ERIC Number: EJ842666
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Feb-1
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Where on Earth...?
Campus Technology, v20 n6 p32-34, 36, 38-39, 44 Feb 2007
Ask any college student attending a university in the Northeast or Midwest, and one will discover that in the world of frigid-winter academia, there is nothing worse than just missing the campus shuttle bus in 12-degree weather. Today, however, students at a handful of colleges can stay warm and cozy inside their dorm rooms while they track the location of the shuttle bus on their cell phones--all thanks to the implementation of location-aware services (LAS) on their campuses. A handful of colleges and universities are dabbling in location-aware services and discovering they have real value for campus community members and genuine appeal for students and parents. In this article, the author talks about location-aware services, applications that deliver location-based information whenever and wherever it may be needed. LAS is part of the larger location-based solutions (LBS) picture that comprises GPS-enabled mobile computing services (communication and computation via mobile devices), location-enabling services (used for user-locating), and location-aware services (IP-based applications). In a nutshell, the technology behind LAS enables people, computers, and other devices to know, within a few feet, where another is, at all times; such services or applications then allow individuals--or their devices--to make "decisions" based on that knowledge.
Descriptors: College Students, Colleges, Campuses, Computers, Telecommunications, Electronic Equipment, Bus Transportation, Technological Advancement, Technology Uses in Education, Social Networks, Web Sites, Synchronous Communication, Geographic Location, Navigation, Geographic Information Systems, Maps, Handheld Devices
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Education Level: Higher Education
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