Interactive 3D Maps in the Real World

November 5, 2010

Fully realized and interactive 3D maps may just be the stuff of science fiction right now but it still is worth noting that there really is a possibility that we could be seeing this in the near future.

Currently maps are (a) not interactive and (b) mostly not in 3D. Although the advent of 3D maps have already begun, there are also several significant changes in the way we now look at maps but they still retain the basic features of looking flat.

 

 


Real Estate Tools Built for the iPhone

September 6, 2007

An article today in RISMEDIA describes the release of new lead routing tools built specifically for the iPhone.

3Dwalkthroughs.com expects to see many new applications built for the iPhone and marketed to real estate professionals. While I have personally been holding off on joining the iPhone craze, that will end after I make my purchase this weekend.

I am very curious how effective the iPhone is going to be for sending and receiving media formats such as 3D Walkthroughs and 3D Renderings. It will be interesting to witness the speed of delivery, visual quality and allowable interactivity of our various media formats once I get comfortable with all the iPhone features. I will certainly keep you posted…

RISMEDIA, August 23, 2007—a la mode, a real estate technology company, has announced the release of lead routing tools built for the iPhone(TM).

This announcement highlighted a number of new feature integrations with the iPhone, following earlier lead management features introduced in August. iPhone lead routing and management functionality is part of a la mode’s broader “real estate now” mobile technology initiative.

a la mode is the first company to provide brokers and agents the ability to manage and route Web site leads on an iPhone. a la mode’s lead routing capabilities for the iPhone come at a time when:

— Almost three quarters of all home buyers consider a real estate agent’s
response time either a “very important” or an “extremely important”
factor in their decision when choosing an agent to work with. Nine out
of ten Internet home buyers say the same.

— Forty-seven percent of home buyers who use the Internet to select an
agent and 43% of non-Internet buyers say they select their agent
because the agent is either the first or the quickest to respond to his
or her inquiry.*

“The mobile era has changed how real estate business is done,” commented Rusty Lindquist, a la mode’s Vice President of Broker and Agent Products. “Other systems equip users with mobile access to data. But that’s no longer enough in today’s ‘real estate now’ climate.”

Brokers and agents need the ability to process that information, and act on it instantly, Lindquist stressed. “Sometimes that means immediately sending a lead to a particular agent, or agent team, and sometimes it means routing leads directly to an automated drip marketing campaign based on their specific responses to a lead form,” Lindquist said.

“Our new mobile lead routing and management features allow agents and brokers the mobile flexibility to process leads on the go.”

The newest iPhone integration with a la mode’s Agent and Broker XSite Web sites allow real estate professionals to immediately assign a Web lead to an agent, directly from their iPhone, or to a routing group, for “round-robin” group distribution. Also with the update, agents and brokers alike can assign a lead to a la mode’s automatic marketing suite, XSellerate, and immediately start a drip marketing campaign targeted specifically to the lead, such as first time buyers, high-end sellers, and so on.

Real estate lead routing and management for the iPhone enables real estate professionals on the go to more effectively manage, monitor, and respond to leads — even when brokers and agents are away from the office.

“While our mobile tools will work on any Web-enabled mobile device, the iPhone gives REALTORS(R) a unique and compelling navigational experience that lends itself well to new and advanced users alike,” Lindquist said.


Real Estate Tools Built for the iPhone

September 6, 2007

An article today in RISMEDIA describes the release of new lead routing tools built specifically for the iPhone.

3Dwalkthroughs.com expects to see many new applications built for the iPhone and marketed to real estate professionals. While I have personally been holding off on joining the iPhone craze, that will end after I make my purchase this weekend.

I am very curious how effective the iPhone is going to be for sending and receiving media formats such as 3D Walkthroughs and 3D Renderings. It will be interesting to witness the speed of delivery, visual quality and allowable interactivity of our various media formats once I get comfortable with all the iPhone features. I will certainly keep you posted…

RISMEDIA, August 23, 2007—a la mode, a real estate technology company, has announced the release of lead routing tools built for the iPhone(TM).

