A practical technology- and business-oriented introduction.
Location-Aware Applications is a comprehensive guide to the technology and business of creating compelling location-based services and applications. The book walks you through the LBS landscape, from mapping technologies to available platforms; from toolkits to business questions like monetization and privacy.
about this book
about the cover illustration
Part 1 LBS, the big picture
1. Location-based services: an overview
1.1. What are location-based services?
1.2. Today’s commercial and consumer LBSs
1.3. Challenges of developing mobile LBSs
1.4. Future opportunities of LBS
2. Positioning technologies
2.1. What are positioning technologies?
2.2. Cell ID
2.3. Wireless positioning systems
2.4. New positioning methods
3.1. Mapping APIs
3.2. Comparison of mapping APIs
3.3. Map providers
3.4. Browser-based location
4. Content options
4.1. Content licenses
4.2. Content distribution formats
4.3. Licensing content from third parties
4.4. User-generated content
4.6. Our coding mashup example
Part 2 Technology
5. Consumer applications
5.1. Navigating to a destination
5.2. Connecting with other people or local places
5.3. Entertainment or play
5.4. New app development frontiers
6. Mobile platforms
6.1. Mobile phone trends
6.2. How programming and distribution options are evolving
6.3. Java ME
6.5. iPhone and iPad
6.8. BlackBerry OS
6.9. Windows Mobile
6.13. Mobile development frameworks
7. Connectivity issues
7.1. Key success factors in connectivity
7.2. Security of location data
7.3. Location-aware platform examples
8. Server-side integration
8.1. Server functionality
8.2. Server APIs
8.3. Spatial databases
8.5. Returning POIs example
8.6. Third-party LBS servers
Part 3 Creating winning LBS businesses
9. Monetization of location-based services
9.1. The consumer as a source of revenue
9.2. Businesses as a source of revenue
9.3. Monetizing IP
10. The privacy debate
10.1. What do we mean by privacy?
10.2. The privacy debate
10.3. Who manages the privacy of LBS?
10.4. Privacy legislation
10.5. Complying with privacy legislation
11. Distributing your application
11.1. A product is only as good as its distribution
11.2. Publishing your app
11.3. App store discoverability
11.4. Distributing through third parties
12. Securing your business idea
12.1. Strategic planning
12.2. Funding your business strategy
12.3. Securing your business strategy
Appendix A: Java code examples referred to in chapter 2
Appendix B: Business plan outline
Appendix C: Term sheet for proposed investment
About the book
Mobile customers want entertainment, business apps, and on-the-go services that recognize and respond to location. This book will guide you through the technology and business of mobile applications so you can create competitive and innovative apps based on location-based services. It is an engaging look at the LBS landscape, from choosing the right mobile platform, to making money with your application, to dealing with privacy issues. It provides insight into a wealth of ideas for LBS development so you can build the next killer app.
- Managing location-aware content
- Making money from location-based services
- Augmented reality and tablets
- Detailed examples for iPhone and Android
About the reader
This book is written for developers and business pros—no prior knowledge of location-based services is assumed.
Clear and concise. You will never be lost while reading this book.
The Rosetta Stone of location-based mobile services.
A definitive source...highly recommended!