Galileo: Applications for individual handsets and mobile phones (LBS)
The location based services sector (LBS), including GNSS-enabled mobile phones, smartphones and services, represents 52% (in revenues) of the global GNSS market. This sector is growing steadily with an expected 65% of mobile phones sold in 2020 to be satellite navigation enabled.
To name but a few, concrete examples of applications are:
- guiding the user/tourist in an unknown city,
- guidance for the blind or poorly sighted and for people with reduced mobility,
- monitoring of children and people with Alzheimer's and memory loss,
- providing location-based advertising as well as real-time information on local public transport.
The possibilities are endless.
To foster the development of applications for individual handset and smartphones using EGNOS and/or Galileo, the European Commission promotes Galileo- and EGNOS-enabled chips and handsets through industrial cooperation with GNSS countries and with receiver manufacturers or through funding of R&D projects to reduce the cost of the receivers.
It will soon provide a toolkit to smartphone application developers aimed at easing their work when proposing location-based applications using EGNOS/EDAS.