Location-based services just might be the buzzword of the hour, and as
mobile communications grow, we think this will become more and more the
rule rather than the exception. Location-based apps aren't uncommon to
find these days; in fact, we'd say most social networking apps are
already location-enabled, and more and more apps are picking up on the
trend. While privacy is obviously an issue, those who "opt-in" stand to
gain a whole new level of functionality by allowing an app to know their
Now, both Skyhook
and Intel are teaming up to enable location services
on more mobile devices. These two are huge names, and Skyhook has been a
leading in positioning for some time now. Intel has actually licensed
Skyhook's location system and plans to distribute it through the AppUp
center so it's available on a wide variety of Intel-based devices.
Sounds like a smooth move to us, and the more the merrier. Skyhook’s
Core Engine hybrid location platform is what's being licensed, which
determines precise device location quickly and accurately by
synthesizing data from Wi-Fi access points, GPS
satellites and cell
towers using advanced hybrid positioning algorithms.
Intel will enable Skyhook’s software to deliver advanced positioning
capabilities for app developers creating applications for Windows and
MeeGo-based devices. It remains to seen what happens next, and honestly,
that's mostly in the hands of developers. We're hoping that people put
some serious thought into it and develop great location-aware apps in
response, but AppUp definitely has a long road to pass before it's an
established place such as the App Store. Having Skyhook technology ain't
a bad way to lure people in, though!
Skyhook Announces Agreement with Intel to Enable Location Services on Mobile Devices
Intel® has licensed Skyhook’s location system and will distribute it through Intel AppUpSM center to make it available on a wide variety of Intel® architecture-based devices
Barcelona, Spain - February 15, 2011 – Today at Mobile World Congress 2011 Skyhook, the world leader in location positioning, context and intelligence, announced a license and distribution agreement with Intel to make Skyhook’s Core Engine hybrid location platform available to the Intel AppUpSM center through the Intel AppUp developer program.
Skyhook's software-only location system determines precise device location quickly and accurately by synthesizing data from Wi-Fi access points, GPS satellites and cell towers using advanced hybrid positioning algorithms. Intel will enable Skyhook’s software to deliver advanced positioning capabilities for app developers creating applications for Windows and MeeGo-based devices.
“Intel has shown great leadership in driving the growth of mobile computing and we’re excited to play a part in helping them to continue their efforts,” said Michael Shean, founder and senior vice president, business development, Skyhook. “Intel AppUp center is becoming a big part of the rapidly growing consumer app market and we’re looking forward to working with Intel to enable location-based capabilities on a broad range of Intel-based platforms.”
“Fast, reliable and accurate location positioning has become a required capability for mobile devices, applications and services,” said Christos Georgiopoulos, general manager, Developer Relations Division, Software and Services Group, Intel Corporation. “Adding location-based capabilities to the Intel AppUp developer program provides our developer community with the opportunity to offer consumers exciting applications through the Intel AppUp center.”
About Skyhook Wireless
Skyhook is the worldwide leader in location positioning, context and intelligence. In 2003, Skyhook pioneered the development of the Wi-Fi Positioning System to provide precise and reliable location results in urban areas. Today, Skyhook's Core Engine provides positioning to tens of millions of consumer mobile devices and applications. For more information visit www.skyhookwireless.com.