January saw the kick-off in Italy of a large EU-funded project called i-Locate or indoor/outdoor location and asset management through open geodata. Running for three years and involving 24 partners in ten countries, this project aims to use geographical information technology to locate objects in indoor and outdoor spaces, enabling a number of new location-based services (LBS) with potentially significant economic significance. Case studies involve guiding people and tracking equipment in hospitals, health centres, museums and galleries at various test sites around the European Union. The outcome will be an open-source tool-kit which can be freely deployed.
Bruce Gittings of the University of Edinburgh will work alongside noted spatial scientists John Herring (Oracle), Patrick Hogan (NASA Ames Research Centre) and Bart De Lathauwer (Open Geospatial Consortium) to ensure the project is delivered. Bruce spoke at a well-attended Think-Shop event on the 22nd January as part of the three-day meeting in Trentino in Northern Italy which launched the project.