Definition - What does Location-Aware Technology mean?
Location-aware technology is any technology that is able to detect its current location and then manipulate this data to control events and information. Location is detected through the use of various sensors and methods of calculating geographical location such as through GPS technology and cell tower triangulation. Location-aware devices are able to give directions relative to the location, access geographically aware services and data, as well as broadcast the location of the device.
Location-aware technology is often enabled in a device through the integration of electronic modules, ranging from a full GPS device that can be installed in vehicles to small GPS microchips integrated in mobile devices such as phones and tablets. The location-aware technology in the device interfaces with the operating system of the device to deliver location-aware or location-specific services. For example, some applications for Android and iOS feature different data and content based on the location of the device, such as showing different events or tourist destinations, landmarks and even restaurants.
Large campuses can use location-aware technology to guide students, especially newcomers, to specific locations such as classrooms and laboratories. The technology is increasingly being used in location guidance, especially in vehicles (GPS navigation) and for directing tourists in new cities.