Skyhook Wireless Maps its 100 millionth Wi-Fi Access Point
Location Network Now Covers over 500 Million People in 32 Countries
BOSTON, MA - February 16, 2009 Skyhook Wireless, provider of WPS and the hybrid location system XPS, today announced that its network now includes the location of over 100 million Wi-Fi access points resulting in an unmatched breadth of consistent worldwide coverage. This unprecedented milestone for the innovative Skyhook system now also includes over 400,000 cell tower locations worldwide. Skyhook's core technology allows developers, operators and device makers to provide users with content and applications relevant to their current location.
Skyhook's comprehensive system built on top of this massive reference data delivers the needed accuracy and reliability to support over 1,000 location based applications across its customer base of 50 million devices. The combination of a large number of applications running on millions of devices is now generating over 100 million location requests a day with 15 billion location requests during 2008.
"No location system ever has encompassed this amount of reference data and supported this high volume of usage," said Skyhook CEO Ted Morgan. "LBS has arrived and consumers can't seem to get enough of it."
Mobile application developers are using location for much more than the simple navigation applications that proliferated just a few years ago. AroundMe from Tweakersoft uses exact location to display nearby stores and services. RunKeeper is a fitness application that tracks runners pace and progress as they run. AirMe geotags photos and shares them with social networking and photosharing sites.
"Building our apps around Skyhook location means we can guarantee a better and more consistent user experience," said Mick Johnson, CEO of Jamcode, developers of GasBag. "Skyhook is the pioneer in Wi-Fi based positioning information, which is a growth driver for LBS applications," said Dr. Egil Juliussen, Principal Analyst and Fellow, iSuppli. "Wi-Fi based positioning will augment GPS on consumer mobile devices where it is needed the most--in urban areas where GPS is often blocked."
About Skyhook Wireless
Founded in 2003, Skyhook Wireless has pioneered the development of the first patented, hybrid positioning system to fully leverage Wi-Fi, GPS and cell towers delivering precise location data supporting the growing market for location-based services. Skyhook's patented positioning system XPS requires no new hardware, works indoors and outdoors, provides an instant location and is more accurate than current technologies in congested downtown areas. Skyhook Wireless is headquartered in Boston, MA, and is privately held. Investors include RRE Ventures, Bain Capital Ventures, Intel Capital and CommonAngels. For more information visit www.skyhookwireless.com, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-314-9802.