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This week’s Sametime Sunday will show an example of a Sametime 7.5 plugin that utilizes location awareness. Per my previous blog, Sametime 7.5 client now has the option to use location awareness. The obvious out of the box benefit is for other IM users to get additional information from your Sametime business card which also displays your status.
Now that my Sametime client can broadcast my location status, I can take advantage of that information and build plugins. One IBM developer created a plugin that could take my location information and search for IBM printers in my office building. Once I selected a printer it would even install the appropriate driver so I can start printing ASAP. This allows me to go into any IBM facility, connect or not connect to Sametime, and find the closest printer and start printing. The toughest challenge I had now was to find the physical printer.
Additionally, the plugin could search for local restaurants using Google Maps restaurant search. I find this feature very useful when traveling to a new customer or IBM location and looking for meal.
The real added value to Sametime plugins is the idea of mashups. A mashup is based on applications that exchanged content from more than one sources to delivery a new service to the user. Rod Smith, IBM's vice president of emerging Internet technologies, believes mashups are next big technology to come into market. Along with Web 2.0 and AJAX, I also believes that mashups will bring another layer of collaboration and communication to the end user.