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Local Positioning Systems: LBS Applications and Services 0th Edition

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ISBN-10: 0849333490
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Local Positioning Systems is a groundbreaking book to support researchers and practitioners in location and tracking based services. The book is particularly impressive in the coverage of emerging indoor location based services that many observers claim to be a fast growing market (after all, we spend much of our time indoors). Congratulations to the authors on a job well done.
--Antonio S. Camara, CEO, YDreams

This book provides an excellent overview of some of the different technologies that can be used to provide positioning solutions in support of location based services….This book will serve as good reference material for anyone interested in learning about opportunities and pitfalls in the development and deployment of in-door positioning systems for LBS

--Alison Brown, PhD, President/CEO NAVSYS Corporation
This descriptive, all-encompassing book is a must for anyone wanting to understand location-based services from infrastructure components to service deployment. The technologies and problems associated with LBS are described at length. The approach is non-technical and the author succeeds in explaining all concepts with hardly any formulas. The chapters are loaded with examples to illustrate past and current attempts to develop and deploy LBS both outdoor and indoor. The broad experience of the author with LBS is apparent at every page. In an attempt to be descriptive, the author omits to describe requirements and system specifications and performance.
-- Gerard Lachapelle, CRC/iCORE Chair in Wireless Location Dept of Geomatics Eng, University of Calgary

It is relatively jargon free which is a positive…Those readers with passing familiarity with sensors, engineering, radio, statistics, college level math and networks should have no trouble understanding the material…well organized and easy to follow. It leads the reader through a lot of material at the proper depth of a primer… provides sufficient depth and information for a semi-technical person to make informed decisions about the technology…Comprehensive…Good depiction of various signal processing techniques for resolving position and location…Graphics and especially signal propagation graphics will help the reader understand limitations and environments that will cause issues…The mapping/fingerprinting section is excellent… Map-matching sections and explanation of geometric is very strong…Explanation of models and data is excellent and appropriate.
--comments from John Dmohowski

When I began research about LBS several years ago, I found there was no book or survey paper that offered a quick overview of local positioning systems. This excellent work solves this problem. This book introduces several case studies, showing the details on how they are set up. Especially valuable is its detailed coverage concerning the infrastructure of building a LBS system. The most awesome thing is that this is the first book that clearly discusses how to deploy a LBS system. In summary, this is an excellent reference book for any researchers and engineers interested in developing a local positioning system.
--Changsong Shen, University of British Columbia
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 488 pages
  • Publisher: CRC Press (May 10, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849333490
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849333491
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,235,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My greatest difficulty in using this book was locating the positions of the useful technical information scattered among all of the bad writing and poor document structure. Hiring an English major to clean up the writing, and a tech writer to revise the structure, could have helped bring the useful content out. Many sentences are poorly structured, individual paragraphs contain unrelated topics, sections seem to wander, acronyms go either undefined or repeatedly defined within adjacent paragraphs and sentences, some paragraphs repeat sentences almost verbatim, and there is an uneven mix of useful technical information, useful marketing information, and marketing/management drivel. There were parenthetical comments (like this) injected all over the book (or at least many parts). Some serious editing could have cut down the length. Here is an example:

"Whichever world model you use, information related to position must somehow be stored, modeled and mapped. The storage is typically handled in a spatial database; the modeling depends on the algorithms that can be associated with the world model. The mapping is the role of the mapping infrastructure, and to create those, location (or space or world) models are essential. It is also about the content or context data that can be associated with that location data for specific location-based services."

One might expect a hierarchical exposition on a) storage, b) modeling, and c) mapping after this apparently introductory paragraph. Unfortunately, this apparently introductory paragraph pops up in the middle of a subsection in the middle of a section in the middle of a chapter in the middle of the book, to be followed by a similar paragraph that wanders around a tangentially related set of topics.
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Thorough and well written, a comprhensive review of the current state of the art. It has been read by many at my office, all of who agree it is the best summary of current (Dec 2006) LPS technolgies available today...
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