Mobile Technology for Global Information

Locative, or location, technology utilizes the plethora of geo-spacial technologies available in combination with mobile platforms such as smart phones.  Smart phones have the capability not only of capturing time and location, but also speed, acceleration and direction.  From these tools a new “participatory sensing” has evolved. 

Wikitude is  an application and website whereupon pointing a phone at a national monument, for example, the information about that monument is pulled from the Internet from sources such as Wikipedia as well as entries made by participants to the website. 

WIKITUDE World Browser presents the user with data about their surroundings, nearby landmarks, and other points of interest by overlaying information on the real-time camera view of a smart-phone. (

Another example could be a corn field in Nebraska, but only because someone put the picture and information about that cornfield into Wikitude.  That is why mariners can capture information about everywhere at any time and provide information toward a “bigger” maritime domain awareness picture.

Because Wikipedia and this website and numerous like it pull information from participants to the website, the content is not limited by most relevant data nor political filters.  The stream of location relevant nodes adds to a growing, always on, 365 data capture.