This announcement highlighted a number of new feature integrations with the iPhone, following earlier lead management features introduced in August. iPhone lead routing and management functionality is part of a la mode’s broader “real estate now” mobile technology initiative.

a la mode is the first company to provide brokers and agents the ability to manage and route Web site leads on an iPhone. a la mode’s lead routing capabilities for the iPhone come at a time when:

— Almost three quarters of all home buyers consider a real estate agent’s
response time either a “very important” or an “extremely important”
factor in their decision when choosing an agent to work with. Nine out
of ten Internet home buyers say the same.

— Forty-seven percent of home buyers who use the Internet to select an
agent and 43% of non-Internet buyers say they select their agent
because the agent is either the first or the quickest to respond to his
or her inquiry.*

“The mobile era has changed how real estate business is done,” commented Rusty Lindquist, a la mode’s Vice President of Broker and Agent Products. “Other systems equip users with mobile access to data. But that’s no longer enough in today’s ‘real estate now’ climate.”

Brokers and agents need the ability to process that information, and act on it instantly, Lindquist stressed. “Sometimes that means immediately sending a lead to a particular agent, or agent team, and sometimes it means routing leads directly to an automated drip marketing campaign based on their specific responses to a lead form,” Lindquist said.

“Our new mobile lead routing and management features allow agents and brokers the mobile flexibility to process leads on the go.”

The newest iPhone integration with a la mode’s Agent and Broker XSite Web sites allow real estate professionals to immediately assign a Web lead to an agent, directly from their iPhone, or to a routing group, for “round-robin” group distribution. Also with the update, agents and brokers alike can assign a lead to a la mode’s automatic marketing suite, XSellerate, and immediately start a drip marketing campaign targeted specifically to the lead, such as first time buyers, high-end sellers, and so on.

Real estate lead routing and management for the iPhone enables real estate professionals on the go to more effectively manage, monitor, and respond to leads — even when brokers and agents are away from the office.

“While our mobile tools will work on any Web-enabled mobile device, the iPhone gives REALTORS(R) a unique and compelling navigational experience that lends itself well to new and advanced users alike,” Lindquist said.


Real Estate Tools Built for the iPhone

September 6, 2007

An article today in RISMEDIA describes the release of new lead routing tools built specifically for the iPhone.

3Dwalkthroughs.com expects to see many new applications built for the iPhone and marketed to real estate professionals. While I have personally been holding off on joining the iPhone craze, that will end after I make my purchase this weekend.

I am very curious how effective the iPhone is going to be for sending and receiving media formats such as 3D Walkthroughs and 3D Renderings. It will be interesting to witness the speed of delivery, visual quality and allowable interactivity of our various media formats once I get comfortable with all the iPhone features. I will certainly keep you posted…

RISMEDIA, August 23, 2007—a la mode, a real estate technology company, has announced the release of lead routing tools built for the iPhone(TM).

This announcement highlighted a number of new feature integrations with the iPhone, following earlier lead management features introduced in August. iPhone lead routing and management functionality is part of a la mode’s broader “real estate now” mobile technology initiative.

a la mode is the first company to provide brokers and agents the ability to manage and route Web site leads on an iPhone. a la mode’s lead routing capabilities for the iPhone come at a time when:

— Almost three quarters of all home buyers consider a real estate agent’s
response time either a “very important” or an “extremely important”
factor in their decision when choosing an agent to work with. Nine out
of ten Internet home buyers say the same.

— Forty-seven percent of home buyers who use the Internet to select an
agent and 43% of non-Internet buyers say they select their agent
because the agent is either the first or the quickest to respond to his
or her inquiry.*

“The mobile era has changed how real estate business is done,” commented Rusty Lindquist, a la mode’s Vice President of Broker and Agent Products. “Other systems equip users with mobile access to data. But that’s no longer enough in today’s ‘real estate now’ climate.”

