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Location-Based Services and Geo-Information Engineering



Location-Based Services and Geo-Information Engineering

Allan Brimicombe, Chao Li

ISBN: 978-0-470-85738-0 February 2009 392 Pages

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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.

Mastering GIS Series: Foreword.


1 The Context of Location-Based Services.

1.1 Introduction.

1.2 The Information Society.

1.3 The Digital City.

1.4 The New Mobility.

1.5 Outline of Following Chapters.

2 Technological Convergence: Towards Location-Based Services.

2.1 Introduction.

2.2 The Internet and World Wide Web.

2.3 New Information and Communication Technologies.

2.4 Geographical Information Systems.

2.5 Convergence of Technologies.

3 GIS and Geo-Information Engineering.

3.1 Introduction.

3.2 Where is . . . ? How Do I Get there?

3.3 Defining GIS.

3.4 Exploring GIS Software.

3.5 Issues of GIScience.

3.6 GI Engineering: the Rise of Ubiquitous GIS?

4 Location-Based Services.

4.1 Introduction.

4.2 Are Location-Based Services New?

4.3 From Locating Services to Location-Based Services.

4.4 E911 and E112 Mandates.

4.5 Keitai.

4.6 LBS Architecture.

4.7 Application Areas.

4.8 Implications of LBS for GIScience.

5 Data for Location-Based Services.

5.1 Introduction.

5.2 The Size and Granularity of the Problem.

5.3 Data Collection Technologies.

5.4 Data Quality Issues.

5.5 Organizing and Accessing Data.

6 Locating the User.

6.1 Introduction.

6.2 Positioning Technologies.

6.3 Global Positioning System.

6.4 Network-Based Positioning Technologies.

6.5 Short Range Positioning Technologies.

6.6 Hybrid Positioning Approaches.

7 Context in Location-Based Services.

7.1 Introduction.

7.2 Context and Context-Awareness.

7.3 Context in LBS.

7.4 Environment as Context.

7.5 Technology as Context.

7.6 User as Context.

7.7 Dynamics of Context.

8 The Spatial Query.

8.1 Introduction.

8.2 Geometric Data.

8.3 Topological Data.

8.4 Attribute Data.

8.5 Indexing Spatial Databases.

8.6 Issues of Data Temporality.

8.7 Spatial Queries.

9 Communication in Location-Based Services.

9.1 Introduction.

9.2 Modes of Communication in LBS.

9.3 Maps in LBS.

9.4 Issues Around Modes of Communication in LBS.

9.5 Learning from Spatial Information.

9.6 Multimodal and Context-Aware Modes of Communication.

10 The Business of Location-Based Services.

10.1 Introduction.

10.2 Emerging Sectors.

10.3 Emerging Products.

10.4 Standardization Issues.

10.5 Legal Issues.

10.6 Social Issues.

10.7 Conclusions.




  • First mainstream text covering the potential of location-based services and the driving forces behind them and geo-information engineering
  • Appeals to an international market with xamples and applications taken from a range of global business-sectors
  • Clearly and concisely written with geographic and technological jargon explained so as to appeal to the business professional