The Alphabet Soup of LBS

The Alphabet Soup of LBS

Technology and acronyms go together like hand in glove.  Any new technology isn't worth its angel round if it cannot be made into a word that is formed from the initial letters or groups of letters of the words from the underlying technology.  Who better to give us an overview of LBS (location-based services) acronyms than a company that goes by an acronym: TCS (TeleCommunication Systems).  I found the following useful LBS list in a white paper provided by my friends at TCS.  Thank you, Joe and Doug!

LBS Acronyms
1xRTT One Times Radio Transmission Technology (CDMA 2000)
3GPP 3rd Generation Partnership Project
4G 4th Generation cellular wireless system
A-GPS Assisted Global Positioning System
API Application Programming Interface
ARPU Average Revenue Per User
BREW Binary Run-time Environment for Wireless (Qualcomm)
CDMA Code Division Multiple Access
E9-1-1 Enhanced 911 (emergency service)
EDGE Enhanced Data Rates for Global Evolution
EVDO Evolution Data Only (optimized version of CDMA 2000)
E-SMLC Evolved-SMLC
GIS Geographical Information System
GMLC Gateway Mobile Location Center
GPRS General Packet Radio Service
GPS Global Positioning Services
GSM Global System for Mobile Communications
HLR Home Location Center
HSPA High Speed Packet Access
IP Internet Protocol
J2ME Java 2 Micro Edition (Sun)
LAS Location Assistance Services
LBS Location-Based Services
LMU Location Measurement Unit
LTE Long Term Evolution (3GPP 4G technology)
MID Mobile Internet Device
MPC Mobile Positioning Center
MSO Multiple Service Operator
MRL Measured Results List
MRM Mobile Resource Management
MPC Mobile Positioning Center
MSC Mobile Switching Center
MVNO Mobile Virtual Network Operator
NMR Network Management Report
OMA Open Mobile Alliance
OEM Original Equipment Manufacturer
PC Personal Computer
PDE Position Determining Entity
PSAP Public Safety Answering Point
RF Radio Frequency
SAS Stand Alone SMLC
SIGTRAN Signaling Transport
SMLC Serving Mobile Location Center
SMS Short Message Service
SS7 Signaling System 7
SUPL Secure User Plan Location
TA Timing Advance
TCS TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.
TDOA Time Difference of Arrival
TOA Time of Arrival
UMTS Universal Mobile Telecommunications System
VoIP Voice over Internet Protocol
WAP Wireless Application Protocol
Wi-Fi Wireless Fidelity (IEEE 802.11 wireless networking)
WiMAX Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access, Inc.
XADS Xypoint® Assistance Data Server
XDDS Xypoint® Dynamic Data Server
XLSA Xypoint® Location Services Agent
XLSG Xypoint® Location Services Gateway
XMS Xypoint® Mapping Server
XRN Xypoint® Reference Network

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