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SoftBank Mobile & Skyhook to Improve Location Performance on Handsets
Skyhook's Location System improves standard A-GPS.
Skyhook has announced that Skyhook Location will be deployed by SoftBank Mobile. SoftBank Mobile, a mobile operator in Japan, plans to enhance the location accuracy, availability and power consumption profile of handsets by incorporating Skyhook's market-leading Location Engine on new SoftBank phones.

In April 2012, SoftBank launched a family of handsets designed to address the unique safety and security requirements. These new devices, which have been widely praised by the market, have several innovative features that are designed to better protect customers. The specialized features include a location-based security alarm and automatic SMS messaging of location. Skyhook's Location Engine will not only improve the performance but will also reduce power expenditure and extend battery life.

“Accurate location information is becoming increasingly important on mobile devices,” said Makoto Tatsumi, senior general manager, Product and Service Division of SoftBank Mobile. “SoftBank Mobile has partnered with Skyhook to improve location performance for mobile devices.”

Skyhook is a recognized leader in geo-location technology and fulfills hundreds of millions of location requests daily across over 100 million handsets, tablets, netbooks, cameras and other mobile devices. Skyhook's groundbreaking system combines Wi-Fi, cellular and GPS readings to produce a single, accurate location quickly and in all environments.

“Deploying Skyhook's platform will enhance the safety and user experience of SoftBank customers,” said Michael Shean, founder and senior vice president, business development, Skyhook. “This milestone represents not only an expansion of our partnership with SoftBank but also another important step in Skyhook's advance into Asian markets.”
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