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Mobile location services and support

Mobile Location Services and Support

by

Alessandro Agnello

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  • What is Mobile Location Services? (MLS)

    • Services related to current location of cellular phone.


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  • MLS Components

    • Mobile Device

    • Communication Network

    • Positioning Component

    • Service and Application Provider

    • Data and Content Provider


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  • MLS Push and Pull Services

    • Push

      • Delivers service to user, with or without request

      • Event based triggering

    • Pull

      • User requests information

      • Can be used to order a service (E.g. Ambulance)


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  • MLS are value-added services

    • Retrieves information relevant to location

    • Information is focused and of higher quality

    • Increases user safety

      • Using positioning, someone may be located

    • “Location – based applications are enablers of catchy user services, which enhance brand and user loyalty - Nokia” [1]


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  • Location information is just a parameter?

    • Most applications just use it for where am I?

    • Location should remain transparent to user

    • Location may show direction of device

    • One component of my Master’s Thesis relies on it


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  • Combining Wireless Communication and MLS

    • Generally a great combination

    • Location adds a new dimension to users

    • Most users are intrigued and interested


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  • Combining Mobile Messaging (SMS) and MLS

    • Location based advertising

    • Send coupons or discount messages to user

      • The Singaporean mobile operator MobileOne carried out such an initiative in 2007 that involved many local marketers, what was reported to be a huge success in terms of subscriber acceptance.[3]


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  • MLS Gaming

    • Game play evolves due to location change

    • Not perfect, if indoors (Disconnections)

    • Examples of MLS Games

      • BotFighters – One of first MLS games (2000)

      • Parallel Kingdom – First MLS MMORPG for iPhone and Android platforms

        MMORPG = Massively multiplayer online role-playing game


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  • MLS Based Web Searching

    • Finds items based on current location

    • Can be used to find address without typing in whole address

    • Great when searching for local items in an unknown area

    • I use this feature on my Android, adds tremendous value


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  • Attractive market opportunity

    • Market study results = $33 billion in 2005

    • The Strategis group estimated, over 60 million users worldwide (2005)

    • Will grow with better technologies (3G, 4G)


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  • History

    • First consumer of MLS Palm VII (Release 1999)

    • First MLS, based on triangulationpre – GPS (Japan, 2001)

    • KDDI equipped first mobile phone withGPS (2001)


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  • Applications

    Lets come up with some examples! (Category – Application)(I will write it on the White Board)


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  • Privacy

    • Three factors of trust from user (privacy, security and ease of use)

    • Biggest single barrier for potential market

    • Device in a single location, not a privacy issue

    • Best practice : Allow user to be in control of position information


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  • Technologies

    • GPS

      • 24 – 32 satellites in medium Earth orbit

      • GPS receiver takes three inputs

        • Time message was transmitted

        • Precise orbital information

        • General system health and estimated orbits of all GPS satellites

      • Four satellites recommended, three may cause math errors


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  • Technologies – Continued

    • GSM Localization

      • TDOA based (Time Difference of Arrival)

      • Single signal used for three of more receivers

    • Control Plane

      • Radio Signal Delay from closest tower

      • Signal is not triangulated with other towers


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  • Technologies – Continued

    • Indoor Small Range

      • Bluetooth

      • UWB (Ultra Wide Band)

      • RFID (Radio Frequency Identification)

      • WiFi


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  • Proposed Future of MLS (Small Set)

    • Companies may be able to track employees current location

    • Insurance companies getting hold of data and adjust rates accordingly

    • Use phone to automatically pay for tolls


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  • My Thoughts

    • Adds great value to carrier

    • More positive than negative (So far)

    • Allows more location based searching

    • Big market and still growing

    • Privacy is an issue, but not as bad as other countries

    • Shortly, Taxis will interact with your location if appropriate


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Questions and/or Comments?


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  • References

    • [1] Mobile Location Services (White Paper) - Nokia

    • [2] Foundations of Location Based Services - CartouChe

    • [3] Evolution of Mobile Location-based Services – Bharat Rao and Louis Minakaki

    • [4] Location Based Services - Wikipedia

    • [5] What future for location based services? http://blogs.zdnet.com/Foremski/?p=1291


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