Realtime Train and Bus Tracking in Berlin

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Berlin has launched a Open Street Map based service that shows in realtime positions of public transport train and bus traffic. The display of busses is turned of by default. Check the respective box in the “Fahrten” column to turn it on.

The regular journey planer for the Berlin public transport is at: http://www.bvg.de/, and for mobile there are the fantastic official BVG Apps for iOS and Android

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OSM Data based Vector Maps

Cloudmade offers extracts of Open Street Map Data in several formats as a download. Available formats include:

  • OSM XML extracts by country
  • Garmin Map Files (OSM.err edition)
  • Osmosis country bounding polygon
  • Shapefile extracts by country
  • Navit maps by country
  • GPX POI by country
  • TomTom POI by country
  • OSM XML feature extracts by country
  • Adobe Illustrator files by country
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Building a live Google Earth

Two high definition cameras fixed to the International Space Station will soon offer real time pictures from space to everyone.

That promise is made by the Canadian startup UrtheCast . According to the BBC they will launch two high resolution video cameras to the International Space Station ISS on board a Russian Proton supply ship early next year. Cosmonauts are already in training to manoeuvre the bulky equipment from the capsule into the station and for the space walk necessary to install the cameras on the outside structure.

The cameras will offer a resolution of about 1m per pixel. According to UrtheCast you won’t quite see the tiles but all the detail in your garden.

The basic service on offer will be free – with users able to log into the site and see live or archived images and video of anywhere on Earth. With the ISS orbiting the planet around 15 times a day, sooner or later it’ll be above something you want to look at.

UrtheCast plans to give software developers free access to its code, allowing them to develop new applications such as games or utilities.

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