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Location-Based Services
(Updated on March 29,  2002 - Incorporating Content Provided By Mike Flom of Portable Internet)

Overview & Definition

Location Based (or Location-Specific) Services (LBS) have been discussed in the trade press and conferences for some time now. Many business leaders consider location-based services to be the main driving force behind m-commerce.

LBS defines those mobile commerce services that utilize information about the current location of the person using a mobile device. Ideally the information provided  should be both location-specific and personalized based on the personal profile of the user. Location-based services can be categorized in two possible categories based on the perspective of the user:

  • End User Application Perspective: Traffic and weather information where you are, driving directions, entertainment applications, wireless advertising, store location, etc. See more under Applications
  • Developer & vendor perspective: mapping, routing (Directions), GPS Navigation (real-time turn by turn navigation), proximity searches, destination guides, tracking (E-911, vehicles, assets, friend or buddy finders), telematics, location-based billing, advertising, etc.

 

 


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