What's the benefit of having any mobile device that can
work on any carrier network? Would it be ideal to have access to a
location server in an agnostic way?
PositionOne from Spime is a Secure User
Plane Location (SUPL)-compliant
middleware solution that resides on the phone device. The technology
acts as a gatekeeper between the GPS chip and the LBS application as
well as accelerating the time to fix with its A-GPS capability. Spime
supplies this middleware to GPS chip manufacturers and integrates it
with different handsets. Spime expects its solution to be shipped in
all mobile phones equipped with GPS chips from leading GPS chip
SUPL allows for higher security and authentication on the device and
therefore handles personal and private information in a secure manner
and protects the privacy of the user of the located device. As such,
the LBS application developer does not have to worry about the
authentication process. SUPL also simplifies service roaming by
allowing the location information exchange of roaming subscribers.
Here's an example of how Spime's technology would
work.TeleCommunication Systems and TruePosition are companies that have
SUPL location platforms that provide the location of a cellular phone
when requested by an LBS application. For example, Cellular Carrier "A"
might have a different location server provider from Carrier B. If you
have a mobile device that is SUPL compliant, it won't matter which
carrier is supplying the mobile handset as it will work with any
To the GPS chip manufacturers, there is high value in this application
as the handset manufacturers would be more likely to choose the chip
that is SUPL enabled. PositionOne is tested to be compliant with
leading SUPL location platforms. Kris Kolodziej, CTO and one of Spime's
founding members, said that "SUPL and PositionOne will enable next
generation of LBS services."