Providing Location-Based Services under Web Services Framework
J. Guan (Tongji University, China), S. Zhou (Fudan University, China), J. Zhou (Wuhan University, China) and F. Zhu (Wuhan University, China)
Copyright: © 2007
Location-based services (LBSs) provide personalized services to the subscriber based on his or her current position. By combining information on the location of a mobile user, services can be tailored exactly to the user’s situation. These powerful location-based services are the keys to the growth of the mobile Internet in both the consumer and business markets. The geographical location of mobile phones can be used by operators and service providers to create and offer location-based mobile services, which employ accurate, real-time positioning to connect users to nearby points of interest, advise them of current conditions such as traffic and weather, or provide routing and tracking information—all via wireless devices. For subscribers, this means access to attractive, convenient, value-added services that will make their lives easier and more fun, save time, enhance business efficiency, and increase personal safety (Anckar & D’Incau, 2002).