Brokers and agents need the ability to process that information, and act on it instantly, Lindquist stressed. “Sometimes that means immediately sending a lead to a particular agent, or agent team, and sometimes it means routing leads directly to an automated drip marketing campaign based on their specific responses to a lead form,” Lindquist said.

“Our new mobile lead routing and management features allow agents and brokers the mobile flexibility to process leads on the go.”

The newest iPhone integration with a la mode’s Agent and Broker XSite Web sites allow real estate professionals to immediately assign a Web lead to an agent, directly from their iPhone, or to a routing group, for “round-robin” group distribution. Also with the update, agents and brokers alike can assign a lead to a la mode’s automatic marketing suite, XSellerate, and immediately start a drip marketing campaign targeted specifically to the lead, such as first time buyers, high-end sellers, and so on.

Real estate lead routing and management for the iPhone enables real estate professionals on the go to more effectively manage, monitor, and respond to leads — even when brokers and agents are away from the office.

“While our mobile tools will work on any Web-enabled mobile device, the iPhone gives REALTORS(R) a unique and compelling navigational experience that lends itself well to new and advanced users alike,” Lindquist said.


"3D to transform retail advertising"

August 30, 2007

There is about to be a new way to grab the attention of consumers that has defintely gained our interest at 3dWalkthroughs.com. The “3D Company” is about to launch a new 3D digital signage platform that will add a very creative way to advertise products to consumers. This product can be controlled remotely to help address different demographics at different times of the day.
“Fadi Mamlouk, General Manager, 3D Company, said: ‘Breaking through the clutter and sustaining consumer attention are the key objectives of today’s advertisers. The 3D Company’s solutions take advertising to a whole new level, whereby promotional messages can be switched by the minute.”
This would be an excellent medium to display our 3d floorplans and 3d animations to areas where development is high.

Read Below for Article:

The 3D Company FZ LLC, the audiovisual and virtual solutions provider for retail and commercial advertising, will launch its new digital signage platform during GITEX Technology Week 2007.

The company will showcase its products under the umbrella of Dubai Internet City, a TECOM Investments arm and one of the largest managed ICT free zones in the world. GITEX 2007 will be held from 8-12 September at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The 3D Company’s digital signage technology integrates high-tech 3D displays giving advertisers the ultimate marketing tool. The supplier of 2D/3D content and hardware is the first to combine traditional digital signage networks with 3D display technology in the UAE.

Controlled remotely from anywhere, digital signage technology enables advertisers to display targeted messages based on viewer profile or hour of day. Point-of-sale advertising through digital signage appears on the display, targeting shoppers with their specific requirements and tastes by providing dynamic content and enhancing the overall impact of their shopping experience.

Fadi Mamlouk, General Manager, 3D Company, said: ‘Breaking through the clutter and sustaining consumer attention are the key objectives of today’s advertisers. The 3D Company’s solutions take advertising to a whole new level, whereby promotional messages can be switched by the minute.’

‘We will feature special 3D displays for the GITEX stand this year. The exhibition will be an occasion to introduce the use of digital signage as an ideal advertising medium, illustrating its effectiveness in reaching the right audience and its edge over traditional forms.’

At GITEX, in-house experts at the company’s stand will offer special displays that enable 3-dimensional viewing without wearing special glasses. The company also provides other audiovisual solutions for all markets.


"3D to transform retail advertising"

August 30, 2007

There is about to be a new way to grab the attention of consumers that has defintely gained our interest at 3dWalkthroughs.com. The “3D Company” is about to launch a new 3D digital signage platform that will add a very creative way to advertise products to consumers. This product can be controlled remotely to help address different demographics at different times of the day.
“Fadi Mamlouk, General Manager, 3D Company, said: ‘Breaking through the clutter and sustaining consumer attention are the key objectives of today’s advertisers. The 3D Company’s solutions take advertising to a whole new level, whereby promotional messages can be switched by the minute.”
This would be an excellent medium to display our 3d floorplans and 3d animations to areas where development is high.

