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NY Location-Based Apps Meetup Message Board › NYC LBS Apps Meet Up Summary - May 25, 2011

NYC LBS Apps Meet Up Summary - May 25, 2011

Ben A.
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New York, NY
As usual, a big thanks to everyone that made it to the meetup last week. For those that couldn’t make it here is what you missed (besides the free pizza and beer):

Landmarks: New York

Steven Romalewski from Spatiality Apps (and also Director of CUNY Mapping Service) talked about his experience developing a mobile application using the free open source development platform PhoneGap. Steven is a self proclaimed “not a developer” but was able to use PhoneGap to cook up a pretty impressive looking application, Landmarks: New York. The app takes the publicly available NYC city dataset of 1,300 historic landmarks in the NYC area made available by the city and turns it into a slick mobile location oriented app “perfect for tourists, tour guides, architects, historic preservationists, urban planners, realtors, renters and homebuyers, and anyone else curious about NYCs architectural history.”

The NY Times did a great piece on Steven and the app, and back in October of last year Steven gave us the lowdown on all the things that New York City is doing to give developers access to its spatial data… both are worth checking out if you missed them:

NY Times Article­

NYC Map data info­­

Also some mobile app development platforms that may be particularly helpful for other “not a developer’ types:­

https://www.cabanaapp...­ (from Andrew Mager at SimpleGeo)­


Phil Thomas de Giulio gave us an overview of his mobile video initiatives, WellcomeMat, PegShot and his latest framesocket offering (http://www.framesocke...­. WellcomeMat is a place based video platform which provides videos of properties... targeted to the real estate industry. Pegshot is a similar but more broad service which “helps anyone with a mobile phone share videos or photos of whatʼs happening where they are… tagged to places, spaces or events and broadcasted online instantly.” And most recently Phil took his experience building video products and has developed a turn-key video player solution for other developers.

Framesocket “solves the most important problems of implementing video, easily and affordably” and is somewhat comparable to a service such as Brightcove. With Framesocket, developers can:

- Quickly and easily integrate video (or photo) uploads into Desktop, Mobile, and Web applications

- Provide universal device playback with a single embed code

- Measure traffic through detailed reporting and engagement statistics - including where, when, and how people are viewing videos.

- Take as little or as much of the service as they need, allowing full control over how content is displayed and delivered.

Microsoft Windows Phone 7

Microsoft gave a quick high level overview of the Windows Phone 7 and some of the location capabilities that come baked in. The platform includes things like a push notifications capability as well as hybrid positioning functionality which uses the best available of the GPS, WiFi or Cellular network to allow developers to pull user position into the app directly through the Windows Phone framework, rather than needing to work directly with the phone hardware.

Windows Phones hardware will always include A-GPS, Wi Fi, accelerometer and compass that developers may use, and they seem to be using their own database of wi fi access points for positioning that “are comparable” to competitive offerings.

The full Windows Phone 7 presentation can be found here:!487­

And there are additional resources for developers at­


Our main speaker for the evening was Andrew Mager from SimpleGeo who showed off some of their tools and infrastructure which allow developers to more easily work with geo data. Their three main products fall under the categories of storage, context and places.

SimpleGeo storage allows developers to offload the work of storing and querying large quantities of location data.

SimpleGeo Context allows developers to pass raw location such as a lat long and receive back contextual information about that lat long such as weather, neighborhood name, census data or school district for example.

Finally SimpleGeo Places is a ‘free’ and open database of business listings and points of interest data, which contains about 20 million POIs in all (much from Open Street Maps).

The context and places products are free if you use less than 10k calls per day, and then a pay for what you use model kicks in thereafter. Developers can find more information at :­


FCC LBS Event From Roman Fichman, Esq. - Location Based Apps Group Member

The FCC together with the FTC will hold a public forum which will include telecom carriers, technology companies, consumer groups, journalists and academia on June 28, 2011, exploring how consumers can be both smart and secure when using Location Based Services. Topics will include: how LBS works; benefits and risks of LBS; consumer DOs and DON'Ts; industry best practices; and what parents should know about location tracking when their children use mobile devices. This could be a great opportunity for startups to meet with influences and do some guerrilla marketing... The event will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at FCC Headquarters, 445 12th Street, SW, Washington DC, 20554. For additional information you can call 202-418-0500.­

API Hackday

API Hack Day brings developers together for an all-day coding fest focused on building apps and mashups with APIs. Developers of all experience levels can share ideas, collaborate on existing projects, start new ventures and find out about great tools and new APIs to play with. Free admission, food and drink provided! Hackers will also hear from some of the country's top API-focused companies on tips, tricks and tools for building the next big app. At the end of the day, teams and/or individuals get a chance to present their work to a panel of judges and win great prizes. Brought to you by SimpleGeo, SendGrid and Aviary.


As always a big thank you to our sponsors this month SimpleGeo, Dice and Paliwoda Group: is the leading career website for technology and engineering professionals, and the companies that seek to employ them, in the United States. Our mission is to help our customers source and hire the most qualified technology and engineering professionals and to provide those professionals with the best job opportunities in their respective fields.

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In case anyone's interested, as part of my day job (at the CUNY Graduate Center) this week we released a set of interactive maps showing demographic changes in the NYC metro area from 2000 to 2010. Here are the maps: http://www.urbanresea...­ and here's more background info: http://www.urbanresea...­

You can move the slider back and forth to reveal block-by-block race/ethnicity changes anywhere in the region, click on any block to get detailed info, use the dynamic transparency (upper right corner) to reveal the underlying basemap with street and neighborhood names, and switch the basemap between streets and aerial imagery.

Hope this is helpful (or at least interesting!).
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