GIS in the High Seas


Olivia Newton John’s husband was thought to be dead, but turns out he faked his death and has been sailing around Mexico and South America.

With so much interest lately in seafaring with Google Earth 5, I find it interesting how geospatial technology was used to trap him.

They set up a Web site ostensibly to collect tips about his whereabouts, but it was actually used to see out who logged in and where they were located. Investigators monitored all hits on the Web site, and began to notice patterns about the location of people who accessed the site.

From At Large.


1 comment so far

  1. Jeff on


    Hmm…somehow this seems strange.
    Maybe all those folks out there voicing fear of the use of geotechnology have a right to be concerned?


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