Read Below for Article:

The 3D Company FZ LLC, the audiovisual and virtual solutions provider for retail and commercial advertising, will launch its new digital signage platform during GITEX Technology Week 2007.

The company will showcase its products under the umbrella of Dubai Internet City, a TECOM Investments arm and one of the largest managed ICT free zones in the world. GITEX 2007 will be held from 8-12 September at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The 3D Company’s digital signage technology integrates high-tech 3D displays giving advertisers the ultimate marketing tool. The supplier of 2D/3D content and hardware is the first to combine traditional digital signage networks with 3D display technology in the UAE.

Controlled remotely from anywhere, digital signage technology enables advertisers to display targeted messages based on viewer profile or hour of day. Point-of-sale advertising through digital signage appears on the display, targeting shoppers with their specific requirements and tastes by providing dynamic content and enhancing the overall impact of their shopping experience.

Fadi Mamlouk, General Manager, 3D Company, said: ‘Breaking through the clutter and sustaining consumer attention are the key objectives of today’s advertisers. The 3D Company’s solutions take advertising to a whole new level, whereby promotional messages can be switched by the minute.’

‘We will feature special 3D displays for the GITEX stand this year. The exhibition will be an occasion to introduce the use of digital signage as an ideal advertising medium, illustrating its effectiveness in reaching the right audience and its edge over traditional forms.’

At GITEX, in-house experts at the company’s stand will offer special displays that enable 3-dimensional viewing without wearing special glasses. The company also provides other audiovisual solutions for all markets.


"3D to transform retail advertising"

August 30, 2007

There is about to be a new way to grab the attention of consumers that has defintely gained our interest at 3dWalkthroughs.com. The “3D Company” is about to launch a new 3D digital signage platform that will add a very creative way to advertise products to consumers. This product can be controlled remotely to help address different demographics at different times of the day.
“Fadi Mamlouk, General Manager, 3D Company, said: ‘Breaking through the clutter and sustaining consumer attention are the key objectives of today’s advertisers. The 3D Company’s solutions take advertising to a whole new level, whereby promotional messages can be switched by the minute.”
This would be an excellent medium to display our 3d floorplans and 3d animations to areas where development is high.

Read Below for Article:

The 3D Company FZ LLC, the audiovisual and virtual solutions provider for retail and commercial advertising, will launch its new digital signage platform during GITEX Technology Week 2007.

The company will showcase its products under the umbrella of Dubai Internet City, a TECOM Investments arm and one of the largest managed ICT free zones in the world. GITEX 2007 will be held from 8-12 September at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The 3D Company’s digital signage technology integrates high-tech 3D displays giving advertisers the ultimate marketing tool. The supplier of 2D/3D content and hardware is the first to combine traditional digital signage networks with 3D display technology in the UAE.

Controlled remotely from anywhere, digital signage technology enables advertisers to display targeted messages based on viewer profile or hour of day. Point-of-sale advertising through digital signage appears on the display, targeting shoppers with their specific requirements and tastes by providing dynamic content and enhancing the overall impact of their shopping experience.

Fadi Mamlouk, General Manager, 3D Company, said: ‘Breaking through the clutter and sustaining consumer attention are the key objectives of today’s advertisers. The 3D Company’s solutions take advertising to a whole new level, whereby promotional messages can be switched by the minute.’

‘We will feature special 3D displays for the GITEX stand this year. The exhibition will be an occasion to introduce the use of digital signage as an ideal advertising medium, illustrating its effectiveness in reaching the right audience and its edge over traditional forms.’

At GITEX, in-house experts at the company’s stand will offer special displays that enable 3-dimensional viewing without wearing special glasses. The company also provides other audiovisual solutions for all markets.


