What Are Location-Based Services (LBS)?

Posted Jul 16, 2009 12:21:33 PM by DecisionPoint Team & filed under

breadcrumbing-screenshot11Location-Based Services (LBS) use Global Positioning Systems (GPS) technology to monitor the location and movement of drivers and/or vehicles.

The two major components of an LBS solution are GPS-enabled mobile devices or black boxes and back office software to interpret and display the raw GPS data in a meaningful way.

The GPS receiver/wide area radio devices in the vehicles broadcast their location at fixed intervals over a cellular or satellite wireless network and dispatchers can view vehicle locations on a map. The back office software is usually Web-based.

Common features include:

  • Real-time, current location of all mobile resources or assets overlaid on a map
  • Historical data commonly known as breadcrumbing
  • Geofencing
  • Alerts
  • Reporting

Both breadcrumbing and goefencing will be covered in more detail in future blog posts.

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