Location-Based Services – Chronology

copyrights:Aleksander Buczkowski 2011-2012

1989-1993

Active Badge System – beginning of personal mobile positioning

1990

International Teletrac Systems (later PacTel Teletrac) introduced the world’s first dynamic real-time stolen vehicle recovery services.

1994

Master research by Timo Rantalainen (Nokia)

1995

The Ericsson-Europolitan GSM LBS Trial Run

1996

FCC issued rules requiring all US mobile operators to locate emergency callers.

1997

Christopher Kingdon of Ericsson, handed in the Location Services (LCS) stage 1 description to the joint GSM group of the European Telecommunications

1999

The first Digital Location Based Service Patent was filed in the US

1999

The first consumer LBS-capable mobile web device was the Palm VII.

2000

After approval from the world’s 12 largest telecom operators, Ericsson, Motorola and Nokia jointly formed and launched the Location Interoperability Forum Ltd

2000

Launch of Dodgeball – The first location-based social network for mobile devices (Acquired by Google in 2005)

2001

The first LBS services were launched by TeliaSonera in Sweden (FriendFinder, yellow pages, houseposition, emergency call location etc.) and by EMT in Estonia (emergency call location, friend finder, TV game).

2001

The first commercial LBS service in Japan was launched by DoCoMo, based on triangulation for pre-GPS handsets

2002

Go2 and AT&T Mobility launched the first (US) mobile LBS local search application that used Automatic Location Identification (ALI) technologies mandated by the FCC.

2004

Where, Plazes

2005

Sociallight, Loopt, Limbo

2005

Google acquires Dodgeball

2006

Itsmy.com, Gypsii

2007

The launch of iPhone

2007

Gowalla, BrightKite, Qyoe, Tupalo.com

2008

Whrrl, TellMeWhere, FireEagle, Moximity

2009

Locassa, Foursquare

2009

Twitter adding location feature

2009

Google turn Dodgeball into Google Latitude

2010

Google Places, SCVNGR, Yelp, Skout, Friendticker

2011

Facebook check-ins

2012

Apple Maps, Google Glass Project