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Skyhook Wireless Announces New Patent Award

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Foundational Elements of Wi-Fi Positioning Covered

Boston, MA -- Skyhook Wireless, provider of the Wi-Fi Positioning System (WPS) and the hybrid location system XPS, today announced that the U.S. Patent Office awarded it USPN 7,493,127: Continuous Data Optimization of New Access Points in Positioning Systems. This patent joins 9 other awarded patents covering the building blocks for Wi-Fi positioning on mobile devices.

The new patent covers a technique for continuing to improve reference location data using automated feedback from user devices. This new patent joins the initial set of patent awards encompassing various techniques invented by Skyhook Wireless for building and maintaining a Wi-Fi positioning system by collecting data through a variety of automated and user driven models. "We are very excited about these awards which protect the work we have done pioneering the field of hybrid positioning using Wi-Fi," said Chief Scientist Dr. Farshid Alizadeh-Shabdiz. "We continue to invest substantial research resources in the pursuit of perfect consumer location."

"Skyhook's growing patent portfolio is a reflection of the years of investment the company has made in core technology around Wi-Fi localization," commented Chief Technical Adviser Professor Kaveh Pahlavan of Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

About Skyhook Wireless

Founded in 2003, Skyhook Wireless has pioneered the development of the first patented, hybrid positioning system to fully leverage Wi-Fi, GPS and cell towers delivering precise location data supporting the growing market for location-based services. Skyhook's patented positioning system XPS requires no new hardware, works indoors and outdoors, provides an instant location and is more accurate than current technologies in congested downtown areas. Skyhook Wireless is headquartered in Boston, MA, and is privately held. Investors include RRE Ventures, Bain Capital Ventures, Intel Capital and CommonAngels. For more information visit, send email to or call 617-314-9802.

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