POIAlert

View points of interest near to you

It's always good to know what's going on around you, especially when you're in a place that's foreign to you. Thanks to the power of GPS it's now possible to discover what's nearby just by looking at your phone. View full description

PROS

  • Visual or voice alerts
  • Distance indicator

CONS

  • Takes a while to set up

Very good
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It's always good to know what's going on around you, especially when you're in a place that's foreign to you. Thanks to the power of GPS it's now possible to discover what's nearby just by looking at your phone.

If you're lucky enough to have a GPS-enabled device then you'll know that it's already possible to create and download points of interest to make the most from your satellite capabilities. Thus, you can check whether there are nearby gas stations, restaurants or even speed cameras.

Until now, it's only really been possible to view this information on a map, but don't you reckon it would be easier if you could receive a visual warning or a voice alert to give you a clear indication of when that POI is in range? Especially for speed traps, I would imagine.

Wel, dream no more, because POIAlert has been designed to alert you to radar signals and speed limits. Even if you don't have GPS built into your phone, it's compatible with external GPS receivers connected via Bluetooth.

After a rather lengthly set-up process, the program performs very well and there are plenty of options to fiddle around with for setting the type of alert you want and adjust the distance notification in a speed-dependent way.

If you're fed up with getting caught out by hidden speed cameras and have GPS capabilities on your phone, POIAlert can help you out.

POIAlert indicates so called POIs (Points of Interest) by voice and display output. A POI can be any point with known GPS coordinates (danger place, restaurant, gas station etc.) POI data can be loaded e.g. from several Internet sources. At present especially red light and speed cameras are supported.

At first POI data are imported from a file into an internal database (RecordStore). At runtime POIAlert loads all POIs within a radius of 5 km into a cache. During a journey the cache is being updated automatically.

The current position is permanently compared with the positions of the cached POIs. This comparison depends on the current speed. As soon as the GPS receiver is near a POI, a voice and an optical information will be given. Since the voice output may be quiet depending on the type of the mobile phone, a hands-free speaking system or headset are recommended.

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POIAlert 1.6.2