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Businesses can track mobile employees
February 9, 2005
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London, U.K. -- The Wi-Fi Technology Forum/-LogicaCMG announced the launch of an end-to-end 'tracking and tracing' solution for mobile operators targeting enterprise customers and the public sector. The solution is based on Cambridge Positioning Systems' (CPS) positioning technology, combining close to Global Positioning System (GPS) accuracy of sub-100 meters with mobile network coverage. To date, high accuracy positioning was only possible in line of sight of satellites, however operators can now extend this level of accuracy to indoor coverage using the mobile network.


The market for tracking and tracing solutions has grown significantly as businesses increase their focus on asset and human resources management to enhance overall operational efficiency and security. Organizations worldwide are highlighting a demand for applications that provide accurate positioning and reliable outdoor and indoor coverage, including inside packaging and containers, using attractively priced mobile devices. LogicaCMG's solution enables enterprises and public institutions to track and trace people and assets in application areas such as: 

  • Asset tracking, addressing the need to trace vehicles, moving assets, mobile machinery;
  • Lone worker protection, to improve security for public workers;
  • Personal security, providing added safety for individuals including children, people requiring constant care or protection;
  • Offender tracking, for observation or security purposes; and
  • Mobile resource management, to improve efficiency and customer service for enterprises

LogicaCMG will enable mobile operators to deliver services to meet these requirements via a software-only solution that is powered by CPS' MATRIX location technology. The solution is offered as a managed service, which reduces the risk element for the operator launching the new service and enables a rapid rollout to enterprise customers. Unlike a GPS-based solution, this solution only requires software to be installed on the mobile device, which avoids battery drain and keeps the size of the device small. Combinations of MATRIX and GPS can be considered in particular circumstances as well.

"CPS has a strong commitment to consistent innovation that is reflected in our award-winning MATRIX technology,” says Chris Wade, CEO at CPS. “Partnering with LogicaCMG is a fundamental step towards our company vision of 'MATRIX Everywhere' as we are able to fuse MATRIX technology with the strong market position that LogicaCMG has amongst network operators and enterprises. Through this powerful combination, enterprises will be able to experience for the first time a fast and high accuracy location service with reliable indoor operation."

LogicaCMG's tracking and tracing solution is based on industry standards provided by the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) and 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) to enhance interoperability with the operator network. CPS' MATRIX technology supports sub-100 metre accuracy in any environment, with fast location fixes supplied in seconds.

 
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