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Energievisionen: Fünf Geschäftsideen für das Stromnetz der Zukunft – SPIEGEL ONLINE – Nachrichten – Wirtschaft

Die Energienetze werden dem Internet immer ähnlicher: Durch schlaue Zähler entsteht eine Plattform, auf der findige Start-ups mit neuen Geschäftsideen schnell reich werden können. SPIEGEL ONLINE stellt fünf Konzepte für den Zukunftsmarkt vor – darunter einen App Store für clevere Kontrollsoftware.Berlin – Das Stromnetz der Zukunft gleicht einer Plattform, auf der jeder mit jedem kommuniziert. Die Waschmaschine mit dem Wäschetrockner, der Energiezähler mit der Solaranlage auf dem Dach, der Offshore-Windpark in der Nordsee mit dem lokalen Energieversorger.

via Energievisionen: Fünf Geschäftsideen für das Stromnetz der Zukunft – SPIEGEL ONLINE – Nachrichten – Wirtschaft.


November 29, 2009 Posted by | Research | , | Leave a comment

Feasibility study RMS – Ride Message Service

RMS (ride message service) ist ein Fahrtenvermittlungssystem via Mobiltelefon. Ziel ist die bessere Auslastung von Personenwagen durch das Ersetzen von Autofahrten mit Mitfahrten sowie das Garantieren der Mobilitätsfreiheit und -entwicklung ohne zusätzlichen Verkehr.

Die geographisch punktgenaue Vermittlung wird über dynamische Ortsinformationen, welche sich aus den Kontrollsignalen von Mobilfunkgeräten ableiten lassen, sichergestellt.

Der Anreiz zur Mitfahrt besteht in der Kombination der Vorteile einer eigenen Autofahrt (flexibel, schnell) mit den Vorteilen einer Taxifahrt (unabhängig, ÖV-Ergänzung) und einem günstigen Preis. Der Anreiz zur Mitnahme besteht in noch zu definierenden Vorteilen für die Autofahrenden (z.B. Gratis-Parkplatz, Telefonguthaben, usw.).

Der kollektive Nutzen besteht in der erhöhten Reiseflexibilität, der Einsparung von Energie und daraus folgenden Reduktion der Umweltbelastungen, sowie langfristig in der besseren Auslastung der Transportkapazitäten und den daraus folgenden Vorteilen (Stau, Flächen, Zersiedelung, etc.).


Gegenstand des Projektgesuchs ist ein Vorprojekt mit den folgenden Zielsetzungen:

• Analyse Erfahrungen bisheriger Mitnahmesysteme, grobe Potenzialsabschätzungen auf der Zeitachse.

• Vorabklärungen mit Schwergewicht auf Datenschutz, verkehrs- und versicherungsrechtliche Fragen, Sicherheitsmassnahmen, Identifikationsmöglichkeiten; Grobskizzen von möglichen Geschäftsideen.

via: Ridesharing in den USA, Kanada, Neuseeland und Europa bis 2007

via Summary: Feasibility study RMS – Ride Message Service.

June 1, 2009 Posted by | Research, Solutions | , , | Leave a comment

Google Launches Maps Data API – O’Reilly Radar

The crowd at Where 2.0 was expecting an API announcement and Google delivered one. Lior Ron and Steve Lee announced their Maps Data API, a service for hosting geodata. As they describe it on the site:

What is it?

The Google Maps Data API allows client applications to view, store and update map data in the form of Google Data API feeds using a data model of features (placemarks, lines and shapes) and maps (collections of features).

Why Use the Google Maps Data API?

  • Storage scales simply with usage. You shouldn’t have to worry about maintaining a data store to build a cool Google Maps mashup. Focus on building the client, and we’ll provide hosting and bandwidth for free.
  • Geodata is accessible across platforms and devices. With many client libraries and clients, accessing stored geodata is possible from anywhere, whether it’s on the web, a mobile phone, a 3D application, or even a command line.
  • Realtime geodata requires realtime indexing. For a lot of geographic content, freshness is important. Geodata from the Google Maps Data API can be instantly indexed and made searchable in Google Maps.
  • Rendering geodata is better and faster with the right tools. Through JavaScript, Flash, 3D, static images and more, we’ll continue to provide better ways to render your content to meet platform and latency demands.

