QUALCOMM Incorporated said the adoption of its gpsOne position-location technology is accelerating globally, with more than 150 million handsets featuring the gpsOne solution shipped and more than 250 different handset models from more than 40 manufacturers commercially available. Location-based services leveraging the accurate and ubiquitous positioning capabilities of gpsOne technology have already been deployed and widely adopted in many major markets around the world. Most recently, four major operators -- two operating WCDMA (UMTS) networks in Japan and two operating CDMA2000 networks in the United States, have launched or plan to launch consumer and enterprise location-based services (LBS) featuring gpsOne-enabled handsets.
"These launches by major operators represent an unprecedented acceleration in the LBS market, and are the result of a unique collaboration among operators and handset manufacturers, application developers, system integrators and QUALCOMM," said Rob Rovetta, senior director of product management for QUALCOMM CDMA Technologies. "Our business approach of working closely with the entire LBS supply chain, in addition to our industry-leading performance, tightly integrated applications offerings and end-to-end product solution, has enabled us to further extend our leadership position in wireless location technology."
The gpsOne solution provides the performance and solution flexibility to support a wide variety of consumer and enterprise location-based -- and location-enhanced -- services, as well as emergency services for the North American E911 emergency mandate. The gpsOne solution was first deployed in 2000.
The gpsOne solution uses assisted-GPS technology (A-GPS) that is integrated into most of QUALCOMM's complete Mobile Station Modem (MSM) baseband solutions, offering cost, footprint and power-efficiency benefits for mobile handsets and enabling seamless interoperability with multimedia features from the Launchpad suite of multimedia capabilities. The gpsOne solution offers sensitivity of up to -160 dBm that enables performance indoors and in other areas where traditional GPS solutions are not effective. gpsOne also operates in standalone-GPS mode to ensure that GPS position information is available to handset LBS applications even when the handset is outside wireless coverage.