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Location-based Computing

What is location-based computing?

Location-based computing is an information and entertainment service accessible with mobile devices through the mobile network and utilizing the ability to make use of the geographical position of the mobile device for information.

It is simply letting computers know where things are.

LBS requires 6 basic components:

  1. Positioning System
  2. Communication Network
  3. Service and Application Provider
  4. Data and Content Provider
  5. Mobile Devices
  6. User

By law, location-based services must be permission-based. That means that the end user must opt-in to the service in order to use it. In most cases, this means installing the LBS application and accepting a request to allow the service to know the device's location.