PlaceEngine is a locationware platform that estimates the location of a device using wireless LAN signals. PlaceEngine can be used to augment GPS technology and in addition can be used in indoor and underground situations. PlaceEngine supports a simple API to make any application or web service location-aware with minimal effort.
Location-enabled services that filter and display nearby venues, such as restaurants, stores, and train stations are some of the examples released in Japan in cooperation with our business partners. In addition, personal navigation game titles for Sony’s PSP have been released in the Japanese market. Finally, Sony’s DSC-G1, a digital camera equipped with wireless LAN supports a firmware upgrade to automatically geocode JPEG photos with PlaceEngine.
At Where2.0, demo applications that fully exploit our locationware platform PlaceEngine will be presented. Extensions to Skype and SNS systems make it possible for users to convey presense information with current location information. Novel ways of conveying this information have been implemented so that users can select privacy settings accordingly.
Atsushi Shionozaki received his PhD in Computer Science from Keio University in 1995. He joined Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc. (Sony CSL) in Tokyo focusing on Internet protocol research. In 2000, he joined Stanford Networking Research Center as a reseacher in residence representing Sony. After returning to Sony CSL in Tokyo in 2004, he started working on the wireless LAN locationware platform PlaceEngine with other lab members. Since then, he has left Sony CSL to start Koozyt, Inc. to market PlaceEngine business world and spawn off other location based technologies. He is a founding member and CTO of Koozyt, Inc.