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Appen to Acquire Quadrant to Expand Mobile-Location Based Data Collection Offering

Appen Limited (ASX: APX), the leading provider of high-quality training data for organizations that build effective AI systems at scale, today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Quadrant, a global leader in mobile location data, Point-of-Interest data, and corresponding compliance services.

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Geolancer Campaign Maps 130,000 Retail Locations Across Southeast Asia

Geolancer, Quadrant’s proprietary platform for manually verifying Points-of-Interest (POIs) on the ground successfully concluded its second beta launch campaign. In five weeks, Geolancers collected over 130,000 POIs across Southeast Asia.

We’ve run the campaign for five weeks between July 7 and August 10 in seven countries and the city of Gurugram (Gurgaon) in India. Geolancers were tasked with mapping as many retail POIs as possible, including restaurants, convenience stores, shops, pharmacies, banks, telecom shops, and more. Because of the stringent Covid restrictions across most of the region, most of the POIs came from two countries, Indonesia and the Philippines. Covid hit these businesses hard, and many of them are closed, rendering existing POI databases outdated.

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User behaviour and POI data quality in Geolancer – Quadrant quarterly hackathon

Earlier this year, we launched the public beta test of our proprietary POI collection and verification app, Geolancer. Aimed at providing up-to-date and manually-verified POI datasets, Geolancer is already helping ride sharing and real estate companies enrich their platforms with a hyper-accurate POI data feed. In this article, we provide a peek behind the curtain and explain how we maintain the high quality of POI data in Geolancer.

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Retail after the pandemic – Using POI data to revitalise the retail industry

The Covid-19 pandemic and following global lockdowns were devastating for the retail industry. Activities like shopping and leisure quickly fell as people’s focus shifted to dealing with a pandemic. Essential retail like grocery, drugstores, and homeware had to adapt quickly to accommodate the needs of the hour, while non-essential retail segments of fashion, sports, beauty, luxury, etc. went into complete disarray.

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Performing Extrapolation on Location Data to Derive Relevant Insights

Location data is collected from multiple sources of varying quality GPS signals from mobile devices, beacons, and WIFI connections, the notorious Bidstream, and more. In most cases, even genuine location data cannot represent the entire population of the region. This discrepancy can be attributed to smartphone penetration in the country, app-specific demographic variations, hardware inconsistencies, and sources of location data.

To perform meaningful analysis that accounts for mobility patterns and other trends in a larger region, data scientists use projection models to make an accurate estimation of a region’s population and normalise data counts to fit the use case. This is called data extrapolation.

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