Location based services are becoming more and more common, especially with modern (mobile) devices and operating systems. Scense allows the location context to be a Criterion for assigning Applications, Printers, Messages and tasks.
Accurate determination of the current location is still quite complex and sometimes impossible.
The Scense Location services make use of a ‘Location tree’ structure in which all locations within the company have their own hierarchical place.
Once the location tree has been defined, Scense can handle the location objects in Scopes.
The location tree should be defined by the administrator and mapped to localization algorithms by defining special Scopes that are able to distinguish one location from another.
This is the default location hierarchy as it is suggested by Scense:
- 11 Global Low Accuracy
- 10 Area
- 9 Country
- 8 Region
- 7 City
- 6 District
- 5 Street
- 4 Building
- 3 Wing
- 2 Floor
- 1 Room
- 0 Desk High Accuracy
Not all levels need to be used and each level can be renamed to suit the administrator’s needs.
The administrator can assign ‘tasks’ to any location in the location tree, and depending on the accuracy of location determination one or more of these tasks will be executed.
Currently the methods of location determination are still low on accuracy. New developments, however, include Location services integrated in the sensor framework of the operating system.
Determining a 3D location remains nearly impossible especially in buildings.
Scense supports location determination using Scopes and Criteria as well as a method called ‘Pattern Matching’.