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LocationSmart Issued Patent for Location-Based Dynamic Status Reporting

June 30, 2014By

LocationSmart, a provider of cloud-based location and interactivity services, has announced the issuance of US Patent 8,666,373 by the U.S. Patent Office for location reporting based on the dynamic status of a user. The patent covers a system and method of determining location for the user, including dynamically determining a status of the user and allowing acquisition of the user’s location based... read more

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Europe Weighs Mandate of Galileo Chips in Mobile Phones

June 30, 2014By

The European Commission is considering a requirement for mobile phones, and perhaps other portable devices such as tablets, to be equipped with Galileo receivers that would automatically send location data as part of any emergency call to 112. E112 is a location-enhanced version of the 112 universal European emergency services number via telephone, equivalent to 911 in the United States, in which the... read more

Google Acquires Satellite-Imaging Startup for $500M

June 25, 2014By
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Google enhanced its online mapping service by acquiring Mountain View, California-based Skybox Imaging for $500 million in cash. Sources say both Google and Facebook are purchasing satellite and drone companies in an attempt to expand into other market areas. One of the ways Google will be leveraging Skybox is in disaster relief and to improve Internet access in remote areas,... read more

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Tests Show Existing Tech Can Meet Proposed FCC Indoor 911 Accuracy

June 24, 2014By

An independent study of indoor tests of a hybrid wireless location technology was submitted today to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) by wireless location engineering firm TechnoCom. The study demonstrates that existing technologies can satisfy location requirements within the timeframe proposed by the FCC in its draft rule on indoor 911 accuracy for wireless calls, according to True Position, which... read more

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ABI Research: Third Generation of LBS to Capitalize on Location-Based Advertising

June 23, 2014By

The LBS market continues to grow strongly and with the arrival of always-on ubiquitous location, ABI Research believes that the market is ready to truly support location based advertising efforts. In Western Markets, a third generation of location-based services is now underway. It has forecast retail/shopping, ambient intelligence, hyperlocal social and personal asset tracking/BLE beacon applications to emerge as the... read more

New Geospatial Computing Book Penned by Ruizhi Chen

June 23, 2014By

A new text and reference book, Geospatial Computing in Mobile Devices, has been published by Artech House. Recent developments in smartphones enable them to meet many of the demanding requirements for geospatial computing, in terms of computation power, data storage capacity, and memory space. This book, written by Ruizhi Chen and Robert E. Guinness, addresses and instructs in geospatial data... read more

Azuga Takes on Distracted Driving for Fleet Managers

June 13, 2014By

To recognize National Safety Month and to highlight the growing dangers of distracted and reckless driving, Azuga has published a Fleet Stats infographic showing the dangers of auto accidents its fleet tracking programs are designed to prevent. Of the 41,000 Americans killed each year in traffic accidents, nearly 5,000 die as a result of crashes involving large fleet trucks. An... read more

Watch out for Falling Coconuts — with GPS

May 27, 2014By
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Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia, is looking to reduce any potential deaths from falling coconuts, reports ABC News. The Douglas shire council is mapping the GPS locations of its coconut trees, to reduce the danger. Mayor Julia Leu says more than 4,000 mature coconut palms have been identified in Port Douglas. “All local governments that have coconut palms in their area... read more

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