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Chapter 1. Location-based services: an o... > Today’s commercial and consumer LBSs

1.2. Today’s commercial and consumer LBSs

The last five years have seen a boom in the number and variety of applications offered to mobile subscribers worldwide. The first generation of mass-market LBSs was those offering some form of emergency response service, capitalizing on the ubiquitous aspect of mobile phones. Subsequent services evolved from giving practical information (where is the nearest gas station?) to focusing more on leisure activities.

Many of the today’s exciting innovations in location-based services relate to consumer services that often include some form of social network or community element. In part, this is because of the explosion of web-based social networking and the logical extension of this phenomenon to the world of mobile.


  

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