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Method for Capturing Descriptive, Positional, and Geographic Data for Photo-documenting a Facility

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000213336D
Publication Date: 2011-Dec-12
Document File: 2 page(s) / 21K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method to capture data related to photographs, allowing the user to more efficiently document, analyze, and utilize them. The method incorporates capturing and transcribing voice statements for each photo and uses the Global Positioning System (GPS) and gyroscope/position-sending capabilities of a smart phone to map the location of each photograph taken in a facility.

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Method for Capturing Descriptive, Positional, and Geographic Data for Photo-documenting a Facility

Disclosed is a method to capture data related to photographs, allowing the user to more efficiently document, analyze, and utilize them. The method incorporates capturing and transcribing voice statements for each photo and uses the Global Positioning System (GPS) and gyroscope/position-sending capabilities of a smart phone to map the location of each photograph taken in a facility.

A method is needed to enable a user to more quickly provide relevant information for, analyze, and upload a set of photographs.

An example of the problem exists with a data center or other facility site assessments that use digital photography to document the condition of the facility. Assessment Teams currently take digital photographs and then at a later time try to put the photos into a narrative format and describe in which part of the facility the photo was taken and what specific components of the solution are being photographed (e.g., primary data center, first rack housing production call routing servers, etc.). In a large data center or facility, an Assessment Team could wrongly identify a photo or could have to make a return visit, which is inefficient.

The disclosed idea is to use smart phone technology to make it easier for Assessment Teams to utilize their site photographs by capturing and transcribing voice statements for each photo and using the Global Positioning System (GPS) and gyroscope/position-sending capabilities of the smart phone to map the location of each photograph taken in a facility. Voice capture is an easier and more efficient method for capturing notes, as opposed to trying to type them into the smart phone or writing in a notebook while walking through a facility. Focusing on typing into an application or taking notes in a notebook slows down the process and could cause the user to miss an observation by taking their focus away from the facility.

This idea could be applied to data center assessments, other IT facility assessments, or any industrial facility visit that requires photography and narration.

Current technologies exist which allow a user to speak a narrative associated with a photograph, but no known technologies combine in a single application this ability with GPS for meta-data, three-axis gyroscope data for positional mapping, and apply it to...