New positioning technology

GloPos Confirms Indoor Positioning Accuracy of 7.7 to 12.5 Meters in Independent Tests press release tells about a new positioning technology. GloPos, the developer of a software-only positioning technology that makes all mobile phones location aware,  has confirmed an indoor positioning accuracy of 7.7 to 12.5 meters in an independent test of its software conducted by VTT, The Technical Research Center of Finland (very trustworthy test laboratory in Finland). The technology is promised to work outdoors, indoors, and even underground using only a cellular network (no GPS or W-LAN needed). Testing of the outdoor, indoor and underground accuracy of GloPos software was conducted by VTT at the Helsinki City Center on May 20, 2010. The GloPos application ran on a standard GSM-only mobile phone and used only a cellular network to make phone location aware. Sounds interesting.

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Accurate positioning on cellular phones is now new. Many phones have nowadays GPS in them and there have been also many postioning technologies that use cellular network (some run phone, some on the operator side). Anyways the modern digital cellular network always has to know at some accuracy the position of the cellular phone to work well. There has been software only solutions for the cellular phone end, for example Google Maps mobile application can locate you at accuracy of few hundred meters to one kilometer accuracy. Geolocation API allows HTML5/Javascript applications to get to know your location.

The current positioning technology can be used for many things, for good and bad. IPhone and iPad Lost in the Trash, Found With MobileMe article tells how the location functionality helped to find lost iPhone and iPad.

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