UK based start-up BlueSky Positioning developed a SIM card with GPS receiver inside.
The BlueSky Positioning GPS SIM card would enable carriers to update their user’s phones to comply with the E-112 emergency services in Europe or the E-911 legislation in the US without upgrading the handsets.
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BlueSky Positioning has developed patent-pending technology and processes to embed Assisted Global Positioning System (A-GPS) capability in the SIM card (USIM in the case of 3G handsets), with minimal impact on signal strength and battery life.
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BlueSky Positioning’s A-GPS SIM uses an assistance data server in the mobile network to reduce the location identification time (Time To First Fix) and increase accuracy, particularly within buildings and densely populated areas. By embedding this accurate location capability in the end-user (U)SIM, SIM card manufacturers can enable swift and effective rollout and compliance – and faster emergency response times.
The GPS SIM card can also be used for other location based services, not just for emergency management. This product could be a huge success, if the company can offer the GPS SIM cards at an attractive price to carriers. GPS chips inside even new phones are still not the standard. To roll-out GPS functionality via SIM is a great way to get the functionality on all phones out there currently in use.
About BlueSky Positioning
BlueSky Positioning Ltd (UK) was founded in 2005 to develop and market new generation accurate and reliable positioning technology and services specifically designed for GSM and 3G mobile phones. BlueSky Positioning has a research and development facility in Sophia Antipolis, South of France. More about BlueSky Positioning can be found on their site, Via Tech.co.uk.