Skyhook Wireless' Wi-Fi Positioning System (WPS) software produces accurate location information by detecting Wi-Fi access points and comparing them against a known database of geolocated points. Unlike GPS or cell tower systems, the WPS is not susceptible to reception issues in indoor and urban environments. WPS is designed for the millions of laptop, PDA and Smartphone users that have Wi-Fi capabilities.
NAVTEQ and Skyhook Wireless recently collaborated on the development of iRiver W10 (see our article here), the first media player to combine WPS technology with NAVTEQ Discover Cities(TM) pedestrian guide. The iriver W10, unveiled at CES earlier this year, provides mobile consumers in urban environments with detailed information about their location and the sights and amenities around them. The NAVTEQ and Skyhook Wireless agreement allows for customers to select a single source for map data and software-based positioning.
This agreement follows another one signed between SiRF and Skyhook wireless recently. Furthermore, two weeks ago Skyhook Wireless also announced that it is powering the next-generation location-based plug-in for users of AOL’s AIM service, The Wi-Fi-based AIM Location plug-in, allows desktop AIM users to set and share their current or future location with AIM buddies using Skyhook’s Wi-Fi Positioning System™ (WPS).
WiFi positioning is definitely becoming a hot topic in the industry.