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Determining subscriber location

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The m.LBSP platform is a solution that permits a cellular network operator to::
  • offer subscribers VA services, using information about the current geographic coordinates of a mobile terminal;
  • calculate the geographic coordinates on the basis of characteristics of the base station servicing the terminal;
  • calculate coordinates using information about the location of the network stations nearest to the terminal (if data are available from a SIM Toolkit applet);
  • service requests to determine the coordinates of subscribers in roaming mode (when connected to LBS platforms of partner operators);
  • cache data to reduce operator network load;
  • manage service provider access privileges;
  • administer and monitor platform operation via a Web interface;
  • provide connection security when servicing requests from service providers.
m.LBSP - An LBS platform for determining subscriber location
Calculating a subscriber's location coordinates:
  • approximated, to an accuracy of the base station coordinates, taking its directivity pattern and coverage zones into account;
  • improved, based on network radio metering data obtained from a SIM Toolkit applet from the mobile terminal.
Providing subscriber coordinates to service provider and roaming partner applications:
  • caching requested data and storing them for the current period (Subscriber coordinate cache);
  • supporting a list of subscribers who are prohibited from determining coordinates (MSISDN Blacklist);
  • limiting privileges and service throughput for each service provider;
  • servicing requests from partner operators to determine the coordinates of a roamer (an outside subscriber within the local network service zone), to an accuracy of the coordinates of the master database;
  • detailed record-keeping, collection of statistics, and reporting for each application.

Data exchange with roaming partner LBS platforms to obtain the coordinates of subscribers in roaming mode.

Database support:
  • a base station database, updated per a specified schedule;
  • a database of providers (external applications) and their privileges;
  • a database of roaming partners.
Administrating platform operation via a Web interface:
  • modifying parameters without rebooting the platform;
  • monitoring platform module performance;
  • maintaining service provider accounting records;
  • maintaining lists of subscribers who are prohibited from determining coordinates (MSISDN Blacklist);
Providing data for corporate user CRM systems (m.LBSCA):
  • administration via a Web interface;
  • a uniform, secure interface for connecting to client systems.
Monitoring platform functionality using the m.MAP process application:
  • display of base stations, their characteristics, and coverage zones on geographic maps (built-in or provided by Google Maps);
  • determining the location and tracking the mobile terminal;
  • built-in interface performance tests;
Security and access control:
  • maintaining access logs for each interface;
  • maintaining an access list that manages content provider access privileges over settable parameters (MSISDN, IP provider);
  • using the HTTPS secure protocol for all external connections.
Monitoring platform status (m.Check):
  • monitoring platform module performance on the software level;
  • tracking the amount of through traffic on all network interface platforms;
  • remote monitoring of platform component status via a WEB/WAP interface;
  • remote restarting of platform components;
  • an SNMP/SNMP-trap interface for notification of external SNMP managers.
Collecting, storing, and processing statistics:
  • logs maintained by each platform module, configurable levels of detail and a list of recorded events for each log;
  • a centralized storage and processing system can be used for platform component statistics (m.Stat).