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Belysio co-produces world’s first photo-microblogged car rally at NaviEvent in Eindhoven

October 4, 2008

3 embedded geo journalists will report on a 3 country, 30 team car rally that is stress-testing the latest navigation technologies on 7 October – live, from their mobile phone.
Belysio and the Navigation Event in Eindhoven will then co-producte the world’s first photo-microblogged car rally, to field test and benchmark the latest navigation technologies from companies like Garmin, TomTom, Mio and others. The rally will follow a ten hour route through Holland, Belgium and Germany.
“In previous years our seminar attendees, exhibition visitors and members of the press, missed all the fun,“ sayd Pieter Hermans of the Navigation Event. “This year they will be able to follow the rally and funny moments from the exhibition hall with a regular feed of Belysio photo tweets and commentary, as they appear on a large map projected onto the exhibition hall wall.”  Anyone can follow these reports live on the web at the Navigation Event and Belysio websites.
Belysio’s Geo Journal provides a simple interface that allows you to capture a photo and select to which audience you wish to publish it. Before uploading you have the option to annotate it and then publish. It enhances micro-blogging and other forms of lifestreaming by enabling users to automatically location stamp and comment on their photographed experiences , and to instantly publish these. This gives an added dimension of relevancy and authenticity to postings. Geo-tagged photos that are publicly published also enable others to search locations and see the experiences people have shared around a specific location.

The all new Belysio Geo Journal map interface (hybrid mode).

The all new Belysio Geo Journal map interface (hybrid mode).

In the previous rallies in 2005, 2006 and 2007 the participating rally teams had to accomplish several different tasks during each lap. Concurrently the teams had to validate each navigation system they tested.
On this day the competing rally team will drive several laps, to point out the best navigation system and also to win the “Best Navigation Team 2008” Trophy. The rally will feature Intense usage of several types of navigation equipment (multimodal): personal navigation devices, mobile phones with GPS (for on and off-board, and in-dash systems).
The rally is part of the European Navigation Event, fourth edition, to be held at the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, on 7 and 8 October. For more information about the event,  contact p.hermans[at] jakajima [dot] eu.

Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Samsung and Motorola phones that are compatible with Belysio (and some Asus, HTC, LG, Sagem, and Siemens devices that might)

September 20, 2008

In the last weeks our developers have been working like crazy to fix as many devices as they could, with an average of at least one new device a day. Belysio now supports QWERTY keyboards and touch screens. Below is a list of tested devices, and another list with devices that may well work properly. As always, your feedback is more than welcome!

These devices work for sure:

Belysio has been tested on the following devices. They should work without problems.

  • Motorola
    • V3x
  • Nokia
    • 3110c
    • 3250
    • 6120
    • 6131
    • 6233
    • 6300
    • 6630
    • 7373
    • E50
    • E51
    • E65
    • E90
    • N70
    • N72
    • N73
    • N80
    • N93
  • Samsung
    • SGH-D900
    • SGH-L760
    • Z170
  • Sony Ericsson
    • C902
    • D750
    • K510
    • K530
    • K550im
    • K610i
    • K630
    • K660
    • K750i
    • K790
    • K800i
    • K810i
    • W300
    • W580i
    • W880i
    • W910

These devices might work:

The following devices have not yet been optimised or tested, but we encourage you to try them out, and we  would appreciate it enormously if you’d give us your feeddback:

