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Mobile Information Systems
Volume 2, Issue 2-3, Pages 111-133

A Generic Framework for Location-Based Services (LBS) Provisioning

Ioannis Priggouris, Dimitrios Spanoudakis, Manos Spanoudakis, and Stathes Hadjiefthymiades

Department of Informatics and Telecommunications, National Kapodistrian University of Athens, Ilisia, Athens 15784, Greece

Received 6 September 2006; Accepted 6 September 2006

Copyright © 2006 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Location Based Services can be considered as one of the most rapidly expanding fields of the mobile communications sector, with an impressively large application range. The proliferation of mobile/wireless Internet and mobile computing, and the constantly increasing use of handheld, mobile devices and position tracking technologies prepared the grounds for the introduction of this new type of services. The combination of position fixing mechanisms with location-dependent, geographical information, can offer truly customized personal communication services through the mobile phone or other type of devices. Prompted by the avalanche of technology advances in the aforementioned areas in this paper we present an integrated platform for delivering Location Based Services (LBS). The platform covers the full life cycle of a LBS starting from the specification of the service, covering issues like the deployment and maintenance of services, the service invocation and the final delivery of the produced results to the invoking user. A prototype implementation of the discussed platform was developed and used to perform a series of trial services, with the purpose of demonstrating the pursued functionality.