Skyfire co-founder and CEO, Nitin Bhandari, shows off the 1.0 Skyfire mobile browser. Skyfire is a free browser that runs on WindowsMobile and Nokia/Symbian smart phone devices.
Jean-Yves Courtois, Chairman and CEO of the Orolia Group, said “For many years, we have been providing our customers with systems to deliver and control the time and frequency information required by their vital applications, at any time and under any circumstances. In today’s world where traceability is critical and expansion of geolocation services is prolific, it appeared natural to strengthen our product portfolio with solutions that allow our customers to track in real time and in any environment the position of their key assets. Thus, we have decided to extend our “Timing” expertise to the global Positioning, Navigation, Timing (PNT) segment that is closely linked to Global Navigation Satellite Systems where Orolia is already a renowned player”.
Courtois also added, “Given the formative stage of markets for time and location applications and our focus on high-end, niche markets, we believe the ‘Search & Rescue’ sector is a particularly attractive area to advance this mission. The acquisition of Kannad, which has both a strong brand and business in this field, is for us a great opportunity to enter this market in a favorable position and expand new business as the PNT market structure solidifies”.
While Personal Location Beacons have been historically using wireless signal triangulation for determining the location of the distress message, the most recent generation of PLBs - such as the Kannad 406 XS-3 GPS - has integrated GPS technology to accurately pinpoint the person to be rescued. Moving forward GPS integration is likely to become a standard feature in location beacons.
“Apple users want simplicity and an effortless user experience, so it’s not surprising that a significant number of our users are on Macs,” said Jef Holove, CEO of Eye-Fi. “The Eye-Fi Geo is the perfect companion for iPhoto’s new ‘Places’ application to pinpoint photos on a digital map so memories are displayed in a richer, more meaningful way.”
How does it work?
The geotagging is made through post processing Wi-Fi signals where the picture was taken using Skyhook Wireless technology. As a consequence in order to be geotagged pictures need to be taken in places where there is a Wi-Fi signal which has been mapped by Skyhook Wireless. Unlike a GPS solution, pictures taken outside an urban environment are likely to have no geotag.
Eye-Fi Explore, the previous geotagging card from Eye-Fi, was launched in May 2008 for $129 (read more here).