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P1208
Location Awareness (LOCAWA)
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For further information please contact:

Uwe Herzog
Project Supervisor
EURESCOM
Wieblinger Weg 19/4
69123 Heidelberg, Germany

Project Information
What is this Project about?

Location Awareness denotes a group of services that can calculate the current position of mobile devices, this in turn presenting the location information of mobile users. This project will start with a short, segmented market analysis to evaluate emerging location based services (LBS) and implement the most feasible ones in a trial phase. One of the key aspects on this project is to analyse how location-based information can be presented to the user and how the user can be assured privacy.

The results of this will be evaluated in the final phase of prototype development and testing. Available positioning technologies such as CELL-ID, GPS and new emerging technologies will be studied in order to consider their performance and QoS into the design of both user interface and LBS

What are the main objectives of this Project?

  • Identify and analyse existing and future mass market location-based services
  • Identify the requirements for realizing location awareness (privacy issues etc.)
  • Identify the technology issues of positioning and their QoS-related capabilities and their impact on location-based-services
  • Identify how to best present location-based information to the user (taking into account individual user profiles, preferences and devices)
  • Provide an architecture and interfaces for the further use for location-aware services: Interfaces towards mobile service providers/operators and positioning systems, for providers of location related data, user Interfaces with the features of different end-devices
  • Develop a prototype and carry out a field trial with representative users and analyse the results
  • Define best practice and usability guidelines for dealing with location awareness in new location based services

What are the key results for this Project?

Expected key results are in-depth knowledge about the future design of user-friendly location based services and recommendations for future concepts of LBS.

This will be evaluated in a field trial to test the concepts developed in the project. In addition, expected user acceptance barriers concerning privacy and security of data in LBS will be closely analyzed.The knowledge gained from this project will help EURESCOM members to prepare the roll-out of next generation location based services geared for the promising user market. Properly designed LBS will certainly increase acceptance of the new offered services, especially if offered in multi-service bundles.  

What relationship exists to other organisations or bodies?

The work will take into account existing standards, e.g. from the Location Interoperability Forum etc. and feed selected results back to respective bodies
 

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