"The ability for a single technology provider to supply GPS and Wi-Fi silicon, hybrid location functionality, extensive SUPL services and LTO is a powerful advantage that will enable the next generation of location based services", said Dominique Bonte, Telematics and Navigation Research Director from ABI Research.
Broadcom's LBS infrastructure (born from the acquisition of Global Locate in June 2007) began with a Worldwide Reference Network (WWRN) of receiving stations, which sees all satellite of the GPS constellation at any time. In 2002, based on this network, Broadcom started to commercialize AGPS server which provide GPS orbit data valid for up to 4 hours to devices by wireless network connection. Since then, Broadcom has expanded its LBS portfolio to include LTO (seven days GPS orbit data predictions) and Secure User Plane Location (SUPL) protocols. According to Broadcom its LBS services business currently supports over 20 million active customers in over 170 countries and has provided over one billion extended ephemeris, or Long Term Orbits (LTO) downloads to date.
This agreement is another significant milestone for Skyhook Wireless which has now partnered with some key silicon vendors (SiRF, CSR, Broadcom) in the GPS industry. These partnerships enable mobile devices manufacturers to source all their location capabilities - including Wi-Fi positioning – in one single place. Additionally these partnerships provide a tighter integration between various positioning technologies, software and silicon.