Google is launching with some sample apps:

  • My Maps Editor for Android allows users to create and edit personalized maps from an Android mobile phone. Integration with the phone’s location and camera makes it easy to document a trip with photos and text on a map.
  • ConnectorLocal is a service that informs users about the places where they live, work and visit by gathering trusted hyperlocal information from many sources. Using the Google Maps Data API, ConnectorLocal makes it easy for users to import and export geodata in and out of Google Maps, and also improves their ability to have data indexed in Google Maps for searching.
  • My Tracksenables Android mobile phone users to record GPS tracks and view live statistics while jogging, biking, or participating in other outdoor activities. Stored with Google Maps Data API, these tracks can be accessed, edited and shared using the My Maps feature in Google Maps.
  • Platial, a social mapping service for people and places, uses the Google Maps API to host geodata for community maps on both Platial and Frappr.

Geo data can get very large very quickly. Serving it can get expensive. This Data API will help NGOs, non-profits and developers make their data available without breaking the bank. Google’s goals for doing this are obvious. If the data is on their servers they can index it easier and make it readily available to their users. There will be concern that Google will have too much of their data, but as long as Google does not block other search engines and allows developers to remove their data I think that this will be a non-issue.

The crowd was hoping for a formal Latitude API to be announced (knowing that they launched the hint of one at the beginning of May). When I asked Lior and Steve about it we got some smiles. I think we’ll see some more movement in this area, but not *just* yet.

via Google Launches Maps Data API – O’Reilly Radar.

via Google Launches Maps Data API – O’Reilly Radar.

May 22, 2009 Posted by | Research, Technology/Programming | , , | Leave a comment

Find a faster commute with mobile application Waze » VentureBeat

I’ve become pathetically reliant on my iPhone for finding my way around, but there’s one thing that online mapping applications don’t prepare me for — traffic. Even when applications include traffic data, the information isn’t provided in real-time, or it isn’t accounted for when calculating driving directions, or both. Enter a new service called Waze, which is beginning a private alpha test in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Waze takes data provided by the applications’ users on how quickly traffic is moving at that moment to calculate the optimum driving route. That means the data is both more up-to-date and cheaper to collect than what’s traditionally offered by data sources like Navteq. For example, a driver who lives in San Francisco but works in Mountain View can log in every morning to see if they should take the 101 (a more direct freeway, but with worse traffic), or whether traffic is bad enough that they should choose the 280. Then as they drive, they can keep the application on, and it uses GPS to monitor their speed to help the next driver. Users can also send in reports about things like accidents and construction

via Find a faster commute with mobile application Waze » VentureBeat.

May 21, 2009 Posted by | Ideas, Research | , , | Leave a comment

News Release 2009-03-26

car2go for all: 200 good reasons for rediscovering city driving

* Ulm drives smart by the minute: from now on innovative mobility concept available to the public and on a 24/7 basis

* Enlarged: rental car fleet with 200 smart fortwo cdi

* Internationalization: car2go starts in Austin, Texas, in the fall

Stuttgart / Ulm – Good reasons for rediscovering city driving can now be found literally on every corner in Ulm. Daimler AG sees to it with car2go – its new mobility concept that makes driving a car as easy as using a mobile phone. Following the successful completion of the internal pilot phase, car2go with a fleet of 200 smart fortwo cdi is available from now on to all registered resi-dents and visitors to Ulm – every day, around the clock, and at low rates. From Ulm, car2go goes straight to the international level, to the USA: Daimler plans to launch car2go in Austin, Texas, this autumn.

via News Release 2009-03-26.

May 19, 2009 Posted by | Solutions | , | Leave a comment

MapstractionAPI Sandbox: For Trying Out Multiple Providers – O’Reilly Radar

For their workshops on Mapping APIs today Evan Henshaw and Andrew Turner created the Mapstraction API Sandbox on Google App Engine. Mapstraction (Radar post)is a Javascript framework that abstracts many different mapping APIs. The sandbox is no different. It will let you play with code samples from Microsoft’s, Google’s, Yahoo’s, Mapquest’s and OpenStreetMap’s APIS (and many others for a total of 11 major providers). The Sandbox also has hooks into data services such as geocoders and Geonames.

