Live aircraft movements – the best travel mashup of all time?
Streaming photographs from another site onto a Google Map is just sooo 2008 – or at least it will be once users have seen Casper.
This mashup from a Dutch firm called Frontier takes a feed from air traffic control in Holland and plots live aircraft movements around Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam.
Wondering how they get the data? Aircraft are tracked using a ADS-B receiver located on the roof of the Frontier office in Amsterdam!
A side widget on the site include various pieces of information on each aircaft including current height, origin, destination, airline, type (including dimensions and engine details) and a photograph.
Here is the embedded version:
Casper isn’t Frontier’s only product using such technology and mashups – the company has aircraft noise widgets for environmental organisations and traffic management software for ground-based firms or airlines.
Raymond Michiels from Frontier says:
“We are examining ways to expand. We may sell Casper to airports or other aviation authorities; we may also go with an (ad) sponsored version.
“Right now we are weighing the pros and cons (initial investment versus possible income).”
Play here for the full version.
Kevin May is a senior editor and one of the co-founders at Tnooz. He was previously editor of UK-based magazine Travolution and web editor of Media Week UK from 2003 to 2005.
He has worked in regional newspapers (Essex Enquirer) and started his career in journalism at the Police Gazette at New Scotland Yard in London. He has a degree in criminology, a postgraduate diploma in magazine journalism and will be publishing his first book - a biography about electronic band, Depeche Mode - soon.