Se­cu­rity Guar­an­teed

LBS as a tech­nol­ogy will not only en­sure na­tional se­cu­rity, but will also give so­cio-eco­nomic ben­e­fits to both con­sumers and en­ter­prises

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As the mo­bile com­mu­ni­ca­tions mar­ket grows, the avail­able tech­nolo­gies and ca­pa­bil­i­ties con­tinue to evolve. To­day’s mo­bile de­vices are en­abled with a rich set of fea­tures. One of the most im­por­tant fea­tures is the abil­ity to use the wire­less in­fra­struc­ture of a cel­lu­lar net­work to iden­tify the lo­ca­tion of any mo­bile de­vice. Gov­ern­ments across the world have been us­ing this tech­nol­ogy for safe­guard­ing their es­tab­lish­ment both from in­ter­nal as well as ex­ter­nal threat.

Im­ple­ment­ing and Defin­ing LBS

In or­der to im­ple­ment LBS, the Min­istry of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and IT, Gov­ern­ment of In­dia has come out with a new no­ti­fi­ca­tion on May 31, 2011, which fo­cuses on the amend­ment of the Uni­fied Ac­cess Ser­vice Li­cense (UASL) agree­ment for se­cu­rity-re­lated con­cerns for the ex­pan­sion of tele­com ser­vices in var­i­ous zones of the coun­try.

Tech­nolo­gies used by the op­er­a­tors for LBS in­clude cell IM, en­hanced cell IM, LMU, GPS, and A-GPS so­lu­tions. Cell IM is the sim­plest and most com­mon form of lo­ca­tion po­si­tion­ing and iden­ti­fies which cell site or sec­tor is cur­rently serv­ing the mo­bile de­vice. The ac­cu­racy of cell IM lo­ca­tion varies with the den­sity of net­work cell sites de­ploy­ment—greater den­sity yields greater ac­cu­racy. En­hanced cell IM helps in de­ter­min­ing the mo­bile lo­ca­tion based upon tim­ing ad­vanced and net­work mea­sure­ment re­ports on a cell sec­tor.

Ma­jor Play­ers

In In­dia, there are 4 play­ers that are ac­tive on the LBS front—Cre­ativ­ity Soft­ware, Com­mS­cope, Eric­s­son, and Polaris Soft­ware. Phile Cre­ativ­ity Soft­ware uses pre­dic­tive match­ing, Polaris Pire­less opts for RF pat­tern match­ing, Eric­s­son uses fin­ger­print­ing, whereas Com­mS­cope uses mul­ti­ple tech­nolo­gies.

Cre­ativ­ity Soft­ware has com­pleted 2 pilots—one for a ma­jor op­er­a­tor and sec­ond for a new en­trant. The dif­fer­ent re­gions cov­ered dur­ing the pi­lot in­clude South Mum­bai, And­heri, Pan­vel, Pune, and Lud­hi­ana with dif­fer­ent ter­rains, in­clud­ing ur­ban, sub-ur­ban, and ru­ral en­vi­ron­ment. In all the cases, the Cre­ativ­ity Soft­ware re­sults con­form to the MoT man­date till 2014 in terms of ac­cu­racy re­quire­ment.

Polaris Pire­less has tested its tech­nol­ogy through blind tri­als in Ben­galuru en­vi­ron­ment of which over 70% of calls were within 50 m and over 90% of calls were within 100 m (MoT man­date is 30% and 60%, re­spec­tively), prov­ing that the com­pany has best-in-class per­for­mance in ur­ban en­vi­ron­ments. Their per­for­mance has not been im­pacted by the wire­less de­vice be­ing in­doors/out­doors. Re­cently, the com­pany has tied up with Can­vasM, a di­vi­sion of Tech Mahin­dra, to ex­plore lo­ca­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties in In­dia.

De­ploy­ing LBS Tech­nolo­gies

The LBS tech­nolo­gies have been de­ployed in many coun­tries, thereby giv­ing enough con­fi­dence to the op­er­a­tors that such an ac­cu­racy re­quire­ment can be met.

Apart from meet­ing the MoT spec­i­fi­ca­tions, with re­spect to se­cu­rity-re­lated con­cerns, LBS can also be used by the op­er­a­tors to launch lo­ca­tion-en­abled ap­pli­ca­tions, which would help both en­ter­prises and con­sumers. Op­er­a­tors can also do a quick launch of com­mer­cial ser­vices, thereby gen­er­at­ing RoI for the com­pany.

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