Ruckus Launches SPoT Cloud-Based Location Service
The SPoT smart positioning solution includes the SPoT Positioning Engine, which pinpoints in real time a user’s location in any indoor environment.Wireless systems provider Ruckus announced the release of their Smart Positioning Technology (SPoT) service, a cloud-based smart positioning location-based service (LBS) that gives carriers, service providers and enterprises the ability to deliver a wide range of value-added services over Ruckus Smart WiFi networks. Embedded with a patented Indoor Positioning Algorithm gained from the company’s recent acquisition of YFind Technologies, new and existing Ruckus Smart WiFi access points are now capable of more powerful and accurate client positioning for indoor or dense urban environments, where GPS doesn’t always work. The technology gives service providers and enterprises the ability to leverage Smart WiFi access points with location technology and techniques that can automatically pinpoint and track the physical location of WiFi-enabled devices, without having to deploy a higher density of additional WiFi hardware or any client software. The SPoT smart positioning solution includes the SPoT Positioning Engine, which pinpoints in real time a user’s location in any indoor environment, a Location Analytics Dashboard that delivers a set of client location information, and engagement tools including a software development kit (SDK) and a set of application programming interfaces (APIs) to power mobile apps.
"We see location-based services to be one of the key drivers for wireless LAN market growth starting in 2014," said Rohit Mehra, vice president of network infrastructure, for IT research firm IDC. "As with other cloud applications, cloud-based location services can offer scalable, elastic compute resources for enterprises and service providers to collect, monitor and provide real-time analytics that are essential to providing rapid insight on user location and behavior, enabling improved user satisfaction or other business services that can be monetized."