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Future phones to come with embedded GPS

Canadian based Telecommunications company Rogers has pioneered a system which allows their customers' location speed and direction to be tracked in near real-time.

Now research company Juniper research (opens in new tab) reports that vehicle and tracking revenues could reach Eur 3.3 billion in Western Europe alone by 2012 - that's in five years time.

Juniper is betting on Location Based services to grow exponentially due to concerns associated with Personal security and businesses looking to run more efficiently.

Already there are a number of services on the market that allows mobile phone tracking for example for a minimal fee; but this is set to grow massively by 2012.

According to the report, 21 million phones and 15 million vehicles will be actively tracked by 2012 which could potentially raise privacy concerns over misuse, although phone tracking would only be active if the phone owner goes beyond what Juniper calls a geo-fenced area.

Followus (opens in new tab) for example allows employees and individual to track their mobile phones on a number of mobile networks.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.