Location Based Services (LBS) include applications that depend on the user location to provide a service/information that is relevant to the user at that location. LBS normally use mobile devices with positioning ability to provide the service or information to the user. Knowledge Spatial offers LBS technology based solutions and services to address the need of enterprise requirements.
Location Based Solutions
An LBS has five basic components:
- Software application
- A mobile network to transmit data and requests for service
- A content provider to supply the end user with geo-specific information
- A positioning component (see GPS)
- End user’s mobile device.
Some examples of location-based services are:
Navigation and Travel – Applications in this category allow a user to perform a search based in part on location, i.e., to find the nearest hotel, ATM, bus stop, or particular restaurant
Tracking and Geosocial Networking – Using applications in this category, users can share their location with friends, family, or strangers via online social networks. Included in this category are applications that recommend restaurants or other places of interest based on where a user’s network of “friends” has checked-in, or that enables businesses to reward their customers for loyalty based on repeated visits or check-ins. Other applications in this category enable parents to track the location of their children, family and caregivers to monitor dementia patients, and pet owners to recover lost dogs.
Gaming and Entertainment – These applications allow users to play games on their wireless devices with friends and family, persons in their local network, or anyone online. Some location-based games track phone movement and create real-life scavenger hunts. This category also includes photography and video applications that record the GPS location tags for photos and videos or allow users to add location information to their photos.
Retail and Real Estate – Retail applications enable consumers to find the nearest store, provide in-store maps, check real-time inventory data, or shop from their phone, while real estate applications show houses for sale or rent or in foreclosure in a given area.
Advertising – Location-based advertising allows users to receive ads relevant to their current location or based on patterns of frequently visited locations. The ads generally appear within other applications or in web browser windows.
News and Weather – These applications provide users with weather and news targeted to their specific location.
Device Management – LBS management applications allow users to track and control their wireless devices from other sources (like a home computer) or to control other devices from their wireless devices. This may include tracking, locking, or erasing a lost phone, or locating, unlocking, and starting a vehicle.
Public Safety – Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) application provide capability to dispatch the nearest Police Control Room (PCR) Vehicle to the incident side in a responsive manner.