Qualcomm hopes to make mobile phones just as adept at pinpointing your location within a building as they are at tracking your presence on city streets. The company announced on Thursday an ambitious plan to extend indoor positioning capabilities to all future handsets and Wi-Fi networks powered by its chips using a combination of GPS, Wi-Fi and cellular triangulation technologies as well as sensor data and cloud-based assistance servers.
Qualcomm already has quite a bit of history in the location field. A decade ago it launched the GPSOne program with the aim of putting assisted-GPS chips in almost every Qualcomm-powered phone in order to meet government emergency location requirements. Qualcomm estimates that its location engine has been integrated into more than 1 billion phones and devices.