NYC Taxis About To Install Marketing Machines in Each Car

August 29, 2007

Since 3dwalkthroughs.com is based in NY, we were interested in a company, “Creative Mobile Technologies”,that is about to bring to latest technology to the 13,000 taxi’s that drive around NYC. They are about to equip each taxi with a “passenger information monitor” that will allow each cab to accept credit/debit cards as well as show advertisments and other recent information. This technology will also offer a GPS system which will show the passenger their current location.

As this new venue in mass marketing expands to taxis, I can see our 3d floorplans, 3d animations and 3d walkthroughs being used as a intregral tool for developers to market their properties to potential NY residents.

Check out more about “Creative Mobile Technologies” below:

Creative Mobile Technologies, LLC (CMT), is a New York City based company that brings together longtime leaders in the New York City taxi industry with innovative minds in technology to create a new kind of company with a new kind of philosophy. CMT is the exclusive managing agent of Mobile Knowledge, a prime contractor that has received approval from the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) to proceed in furtherance of the proposal submitted in response to the Request for Proposals. Mobile Knowledge is a pioneer and world leader in taxi-data communications that holds patents on key functions of the passenger information monitor, a crucial component of the TLC technology mandate.

The story of CMT is the story of a taxi industry facing perhaps the greatest challenge in its 100-year history. In 2004, when the TLC mandated new taxi technologies including credit and debit card capability, text messaging, interactive passenger maps and electronic trip sheets, the industry had more questions than answers. After all, we got into the business to run taxicabs – not to run software.

So a group of industry leaders including lease managers, brokers, owner/drivers, lenders and fleet owners – large and small – started to evaluate what we needed to do, not only to comply with the mandate, but to elevate our business and make it more efficient, modern and profitable in the Information Age.

As taxi people, we knew the importance of cost and quality. We knew what we wanted to see in our taxicabs and how these new services should be integrated into our busy operations. And we certainly didn’t want to pay thousands of dollars for new equipment. So, we set out to find a solution that would seemingly do the impossible – provide taxi owners with FREE** use of the highest quality state-of-the-art equipment and a flexible overall solution based on an easy consolidated monthly usage fee that would give taxi owners the freedom to do what they do best – operate taxicabs.

As a result of these countless idea-sharing discussions and at the urging of taxi people from all segments of the industry who wanted a “by the industry for the industry” taxi technology solution, Ron Sherman, a longtime taxi industry leader, founded Creative Mobile Technologies. He is currently the company’s Chief Executive Officer.

With decades of taxi experience under our belts and the insights of so many friends and colleagues in the taxi industry, our challenge was in integrating all of the technology, banking and media components needed to realize this vision.

In 2005, Jesse H. Davis, a 25-year veteran of the financial and technology sectors, joined CMT as its President and Chief Operating Officer, arriving from Metlife, the country’s largest insurance company, where he led the successful integration of IT systems through three separate acquisitions including that of Traveler’s Life. Previously, Jesse was a Senior Vice President at the Bessemer Group in Woodbridge, New Jersey, one of the country’s premier wealth management firms for high net worth individuals, where he perfected a balance of technological skill and business management with a fine eye for the precision required of the financial services sector (Jesse has a BA in Mathematics from Columbia University and an MBA from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University).

Jesse’s expertise in making complicated and often disparate technologies into highly functional and distinctly innovative final products that work for real people in the real world made him ideally suited to the task that lay ahead for CMT.

With Jesse at the helm, CMT set out to develop and oversee a premier project team comprised of the best companies in banking, advertising and various technologies. CMT and Mobile Knowledge forged key and exclusive strategic business partnerships with Clear Channel, an international leader in advertising with a major stake in the New York taxi industry; Bank of America, one of the country’s largest banks, whose subsidiary Bank of America Merchant Services is a world leader in credit and debit card account processing services and World Line Communications Corp., which has more than a decade of experience building complex, large scale IT infrastructure projects for banking, retail, pharmaceutical and healthcare companies including Fortune 500 corporations.

