Madrid-based Gowex, which offers free municipal Wi-Fi service in some 80 cities worldwide, launched what it is calling a new social Wi-Fi network in New York City, which the company hopes will lead to more partnerships with mobile and fixed broadband providers.
Indoor positioning based upon LED visble light spectrum gained a vote of confidence as ByteLight closed a $3 million Series A round of funding contributed by institutional and individual investors.
As concerns grow regarding the capabilities and potential uses, or misuses, of positioning technologies, a U.S. lawmaker has rolled out a voluntary code of conduct designed to ensure consumers can opt-out of having retailers track their movements via their cell phones.
Accurate positioning indoors and across dense urban environments is the ultimate heart's desire for any location-based services company, and a new antenna design undergoing U.S. Air Force testing appears to hold promise for providing more reliable tracking in areas, including the inside of buildings, where GPS signals are less reliable.
The expanding vision for location-based services is driving the need for solutions that enable mobile operators and device manufacturers to test location features on devices in real-world conditions. To that end, Spirent Communications has added what it describes as carrier-approved Assisted Global Navigation Satellite System record-and-playback capabilities to its Hybrid Location Technology Solution.
The wireless industry is seemingly full ideas for the next "billion-dollar opportunity." Think of the Internet of Things, mobile wallets and payments, cloud computing and so forth. One of the most appealing has been the connected car. It's still a fairly hazy concept but I think it's a market that is bound to take off.
In a terse announcement, Wi-Fi services provider Ruckus Wireless disclosed that it acquired privately held indoor-positioning company YFind Technologies. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Highlighting the growing excitement surrounding technologies for positioning people and assets inside of buildings, Wi-Fi gear provider Aruba Networks has acquired indoor-location system developer Meridian Apps.
IndoorAtlas, a Finland-based indoor location and positioning technology startup, snagged a seed-round investment of about $640,000 from Dallas-based Mobility Ventures to help develop its vision of using magnetic anomalies inside buildings and smartphones to accurately pinpoint positions.
Apple forked over a reported $20 million to acquire WifiSLAM, a two-year-old startup whose mobile apps use Wi-Fi signals to locate smartphones inside of buildings.