GeoMonday 2016.4 – Are you a smart citizen? Try Smart Beetles

logoSmart cities make use of information technologies to improve performance and quality of urban services, to decrease costs and to optimize resources, besides to involve citizens actively. However, many citizens do not know all the services and advantages that a smart city offers to them. In this work, we make use of a videogame to involve them in different cities and, by playing with real services, increase their knowledge about smart cities.

franciscoFrancisco Ramos is Associate Professor at University Jaume I of Castellon (Spain). He teaches in the Master Erasumus Mundos of Geospatial technologies and is Director of a Master in Mobile Programming and Videogames. Moreover, he is also co-founder of


GeoMonday 2016.4 – Geovisualization Tools


The democratization of spatial data and mapping tools has led to a broader field of actors working on maps and geovisualization tools. In his talk, Sebastian Meier will show examples from student projects to research projects to applied design projects, from the interface design department at the university of applied sciences Potsdam, to illustrate this new opportunity space.

Sebastian is a researcher in the interaction design lab of the university of applied sciences Potsdam and the human centered visualization firm VISLAB. He is working on spatial data visualization and mobile systems.

GeoMonday 2016.4 – Make maps fun again!

Maps are more than just conveyors of geographic information. Maps can tell stories and – given their purpose and use – this is reflected in their appearance. In the digital world, map design goes well beyond the design of the base map, polygons and marker icons. It involves creating an entire experience beyond the borders of the map container and includes UI elements as well as data. Digital map design needs to accomodate very different use cases. Great experiences give context to a map, help to convey the most important information effectively and increase its usability. They are also more fun. So what are we waiting for? In his talk, Alsino Skowronnek (@alsinosko), will stress the importance of map experience design and present a selection of his own work.

Alsino Skowronnek is a Berlin-based freelance interface designer and alsinosmaker of visual things. A geographer by training in his earlier life, he has worked for different organizations around the world, most often somewhere between spreadsheets, maps and policy. Amongst others, he has worked for the OECD in Paris and Statista GmbH in Hamburg. For his work on he was nominated for the Grimme Online Award, the “Information is Beautiful Award” and the Designpreis Brandenburg.

GeoMonday 2016.2 – Impressions

Thank you again to our presenters of the last GeoMonday on Geo-Tracking: Here, Familonet, Tracewave and Nanotron.

If you missed this edition or you would just like to recall some of the interesting thoughts and ideas, please find the videos here:


And the presentations here:



Keep checking this webpage for more to come …


GeoMonday 2016.2 – Hyper-Accurate Mobile Geolocation Apps

faLocation awareness is definitely one of the killer features of smartphones and it is a driver for innovation for many years now. And still building a high quality location based app is one of the most challenging tasks. This talk shares experiences in how to build a location-based mobile app fulfilling extraordinary demands in accuracy, reliability and power consumption at the same time. It will cover obstacles solved during 3 years of developing Familonet’s next-generation hyper accurate geofencing technology including some specifics of the location APIs of iOS and Android. In addition this talk will give an outlook for use-cases of location services and geofencing in particular.

familonet_portraits_derkevin.com_kevinmcelvaney 7David Nellessen is co-founder and CTO of Familonet, a Hamburg-based start-up which has developed a mobile app for secure communication within families. Born and grown up in Münster, he studied mathematics at Freiburg University, focusing on Quaternionic-Kähler Geometry. At that time, he ran an agency for web development. After graduating with a diploma degree in mathematics and economics, he looked for new business models for product development and, together with Hauke Windmüller and Michael Asshauer, co-founded Familonet, a start-up that now has over a million users worldwide.

GeoMonday 2016.2 – Geo-Tracking

The economy of the 21th century is heavily relying on goods and people travelling around the globe in less than a day. For seamless processing, accuracy of tracking is as important as punctuality. But there is even more then just logistics. The second GeoMonday 2016 will cover the entire range of tracking, starting from the infrastructure of sensors and beacons to the solution business which helps applying business intelligence for any transportation vehicle.

Get your tickets for the 2nd GeoMonday 2016 now!

Date: 20th of June 2016
Time: 7 pm
MobileSuite – Pappelallee 78/79 – 10437 Berlin – Germany

GeoMonday 2016.1 – Impressions

A big thank you again to all the speakers and also to the audience. It was a great start into 2016 as another year full of interesting Geo-Topics.

For everyone who could not be there or would like to recall some information, we will publish the slideshows and the video very soon.

We are looking forward to seeing you on the next GeoMonday, the 20th of June. Keep checking this blog for updates.


GeoMonday 2016.1 – Prof. Dr. Asche – Pedestrian Navigation

Anyone autonomously moving in geospace is a pedestrian. This term denotes a large but heterogenous collective unified by similar strategies and speed of movement. Pedestrian navigation typically is an outdoor activity in public space.

It is a banality that pedestrians do not move and navigate like motor vehicles. Yet to date, geospatial data and navigation systems to assist pedestrian orientation and movement are mainly based on car navigation data. Media to support movement and navigation of pedestrians effectively, however, require geospatial data tailored to the specific albeit diverse requirements of the targeted audience.

In a feasibility study, a team of geoinformation and social scientists of Potsdam and Saarbruecken have assessed the status quo of existing data for pedestrian navigation and developed strategies to create and maintain a geospatial data base for pedestrians.


Hartmut Asche is a professor of geoinformation science at Potsdam university. His research foci include data acquisition, management and services for orientation and navigation in geospatial environments.

GeoMonday 2016.1 – MindTags – Inclusion via technology


MindTags makes digital accessibility in everyday life tangible and opens up new experiences for everyone. Using a smartphone, our system makes it possible to access information, adapted for user-specific needs.

MindTags is designed according to the principles of universal design and is optimized to be used by people with disabilities.

Cultural and educational institutions, public buildings as well as businesses can provide current and location-based information to their visitors and staff using MindTags. We also offer orientation in open and closed spaces and make them accessible to everyone.

GeoMonday 2016.1 – MotionTag – Sensor data based mobility


Understanding how people move is key to optimizing transport services. While the mobility market is facing huge dynamics, little has changed in the methods to measure performance and usage of individual services. Current transport analytics are still conducted with phone interviews and online forms.

MotionTag instead uses smartphone sensor data and machine learning to determine how, when and where people travel. Furthermore we use that data to paint a holistic picture of people’s mobility. Our talk will discuss different steps and problems concerning the process from recording smartphone sensor data to putting identified trips on a map. Therefore we compare our approach to related work in this field of study and present an extract.

Your presenter: Florian Stock, MotionTag

MotionTag creates services from motion data. Our app automatically detects 9 different transport means and gives new insights into people’s mobility behavior. Our vision is to enable seamless travelling with Be-In/Be-Out ticketing. We dream of a world where people access public transport without having to deal with tariff zones, ticket machines or change. A person just enters a subway, a train or even a carsharing vehicle and travels from A to B while the smartphone takes care of the billing.

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Florian studied Mathematics at the TU Berlin and the CSIRO in Melbourne, Australia.
Since November 2015 he is a co-founder and the CTO of MotionTag.