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Location-Aware Applications by Murat Aktihanoglu, Richard Ferraro

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Chapter 2. Positioning technologies

This chapter covers

  • Defining positioning technologies
  • Cell tower triangulation
  • Satellite navigation, or GPS
  • Cell ID
  • Wireless positioning systems
  • Emerging positioning methods

In the previous chapter, we provided an overview of location-based services so that you now understand what these are and why they’re experiencing such a dramatic growth in demand from mobile subscribers. We also introduced positioning technologies as the key component underpinning all LBS apps and services. We’re now ready to go into more detail so that you can make the right choice of positioning technology according to the application you wish to develop.

To understand the importance of choosing the right positioning technology, let’s ...

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