencies have catered to the financial needs of students and lessen their burden of bearing the expenses for engineering aspirants.

Especially for students who are not native to the U.S., many agencies have come forward and offered scholarships to the meritorious ones. The money spent on engineering in any top college would cost a fortune but this fact has taken an unprecedented turn with top colleges themselves associating with scholarship agencies to assist meritorious students and giving them the opportunity of realizing their dream.

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