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Wi-Fi positioning where GPS doesn’t work

Ruckus Wireless has unveiled the Ruckus Smart Positioning Technology (SPoT) service. This cloud-based service gives carriers, service providers and enterprises the ability to deliver location-based services using Wi-Fi in locations where GPS is not effective. By knowing where clients are located, companies are able to help them get wherever they need to go.

TeleCommunication Systems launches DopplerNav

TeleCommunication Systems, Inc has introduced Gokivo(R) 2.0 navigation solution. It leverages TCS’ current marketleading LBS technologies to deliver an enhanced smartphone user experience that incorporates unique technology solutions. It offers navigation experience with innovative enhancements for all smartphone users. Animated DopplerNav(TM) weather overlay displays real-time weather conditions on the map.

Geotrigger service for mobile developers

Esri cloud-based Geotrigger Service is easier for developers to add location awareness and messaging to their iPhone and Android apps. With the Geotrigger Software Development Kit (SDK), mobile apps can send custom messages when a user enters or leaves locations specified by the application developer. It expands on the native geofencing features available within iOS and Android, including the ability to create complex polygon geofences and notify other servers or services when triggers are fired.

Trusted Positioning launches Enhanced Indoor Location Software

Trusted Positioning has launched T-PN ME, the first navigation software to use motion sensor data from multiple mobile/wearable devices to more accurately locate a person indoors. The software collects movement information from the user’s phone, tablet, watch, wearable or glasses simultaneously to better position how a person is walking or driving when GPS is unavailable in places such as shopping centers, airports or urban centres.

Indoor GPS Market Revenue to Top $3.5 Million by 2018

Frost & Sullivan’s new analysis, Breakthrough Innovations in Indoor GPS, expects the indoor GPS market to reach more than $3.5 million in revenue by 2018. The most common tools used for indoor positioning include various types of sensors and communication networks, such as Bluetooth and Wifi. However, these approaches lack the level of accuracy end users expect.

There is also a need to create a standard technology for indoor GPS solutions as solution providers are currently using technologies designed for other purposes, such as communication and illumination. Technology convergence and collaboration with standardization bodies is crucial to address this requirement.

Secretive Boeing Black smartphone appears on FCC website

Boeing, which said nearly two years ago it was developing a super-secure Android smartphone, apparently is getting ready to release it. In a Feb. 24 filing with the Federal Communications Commission, the company said what it called the Boeing Company Black Smartphone has undergone testing to meet FCC standards.

Boeing is keeping most details about the phone secret, but the dual-SIM smartphone will use micro-SIM cards and will support GSM, WCDMA, and LTE. And although the company had said it was working on a Android phone, the FCC filing makes no mention of the operating system.

Microsoft and Foursquare sign $15 Million Deal

Microsoft HAS announced that it has made a four year deal with Foursquare, the location based social networking app. Microsoft will invest $15 million as a part of a licensing procedure after which the tech giant will be able to mesh the colossal location-based service’s data into Microsoft’s web and mobile platforms. When tech giants make such big investments, there is a high chance that they are going to launch some product in which there will a use of the related product and the experts predict that Microsoft is working on its next flagship of mobile or Xbox in which its aiming to mesh the best location based built in services like never before.

Radio-Tagged Bees Take Tasmania by Swarm

In a world first, a swarm of 5000 bees with tiny radio tags attached to them are being released in Tasmania. For the unusual project, CSIRO scientists have teamed up with researchers at the University of Tasmania, as well as beekeepers and farmers.

“Each bee has a different tag, so we are able to track the information about their movements,” says study leader, Dr Paulo de Souza at CSIRO Computational Informatics. The radio frequency identification sensors (RFID) – which work in a similar way to the e-tags used by drivers on toll roads – will reveal when bees pass checkpoints at feeding sites and hive entrances.

LocationSmart launches U.S. Cellular Mobile Location Services

LocationSmart has announced support for U.S. Cellular, one of the largest wireless telecommunications networks in the US, to extend location information services to U.S. Cellular customers through LocationSmarts cloud-based platform. This partnership with U.S. Cellular expands the reach of LocationSmarts customer applications and enterprise solutions, providing immediate opportunities for additional locationbased services revenues. The platform provides enterprises access to over 95% of mobile subscribers nationwide. This launch makes U.S. Cellular immediately locatable for existing LocationSmart customers simply by obtaining the consent of the user.

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