Location-Based Services

Edited by

  • Jochen Schiller, Free University, Berlin, Germany
  • Agnès Voisard, Fraunhofer ISST (Institut für Software- und Systemtechnik)and Free University Berlin, Germany

Location-based services (LBS) are a new concept integrating a user’s geographic location with the general notion of services, such as dialing an emergency number from a cell phone or using a navigation system in a car. Incorporating both mobile communication and spatial data, these applications represent a novel challenge both conceptually and technically. The purpose of this book is to describe, in an accessible fashion, the various concepts underlying mobile location-based services. These range from general application-related ideas to technical aspects. Each chapter starts with a high level of abstraction and drills down to the technical details. Contributors examine each application from all necessary perspectives, namely, requirements, services, data, and scalability. An illustrative example begins early in the book and runs throughout, serving as a reference.
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database professionals and researchers, software engineers, systems architects, project leader, project manager, web services professionals, mobile services professionals


Book information

  • Published: May 2004
  • ISBN: 978-1-4933-0378-6


"Location-Based Services provides a comprehensive sweep through an exciting new area of computing. It's a detailed and powerful primer for understanding the deployment of LBS." - Xavier Lopez, Director, Spatial, Location, and Network Technologies, Oracle Corporation "Location-Based Services gives a comprehensive panorama of a multi-disciplinary field. It is an excellent source of information for practitioners and researchers who are facing the numerous technological challenges raised by location-based services." - Serge Abiteboul, Senior Researcher, INRIA and Scientific Advisor, Xyleme

Table of Contents

Introduction - Jochen Schiller and Agnès Voisard • Chapter 1 General Aspects of Location Based Services - Sarah Spiekermann • Chapter 2 Case Study: The Development of the Find Friends Application - Mark Strassman and Clay Collier • Chapter 3 Navigation Systems: A Spatial Database Perspective - Shashi Shekhar, Ranga Raju Vatsavai, Xiaobin Ma, and Jin Soung Yoo • Chapter 4 Middleware for Location-Based Services - Hans-Arno Jacobsen, University of Toronto • Chapter 5 Database Aspects of Location-Based Services - Christian Jensen • Chapter 6 LBS Interoperability Through Standards - Lance McKee • Chapter 7 Data Collection - Joerg Roth • Chapter 8 Data Transmission in Mobile Communication Systems - Holger Karl