1st Edition

Location-Based Services Handbook Applications, Technologies, and Security

Edited By Syed Ahson, Mohammad Ilyas Copyright 2011
    328 Pages 76 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    328 Pages 76 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Location-Based Services Handbook: Applications, Technologies, and Security is a comprehensive reference containing all aspects of essential technical information on location-based services (LBS) technology. With broad coverage ranging from basic concepts to research-grade material, it presents a much-needed overview of technologies for positioning and localizing, including range- and proximity-based localization methods, and environment-based location estimation methods. Featuring valuable contributions from field experts around the world, this book addresses existing and future directions of LBS technology, exploring how it can be used to optimize resource allocation and improve cooperation in wireless networks.

    It is a self-contained, comprehensive resource that presents:

    • A detailed description of the wireless location positioning technology used in LBS
    • Coverage of the privacy and protection procedure for cellular networks—and its shortcomings
    • An assessment of threats presented when location information is divulged to unauthorized parties
    • Important IP Multimedia Subsystem and IMS-based presence service proposals

    The demand for navigation services is predicted to rise by a combined annual growth rate of more than 104 percent between 2008 and 2012, and many of these applications require efficient and highly scalable system architecture and system services to support dissemination of location-dependent resources and information to a large and growing number of mobile users.

    This book offers tools to aid in determining the optimal distance measurement system for a given situation by assessing factors including complexity, accuracy, and environment. It provides an extensive survey of existing literature and proposes a novel, widely applicable, and highly scalable architecture solution. Organized into three major sections—applications, technologies, and security—this material fully covers various location-based applications and the impact they will have on the future.

    Positioning Technologies in Location-Based Services, E. Martin, L. Liu, M. Covington, P. Pesti, and M. Weber

    Wireless Location Technology in Location-Based Services, J. Zhao and X. Zhang

    Location in Wireless Local Area Networks, M. Ciurana, I. Martin-Escalona, and F. Barcelo-Arroyo

    Radio Frequency Identification Positioning, K. Sezaki and S. Konomi

    Supporting Smart Mobile Navigation in a Smart Environment, H. Huang

    Indoor Location Determination: Environmental Impacts, Algorithm Robustness, and Performance Evaluation, Y. Ji

    Location-Aware Access Control: Scenarios, Modeling Approaches, and Selected Issues, M. Decker

    Location-Based Services and Privacy, N. Ajam

    Protecting Privacy in Location-Based Applications, C.L. Bowen III, I. Burbey, and T.L. Martin

    Presence Services for the Support of Location-Based Applications, P. Bellavista, A. Corradi, and L. Foschini

    Data-Flow Management for Location-Based Service Applications using the Zoning Concept, S. Almasri and Z. Hunaiti

    Assisted Global Navigation Satellite Systems: An Enabling Technology for High Demanding Location-Based Services, P. Mulassano and F. Dovis



    Syed Ahson is a senior software design engineer with Microsoft. As part of the Mobile Voice and Partner Services group, he is busy creating new and exciting end-to-end mobile service and applications. Prior to Microsoft, Syed was a senior staff software engineer with Motorola, where he contributed signifcantly in leading roles toward the creation of several iDEN, CDMA, and GSM cellular phones. Syed has extensive experience with wireless data protocols, wireless data applications, and cellular telephony protocols. Prior to joining Motorola, Syed was a senior software design engineer with NetSpeak Corporation (now part of Net2Phone), a pioneer in VoIP telephony software. Syed has published more than ten books on emerging technologies such as cloud computing, mobile web 2.0, and service delivery platforms. His recent books include Cloud Computing and Software Services: Theory and Techniques and Mobile Web 2.0: Developing and Delivering Services to Mobile Phones. Syed has authored several research papers and teaches computer engineering courses as adjunct faculty at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida, where he introduced a course on Smartphone technology and applications. Syed received his MS degree in computer engineering in July 1998 at Florida Atlantic University. Syed received his BSc degree in electrical engineering from Aligarh University, India, in 1995.

    Dr. Mohammad Ilyas is associate dean for research and industry relations at the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida. Previously, he has served as chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and interim associate vice president for research and graduate studies. He received his Ph.D degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada. His doctoral research was about switching and fl ow control techniques in computer communication networks. He received his BSc degree in electrical engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology, Pakistan, and his MS degree in electrical and electronic engineering at Shiraz University, Iran. Dr. Ilyas has conducted successful research in various areas, including traffic management and congestion control in broadband/high-speed communication networks traffic characterization, wireless communication networks, performance modeling, and simulation. He has published over 25 books on emerging technologies, and over 150 research articles. His recent books include Cloud Computing and Software Services: Theory and Techniques (2010) and Mobile Web 2.0: Developing and Delivering Services to Mobile Phones (2010). He has supervised 11 PhD dissertations and more than 37 MS theses to completion. He has been a consultant to several national and international organizations. Dr. Ilyas is an active participant in several IEEE technical committees and activities. He is a senior member of IEEE and a member of ASEE.