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Location Operating System (LOS)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000005605D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Oct-18
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2001-Oct-18

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David D. Heiderscheit Jim E. Malone Tsung Sheng


This paper discusses the evolution of location and its impact on operating systems. We discuss the feasibility and issues associated with providing an enhanced Operating System (OS) by including additional features to support location services in order to describe the concept of a Location Operating System (LOS). We explain the basic LOS concept and provide a hierarchical software structure diagram of a LOS in a typical computer or embedded system environment. Further definition is provided on key elements of a LOS such as local synchronization, location task scheduler, location priority scheduling and location Input / Output. We have included some simple examples of this concept and describe key features such that one can easily see and understand the power of this concept. Finally, we define the set of features that would be elements of the LOS. As the demand for location services grows, this powerful concept will be a key element of the OSs of the future.