Skyhook Launches Network

Skyhook Wireless announced at the O'Reilly Media Where 2.0 conference the launch of the Skyhook Developer's Network

June 13, 2006

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Skyhook Wireless, provider of the industry's first Wi-Fi based positioning system, today announced at the O'Reilly Media Where 2.0 conference the launch of the Skyhook Developer's Network.

Providing location-based service and application developers with free access to the Skyhook Wi-Fi Positioning System (WPS), APIs, documentation and a support infrastructure, the Developer's Network will allow solution providers to build accurate and reliable location-based products running on commonly available platforms and without the need of additional hardware such as a GPS. As part of the launch, Skyhook also announced 'Wi-Fi Cage Match,' a product development contest that will reward the developer of the most innovative and dynamic Wi-Fi based location application with a SegwayR Human Transporter.

Download, Integrate & Participate
The cornerstone for the Skyhook Developer's Network is the Developer's Dashboard, a web-based support infrastructure that will give LBS developer's access to the Skyhook software-only positioning APIs and software code, documentation, release notes, community forums and technical support.

Skyhook's unique capabilities as a software-only positioning technology make the Developer's Dashboard the ideal forum for delivering and supporting WPS-based development efforts. Developers can download and integrate the APIs under a no-charge evaluation and development license and then elect to make the integrated application commercially available by upgrading to a distribution license. The Developer's Dashboard can be accessed directly at http://developer.skyhookwireless.com.

The Skyhook WPS SDK allows for rapid integration with LBS applications running on a number of platforms. It give developers the ability to add auto-location query functionality and incorporate a complete location profile -- latitude, longitude, full street address -- through a simple API that can generally be mastered in a single day. Additionally Skyhook's WPS can act as a virtual GPS and provide latitude and longitude in the standard NMEA format allowing them to leverage location interfaces that they have already developed.

Partners
The Skyhook Developer's Dashboard will also feature an Application Showcase that will describe and promote the most innovative partner-developed WPS-based location based services and applications.

"We developed the Eye-Film integrated Wi-Fi and photo storage card to deliver on the vision of enabling any digital camera to be wireless, real-time and location aware" said Yuval Koren, president and CEO, Eye-Fi.

"Skyhook's WPS platform and supporting APIs were the clear choice to enable users to location-stamp every photo taken with an Eye-Film enabled camera. The Developer's Network and Dashboard will be important tools to help us complete our development efforts and roll-out this feature later this year."

Skyhook Wireless Inc.

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