Posted On: Oct 5, 2021

Today, Amazon Location Service is adding distance-based filtering of device position updates.

Amazon Location Service is a fully managed service that helps developers easily and securely add maps, points of interest, geocoding, routing, tracking, and geofencing to their applications without compromising on data security, user privacy, or cost. With Amazon Location Service, you retain control of your location data, protecting your privacy and reducing enterprise security risks. Amazon Location Service provides a consistent API across high-quality LBS data providers (Esri and HERE), all managed through one AWS console.

With the new distance-based filtering enabled, each position update from a device is compared to the previous position update, and position changes of less than 30m are ignored. These new positions are not stored nor evaluated against associated geofences. This reduces a customer's cost of implementing a tracking application because only significant position changes are saved or trigger geofence evaluations. The feature also reduces the effect of jitter caused by inaccurate positioning systems (such as mobile phones), reducing false geofence entry and exit events, and improves map visualization of position updates. 

Amazon Location Service is available in the following AWS Regions: US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), Europe (Frankfurt), Europe (Ireland), Europe (Stockholm), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney) Region, and Asia Pacific (Tokyo).

To learn more, visit to the Amazon Location Service start tracking page.