Tower Signals Providing Necessary Geospatial Information for IoT

May 30, 2017

Reprinted from Inside Towers

A new partnership has discovered how signals from cell towers and WiFi hotspots can bypass the need for GPS modules on devices connected to the Internet of Things (IoT). Google and Particle, an IoT platform vendor, announced the new approach would use Google Maps Geolocation API instead, and can provide better functionality in regions where GPS is not available. According to eWeek.com, instead of investing in “potentially expensive and power-consuming GPS modules, enterprises can make their IoT devices location aware by simply connecting them to Google’s geospatial database of cellular and WiFi networks.”

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