A decade ago wireless technology was dominated by mobile telephony. Today, there are around 5.8 billion mobile subscriptions. In the US market, for example, LTE networks cover more than 50 percent of the population and this figure is rapidly increasing. LTE enables an ever-widening range of services, enhanced QoS, efficient use of resources and flexible spectrum utilization. All of this in turn creates a wealth of new business opportunities, leading to tougher competition among service providers and application builders. Applications using highly accurate wireless-device positioning are constantly being developed and enhanced. This increases user expectations, which consequently creates demand for smarter services.
LTE offers support for multiple positioning methods and improved interpretation of positioning results enabling operators to provide enhanced subscriber services and more accurate positioning information, which is vital for emergency services, and can be utilized by many other industries and new applications.
Because no single positioning method works well in all environments, new-generation positioning systems must have integrated solutions that combine a wide range of complementary positioning methods and techniques together with the ability to learn about and adapt to the radio environment. This white paper shows how the functionality offered by LTE can be utilized for value-added services.
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