1. A method for presenting locations of individuals in an interface comprising:monitoring a location and an orientation of a portable device with respect to an environment;
determining boundaries of a region of interest within the environment;
determining a set of locations of one or more individuals of interest with respect to the determined boundaries of the region of interest in the environment; and
presenting an orienting background and a set of representations of respective individuals against the orienting background in an interface on the display, the interface presented according to the location and orientation of the display, wherein the orienting background contains a positional cue of a landmark of the environment toward which the portable device is oriented, wherein the representation of the respective individual of interest is displayed only if the portable device is oriented toward the respective individual of interest in or within a predetermined distance of the region of interest;
wherein the orienting background and the set of representations are discrete interface elements.