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The following text was formerly at Location Based Services[edit]

Location Based Services (LBS) are client-server applications that provide location-specific data to mobile devices.
The most basic of these is used in mobile phones, which can prefix the local area code to phone numbers. A similar local mapping of "0", "911", "411" and other location-independent numbers, is also a Location Based Service.
A GPS locator does not provide a LBS, because the broadcast data doesn't change based on the user's location.
The introduction of LBS into the mobile consumer arena took hold during the Internet boom. If the user location is known, web applications can tailor services appropriately.
The first platform to offer this possibility to developers was the Palm VII, released in 1999. The Mobitex network provided the wireless PDA's current zipcode to the application web server. The first two LBS applications came in the box with the Palm VII -- Weather.com, and the Etak/Metrotraffic application known as TrafficTouch. Both provided geo-contextualized data without user intervention.


Discuss[edit]

I want to ask to everyone that read this article: is there LBS that used in wi-fi or wimax?? this LBS not uses a GPS/satellite, but the proses is done in the router. is that possible?? hope there is some one help me.. please contact : labuffer_pra@yahoo.com thank you.

Quote: "In the UK, networks do not use trilateration; LBS services use a single base station, with a 'radius' of inaccuracy, to determine a phone's location."
Is there a proper reference for this statement? I found this evidence in my own data as well and am now looking for a paper or white paper mentioning this fact. (lxo@cs.nott.ac.uk)


Follow up on Discuss, there is more on LBS, Intel is heavily researching this field and other universities are already working on some projects, most of them not limited to mobile phones. More work should be done on this subject to fully explain it. Also please check the External Links and the validity of the out side sources or projects.


There are now products from the major players in the Indoor Wireless Network space WiFi (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WiFi) like Cisco, Aruba Networks, Symbol, PanGo Networks, AeroScout, Ekahau, NewBerry, etc. which enhance the functionality of the WiFi access point to allow "location". The Access point is the fixed component of a WiFi network that is wired to the campus LAN. In a typical WiFi location application, the signal strength (RSSI) of the WiFI client device (such as a laptop, or handheld computer) is collected and compared between all of of the Access points that can detect the signal of the client, using triangulation software similar to the way a GPS functions. Today, accuracy of RSSI-based indoor WiFi location is between 6 and 12 meters depending on the building layout, and specific vendor implementations. Many of the WiFi location software vendors also manufacture their own proprietary "beacon" tag which is basically a small battery operated WiFi transmitter that you can attach to something that you wish to track. This tag transmits every so often and a graphical display shows you where the asset is currently located. Most WiFi beacon tags are RFID class 4 active tags. Some just transmit layer 2 packets at pre-programmed intervals, others are actual WiFI clients with an IP address and can respond to events, support external sensors (temperature, contact closure, push button, telemetry data, etc). The software packages that collect and display the location information gathered from the WiFi access points is getting more sophisticated each year; currently allowing asset tracking, sorting, inventory, and support complex rules engines that can generate alerts based on asset movement, proximity, battery level, and other characteristics. Kb4ffe 19:20, 4 January 2007 (UTC)

Lst of Products and companies? Why?[edit]

I've removed the list of Products and companies - it's basically a list of adverts - even if it much of it does go to their 'WP articles' (most of those are adverts anyway). --Matt Lewis (talk) 12:34, 29 May 2008 (UTC)

The list has been changed to only include companies that are notable enough to have their own articles. This is unfair to those you can't though. I'm deleting per WP:EL and WP:NOT. --Matt Lewis (talk) 16:02, 28 July 2008 (UTC)

Blog link[edit]

Unfortunately a link to a discussion about whether humans really need location-based services has been deleted. I think this contributes significantly to the discussion in the field of location-based services therefore I have added the link again, I don't see a COI and definitely not spam —Preceding unsigned comment added by ExperientalMarketer (talkcontribs) 11:37, 7 July 2008 (UTC)

Being a blog, it fails WP:EL --Ronz (talk) 17:50, 7 July 2008 (UTC)


improving text?[edit]

Can an expert check over the text? I wonder it it needs some improving. For example the first sentence in "History" reads: "Today the question about LBS (Location Based Services) is not what they are inside of but rather what they are not an active part of and the answer is, "very little"." . This statement is rather a sweeping generalisation and not true outside of mobile computing devices, so makes me wonder how trustworthy the rest of the article is: could an expert do a check and rewrite? thanks! (I can tell the original writer that the vast majority of the items in my home do not have location based services, for example, neither my toothbrush nor my set of screwdrivers nor my kitchen utensils!). --137.108.145.21 (talk) 13:08, 3 February 2014 (UTC)