Users not only can enjoy the services in Japan, they can utilize other services like digital maps, store locations, and navigation assistance while traveling overseas. The services also allow new applications, such as pedestrian navigation, to bring personalized mobile experiences to users.

Motorola says NTT DOCOMO, a leading mobile operator in Japan, will deploy Motorola Mobile Advanced Location System (MALS) for DOCOMO’s new location based services (LBS). Motorola MALS will enable DOCOMO to strengthen its position in the international roaming market.

Motorola MALS is a standards-compliant, end-to-end location-based solution that is designed for low latency, high availability, and high accuracy to meet the needs of the next generation of LBS. 

MALS, says Motorola, is compliant with the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) Secure User Plane Location (SUPL) 1.0 standard, allowing faster and more accurate detection of the position of DOCOMO’s users, even when using base stations of overseas carriers in the roaming areas. The services will allow DOCOMO to deliver a new media mobility experience to customers anywhere in Japan or overseas.

The system detects the user’s location by calculating reference positions provided by mobile networks and GPS satellites. It’s supported by the Gateway Mobile Location Center (GMLC), which makes an effective use of Assisted-GPS (A-GPS) to reduce measuring time and improve accuracy compared to the conventional standalone GPS, says the company.

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About Rakesh Raman

Have extensive editorial, content management, and integrated communications experience and have worked as a senior tech journalist, analyst, and columnist with different newspapers, magazines, and Web/online properties in India.

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