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ICO expresses concerns over use of LBS data
The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Offi ce (ICO) voiced concerns over the growing pervasiveness of LBS and the lack of end user awareness about how much data these systems transmit. According to Jonathan Bamford, Head of strategic liaison at the data protection watchdog, the speed of development in this sector leaves regulators struggling to ensure that the necessary safeguards are in place. “The sheer scale of technological change and the ingenuity with which people are using LBS data feeds means we are always playing catch-up,”
Garmin offers GTN 750 trainer app for iPad 2
Garmin has announced the release of a new GTN 750 trainer app for the iPad 2. This trainer, downloadable from the iTunes Store, simulates the behavior of the GTN 750 system interface and provides pilots with a safe, on-the-ground environment to learn the basic operation of the system.
Qualcomm announces support for GLONASS
Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 and S3 processors will now come equipped with compatibility with both Russian GLONASS and GPS satellites. The ability to connect to both sets of satellites means users will be provided with a better and more accurate location service.
The LBS market is set to grow by 15 percent by 2016, but it must adopt new business models, move up the value chain, and forget about Western Europe to achieve this, according to ABI Research’s new study, LBS Platforms. While GPS penetration grows rapidly outside of North America, it has still to reach the levels where carriers feel there will be a strong return on investment (ROI).
LBS revenues to reach 435 million EUR by 2016
According to Berg Insight report, mobile LBS revenues in Europe will grow from 205 million EUR in 2010 at a CAGR of 13.4% to reach 435 million EUR in 2016. It estimates that 20% of all mobile subscribers on the Old Continent already use some kind of location-enhanced application on a regular basis like local search, social networking and navigation services.
GPS-enabled cars to drive realtime traffic information industry
By 2016, revenue for the real-time traffi c information providers industry will increase at an average annualized rate of 38.9% to USD 1.6 billion. According to IBISWorld report, while the industry is forecast to continue growing at a phenomenal rate, revenue growth is expected to decelerate compared with the last five years.
World”s largest miner Coal India (CIL) plans to install GPS-based movement tracking system to increase output in its major mines. CIL plans to cover all major projects (mines) under the GPSbased movement tracking system at an estimated cost of Rs 300 crore. The project is being implemented by Wipro and Leica Geosystems. “The Coal Ministry is keen on Operator Independent Truck dispatch Systems. It will be expanded to 10-11 other major mines following a review of the same. Meanwhile, CIL requires Rs 1,000 crore to cover all mines under the GPS system,” the offi cial said.
O2 launches location-based Mobile Marketing Service in Ireland
O2 has become the first operator in Ireland to offer large-scale location-based mobile marketing services, enabling brands to deliver relevant promotional text and picture messages to consumers in a more targeted, engaging and effective way than ever before.
NexTraq expands functionality in its fleet tracking platform
NexTraq have expanded functionality within the NexTraq™ Fleet Tracking platform. It has added Driver ID and asset tracking functionality to its solution as well as fuel card integration based directly on customer feedback.
PDS computerisation and GPS for mobile tax vans in Uttarakhand
Uttarakhand Cabinet in India has decided to computerize Public Distribution System (PDS) by introducing pension scheme for construction workers and equipped GPS with mobile tax vans. A budget of Rs 20 crore was sanctioned to computerize the department as well as the Fair Price Shops to bring transparency and improve effi ciency in the department and to stem pilferage of food grains meant for the common man.
GPS to help curb corruption in Indian PDS
In India, the Madhya Pradesh state government decided to install GPS instruments on vehicles transporting food grains, sugar and kerosene under the public distribution system (PDS). The decision was taken by the state cabinet as a measure to check pilferage of food grains and other items being supplied through the PDS.