CSR, and Skyhook Wireless maker of the Wi-Fi Positioning System and XPS 2.0, the hybrid positioning system, announced a partnership that will bring advanced location capabilities to CSR’s Wi-Fi silicon.
Skyhook Wireless’ core technology, the Wi-Fi Positioning System (WPS), is software that produces accurate location information by detecting Wi-Fi access points and comparing them against a known database of geo-located points. By combining CSR’s UniFi, embedded Wi-Fi chips, and GPS location solutions with Skyhook’s positioning capabilities, this partnership will enable device makers to more easily support and launch location based services that satisfy consumer location needs.
The technology provided by CSR and Skyhook will capitalize on the emergence of Wi-Fi enabled mobile devices and provide greatly enhanced positioning availability and accuracy for the growing location-based services market. This technology will enable device makers and application developers to provide consumer-ready location technology that works quickly and accurately, indoors or outside. The system will benefit consumers by enabling them to more quickly and reliably perform tasks such as planning a trip, finding friends nearby or locating the closest restaurant.