AGI Scotland Event: Apps, INSPIRE and the New Economy
DateMonday November 21, 2011 0900 - 1730
Contact Claire Huppertz
Description Untitled Document

In association with CEN/TC 287 Geographic information

Event sponsored by BGS

The booming market of mobile ICT devices (SmartPhones, tablets) is radically changing the geospatial scenario which is increasingly characterized by the fast update of so-called "apps".
Furthermore, the wide availability of localization technologies (GPS. A-GPS) together with low-cost wireless internet connection (Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G) is fostering a new generation of location-driven services often referred to as LBS or Location Based Services. People are getting used to retrieve the information they need when they need it according to their location. This change is not only technological but, perhaps most importantly, it is a major social change, and it is affecting various age groups, as testified by the growing success of Location Based Social Networks (LBSN) such as Foursquare and Gowalla.
The rollout of Scotland’s SDI will provide easily-accessible public sector geospatial data to fuel these apps and thus assist Scotland work towards the Europe 2020 Strategy of:
• Smart growth: developing an economy based on knowledge and innovation;
• Sustainable growth: promoting a more resource efficient, greener and more competitive economy;
• Inclusive growth: fostering a high-employment economy delivering social and territorial cohesion.

The potential impact of Location-based Apps is therefore significant in a wide range of domains, from personal mobility, to leisure, to estate management, to public services.
See Lewisham council clean up app for an example:

This exciting scenario paves the way to a brand new family of business models and it can potentially change the business scenario as it enables companies, and public administrations altogether, to think of new business scenarios whereby services , including public ones, specifically cater to users where ever they may be, providing significant added value based on their position.

This scenario is particularly relevant to public administrations as, if properly exploited, can create apps based on rewarding/incentive mechanisms whereby citizens, connected through the web from their app devices, behave like distributed probes, according to the so called "people as sensors" paradigm. If properly rewarded (e.g. Through credit or incentive mechanisms) people can provide vital information on the environment they live, on environmental issues, maintenance (notifying of damages to roads), traffic (congestion), public services (changed opening times of say public amenities), security (street lights, road closures) that otherwise would be either very expensive to retrieve (due to infrastructural costs) or technically not feasible.

The aforementioned scenarios highlight a few challenges that this workshop will address.
1) LBS pose serious privacy and security issues that need to be dealt with appropriately
2) Widespread success of apps is however creating a very heterogeneous scenario where different devices use different apps with very little interoperability among them and, worse, apps within the same device do not communicate at all. Interoperability becomes of paramount importance to make sure information between different devices can be exchanged with no loss of information.
3) A variety of new public services can be now envisaged, for the benefit of the whole community, across a variety of domains (public transport, public environment, public services...)
4) New business models need to be explored and exploited by companies.

0930 Registration, refreshments and exhibition
1000 Opening of the meeting - Hugh Barron, Chair, AGI Scotland
1005 Welcome - Bob Gatliff, Head of Marine Geoscience, BGS
1015 Scene setting - Day chair: Iain McKay, Gazetteer Business Manager, Improvement Service
Location based apps: Services for citizens - Giuseppe Conti, Dissemination Manager GraphiTech
Developing the New Economy - Stephen Alexander, National Contact Point
More for Less - GIS in the new Spatial Economy - Alan Moore, Managing Director Forth Valley GIS
1130 Refreshments and exhibition
1200 Featured presentations - Day chair: Iain McKay
INSPIRE, services and beyond
The role of an SME: Smart-Islands - Giacomo Martirano, Technical Director, Epsilon Italia
A multimodal transport network model for Advanced Traveler Information Systems - Jianwei Zhang, Principle Researcher, Eindhoven University
1240 Sponsor’s and Exhibitor’s Stage - BGS, Cadcorp, Forth Valley GIS, Isomaly Apps, OCE, Ordnance Survey
1245 Lunch and exhibition
1350 Apps and services
Smart Phones, Smart Cards, Smart Cities and societal implications - Neal Lathia, Researcher, University College London
BGS serves up its data to go: Smartphone apps & augmented reality - Patrick Bell, Team Leader, BGS
Ordnance Survey: App development - Dominic Cuthbert, Project Manager, OS
1450 New Economy and services
Security requirements for successful apps - Scott Cadzow, Director, Cadzow Communications
Market Potential of Apps: i-Tour project & personalized mobility - Cristina D’Alessandro, Senior Researcher, Formit
1530 Refreshments and exhibition
1550 Discussion- “Question Time”
Conclusions and next steps - Cameron Easton, Scottish Government
1620 Wrap up and closing remarks - Hugh Barron
1630 Close of event
AGI reserves the right to amend the program without prior notice.

Please note that as a delegate at this event you can allocate 4 points towards the AGI continuing professional development scheme. More information on the scheme can be found here. Attendance certificates can be requested.

British Geological Survey
Murchison House
West Mains Road

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Exhibition & Sponsorship
Cadcorp, Forth Valley GIS, Isomaly Ltd, Océ (UK) Ltd and Ordnance Survey are exhibiting at this event