Location API Glossary

global positioning system (GPS) device

A device that calculates its own location based on signals sent by satellites.

IP resolver

A software-based sensor that uses an Internet address to determine location information.

location provider

A source of location information that is implemented as a sensor driver.

location report

Data in a standardized format, accessed using a location object, that indicates the computer's current location. A location report can be either a civic address report, which contains information such as street address, city, postal code, state/province, and country/regions; or a latitude/longitude report, which indicates the latitude, longitude, error radius, and possibly the altitude and altitude error.

location-aware

Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a program that is able to gain access to location information.

location-enabled

Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a device or a system that can provide location information.

mobile phone tower triangulator

A sensor that provides location information by measuring either the radial distance or the direction of a transmitter's signal from two or three different cell phone towers.

report factory

An object that is used in scripting languages to provide location reports. Developers can use the report factory to request permission to access reports, retrieve the most recent report, register for report events, and retrieve status information.

sensor

A hardware device or a logical component that provides data about physical characteristics, such as orientation, location, motion, and light.

sensor device

A hardware device or a logical component that provides data about physical characteristics, such as orientation, location, motion, and light.

sensor-based program

A program that can gain access to sensors and make practical use of sensor data.

Wi-Fi network location provider

A sensor that reads location information from a connected wireless hub.

Windows Sensor and Location platform

The built-in support that Windows 7 provides to software developers for exposing sensor devices such as location sensors. This support includes a standardized API and a device driver interface (DDI) for working with sensors and sensor data.

 

 

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