The way that most people become aware of geolocation is when they are asked to share their location during online activity.
Everything from directions, to special offers, to even the search results that you are presented with, depends on where you are presently located.
How does geolocation work exactly? Today we’re going to take a look at how one industry – US-based online gaming – is using geolocation to overcome the challenges posed by the legal requirements of US law.
New Jersey Online Casinos which have become legal a few years ago, are using geolocation technology to ensure that players participating in online gaming are in fact located within the borders of the state of New Jersey.
The way that geolocation works depends on the device that is used to perform the online activity.
Because online casinos in New Jersey allow players to gamble using a mobile device or a desktop, they must ensure that they are able to accurately pinpoint the location of the player, regardless of the device that the player is using.
When using laptops and desktops, it is the browser that the player is using that determines their location. The way this works is that the browser uses the IP address and Wifi connection information to pinpoint the player’s location.
This is why you are prompted to share your location with your browser. Once you’ve shared your location with your browser, your browser can then share your location with the website or service that you are using.
When using a mobile device such as a phone or a tablet, the GPS chip within the device is what gathers the user’s location information.
If the GPS signal in the mobile device can’t connect to a GPS satellite, then the mobile device will use signals from nearby cellphone towers to establish the location of the user.
Now that you hopefully have a better idea of how geolocation works, if you do decide to travel to New Jersey or one of the other states where online gaming is legal such as Delaware or Nevada, and do some gambling online, be sure to share your location when prompted.