From the R&D Lab: SpatialKey on the BlackBerry Playbook

We’re always working on research and development efforts to extend SpatialKey’s reach and capability. One thing we’ve been working on is a tablet application for the BlackBerry Playbook. The Playbook is a new tablet that Research in Motion recently introduced to compete with Apple’s iPad. It’s a slick device, and when paired with a BlackBerry phone it’s a natural fit into the enterprise market.

The application we’ve developed is used to assess the impact of recent earthquakes on an insurance company’s insured locations. When an earthquake hits, it’s critical to quickly undertand how many of your properties were in harm’s way and where you have possible damage. The USGS publishes detailed shake maps for all major earthquakes around the world. These shake maps give details about the magnitude of the ground shaking around the epicenter.

SpatialKey automatically pulls in the latest data from the USGS, so the instant an earthquake occurs you’re only moments away from seeing the impact that the event has on your properties. Just load up SpatialKey on the Playbook, select the new earthquake, and we’ll take care of the rest. SpatialKey calculates which of your properties fall within which levels of shaking, and you can quickly filter down your data to find the properties in the most affected areas.

And given the Playbook’s mobile nature, if you’re on the road assessing insurance claims you can quickly pull up the data nearby to find all the affected properties in the local vicinity. SpatialKey puts an unmatched level of location intelligence in your hands when you’re on the ground.

You can see the application in action in the video below:

SpatialKey on tablet devices is currently an experimental feature that we’re piloting with select customers. If you’re interested, please contact us for more information.

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