MGM – Mobile Geo Memory (Feasibility Study) - Searchable Mobile Memory for Geo-Referenced Personal Information Retrieval

The Mobile Geo-Memory (MGM) would, for the first time, create an integrated, interactive system for mobile users that will not only deliver to basic geo-referenced information, but will also offer the opportunity for everybody to become a provider of geo-referenced data – for personal use and to share within a content community: memories captured with different media, hints and personal experience will be geo-referenced, time-stamped and annotated with text and keyword information.

Short Description

Due to the integration of telecommunication and satellite based positioning a trend towards mobile information systems with spatially linked data can be observed. While mobile applications normally offer access to "basic" geo-information, there is evidence that people prefer to select subjective information sources for decision making, such as experience gained by friends and family. The success story of online content communities confirms the wide acceptance of innovative information systems that offer the potential to consume and to produce personalised data.

To facilitate the information access, the Mobile Geo-Memory system will provide highly innovative geo-services which will enable image and text based searches in the domain of both space and time. The fundamental basis for these services is user positioning using GPS/GALILEO.

Flat fees for online traffic and the new generation of mobile phones like the iPhone have created the basis for the tremendous growth and demand of online platforms over the mobile internet. The market for such services has great potential, but there are still some hurdles to overcome. “Made for Mobile” is the key phrase that describes these hurdles best. Especially the adaptation of services and content to the specific situation of mobile users plays a major role.

In this feasibility study we investigated online communities, state of the art and enabling technologies to provide a service like mobile geo-memory. Based on this comprehensive investigation the key factors like mobile devices, transfer rates, tariffs for online traffic and the usability provided by mobile phones and online services for mobile users were identified.

Finally, based on interviews with possible service providers and user groups, strategies to commercialize intellectual property rights to protect the intensive research and business models for service providers were developed.

Project Partners


AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, Österreichisches Forschungs- und Prüfzentrum Arsenal Ges.m.b.H., Mobility Department, Business Unit Dynamic Transportation Systems - Helmut Schrom-Feiertag

Contact Address

AIT Austrian Institute of Technology
Österreichisches Forschungs- und Prüfzentrum Arsenal Ges.m.b.H.
Mobility Department
Business Unit Dynamic Transportation Systems
Helmut Schrom-Feiertag
Giefinggasse 2
A-1210 Vienna
Tel.: +43 (505) 50 - 6659