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Location-Based Services (LBS) are the delivery of data and information services where the content of those services is tailored to the current location and context of a mobile user. This is a new and fast-growing technology sector incorporating GIS, wireless technologies, positioning systems and mobile human-computer interaction. Geo-Information (GI) Engineering is the design of dependably engineered solutions to society's use of geographical information and underpins applications such as LBS. These are brought together in this comprehensive text that takes the reader through from source data to product delivery.This book will appeal to professionals and researchers in the areas of GIS, mobile telecommunications services and LBS. It provides a comprehensive view and in-depth knowledge for academia and industry alike. It serves as essential reading and an excellent resource for final year undergraduate and postgraduate students in GIScience, Geography, Mobile Computing or Information Systems who wish to develop their understanding of LBS.
Table of Contents
Mastering GIS Series: Foreword
The Context of Location-Based Services
The Information Society
The Digital City
The New Mobility
Outline of Following Chapters
Technological Convergence: Towards Location-Based Services
The Internet and World Wide Web
New Information and Communication Technologies
Geographical Information Systems
Convergence of Technologies
GIS and Geo-Information Engineering
Where is . . . ? How Do I Get there?
Exploring GIS Software
Issues of GIScience
GI Engineering: the Rise of Ubiquitous GIS?
Are Location-Based Services New?
From Locating Services to Location-Based Services
E911 and E112 Mandates
Implications of LBS for GIScience
Data for Location-Based Services
The Size and Granularity of the Problem
Data Collection Technologies
Data Quality Issues
Organizing and Accessing Data
Locating the User
Global Positioning System
Network-Based Positioning Technologies
Short Range Positioning Technologies
Hybrid Positioning Approaches
Context in Location-Based Services
Context and Context-Awareness
Context in LBS
Environment as Context
Technology as Context
User as Context
Dynamics of Context
The Spatial Query
Indexing Spatial Databases
Issues of Data Temporality
Communication in Location-Based Services
Modes of Communication in LBS
Maps in LBS
Issues Around Modes of Communication in LBS
Learning from Spatial Information
Multimodal and Context-Aware Modes of Communication
The Business of Location-Based Services
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