Sunday, June 19, 2005

Skyhook Offers Wi-Fi Location Tracking

Skyhook Solutions, a start-up based in Boston, introduced a system to provide a precise latitude and longitude reading throughout major metro areas across the U.S. using Wi-Fi signals. Skyhook has assembled a database of over 1.5 million public and private access points in the top 25 U.S. cities. A client application uses this database to determine its location to within 20-40 meters in under a second based on signal fingerprints. The database is continually self-updated and optimized by users.

CyberAngel Security Solutions and Skyhook are introducing are using this system for tracking stolen notebooks and PDAs. A stealth applications said out a location-based notice to a security service if the unit is reported missing or if the user fails start-up the unit correctly.

In addition to cyber-tracking of stolen notebooks and PDAs, Skyhook envisions future location-based services, including mobile commerce, tracking, public safety, etc.

Skyhook maps of New York City and Santa Monica, California show the high density of identified Wi-Fi access points in these cities.

Wi-Fi APs in NYC --

Wi-Fi APs in Santa Monica, California --

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