There are a number of mobile applications that requires that a central server be aware of the location of the mobiles which are using that application.
Often GPS is available but this is not always either available or suitable. This is especially true of the location of a mobile is to be determined without the mobile being involved by using either a GPS chip or any detection of the location process.
While mobile operators have network-based methods for finding where their mobiles are and are also prepared to sell that information, that may also not always be appropriate..
A location detection system can be network-based, mobile-based or mobile-assisted.
The service should be able to operate over as many mobile technologies as possible internationally, not just GSM and UMTS. This may require different location detection techniques for different networks.
Location sensing and location based applications are rapidly finding their place in the mobile marketplace. GPS is currently the preferred solution. Therefore the GPS solution is therefore described is some depth. However, other solutions are available and will be described and considered in their own right.
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