In the future, we won’t need BlackBerrys. We’ll all have tiny super-computers tethered to our arms, which we’ll allow us to perform amazing feats and possibly even fight anthropomorphized viruses, similar to mid-nineties tv show Reboot.
Until then, the tech boys have to work long and hard devising new ways to improve current technology. Behold BlueSky Positioning, who say they’ve developed a way to fit a GPS receiver and proprietary antenna inside a SIM card. This would enable network operators to launch location based services without either relying on network intensive cell-positioning, or requiring customers to upgrade to a GPS capable handset.
Risto Savolainen, BlueSky Positioning CEO, said “The LBS market has promised much and delivered little. This strengthened EU legislation to enhance public safety services will also catalyse the LBS market by putting the means of access into the hands of every user. Working with SIM card manufacturers, BlueSky Positioning enables mobile operators to embed the service in every consumer’s SIM and USIM card, without compromising the existing levels of card security and privacy protection.”
BlueSky claims that their Assisted Global Positioning System (A-GPS) capability within the SIM card (USIM in the case of 3G handsets) has minimal impact on signal strength and battery life. Now, these are strong words from a start-up swinging for the fences on their first attempt, but if they get it right, it could revolutionize LBS. We’ll be watching this one very closely.