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Andrew Upgrades GeoLENs Location Platform
The new GeoLENs MLC 10 release is planned for mid-2010.
Andrew Solutions has added powerful new capabilities in Version 10 of its versatile GeoLENs mobile location center (MLC), the all-inclusive yet flexible system platform of its GeoLENs wireless and wireline location solution.

“Location is increasingly considered to be a value-add in wireless networks, and we see no abatement in this trend,” said John Baker, vice president and general manager, Network Solutions, Andrew. “Demand for accurate and consistent location information is rising with the increased use of navigation, social networking, and points of interest applications. GeoLENs MLC 10 helps wireless operators control bandwidth use and prepares them to meet growing demand while retaining the ability to effectively support emergency calling needs.”

With Version 10, Andrew’s GeoLENs MLC increases in processing capacity by several orders of magnitude. MLC 10 also gives operators the tools to monetize their investment in location infrastructure, enabling greater control over access to the network’s location resources. Additional features help improve the performance of Assisted-GPS (A-GPS) for E-911 applications.

“GeoLENs MLC 10 gives operators the flexibility to add or refocus their location system as their needs change and as market directions clarify, whether for commercial or emergency applications or both,” said Baker. “While other vendors offer operators a system with one or two locating techniques, Andrew offers an all-inclusive, flexible system that is designed to provide the location capacity, throughput and support necessary for present and future applications.”

Andrew’s GeoLENs MLC 10 is a complete location system that supports both gateway and serving functions for emergency, value added, and security LBS. Andrew believes GeoLENs supports the widest range of positioning capabilities available from a single vendor, individually or in combination and on a common platform, including handset-based, network-based, and hybrid locating technologies for 2G and 3G access—specifically, cell identity (CID), A-GPS, enhanced-CID (E-CID), uplink time difference of arrival (U-TDOA) on the traffic channel, multiple range estimation location (MREL) and angle of arrival (AOA). “The extended capacity that the platform offers coupled with the functional completeness enables operators to consolidate all location functions for the entire network onto a single GeoLENs MLC. This directly translates into significant CapEx and OpEx savings for operators,” said Baker.

The operational and diagnostic enhancements in MLC 10 and the additional key features are designed to enhance operators’ value-added location-based service offerings in addition to improving the yield and performance of critical emergency services such as E-911.

The GeoLENs MLC 10’s newly added capabilities include:
* Installed Policy Server for Secure User Plane Location (SUPL), giving operators more control over end-device access to valuable location service resources.
* Increased query capacity to support the explosive growth of location-based services with Gateway Mobile Location Center (GMLC) query capacity now reaching to 1,000 transactions per second.
* More powerful Mobile Location Protocol (MLP) 3.2 asynchronous mode reporting and multi-Mobile Subscriber Integrated Services Digital Network Number (MSISDN) query modes.
* Added smart virtual device cache technology that improves A-GPS yield for emergency calls regardless of calling device limitations.
* Enhanced integrated locationquery tool capability.
* Extended event records for richer historical and statistical analysis.
* Enhanced diagnostic data for improved SUPL transaction analysis.
* Extended operational security and data management measures.
* Optimized initial position for emergency calling (E-911).

GeoLENs MLC 10 is complemented by a broad portfolio of products including the Operations Support System (OSS), which is ideal for managing a multi-MLC network or providing more sophisticated control of a single MLC platform. Andrew’s GeoLENs also enables location in wireline DSL and cable networks with a Cellular-Bridge Location Information Server (LIS) that spans the converged future of Internet location and next generation-911 (NG-911) services.

General availability of GeoLENs MLC 10 release is planned for mid-2010.
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