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ABI Research Makes Some Sense Of LBS
|27 ноября 2008|
The recent launches of GPS-enabled smartphones with touch screen interfaces such as Apple’s iPhone, the BlackBerry Storm, the T-Mobile G1, Nokia’s 5800 XpressMusic, and Sony Ericsson’s Xperia X1 are fueling interest in handset-based navigation and location based services (LBS) despite the worsening economic climate.
In turn, this drives both third party LBS application development and the roll out of LBS infrastructure by carriers to support the much needed Secure User Plane Location (SUPL)-compliant Assisted GPS functionality.
Up to now, most of the LBS infrastructure market in the U.S. has been driven by E911 requirements. The rollout of commercial LBS offers new opportunities for cellular location technologies such as Enhanced Cell-of-Origin and Uplink-Time Difference of Arrival (U-TDOA), either as assistance or as a fallback option for GPS. These solutions are offered by vendors like Ericsson, TCS, NSN, Andrews, TruePosition, Redknee, Openwave, Polaris Wireless and Autodesk in the form of Mobile Location Centers (MLCs), Position Determining Equipment (PDE) and Location Enabling Servers (LES). However, several handset manufacturers such as Nokia are providing carrier-independent remotely hosted A-GPS directly to the end user. At the same time GPS is increasingly being complemented by alternative positioning technologies such as Cell-ID and WiFi to increase in-door coverage, providing service providers with ever-greater flexibility to roll out commercial LBS applications. A recent ABI Research study, Location Based Platforms and Infrastructure, examines the technical and commercial aspects of location based platforms such as MLCs, PDEs and LES. It provides insight into the complex LBS infrastructure ecosystem, and contains detailed forecasts for each major region.