Navizon today announced that the company has signed a licensing agreement with Microsoft Corp., under which Microsoft will use Navizonâ€™s global WIFI location database to provide an enhanced experience to its mobile users.
"This agreement with Microsoft validates the power of Navizon’s crowd-sourcing technology," said Cyril Houri, founder and CEO of Navizon, Inc. â€œWe are excited to see Microsoft join our fast-growing list of customers who have chosen Navizon for geo-positioningâ€.
Navizon, a software-only hybrid wireless positioning system, helps users navigate in most major cities across the globe. Navizon works by triangulating signals broadcasted from Wi-Fi access points and cellular towers, and the company’s software is now embedded in numerous smartphone applications which are fast becoming essential tools for the modern urban lifestyle. Navizon’s diverse user community of more than 1 million users is spread across various platforms and carriers. Through rapid expansion in numbers, the community of users is able to constantly improve the precision and success rates of its wireless geolocation system.
Apple uses a similar system called Skyhook Wireless for geo-location.
While this service will likely be used primarily for more accurate local searches without needing to use power-hungry GPS, the software will also benefit users of Microsoftâ€™s My Phone service when trying to locate a lost phone.
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