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NEC To Introduce Assisted GPS Solution In Global Market

NEC Corporation today announced that it will start delivery of its recently launched new Assisted Global Positioning System (A-GPS) solution with global roaming capability. The A-GPS solution is compliant with an early version of the Secure User Plane for Location (SUPL). SUPL, a standards-based interface that enables a mobile handset client to communicate with a location server where inter-connection is realized by a network independent U-Plane, is a standard promoted by the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA). NEC's new system realizes the world's first commercial deployment of an OMA SUPL-based system.

NEC's A-GPS solution works on a network-assisted basis to combine location information of both GPS and base stations, realizing highly accurate positioning. This network assistance achieves a significant decrease in positioning time and mobile handset power consumption.

The advantages of the SUPL-based A-GPS solution toward deployment of location-based services include the following:

  • Employment has only a minimal effect on existing mobile infrastructure
  • Quick and easy deployment
  • Realization of global roaming of location services

In collaboration with other services, this A-GPS service platform solution enables creation of new value-added services for consumers, mobile operators and business users who utilize mobile GPS in daily business.

Vodafone K.K. in Japan is the first user of NEC's A-GPS solution, which complies with an early version of SUPL, and employs it as the core system of their newly launched GPS navigation service, "Vodafone live! NAVI."

Source: NEC Corporation

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