Location-to-Service Translation (LoST) Protocol Extensions
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From: The IESG <email@example.com> To: IETF-Announce <firstname.lastname@example.org> Cc: RFC Editor <email@example.com> Subject: Document Action: 'Location-to-Service Translation (LoST) Protocol Extensions' to Experimental RFC (draft-forte-lost-extensions-08.txt) The IESG has approved the following document: - 'Location-to-Service Translation (LoST) Protocol Extensions' (draft-forte-lost-extensions-08.txt) as an Experimental RFC This document has been reviewed in the IETF but is not the product of an IETF Working Group. The IESG contact person is Robert Sparks. A URL of this Internet Draft is: http://datatracker.ietf.org/doc/draft-forte-lost-extensions/
Technical Summary An important class of location-based services answer the question "What instances of this service are closest to me?" Examples include finding restaurants, gas stations, stores, automated teller machines, wireless access points (hot spots) or parking spaces. Currently, the Location-to-Service Translation (LoST) protocol only supports mapping locations to a single service based on service regions. This document describes an extension that allows queries of the type "N nearest", "within distance X" and "served by". Working Group Summary This document was considered by the ECRIT working group, which declined to work on this document in order to maintain a focus on emergency services (rather than other uses of the LoST protocol). The main discussion among those interested focused on the interaction with the emergency case, which was ultimately judged to be manageable (see the Security Considerations). Document Quality The document has received reviews from several active members of the ECRIT community. A review by Shida Schubert of an earlier version noted several potential issues (mainly related to interoperability with RFC 5222), which have been addressed in this version. Personnel Richard Barnes is the document shepherd. Robert Sparks is the responsible area director.