Qualcomm & Cisco Team for WiFi Location

Qualcomm today announced that it is collaborating with Cisco to accelerate indoor location services for public and private venues. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 chipset, will include Cisco firmware that will enable the chipset to talk to wireless LANs equipped with Cisco’s new Mobility Services Engine software.

The combination of the Qualcomm IZat indoor location services platform and the Cisco “Connected Mobile Experience” solution improves indoor location accuracy and enables service discovery and context awareness, say the companies.

The Qualcomm IZat platform supports WiFi positioning with cloud-based servers and a global database of WLAN access point locations.

The company said it can achieve more precise positioning inside buildings (within 3-5 meters), without depending on cellular triangulation. Many connected consumers used location-based apps. However, the majority don’t work indoors, where satellite systems are unable to penetrate.

Together, Qualcomm Atheros and Cisco are focused on delivering more precise indoor location capabilities and ensuring interoperability.

“Working with Cisco to build an ecosystem of interoperable positioning technologies, we are creating new opportunities for mobile OEMs, operators and venues to roll out location-based services that deliver relevant and timely information to the customers they serve,” said Cormac Conroy, vice president, location products and technology, Qualcomm Atheros.

Smartphones based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor can detect when it is near a Wi-Fi network powered by a Mobile Services Engine and pop-up relevant information.

The Snapdragon SDK for Android includes tools and APIs that provide unique location capabilities, and simplify the development of, indoor location-based apps for Snapdragon devices.

Cisco provides the Wi-Fi Passpoint solution (using HotSpot 2.0) to integrate indoor location and real-time analytics.

HotSpot 2.0 allows carriers to seamlessly handoff connectivity from a cellular carrier to unlicensed WiFi, without the need for authentication, by using a subscriber’s SIM card.

Meridian by comparison, works on both iOS & Android devices – and doesn’t require Hotspot 2.0 technologies or a Qualcomm processor. Meridian provides turn-by-turn directions and information in several large venues, including the Venetian hotel in Las Vegas, the Metropolitan Transit Authority in New York City, the American Museum of Natural History, the Portland International Airport and Powell’s City of Books.

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