CA-based Gravitate has signed a strategic alliance agreement with Cambridge Positioning Systems Limited (CPS) of Cambridge, UK to accelerate the deployment of its ‘Gravitate’ wireless Internet platform in Europe.
Under the terms of the new alliance, CPS will work with Gravitate to connect the Gravitate Platform to CPS’ Cursor System. The solution will then be deployed in Cambridge so that application and content providers can create location-based services (LBS) to demonstrate to GSM network operators.
CPS is a developer of mobile-device locating technologies based on the Enhanced Observed Time Difference (E-OTD) standard used for Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) networks. GSM is the most widely standard deployed around the world, covering nearly 70 percent of wireless access.
CPS’s Cursor technology has the ability to make a highly accurate determination of mobile device location – to 50 meters – and it was recently licensed by Ericsson for inclusion in the Ericsson Mobile Positioning System.
Among the distinguishing features of the Gravitate Platform is its CLoUDS Spatial Index technology, which enables the real-time management (update, access and query) of the location information of millions of wireless device subscribers. CLoUDS enables the development of applications such as mobile-user-to-mobile user (instant messaging, matchmaking, mobile gaming, as a function of users’ proximity) and static-user-to-mobile-user (location-based advertising and commerce) Location Precise services.
‘The Gravitate Platform is ideally suited to deliver location-based services that exploit our highly-accurate Cursor System,’ said John Barber, chief commercial officer for CPS. ‘With the roll out of E-OTD location systems starting this year in the US, we look forward to rapid growth in the market for location services around the world.’