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IZat location platform enables indoor positioning

19 Nov 2012

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Qualcomm Technologies Inc. has revealed that its networking and connectivity subsidiary, Qualcomm Atheros, has extended the Qualcomm IZat location platform with enhancements that claim to bring precise indoor positioning capabilities to various mobile phones, tablets and network infrastructure. According to the company, the IZat indoor location solutions will enable compelling consumer experiences in public places and help open revenue streams in the retail, travel, entertainment and hospitality industries.

The indoor positioning capabilities enhance the end-to-end IZat location platform designed to deliver ubiquitous, always-on location, indicated Qualcomm. The platform is based on Qualcomm's broad technology portfolio including cellular, global navigation satellite system (GNSS), WiFi, sensor and cloud-based assistance solutions.

The enhanced IZat location platform enables more precise positioning (within 3-5m) inside buildings to ensure an optimal consumer experience. The Qualcomm IZat Indoor Positioning Software debuted on the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processors including the MSM8960 Pro and APQ8064 coupled with the MDM9x15. IZat indoor solutions claim to provide up to 10 times greater accuracy in both open and closed environments over existing platforms. Additionally, the Snapdragon SDK for Android now includes tools and APIs that provide unique location capabilities for, and simplify the development of, indoor location-based apps for Snapdragon devices.

The IZat location platform includes infrastructure technologies that enable WiFi networking customers to deliver location-aware networks. Qualcomm Atheros' latest 802.11ac and 802.11n access point solutions feature advanced WiFi-based positioning calculations to pinpoint locations with greater accuracy.

Indoor positioning systems require multiple network and mobile technologies, maps, applications and middleware working together. Qualcomm Atheros is collaborating with industry leaders to streamline the way location data is shared across elements of the ecosystem, and to accelerate the deployment of indoor location systems and services that deliver value to businesses and consumers.

The Qualcomm IZat indoor location platform is now available.

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