With Deep Local Search, users can search for a myriad of business characteristics such as what is open at a particular time, which establishments provide sought-out products or services, POI’s affiliations and certifications (e.g. green-certified), accessibility, brands of credit cards accepted, products (e.g. organic food), facilities (e.g. public restrooms), recurring events (e.g. happy hours), and cultural and lifestyle characteristics (e.g. Spanish-speaking, kid-friendly or dog-friendly).
GeoSpot now claims to have hundreds of cities with 50% to 95% of its restaurants searchable by hours of operation.
GeoSpot service works on any browser-enabled phone including iPhone, BlackBerry, Palm, LG, Samsung, Motorola, Nokia, Android- and Windows Mobile-based handsets. GeoSpot’s content and local search engine are also available for licensing by developers of LBS applications and platforms, such as mobile phones, PNDs or in-dash navigation units.
Time relevant POIs
GeoSpot is adding what navigation solutions providers have mostly failed to deliver to their customers until now: deep content and time relevant POIs. If I am driving a city after midnight and looking for a restaurant, having hundreds of restaurant icons on my PND screen is not relevant, I would prefer to have just a few, but those that are open. The same applies to almost all POI categories.
The experience shows me that I would probably agree to pay a small fee for that, at least in some particular situations such as finding an open restaurant in Palo Alto after 11pm, a gas station with credit card open on Sunday in Italy or a drug store open at night in Paris.