  • Asus
    • P750
  • HTC
    • TYTNII
    • Wizard(Jbed)
  • LG
    • CU400
    • KE970
    • KG800
    • KU380
    • KU800
  • Motorola
    • A1200
    • A780
    • A910
    • E1
    • E1070
    • E2
    • E6
    • E770
    • i605
    • i615
    • i860
    • I870
    • ic402
    • ic502
    • ic602
    • ic902
    • L2
    • L7
    • Ming
    • V6
    • V8
    • V9
    • V1100
    • V195
    • V197
    • V365
    • V3e
    • V3i
    • V3t
    • V3xx
    • V6
    • Z3
    • Z8
  • Nokia
    • 2630
    • 2855
    • 2865
    • 2865i
    • 3120classic
    • 3152
    • 3155
    • 3500
    • 5070
    • 5200
    • 5300
    • 5310
    • 5320
    • 5500
    • 5700
    • 6085
    • 6086
    • 6110
    • 6111
    • 6121c
    • 6124
    • 6125
    • 6126
    • 6133
    • 6136
    • 6151
    • 6152
    • 6155
    • 6165
    • 6220c
    • 6230i
    • 6234
    • 6265
    • 6270
    • 6275
    • 6280
    • 6282
    • 6288
    • 6290
    • 6500s
    • 6650
    • 6680
    • 6681
    • 6682
    • 7370
    • 7390
    • 7700
    • 9300
    • 9500
    • E60
    • E61
    • E62
    • E66
    • E70
    • E71
    • N3250
    • N71
    • N75
    • N76
    • N77
    • N78
    • N79
    • N81
    • N82
    • N85
    • N90
    • N91
    • N92
    • N95
    • N96
  • Sagem
    • My400x
    • My700x
  • Samsung
    • SGH-D880
    • SGH-E250
    • SGH-E380
    • SGH-E388
    • SGH-E390
    • SGH-E490
    • SGH-E500
    • SGH-E570
    • SGH-E788
    • SGH-E810
    • SGH-E898
    • SGH-F480
    • SGH-G800
    • SGH-G810
    • SGH-i450
    • SGH-i550
    • SGH-i780
    • SGH-J600
    • SGH-J700
    • SGH-L170
    • SGH-L700
    • SGH-U600
    • SGH-U700
    • SGH-U800
    • SGH-U900
    • SGH-Z630
    • SGH-Z720
    • Z370
  • Siemens
    • SXG75
  • Sony Ericsson
    • C702
    • G502
    • G700
    • G900
    • K310i
    • K320i
    • K600
    • K608
    • K618
    • K700c
    • K700i
    • K770
    • K850i
    • M600
    • Mylo
    • P1i
    • P990i
    • S500
    • T650
    • V630i
    • V640
    • W200
    • W350
    • W380
    • W550
    • W600
    • W610i
    • W700
    • W710i
    • W760
    • W800i
    • W810i
    • W830i
    • W850i
    • W890i
    • W900i
    • W950i
    • W960i
    • Z250
    • Z300
    • Z310
    • Z320
    • Z520
    • Z525
    • Z530
    • Z550i
    • Z555
    • Z558
    • Z610
    • Z710
    • Z750
    • Z770

To give us your feedback, please email our Support Desk at and/or subscribe to our forum.

The Belysio Show

September 19, 2008

Andreas Bauer, Belysio’s CEO is travelling around Europe with this prez on his USB stick:

Belysio and the Privacy Controversy regarding LBS

September 13, 2008

I’m a promiscuous digital networker. I’m participating, more or less actively, in about 10 social networks (and doing research for my Everything 2.0 index, I’ve registered to hundreds more). Everywhere I’ve submitted my real name, my real contact data, and (wherever I took the trouble) a real photo. And now that I use Belysio, 24/7, I’m also abundantly sharing my whereabouts.
Am I in danger now? Will people break in at my office when they see that I’m abroad, or will a burglar do some fun shopping in my living room when he sees I’m in a business meeting in the next city? Do the approximately thousands of people that I’ve shared my data with on Xing, LinkedIn, Facebook or Belysio spam me with unwanted messages? Will phishers steal my credit card data? Will people steal my identity?

I don’t think so. I think being totally transparent, and being as generous in sharing data as I can, will be rewarded by people giving me back the same, or even more of it. (In the 4 years that I’ve been part of Xing and LinkedIn I’ve never traced even one spam message from somebody with whom I shared my emaill address!).
Do I think that everybody should behave as abundantly “open” as I do? Definitely not. Kids shouldn’t, full stop. Women should always be more careful than men. If your boss tracks you through any location service, he’d better have a very good business reason for it, that you can endorse.

Everybody should be able to tweak their privacy settings to the exact level they feel comfortable with, under all feasible circumstances.

Belysio seems to comply to all criteria in this LBS Privacy model

Belysio seems to comply to all criteria in this LBS Privacy model

That facility to tweak your privacy settings is one of the things that Belysio is excellent in. They’ve defined privacy protection as one of their core competencies. But what’s more, every time I log in, they take care of making me aware of the fact that I’m sharing something sensitive if I share my location, by asking me to opt in to either sharing it with no one, my family, my friends, my other contacts, or strangers. Furthermore, they’re offering me a whole set of features to calibrate my “openness”, up to extremely granular, social and circumstancial levels.

There may, however, be some privacy matters that Belysio has overseen. Do you see any room for improvements?

Tips for further reading:
The Harris Report 2007 (PDF).
David H. Williams, LBS Development – Determining Privacy Requirements.
C. Enrique Ortiz, Privacy Notes: Geofencing and Guidelines for LBS Developers.
Sam Altman (Loopt), Best Practices for Location-based Services: Privacy, User Control, Carrier Relations, Advertising & More.
Privacy concerns a major roadblock for LBS adoption.
US Code of Conduct.
Belysio privacy policy.

Belysio scape on Visu

September 10, 2008

Belysio landscape on

Belysio makes a splash in the media

September 9, 2008

Belysio is making a big splash this week. In our home country Poland we’re the talk of the day after some great newspaper articles, tv and radio broadcasts. This morning we were featured in a breakfast show on national television. A few throusand people registered afterwards (sorry to all people that suffered from a slower website as a consequence).

Recently, we’ve also scored a few beautiful reviews. The blurbs we liked most are:

The site integrates the best of social networking with modern cellular technology to make it possible for you to have an all inclusive experience. […] It takes social networking to whole new levels.

