[OSM-talk] 68 GPS units donated to OSM

Chris Hill chillly809 at yahoo.co.uk
Sun Jan 18 16:11:10 GMT 2009

----- Original Message ----
> From: Erik Söderström <erik at yi.se>
> My name is Erik Söderström and I live in Gothenburg, Sweden.
> I'm fairly new to this project, but have quickly been drawn in due to my
>   fascination of all things free.
> I work as an IT-admin at a logistics company (haulage). We currently
> have six trucks that are GPS-enabled, and those send in data to our
> servers (which I then compile and contribute). The problem is that the
> data is sent 3 minutes apart so the tracks are in very low resolution.
> I was talking to some Swedish mappers the other day, and they suggested
> I apply for a couple of these devices. I would primarily put them in
> cars that travel places not on the map (we have about 250 contracted
> vehicles). Instead of having it all automated, I think I could go the
> easy way and just give on to a driver for a month or so, retrieve the
> GPS and read data off of it. Many of them travel alot of routes not
> mapped on the Swedish mapped, and that goes especially for industrial
> areas in Gothenburg, Stockholm and in Mälardalen (region in midwest
> Sweden southeast of Stockholm). Many of them also travel to the northern
> parts of Sweden.
> Hopefully, this would contribute to mapping areas that not many of our
> fellow Swedish mappers are likely to travel.
> I'm just putting this out there... does anyone think this is a bad idea,
> and if so, why? (so that I can work on it).
> Cheers everyone, and thank you for the great work put into OSM which our
> business uses every day!
I think you would need to retrieve the data often - probably daily - before the memory of the units is full.

Cheers, Chris


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