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Cambridge Consultants Unveils Indoor Locator System

March 7, 2013By
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New technology from product development firm Cambridge Consultants can accurately detect someone’s location indoors when GPS drops out. A number of sensors and a custom algorithm determine the location, with an accuracy of within approximately 1 percent of the distance traveled. The technology uses low-power, low-cost sensors and the device concept is small enough to clip on a belt. It... read more

Futuristic Heads-up Glasses with GPS Go to App Developers

March 7, 2013By
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Vuzix Corporation today announced that it has begun shipping M100 Smart Glasses to the first of its Gold developer partners — enabling them to start creating and testing their apps on the real hardware. The M100 Smart Glasses are a smart hands-free display and communications device for mobile data access, once paired to a smartphone and connected to the Internet.... read more

Showing Smartphones the Way Inside

March 1, 2013By
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Using a select set of components, a navigation software development kit can easily be configured to fit a variety of mobile and portable devices. Testing on several current devices demonstrates that the kit’s use of sensors already present in smartphones to enable entertainment can provide 3D positioning when satellite signals are degraded or absent, such as in urban canyons or in deep indoor environments. The solution also provides the heading of the user, the 3D orientation of the device, and the user’s velocity, without restriction on device usage. read more

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Expert Advice: Location Privacy Rights Upheld

March 1, 2013By

But Google and Facebook Signal Their Intent to Capture Users’ Location The biggest international mobile-phone show ever, Mobile World Congress 2013, took place early this month in Barcelona, Spain. It came at an interesting time. Attendees learned it no longer makes sense to think about which device, or screen, is of primary importance to users. Google reports findings that 90... read more

Out in Front: The Semi-Private Life of Waldorf Twitty

March 1, 2013By

We’re going through!” The Captain’s voice was like thin slate breaking. He wore combat fatigues with a dusty beret. “We can’t make it, sir. They’re laying down fire too heavy, if you ask me.” “I’m not asking you, lieutenant,” said the Captain. “Go to overdrive!” The throb of the diesel Stryker increased: cha-rugga-rugga-rugga. He surveyed the rocky defile ahead. “Throw... read more

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Berg Insight: LBS Revenues in Europe to reach €825 million by 2017

February 11, 2013By
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According to a new research report by Berg Insight, mobile location-based service (LBS) revenues in Europe are forecast to grow from €325 million in 2012 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20.5 percent to reach €825 million in 2017. The North American LBS market is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 9.2 percent from US $835 million... read more

Apple Maps Debacle Top Location Story of 2012

December 11, 2012By

Looking back at 2012, and this is our last column of the year, a number of stories in the location industry spring to the front. The rise of indoor positioning as a potential lucrative market is one. Another is perhaps Samsung’s purchase of CSR to give a major consumer electronics manufacturer even more location capability. Or the continued story of... read more

Mobile Application Storefronts Distributed 81 Billion Apps through September

December 11, 2012By

Mobile application storefronts had collectively distributed a cumulative total of 81 billion smartphone and tablet apps as of the end of September 2012, according to a recent market study from ABI Research. Of these, 89 percent were downloaded from native storefronts that come with the device’s operating system. “The current status quo is based on storefronts that the operating system... read more