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.

Key Features

· This book defines the LBS field and identifies its capabilities, challenges, and technologies. · The contributors are recognized experts from academia and industry. · Coverage includes navigation systems, middleware, interoperability, standards, and mobile communications. · A sample application, the "find-friend" application, is used throughout the book to integrate the concepts discussed in each chapter.


database professionals and researchers, software engineers, systems architects, project leader, project manager, web services professionals, mobile services professionals

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


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About the editors

Jochen Schiller

Affiliations and Expertise

Free University, Berlin, Germany

Agnès Voisard

Agnès Voisard is Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the Free University of Berlin and a System Architect at Kivera, Inc. Her research interests include data models for geographic and environmental information systems, interoperability in information systems, and navigation systems.

Affiliations and Expertise

Fraunhofer ISST (Institut für Software- und Systemtechnik)and Free University Berlin, Germany


"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