Location ±the Epicenter of Mobile Innovation
The convergence of technology, competition, investment and social media isunleashing location-based innovation and fueling an enormous wave of newlocation-based services.
Leading incumbent providers are losing their grip on geodata and digital maps.Tectonic shifts are (i) making geodata "free"; (ii) improving the level of detail andaccuracy of geodata; and (iii) enhancing the variety, richness and usefulness of mapsand geodata. Efforts by Google, OpenStreetMap and other new players areexpanding access to low-cost, even free, geodata while crowd sourcing and otherefforts are simultaneously increasing accuracy, detail and fidelity. Just beginning toappear in commercial applications, 3D geodata will enable new location-basedapplications in much the same way that early maps opened up new routes andnavigation.
Once limited to imprecise, "locked-down" location information from mobileoperators, developers can now choose from an array of methods and providers tolocate users more quickly, with greater precision and at a lower cost. Viewed as a fallback option, Cell-ID has lost ground as Wi-Fi positioning and GPS have becomeincreasingly ubiquitous.
Sensors andReaders onMobileDevices
Equipped with a growing array of sophisticated sensors, mobile phones aremorphing into devices that connect users to places, other individuals and location-specific content in new and compelling ways. With imaging (more commonly knownas camera phones), proximity, motion and orientation sensors, mobile devices areenabling a whole new class of location-centered services, many of which rely onvisual capabilities.
Source: Dr. Phil Hendrix, immr