Technologies and Solutions for Location-Based Services in Smart Cities: Past, Present, and Future Academic Article uri icon


  • 2013 IEEE. Location-based services (LBS) in smart cities have drastically altered the way cities operate, giving a new dimension to the life of citizens. LBS rely on location of a device, where proximity estimation remains at its core. The applications of LBS range from social networking and marketing to vehicle-to-everything communications. In many of these applications, there is an increasing need and trend to learn the physical distance between nearby devices. This paper elaborates upon the current needs of proximity estimation in LBS and compares them against the available Localization and Proximity (LP) finding technologies (LP technologies in short). These technologies are compared for their accuracies and performance based on various different parameters, including latency, energy consumption, security, complexity, and throughput. Hereafter, a classification of these technologies, based on various different smart city applications, is presented. Finally, we discuss some emerging LP technologies that enable proximity estimation in LBS and present some future research areas.

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altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Usman, M., Asghar, M. D., Ansari, I. S., Granelli, F., & Qaraqe, K. A.

citation count

  • 26

complete list of authors

  • Usman, Muhammad||Asghar, Muhamma Drizwan||Ansari, Imran Shafique||Granelli, Fabrizio||Qaraqe, Khalid A

publication date

  • May 2018