2007 May 31

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Editor's Introduction

This week I report on the continuing expansion of Skyhook Wireless, which leverages WiFi broadcasts for positioning. Plus, a dozen press releases.

Matteo Luccio

WiFi Positioning Continues To Expand

Skyhook Wireless, whose software-only WiFi positioning system (WPS) derives location from wireless Internet access points, is continuing its expansion—in geographic coverage, supported platforms, and agreements with hardware manufacturers and wireless carriers—and has revamped Loki, its free, location-based Internet toolbar.

According to Jed Rice, its VP for Market Development, the company has now driven 1.1 million miles of U.S. streets, mapping WiFi access points in 2,500 U.S. cities and towns, home to 70 percent of the country's population, and has reached the point of diminishing returns. To correct and refresh its data, Skyhook compares the field data in each query with that in its database—constantly deleting routers that are no longer in operation and adding new ones that have begun broadcasting. It also is experimenting with the use of data from commercial fleets.

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News Briefs

Please note: I have neither edited nor verified the content of these press releases.


    1. Timmons Group Awarded Fairfax County, Virginia GIS Contract

    2. InMaps Develops Critical Database Link to Keep UGI Automation on Track

    3. Gaz Métro Successfully Goes Live with Location Based Services

    4. Lee Valley Regional Park Authority selects Cadcorp SIS as its new corporate GIS

    5. Leading Canadian Communication Companies Enhance Mission-Critical Activities through Location Intelligence

    6. WindSpring Announces OEM Agreement With Alpine Electronics, Inc.


    1. Intergraph Integrates with Leading Interactive Mapping Services

    2. Leica Geosystems Geospatial Imaging Announces Leica TITAN Beta Release and Launch of Leica TITAN Network

    3. Topcon adds Coast Guard beacon receiver to GMS-2

    4. ESRI Press Releases New Edition of Classic Book, Cartographic Relief Presentation

    5. Delorme Continues To Expand GPS Market, With New $69.95 Price On Earthmate GPS For Laptops


    1. AAG Plans Geographic Conference in Boston; Meeting Dates Set for April 15 to 19, 2008

  4. OTHER

    1. Court Confirms Public Records Law

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