In 2006, as CMT evolved from just a gleam in the industry’s eyes to a world class taxi technology provider, Jed Appelbaum, who is widely respected in the taxi industry, joined the team as Vice President in charge of Operations. Jed, a former Assistant Commissioner of Safety and Emissions at the TLC, who joined the agency in 1977, ran operations at its main inspection facility in Woodside, Queens, supervising a staff of 60 and overseeing the inspection process of over 60,000 taxicabs annually as well as the inspection of all licensed meter shops. In 2003, he oversaw the $10M renovation of the inspection facility, resulting in one of the newest and most advanced automobile inspection facilities in the world. Most recently, he served as Vice President of Operations for the Northeast Region at Clear Channel Taxi Media.

Another key member of the CMT team is Mike Sahm, Vice President, Sales and Customer Relations. Mike spent 20 years in sales for the auto electronics industry before serving as Vice President of Operations for Medallion Financial Media, the national outdoor advertising firm that included advertising sales for New York City taxi tops. While at Medallion, Mike’s integrity and his personal, “knock-on-the-door” style earned him widespread respect industry-wide. As a result, he built a vast network of lasting relationships in the New York City taxi industry that hold firm today.

To find out more information about the FREEdom Solution, call Creative Mobile Technologies, LLC, contractor agent for Mobile Knowledge Corp., at 718-349-7700.


NYC Taxis About To Install Marketing Machines in Each Car

August 29, 2007

Since 3dwalkthroughs.com is based in NY, we were interested in a company, “Creative Mobile Technologies”,that is about to bring to latest technology to the 13,000 taxi’s that drive around NYC. They are about to equip each taxi with a “passenger information monitor” that will allow each cab to accept credit/debit cards as well as show advertisments and other recent information. This technology will also offer a GPS system which will show the passenger their current location.

As this new venue in mass marketing expands to taxis, I can see our 3d floorplans, 3d animations and 3d walkthroughs being used as a intregral tool for developers to market their properties to potential NY residents.

Check out more about “Creative Mobile Technologies” below:

Creative Mobile Technologies, LLC (CMT), is a New York City based company that brings together longtime leaders in the New York City taxi industry with innovative minds in technology to create a new kind of company with a new kind of philosophy. CMT is the exclusive managing agent of Mobile Knowledge, a prime contractor that has received approval from the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) to proceed in furtherance of the proposal submitted in response to the Request for Proposals. Mobile Knowledge is a pioneer and world leader in taxi-data communications that holds patents on key functions of the passenger information monitor, a crucial component of the TLC technology mandate.

The story of CMT is the story of a taxi industry facing perhaps the greatest challenge in its 100-year history. In 2004, when the TLC mandated new taxi technologies including credit and debit card capability, text messaging, interactive passenger maps and electronic trip sheets, the industry had more questions than answers. After all, we got into the business to run taxicabs – not to run software.

So a group of industry leaders including lease managers, brokers, owner/drivers, lenders and fleet owners – large and small – started to evaluate what we needed to do, not only to comply with the mandate, but to elevate our business and make it more efficient, modern and profitable in the Information Age.

As taxi people, we knew the importance of cost and quality. We knew what we wanted to see in our taxicabs and how these new services should be integrated into our busy operations. And we certainly didn’t want to pay thousands of dollars for new equipment. So, we set out to find a solution that would seemingly do the impossible – provide taxi owners with FREE** use of the highest quality state-of-the-art equipment and a flexible overall solution based on an easy consolidated monthly usage fee that would give taxi owners the freedom to do what they do best – operate taxicabs.

As a result of these countless idea-sharing discussions and at the urging of taxi people from all segments of the industry who wanted a “by the industry for the industry” taxi technology solution, Ron Sherman, a longtime taxi industry leader, founded Creative Mobile Technologies. He is currently the company’s Chief Executive Officer.

With decades of taxi experience under our belts and the insights of so many friends and colleagues in the taxi industry, our challenge was in integrating all of the technology, banking and media components needed to realize this vision.

