Obama uses live video from war zones : Swedish firebrigades use live video from accident sites

American and even Swedish media (SVD.se, GP.se) is making a big thing about Obamas ability to follow the hunt-down of OBL using mobile real-time video.

From CNN.com

The White House and Central Intelligence Agency didn’t have access to a live audio feed, but they were able to tap other communications, a U.S. official told CNN. There was some live video, though the official declined to elaborate on the nature of that footage.

It is always interesting when the mobile live video over and over again is presented as a kind of science-fiction technology. Its not. Our friends at the Fire brigade in Gothenburg has been live-streaming from response operations since nov 2008. The small and yet functional prototype used back then did over time transform into a commercial service.

What is still a bit surprising is the lack of low-cost head-mounted cameras that have integrated SIM-card/mobile broadband capability so the camera can live-stream the video over public cell-phone networks to remote settings. When this device is available on the market, one could envision a very fast adoption of live-video use in professional work context.

The work of making mobile video from emergency response operations continues with some interesting explorations of geo-temporal traversing. There are so many fascinating visualizations that are now possible to do when we combine live video with footage from the same location but from a different location in time. This geo-temporal traversing is possible when we combine high quality video with data from commercial spatial data services.

Our work including geo-temporal traversing as well as other concepts has been made possible with funding and support from Lindholmen Science Park : Security Arena and the Traffic and Vehicle Safety Institute SAFER at Chalmers University of Technology, Dept of Applied IT at Gothenburg University and the Viktoria Institute.

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