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Nokia HERE Maps

Nokia has announced some details on the HERE Venue Maps available for Nokia Lumia devices and Bing Maps. It now features 49,000 buildings in 45 countries. This doesn’t only include shopping malls, but also stadiums, theme parks, historic streets, or other outdoor spaces, such as Carnaby Village and golf clubs. Nokia claims to create precise Venue Maps by not only collecting fl oor plans, but by also physically visiting venues to ensure that our data is more accurate than those from competitors.

43% of UAE mobile customers using LBS

While mobile penetration stands at 92 per cent across the Mena region, 43 percent of mobile users in the UAE currently utilise location based services (LBS), a report said.

More than 53 percent of UAE customers who don’t yet use LBS are interested in doing so, added the annual Mobile Life Study by TNS, one of the world’s largest custom market research organisations pointing out that LBS and Quick Response (QR) codes look to be the next mobile growth feature.

Google acquires Waze’ App

Google finalized its acquisition of the crowdsourced navigation and traffic app Waze, which is a free app that uses the input of trusted community members to update maps in real time to help other users avoid delays and congestion.

Webtech Wireless announces navigation partnership with ALK Technologies

Webtech Wireless Inc has releaseed of its MDT 3100 In-Cab mobile data terminal, version 2.5 with new capabilities enabling enhanced truck navigation. In partnership with ALK Technologies, a global leader in GeoLogistics(TM) and navigation software, Webtech Wireless is offering ALK Technologies’ CoPilot(R) Truck(TM) in-cab navigation solution as part of the MDT 3100 and Quadrant Manager.

Ideal for any size of fl eet, this release provides a safer alternative for trucking companies than purchasing off-theshelf consumer GPS navigation systems, because it provides truckspecific on-board navigation.

Maxis launches locationbased ad service

Malaysian communications provider Maxis has launched a location-based advertising a service for brands and advertisers to reach out to Maxis myDeals customers. The service, which can be time based as well, enables advertisers to select the demographic profile of their target customers and apply it to a destination to deliver their message or promotional offer. Maxis and Hotlink customers who are members of myDeals will be able to get these customised offers each time they walk into a specific location where Maxis’ location-based advertising is available. Once the system detects their presence, an SMS will be sent with the featured promotional offer. The service is available in over fifteen participating shopping destinations and will be expanded to over 25 destinations throughout Malaysia this year.

LBS can become $2-5 bn sector in 3 years: COAI

Location-based services sector has potential to achieve $2-5 billion size in the next two to three years provided some issues related to application, devices, IP rights and privacy are addressed, industry body Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) said.

“As of today location-based services (LBS) is less than half a billion industry but it has potential to grow anywhere between $2-5 billion in the next 2 to 3 years … can add a good 10-20 per cent of revenue to telecom industry over the period,” COAI Director General Rajan S Mathews said on sidelines of a Ficci event in Delhi recently. He further said, mobile operators right now are not structured to sell LBS as there is shortage of specialised people who know logistics which is hampering growth of the services. http://articles.

Portugal Telecom selects Intersec’s IGLOO LBS Solution

IGLOO is a network enabler which consolidates real-time intelligence from the mobile operator’s network including subscriber location information on a mass scale. Residing in the operator network, IGLOO anonymously aggregates and manages subscriber and location information to enable the creation of locationbased services.

Trusted Positioning Launches MEMS-based Indoor Location Software

Canada-based Trusted Positioning has released their Trusted Portable Navigator (T-PN), software for indoor location based on MEMS sensors. It integrates on any platform including Android, Windows, QNX, BB10, Linux or iOS and take advantage of existing motion sensors found in common smartphones. It mitigates the high noise found in low cost MEMS. It also integrates the fact that the phone can be held in different ways (hand, pocket, belt, texting, etc…) while the user is moving.

Malaysia mulls installing GPS in heavy vehicles

The Transport Ministry, Malaysia will consider installing GPS in heavy vehicles to monitor and detect offences committed by their drivers. Deputy Minister Datuk Ab Aziz Kaprawi said the plan was within the framework of the ministry.

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