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Nokia signs up Samsung, Sony and Qualcomm for In-Location indoor positioning alliance, coming to handsets next year

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Nokia signs up Samsung, Sony and Qualcomm for In-Location indoor positioning alliance, coming to handsets next year
Nokia signs up Samsung, Sony and Qualcomm for In-Location indoor positioning alliance, coming to handsets next year
Remember the indoor navigation feature of Google Maps, which helps you find the snack stand at the airport, or the nearest bathroom in Mall of America? Well, Nokia has had an indoor navigation project of its own after the NAVTEQ and its Destination Maps acquisition, wanted to create an industry standard out of it, and is now leveraging that idea big time.

Late last year the Finns said they have reached out to more than 30 service providers and chip makers in the hope to merge this with Wi-Fi networks, and include Location Extension protocol in BT 4.0. The company hoped this body would be able to come up with a common standard for indoor triangulation and mapping in 18 months or so. 

Well, the pooling of service providers has arrived sooner that that, as the Accurate Mobile Indoor Positioning Industry Alliance, called In-Location, has been announced today with 22 big name companies, Samsung, Sony and Qualcomm among them. Patrick Connolly from ABI Research commented on the venture:
The first pilots will start this year, with the technology seeing commercial implementation in mobile devices as soon as next year. We can't wait, and we hope they map the mall parking lots too, as we can't really be bothered remembering the levels with a supersized meal inside us.

+- Press Release
source: Nokia

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