World News: iPhone and iPod touch feature Skyhook Wireless technology

World News: iPhone and iPod touch feature Skyhook Wireless technology

Apple is using Skyhook Wireless’s technology for the new Wi-Fi location positioning feature in its Maps application on both iPhone and iPod touch.

Using the Wi-Fi Positioning System (WPS), iPhone and iPod touch users can now locate themselves in the Maps application with the tap of one button.

By mapping known Wi-Fi signals throughout entire metropolitan areas, Skyhook has built a database of more than 23 million Wi-Fi access points with their locations. The patented technology behind WPS leverages that database to provide location information. Skyhook's software-only system offers high accuracy indoors and the ability to make location more precise for users.

Skyhook's location coverage today includes 70% of the US and Canadian populations, the top metropolitan areas of Europe and expanding coverage in Asia.

Location is one of the most desired features on mobile devices, and ABI Research projects that almost 250 million consumer electronics devices and more than 360 million handsets with Wi-Fi will be sold annually by 2011.


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