(Killer Startups)

[…] An avant-garde social mapping service that changes the way people use mobile phones to stay in touch with their friends. Belysio de-virtualizes social networking between friends and allows life encounter of people in the real world.


It gives your mobile phone a smart address book, multi-messaging, e-mail and the location awareness all combined.

(MoMB – Museum of Modern Betas)

[…] A simple concept but […] powerful social networking experiences […].


Man hat also nicht 10 oder mehr Clients downzuloaden und muss alle einzeln Bedienen respektive Nutzen. Belysio kombiniert das ganze zu einem. […] Habe den Client downgeloadet. Einfache Installation – hat alles reibungslos funktioniert.

[Translation: So you don’t have to download 10 or more clients anymore, and you don’t have to handle them all anymore to make use of them. Belysio combines it all in one. […] I have downloaded the client. Simple installation – it all worked flawlessly.]

(Mobile Moblog)

[…] Die Applikation für das Handy [kommt] mit einer äußert schicken und leicht zu bedienenden Oberfläche daher. […] Die Standortanalyse über meinen Provider war überraschend genau. […] Belysios Ansatz einer mobilen, integrierten Kommunikationszentrale mit Statusupdates und ortsabhängiger Komponente ist gut. Die mobile Applikation macht einen vielversprechenden und stabilen Eindruck und bietet angesichts geringer Trafficansprüche auch für Benutzer ohne Datenflatrate zahlreiche Anwendungsszenarien.

[Translation: The mobile application comes with an extremely chic and light interface. […] The location analysis was suprisingly precise. […] Belysio’s approach of an integrated communications exchange with status updates is all right. The mobile application makes a promising and stabile impression, and – taking the light traffic requirements in consideration – it obviously offers numerous usage scenarios for people who don’t have a bundle with a flat data rate.]


And, if you read German, don’t miss the excellent interview that Mobile Zeitgeist‘s Heike Scholz had with Belysio co-founder Andreas Bauer!

Belysio sphere on Kartoo

September 6, 2008
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4 years from now 800M people will access their social networks over their cell phone

September 4, 2008

There’s only one newsletter that I open every day: eMarketer’s. Today they quote a series of different forecasts for the ‘mobile social networking’ space:

  • ABI Research (SEP 2008): More than 140 million mobile (paying!) subscribers will use social networks on their phones by 2013, generating over $410 million in subscription revenues. This forecast is lower than its previous estimates. In December 2006, they forecasted 174 million users by 2011.
  • Pyramid Research (FEB 2008): There will be 950 million (paying and non-paying) mobile social networking users by 2012.
  • Juniper Research (AUG 2007): The number of (paying and non-paying) mobile social networking users will rise to 600 million by 2012.
  • eMarketer (SEP 2008): Concludes that the trueth of the latter two sources must be in the middle, and predicts that more than 800 million registered site members (paying and non-paying) will use their mobile phones to access social networks by 2012:

I think these numbers are entirely realistic. I am already using Belysio to access my networks on Facebook, LinkedIn, Xing and MySpace – and I’ll certainly use it to browse my other networks as soon as Belysio will facilitate that. Accessing my communities over my cell phone simply bridges the gap between sitting behind my laptop to “administrate” my contacts, and meeting or communicating with them in real life.

Some social networkers don’t know what social networking is

September 3, 2008

Marketing research company Synovate last Monday released the results of an international  survey. In their press release they share one interesting chart, showing the Top 3 communities in 17 markets.


Top 3 communities in 17 markets (source: Synovate)

Other interesting findings:

  • Across the 17 markets surveyed, 42% of people know what online social networking is. The Dutch were most likely to know the term with 89% answering ‘yes’, followed by Japan at 71% and Americans with 70%.
  • Overall, 26% across the markets surveyed are members of social networking sites. This peaked with the Netherlands at 49%, United Arab Emirates (UAE) at 46%, Canada at 44% and the US at 40%.
  • Biggest concerns were lack of privacy (37%) closely followed by lack of security for children (32%). The Dutch were the most concerned about privacy at 54% and lack of security for children was the biggest worry for Americans with 62% of respondents nominating it.
  • 85% of Japanese and German social networkers were uncomfortable handing out details, followed by 83% in Taiwan, 79% in Canada, 77% in Brazil and South Africa and 70% in Poland and the US.
  • Overall, 53% of social networkers notice site sponsors.  Two thirds of site members notice advertisements for products. Thirty-one percent of social networkers notice interactive profile pages featuring brands.
  • Forty percent of people who engage in social networking agree that online communication can be just as meaningful as face-to-face communications. Almost half (46%) agree that it is easier to make friends online than in person. Thirty seven percent of all people from the UAE, 35% of South Africans and 29% of Taiwanese agreed that they had more friends online than they have in the ‘real’ world.