LBS/Wireless

Qualcomm Tops ABI’s GNSS IC Vendor Assessment, MediaTek Enters Top 3

June 30, 2014By
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ABI Research’s 2014 GNSS IC vendor matrix names Qualcomm as the leading GPS integrated circuit (IC) vendor, followed by Broadcom in second place. For the first time, MediaTek achieves a top three finish after another year of strong growth and robust shipments as a result of its targeted design strategy, ABI Research revealed in its “GNSS IC OEMs” report. The vendor... read more

LocationSmart Issued Patent for Location-Based Dynamic Status Reporting

June 30, 2014By

LocationSmart, a provider of cloud-based location and interactivity services, has announced the issuance of US Patent 8,666,373 by the U.S. Patent Office for location reporting based on the dynamic status of a user. The patent covers a system and method of determining location for the user, including dynamically determining a status of the user and allowing acquisition of the user’s location based... read more

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Europe Weighs Mandate of Galileo Chips in Mobile Phones

June 30, 2014By

The European Commission is considering a requirement for mobile phones, and perhaps other portable devices such as tablets, to be equipped with Galileo receivers that would automatically send location data as part of any emergency call to 112. E112 is a location-enhanced version of the 112 universal European emergency services number via telephone, equivalent to 911 in the United States, in which the... read more

Mid-Year Report on Location Market: Privacy, Google, and AT&T

June 25, 2014By

Half the year is over. It’s gone. Now it’s time to figure out where the location industry is going for the remainder of the year. One analyst (actually, several) believe that the industry, fueled by indoor location and place-based advertising, is around $14 billion right now — with no place to go but up — given some bump in consumer... read more

Google Acquires Satellite-Imaging Startup for $500M

June 25, 2014By
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Google enhanced its online mapping service by acquiring Mountain View, California-based Skybox Imaging for $500 million in cash. Sources say both Google and Facebook are purchasing satellite and drone companies in an attempt to expand into other market areas. One of the ways Google will be leveraging Skybox is in disaster relief and to improve Internet access in remote areas,... read more

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Regulating Navigation and Mapping Apps?

June 24, 2014By

Steven Spriggs was pulled over by a motorcycle cop for using his iPhone while driving. He immediately held it up to show the officer that he was using Apple Maps, and not talking or texting. More about Mr. Spriggs later. With approval of the pending transportation bill in Congress, smartphone maps and navigation will be regulated. The National Highway Traffic... read more

Tests Show Existing Tech Can Meet Proposed FCC Indoor 911 Accuracy

June 24, 2014By

An independent study of indoor tests of a hybrid wireless location technology was submitted today to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) by wireless location engineering firm TechnoCom. The study demonstrates that existing technologies can satisfy location requirements within the timeframe proposed by the FCC in its draft rule on indoor 911 accuracy for wireless calls, according to True Position, which... read more

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ABI Research: Third Generation of LBS to Capitalize on Location-Based Advertising

June 23, 2014By

The LBS market continues to grow strongly and with the arrival of always-on ubiquitous location, ABI Research believes that the market is ready to truly support location based advertising efforts. In Western Markets, a third generation of location-based services is now underway. It has forecast retail/shopping, ambient intelligence, hyperlocal social and personal asset tracking/BLE beacon applications to emerge as the... read more