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Why Connected PNDs Could Get Subsidized by Wireless Operators - 09/28/2010

We hear they are a dying breed, slow, outdated, outsmarted by phones… still there is plenty of life left in the PND category and the next generation of connected PND will have what it takes to attract operators interests. Mobile operators are still...

What’s The Big Deal: Facebook Deals - 11/08/2010

Last week Facebook introduced “Deals”, a platform that allows local merchants and retailers to offer coupons to Facebook mobile users (in the U.S. thus far) who check-in at their locations. Wilson Kerr, founder and consultant at Location Based...

Traffic Data Quality Will Determine Telematics Winners € - 08/25/2010

The gold standard for telematics success is daily relevance. One of the greatest challenges for companies introducing telematics systems and solutions is to bring daily relevance to their offerings. Human beings are creatures of habit, which means...

eCall Finally Has Arrived...Or Has It? € - 07/28/2010

Last week SBD analyst Stephen Longden gave us his views on eCall, following the recent EU Parliament ruling on passing an ITS Directive. This week Kevin Hamlin, from iSuppli gave us his thoughts - slightly different from Longden - on this complicated matter.

eCall Legislation ~ To Care or not to Care? € - 07/20/2010

The more things change, the more things stay the same. The EC’s long and slow march towards pan-European eCall took another important step forward recently. But as always, hurdles and uncertainties remain, making it hard for the automotive industry...

Personalisation: The Competitive Edge € - 07/06/2010

The mobile industry is hugely competitive. Mobile services today include a spread of services that go far beyond basic voice services, such as messaging, video, the mobile web and mobile TV to name a few. One of the most competitive markets within...

The iPhone Launches Background Location: a New Era for LBS? € - 06/30/2010

Last week Apple launched the latest version of the iPhone operating system, iOS4. As promised, for the first time the iPhone operating system now supports background processes for third party applications. Apple has treaded lightly in this area,...

So You Want to Start Your Own Cell-ID Database? € - 05/20/2010

Coming back from the rather buzzy Location Business Summit Europe 2010 (i.e. MetaPlaces) a few things were clear to me: operators haven't yet written down their location strategies, LBA is a reality the agencies are now very interested in, and...

ABI: “TomTom Ultimately Risks Relegation to the Role of Niche Player” € - 06/03/2010

In a note published on ABI Research’s website, telematics and navigation analyst Dominique Bonte expresses concerns about the future of TomTom that, while having “turned the car navigation system into a mass market consumer service in 2004,...

From Probes to Crowd to Community to Ads – Traffic Data Evolving Rapidly € - 05/18/2010

The business of capturing and reporting real-time traffic data is on the verge of a deluge of data from millions of GPS probes. From Google to RIM to TCS, TeleNav, Nokia/Navteq and others, the integration of handset GPS data feeds will transform the...

The Games People Play: Why Social Media Check-Ins Could Bridge the ROBO Gap € - 03/12/2010

Badges, Passports, the Creator, the Founder, the Mayor, getting a Pin, picking up a raccoon..This is the language of the newest phenomenon to hit the location-enabled social media marketing world. I am talking about Social Networking Games....

Mobile Convergence with the Connected Car Gears Up € - 02/08/2010

INTERVIEW: Automakers are intent on offering new solutions for connected or digital cars. Dev Khare, vice president at venture capital firm Venrock, explains to GPS Business News what is driving the convergence between cars and mobile phones. He also discusses some of the innovations resulting from increasingly connected vehicles, including in-car app stores and narrow cast and mass-customisation radio.
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