The Mashup App allows you to save location data into your personal database. Location data can include the latitude and longitude of a place, Google Maps URL, the street/postal address, and neighborhood of a place, document, or media content such as images, audio, and video.
Due to the desktop metaphor of files and folders, computer users have had limited exposure to location data and usually only through specialized photo management applications and photo sharing web sites. Enterprise databases have recently added support for location data. Database researchers describe databases with location support as geo-spatial databases.
The Mashup App does not transmit any personal data nor does it transmit your unique device identifier and only transmits to the Location Servers the latitude and longitude.
There are 4 major benefits for saving location data:
- Saving your current location. The Mashup App can determine the street/postal address, neighborhood, and the latitude and longitude of your device. This is helpful if you want to remember an address or information about an unfamiliar place. You can provide a detailed description about the location, describe nearby places, and share with friends.
- Saving your location during a trip. The Mashup App can create a location log which you can visualize on a map. This helps you remember the streets you travelled on a trip, perhaps while sightseeing. The Mashup App is intelligent and will do its best to limit the drain on your device's battery.
- You can add location data to web and PDF documents as well as images, audio, and video content. Users such as rescue workers, archaeologists, and historians can use The Mashup App to quickly associate location and time data with their artifacts while in the field. The Mashup App also supports comprehensive reporting allowing the user to generate GeoRSS feeds.
- Alerting you of important nearby places. For the mobile professional or just a person getting their clothes from the cleaners, The Mashup App can automatically display the data related to a location just before you arrive. So if you save your presentations and receipts in your personal database, you can always be prepared. This feature is called Vicinity Alerts and is based on a technology called geofencing.