The GIS and Wireless Industries Meet

Mobile location services are at the intersection of the geographic information systems (GIS) industry and the wireless networking industry. Spatial analysis technologies developed in GIS have been repurposed for the speed and scalability required for mobile location services. Mobile operators' wireless data networks are used for application deployment, and positioning technologies leverage wireless and satellite technologies to perform complex measurements to pinpoint the location of a mobile user—a critical piece of information in many mobile location-based applications.

This is a new area for both GIS vendors and telecommunications companies. Traditionally GIS has been designed for powerful computers that ...

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