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No More Where’s Waldo with Qualcomm

Qualcomm is building indoor positioning into its IZAT platform in hopes of making indoor location-based services just as common as outdoor services. The upgrades are going into its current generation of smartphone chipsets, but Qualcomm is working with Cisco on a network-based platform as well.

Like other indoor location providers, Qualcomm is making heavy use of Wi-Fi signals to determine location within a building, but it’s also utilizing cellular and GPS signals when available and further refining positioning data by using the gyroscope, accelerometer and compass sensors in the device. By tapping into all of those tools, Presutti said Qualcomm can determine location within three to five meters.

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