Mexens Technology (Navizon) receives patent for GPS/Wireless positioning

Mexens Technology (Navizon) receives patent for GPS/Wireless positioning
Mexens Technology, the maker of the Navizon software, yesterday announced that it has received a patent from the US Patent and Trademark Office for its "System and Method for Enabling Continuous Geographic Location Estimation for Wireless Computing Devices" (US Patent No. 7397424). The patent consists of a system combining GPS and Wireless signals (Wi-Fi and/or cellular) to determine a position. When GPS signal is not available then the system uses Wi-Fi or cellular triangulation.

Mexens Technology was founded in early 2005 and released Navizon, its positioning system combining GPS, Wifi and Cellular technologies, in July of 2005. Navizon relies on a collaborative database assembled by its global community of users. As of July 2008 Navizon has been downloaded by more than 700,000 users worldwide, said Mexens Technology.

Cyril Houri, CEO at Mexens Technology wrote us in an email today: “Regarding the business strategy with this patent, I think it is a little premature to talk about this […] We got our patent yesterday. What I can tell you right now is that we are “extremely” excited by the territory covered by this patent”.

At first sight it is likely that this patent covers some of the techniques used by Skyhook Wireless or Spotigo in their Wi-Fi positioning systems. However, Skyhook recently launched a new version of its hybrid positioning system that is going beyond using Wi-Fi/cell-id as a fallback technology but can combine together raw GPS, cellular and Wi-Fi signals to improve accuracy.

The text of the Patent can be found here

Wednesday, July 9th 2008

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