Drivers start GeoTalker before starting the car and safely stow their cellphone. The application stays “on” in the background, but remains quiet until the vehicle approaches an area where there is relevent information in the system. Then the phone will automatically start to “broadcast” the reported conditions without any interaction from the driver.
The information will be broadcast once, and then the broadcast stream will go quiet until there is an update to an event that is still in range, or until a new event for the driver’s dynamic location is available. There is no need to subscribe for travel advisories or to specify days or times of travel. The only events broadcast are those nearby the current route. Just turn on GeoTalker and it finds what's nearby – and it will continue to find nearby events as the vehicle continues to move.
The driver does not need to look at the phone or to touch the phone. With hands on the wheel and eyes on the road, the driver stays informed and can stay undistracted while becoming aware of approaching hazards, points of interest, or other information.
Information Logistics' GeoTalker also provides users with the ability to customize their experience by specifying roads that they are interested in, the information replay interval and also the number of miles radius they are interested in receiving information.
Sponsorship messages can be inserted into the broadcast stream, and can be broadcast to all active users or only to drivers currently within a specific geographic area. Sponsors can also have banner ads or other visuals on any corresponding website and on the smartphone app itself.
Information Logistics' GeoTalker smartphone application uses the phone’s GPS to periodically obtain the driver’s location (approximately every 2 minutes) and sends this information back to the hosting server.
The data transmitted back includes information such as latitude, longitude, altitude and speed. This information can serve as “probe” data to be used in managing roadways, fleet and delivery management, and predictive roadway behaviors. The data transmitted back is anonymous. This probe data is also useful for advertising analysis.
GeoTalker is based on Information Logistics patent pending “Open Microphone Platform”.
A custom stream of advisories and sponsor messages is created and dynamically modified for each connected driver as they travel. The stream is broadcast automatically to the driver without driver interaction and without interrupting normal cell phone use.
The system is designed using cloud technology, and can be hosted.
The data for the system is provided by you. The data can be provided as an XML data feed (or other custom methods) with each tagged with a location (latitude and longitude).
Information Logistics' GeoTalker application is currently available, in several geographic areas.
It can be found on the iTunes for iPhone and iPod and on Google Play for Android.