Websites depend on their mapping providers (like Google or Yahoo). However the API calls are proprietary so the sites are unable to easily switch between providers. Mapstraction provides a very easy way to do that if a provider was down or the TOS changed. Mapstraction is in use by several companies including Reuters and Swivel. If you’re not sure if Mapstraction will work for you check their Features page.

via MapstractionAPI Sandbox: For Trying Out Multiple Providers – O’Reilly Radar.

May 19, 2009 Posted by | Technology/Programming | , , | Leave a comment

Current WiFi Enabled Ridesharing Operations

Ridesharing Projects Using Wireless Technology

Using Wifi usually means a dedicated computer is not required – only a cell phone – so meeting info can be sent to any location, and optimally, meeting locations do not need to be fixed.

  • Piggyback for Android phones (Google) – currently this French team is developing a system to “Share your car and the road, save on gas, meet people”   Piggyback’s objective is “to share car-related expenses between users, while reducing everybody’s carbon footprint in the process”.  Right now this is nearest to an ithumb/wiride service, one hopes they will be device agnostic.
  • Zimride In the fall when phones hit the shelves running Google’s Android mobile operating system – Zimride will be there. We have partnered with Ecorio an environmentally focused development team to bring Zimride onto your phone. The Ecorio mobile application takes advantage of Android’s location aware GPS to help people share rides on the go. It also tracks your travel related CO2 emissions and suggests public transit alternatives. Seattle based.
  • Ecorio Track your mobile carbon footprint. Reduce and offset it. Inspire others to do the same. All from your phone. And all for free. Ecorio is going to be one of the first applications that you can download to run on the new T-Mobile G1 smartphones
  • Carticipate Another iPhone only service -an experiment in social transportation – Starting promised in October 2008 Currently 850 rides across 1745 places
  • MyKoolPool the Mumbai, India startup offers trusted connections by SMS text to cell phones. An IBN video describes it well “KoolPool is an organized and secure car pooling system that runs via SMS & the internet. It is an attempt at facilitating carpooling in Mumbai and other large metro cities of the country. With its indigenous technology, KoolPool offers to cut down traffic congestion at the click of a mouse or through mobile phones.”

via Current WiFi Enabled Ridesharing Operations.

May 18, 2009 Posted by | Solutions | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

MIT Real-Time Rides Research

Welcome to MIT Real-Time Rides Research! We are a group of transportation researchers in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering studying the opportunities and barriers to increased rideshare participation. The team is looking at various models of rideshare service provision, from the more traditional pre-arranged rideshare trips, to mobile device enabled, real-time ridesharing, to ad-hoc or casual ridesharing. Through our initial research and interviews, we’ve seen that ridesharing has a strong intuitive appeal (more efficient use of transport infrastructure, improved energy security, improved energy efficiency, reduced negative environmental impacts, improved economic productivity through decreased vehicle congestion) yet, continues to suffer from numerous economic and psychological concerns not the least of which are personal privacy and security concerns. With that background, the MIT research team aims to identify barriers to improved rideshare participation and develop some ideas on how to overcome them. Please see our Research Background & Purpose for further details.

As part of our research, we will be hosting the Real-Time Rides Workshop involving rideshare service providers, technology providers, the public sector and the academic community to share ideas. The MIT research team is collaborating with Dr. James (Jim) Morris from Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley to host the workshop. Please visit the Real-Time Rides Workshop page for further details.

For those from the MIT community looking for rideshare / carpool opportunities, we encourage you to visit the MIT Facilities Commuting Options page.

via MIT Real-Time Rides Research.

May 16, 2009 Posted by | Research | | Leave a comment

OAuth: Getting Started

Getting Started

The Beginner’s Guide to OAuth published by Hueniverse covers many of the topics needed to understand and implement the protocol and is available in multiple parts:

Part I: Overview

* Introduction

* End-user Benefits

* Scope

* Specification Structure

* Definitions

Continue reading

May 16, 2009 Posted by | Technology/Programming | , | Leave a comment

OAuth – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

OAuth is an open protocol, initiated by Blaine Cook and Chris Messina, to allow secure API authorization in a simple and standard method for desktop, mobile and web applications.

For consumer developers, OAuth is a method to publish and interact with protected data. For service provider developers, OAuth gives users access to their data while protecting their account credentials. In other words, OAuth allows a user to grant access to their information on one site (the Service Provider), to another site (called Consumer), without sharing all of his or her identity.

via OAuth – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

May 16, 2009 Posted by | Technology/Programming | , , , | Leave a comment