Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Hybrid approach to underpin 3G location services

16.03.2004


Imagine your mobile phone telling you of hotels, restaurants and other services in your immediate vicinity no matter whether you’re in an underground shopping mall or on a remote hilltop in the Alpujarras. Such abilities are the aims of EMILY.



Positioning based on both GSM and satellite

The problem in the past has been that cellular positioning systems can be highly accurate in urban locations and indoors where special GSM antennae have been installed. However they lose accuracy in remote rural areas. By contrast, satellite-based positioning services like GPS function well in open areas, but are not so reliable when handsets are indoors or underground.


Scheduled for completion at the end of December 2004, participants in IST project EMILY aim to develop a hybrid device location service able to exploit the abilities of both GSM networks and satellite-based positioning. The objective is to provide a service prototype for handset positioning that will work under all conditions.

Project participants have taken a novel approach to counter this problem. According to project coordinator Monica Schettino of Ertico, "By combining the two different technologies, we solve the positioning problems in rural areas where GSM positioning is weak, and also in indoor areas where GPS has problems. Using a hybrid of the two systems improves the availability and accuracy of both positioning technologies."

3G networks already here

The EMILY approach is intended to provide a basis for the location-based services expected to be in demand for the coming third generation of mobile phones (3G). 3G networks are already a reality in many parts of the world. Japan launched the world’s first commercial 3G network in 2001, and similar networks are now operating commercially in Austria, Italy, Sweden and the UK, with more launches anticipated during 2003-2004.

Testing of the prototype solution is expected to begin in May 2004. Project partner Bouygues Telecom plans to test integration and validation of the system in the Bouygues region of southern France.

There is little if any size penalty for the handsets, says Schettino. "The handset prototype is a typical size, developed for commercial markets." Potential applications include location-sensitive information and billing, roadside assistance services, proximity detection, navigation services and vehicle/goods tracking. "We have had positive feedback already from navigation-mapping providers for example, and from location-based service providers for cellular operators. There are many people interested in these services."

Contact:
Monica Schettino
Ertico SC
Avenue Louise 326
B-1050 Brussels
Belgium
Tel: +32-2-4000780
Fax: +32-2-4000701
Email: m.schettino@mail.ertico.com
Source: Based on information from EMILY

IST Results | IST Results
Further information:
http://istresults.cordis.lu/index.cfm?section=news&tpl=article&BrowsingType=Features&ID=63022

More articles from Communications Media:

nachricht New Technologies for A/V Analysis and Search
13.04.2017 | Fraunhofer-Institut für Digitale Medientechnologie IDMT

nachricht On patrol in social networks
25.01.2017 | Fraunhofer-Institut für Arbeitswirtschaft und Organisation IAO

All articles from Communications Media >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Smart sensors for efficient processes

Material defects in end products can quickly result in failures in many areas of industry, and have a massive impact on the safe use of their products. This is why, in the field of quality assurance, intelligent, nondestructive sensor systems play a key role. They allow testing components and parts in a rapid and cost-efficient manner without destroying the actual product or changing its surface. Experts from the Fraunhofer IZFP in Saarbrücken will be presenting two exhibits at the Blechexpo in Stuttgart from 7–10 November 2017 that allow fast, reliable, and automated characterization of materials and detection of defects (Hall 5, Booth 5306).

When quality testing uses time-consuming destructive test methods, it can result in enormous costs due to damaging or destroying the products. And given that...

Im Focus: Cold molecules on collision course

Using a new cooling technique MPQ scientists succeed at observing collisions in a dense beam of cold and slow dipolar molecules.

How do chemical reactions proceed at extremely low temperatures? The answer requires the investigation of molecular samples that are cold, dense, and slow at...

Im Focus: Shrinking the proton again!

Scientists from the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, using high precision laser spectroscopy of atomic hydrogen, confirm the surprisingly small value of the proton radius determined from muonic hydrogen.

It was one of the breakthroughs of the year 2010: Laser spectroscopy of muonic hydrogen resulted in a value for the proton charge radius that was significantly...

Im Focus: New nanomaterial can extract hydrogen fuel from seawater

Hybrid material converts more sunlight and can weather seawater's harsh conditions

It's possible to produce hydrogen to power fuel cells by extracting the gas from seawater, but the electricity required to do it makes the process costly. UCF...

Im Focus: Small collisions make big impact on Mercury's thin atmosphere

Mercury, our smallest planetary neighbor, has very little to call an atmosphere, but it does have a strange weather pattern: morning micro-meteor showers.

Recent modeling along with previously published results from NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft -- short for Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry and...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

World Health Summit 2017: International experts set the course for the future of Global Health

10.10.2017 | Event News

Climate Engineering Conference 2017 Opens in Berlin

10.10.2017 | Event News

Conference Week RRR2017 on Renewable Resources from Wet and Rewetted Peatlands

28.09.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

A single photon reveals quantum entanglement of 16 million atoms

16.10.2017 | Physics and Astronomy

The melting ice makes the sea around Greenland less saline

16.10.2017 | Earth Sciences

On the generation of solar spicules and Alfvenic waves

16.10.2017 | Physics and Astronomy

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>