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Your urgent package is late; one of your trailers is missing; at your planned rendezvous you're all alone; and now you can't find your keys. You take out your cellphone and watch the package move on a map (now just entering the parking lot, now being taken to reception, okay); find the trailer (there it is in Oakland, just at the wrong loading dock); find your colleague (ahh, there she is, at the South Entrance), and recover your keys (in your office - just as you thought). This is the world of wireless location, in which you can always know where your assets, and you, are. Global Positioning Systems (GPS) that work in cellphones, and indoors, will soon be ubiquitous. This development is driven, in the U.S., by an FCC mandate and recent breakthroughs in GPS technology that enable these devices to work indoors. The FCC order is known as the "E911 mandate." This manda... (more)