In 2005, Jesse H. Davis, a 25-year veteran of the financial and technology sectors, joined CMT as its President and Chief Operating Officer, arriving from Metlife, the country’s largest insurance company, where he led the successful integration of IT systems through three separate acquisitions including that of Traveler’s Life. Previously, Jesse was a Senior Vice President at the Bessemer Group in Woodbridge, New Jersey, one of the country’s premier wealth management firms for high net worth individuals, where he perfected a balance of technological skill and business management with a fine eye for the precision required of the financial services sector (Jesse has a BA in Mathematics from Columbia University and an MBA from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University).

Jesse’s expertise in making complicated and often disparate technologies into highly functional and distinctly innovative final products that work for real people in the real world made him ideally suited to the task that lay ahead for CMT.

With Jesse at the helm, CMT set out to develop and oversee a premier project team comprised of the best companies in banking, advertising and various technologies. CMT and Mobile Knowledge forged key and exclusive strategic business partnerships with Clear Channel, an international leader in advertising with a major stake in the New York taxi industry; Bank of America, one of the country’s largest banks, whose subsidiary Bank of America Merchant Services is a world leader in credit and debit card account processing services and World Line Communications Corp., which has more than a decade of experience building complex, large scale IT infrastructure projects for banking, retail, pharmaceutical and healthcare companies including Fortune 500 corporations.

In 2006, as CMT evolved from just a gleam in the industry’s eyes to a world class taxi technology provider, Jed Appelbaum, who is widely respected in the taxi industry, joined the team as Vice President in charge of Operations. Jed, a former Assistant Commissioner of Safety and Emissions at the TLC, who joined the agency in 1977, ran operations at its main inspection facility in Woodside, Queens, supervising a staff of 60 and overseeing the inspection process of over 60,000 taxicabs annually as well as the inspection of all licensed meter shops. In 2003, he oversaw the $10M renovation of the inspection facility, resulting in one of the newest and most advanced automobile inspection facilities in the world. Most recently, he served as Vice President of Operations for the Northeast Region at Clear Channel Taxi Media.

Another key member of the CMT team is Mike Sahm, Vice President, Sales and Customer Relations. Mike spent 20 years in sales for the auto electronics industry before serving as Vice President of Operations for Medallion Financial Media, the national outdoor advertising firm that included advertising sales for New York City taxi tops. While at Medallion, Mike’s integrity and his personal, “knock-on-the-door” style earned him widespread respect industry-wide. As a result, he built a vast network of lasting relationships in the New York City taxi industry that hold firm today.

To find out more information about the FREEdom Solution, call Creative Mobile Technologies, LLC, contractor agent for Mobile Knowledge Corp., at 718-349-7700.


NYC Taxis About To Install Marketing Machines in Each Car

August 29, 2007

Since 3dwalkthroughs.com is based in NY, we were interested in a company, “Creative Mobile Technologies”,that is about to bring to latest technology to the 13,000 taxi’s that drive around NYC. They are about to equip each taxi with a “passenger information monitor” that will allow each cab to accept credit/debit cards as well as show advertisments and other recent information. This technology will also offer a GPS system which will show the passenger their current location.

As this new venue in mass marketing expands to taxis, I can see our 3d floorplans, 3d animations and 3d walkthroughs being used as a intregral tool for developers to market their properties to potential NY residents.

Check out more about “Creative Mobile Technologies” below:

Creative Mobile Technologies, LLC (CMT), is a New York City based company that brings together longtime leaders in the New York City taxi industry with innovative minds in technology to create a new kind of company with a new kind of philosophy. CMT is the exclusive managing agent of Mobile Knowledge, a prime contractor that has received approval from the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) to proceed in furtherance of the proposal submitted in response to the Request for Proposals. Mobile Knowledge is a pioneer and world leader in taxi-data communications that holds patents on key functions of the passenger information monitor, a crucial component of the TLC technology mandate.

The story of CMT is the story of a taxi industry facing perhaps the greatest challenge in its 100-year history. In 2004, when the TLC mandated new taxi technologies including credit and debit card capability, text messaging, interactive passenger maps and electronic trip sheets, the industry had more questions than answers. After all, we got into the business to run taxicabs – not to run software.

