A-GPS on SIM technology now offers accurate search, mapping and navigation to the mass market
London, UK and Sophia Antipolis, France – March 18, 2010 – Telmap, the global leader in mobile location solutions and BlueSky Positioning, a pioneer of A-GPS for the SIM card industry, jointly announced today a cooperation to bring for the first time ever, real-time search, mapping and navigation to mobile phones, with A-GPS SIM. This cooperation showcases the ability of BlueSky Positioning’s A-GPS technology to incorporate navigation onto mobile phones which lack integral GPS capabilities.
BlueSky Positioning’s A-GPS technology, embedded into a phone’s SIM card, together with Telmap’s search, mapping and navigation solution enable effortless on-the-go experience, including excellent in-car navigation sessions with 3D moving maps, multi-lingual turn-by-turn directions with street names using text-to-speech, as well as traffic and speed camera information (where available). Telmap’s solution also includes unique pedestrian navigation, guiding users through pedestrian-only areas such as parks, squares, passages, and stairs, tracking user’s progress as they walk. The Telmap – BlueSky Positioning cooperation allows smart and mid-range phone users to access real-time location information without the need to invest in location-aware hardware. The full, comprehensive set of LBS features provided by Telmap’s Location Companion works seamlessly with BlueSky Positioning’s A-GPS location technology to provide accurate, instant location data and information.
Ronen Soffer, CTO at Telmap, commented, “In utilizing BlueSky’s innovation, Telmap can introduce its LBS and Navigation solution to a larger addressable market, which now includes new consumer segments and a multitude of mid-range mobile phones. This helps further realizing Telmap’s strategy of mass market reach for its services, while boosting Operators’ business case as well as control over distribution and customer ownership of such services.”
Velipekka Kuoppala, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at BlueSky Positioning, added, “The collaboration with market leader Telmap strengthens the confidence in our A-GPS technology for SIM cards, and proves that GPS is not only suitable for high-end phones, but can be made available to all consumer segments with both basic and enhanced phones. Most importantly, this SIM centric solution gives value chain control to mobile operators and opens up wider opportunities for their marketing teams to create location based services.”