So a group of industry leaders including lease managers, brokers, owner/drivers, lenders and fleet owners – large and small – started to evaluate what we needed to do, not only to comply with the mandate, but to elevate our business and make it more efficient, modern and profitable in the Information Age.

As taxi people, we knew the importance of cost and quality. We knew what we wanted to see in our taxicabs and how these new services should be integrated into our busy operations. And we certainly didn’t want to pay thousands of dollars for new equipment. So, we set out to find a solution that would seemingly do the impossible – provide taxi owners with FREE** use of the highest quality state-of-the-art equipment and a flexible overall solution based on an easy consolidated monthly usage fee that would give taxi owners the freedom to do what they do best – operate taxicabs.

As a result of these countless idea-sharing discussions and at the urging of taxi people from all segments of the industry who wanted a “by the industry for the industry” taxi technology solution, Ron Sherman, a longtime taxi industry leader, founded Creative Mobile Technologies. He is currently the company’s Chief Executive Officer.

With decades of taxi experience under our belts and the insights of so many friends and colleagues in the taxi industry, our challenge was in integrating all of the technology, banking and media components needed to realize this vision.

In 2005, Jesse H. Davis, a 25-year veteran of the financial and technology sectors, joined CMT as its President and Chief Operating Officer, arriving from Metlife, the country’s largest insurance company, where he led the successful integration of IT systems through three separate acquisitions including that of Traveler’s Life. Previously, Jesse was a Senior Vice President at the Bessemer Group in Woodbridge, New Jersey, one of the country’s premier wealth management firms for high net worth individuals, where he perfected a balance of technological skill and business management with a fine eye for the precision required of the financial services sector (Jesse has a BA in Mathematics from Columbia University and an MBA from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University).

Jesse’s expertise in making complicated and often disparate technologies into highly functional and distinctly innovative final products that work for real people in the real world made him ideally suited to the task that lay ahead for CMT.

With Jesse at the helm, CMT set out to develop and oversee a premier project team comprised of the best companies in banking, advertising and various technologies. CMT and Mobile Knowledge forged key and exclusive strategic business partnerships with Clear Channel, an international leader in advertising with a major stake in the New York taxi industry; Bank of America, one of the country’s largest banks, whose subsidiary Bank of America Merchant Services is a world leader in credit and debit card account processing services and World Line Communications Corp., which has more than a decade of experience building complex, large scale IT infrastructure projects for banking, retail, pharmaceutical and healthcare companies including Fortune 500 corporations.

In 2006, as CMT evolved from just a gleam in the industry’s eyes to a world class taxi technology provider, Jed Appelbaum, who is widely respected in the taxi industry, joined the team as Vice President in charge of Operations. Jed, a former Assistant Commissioner of Safety and Emissions at the TLC, who joined the agency in 1977, ran operations at its main inspection facility in Woodside, Queens, supervising a staff of 60 and overseeing the inspection process of over 60,000 taxicabs annually as well as the inspection of all licensed meter shops. In 2003, he oversaw the $10M renovation of the inspection facility, resulting in one of the newest and most advanced automobile inspection facilities in the world. Most recently, he served as Vice President of Operations for the Northeast Region at Clear Channel Taxi Media.

Another key member of the CMT team is Mike Sahm, Vice President, Sales and Customer Relations. Mike spent 20 years in sales for the auto electronics industry before serving as Vice President of Operations for Medallion Financial Media, the national outdoor advertising firm that included advertising sales for New York City taxi tops. While at Medallion, Mike’s integrity and his personal, “knock-on-the-door” style earned him widespread respect industry-wide. As a result, he built a vast network of lasting relationships in the New York City taxi industry that hold firm today.

To find out more information about the FREEdom Solution, call Creative Mobile Technologies, LLC, contractor agent for Mobile Knowledge Corp., at 718-349-7700.