Andrew Corporation has been awarded the second phase of a strategic multiyear contract from a Tier 1 operator in the Middle East for a major geolocation system deployment.
The phase two contract award is valued in excess of $10 million, bringing the total contract value to date to more than $20 million. The project continues to grow as Andrew installs the first fully operational uplink time difference of arrival (U-TDOA) system outside of North America and the Caribbean. When completed, the Andrew Geometrix U-TDOA system will cover a network of thousands of cell sites. Work on phase two is beginning as the first phase nears completion.
“The increase in size of the project award to Andrew is indicative of the confidence customers have in our worldwide geolocation performance and dependability,” said Terry Garner, group president, Andrew Network Solutions. “Geometrix continues to deliver unrivaled capabilities in supporting the global mobile location requirements of operators anywhere in the world.”
U-TDOA is a network-based means of determining a mobile device’s position by comparing and calculating the difference in time required for its signal to reach different base station transceiver sites. Andrew Geometrix also supports the other handset-based and network-based wireless location methods - assisted global positioning system (A-GPS) in both mobile-based and mobile-assisted versions, Matrix, cell identity (CID), and enhanced cell identity (E-CID) technologies - and includes the secure user plane location (SUPL) standard. In addition, Andrew employs hybrid location methods that combine features from the individual locating technologies.
Andrew Geometrix, which identifies locations of mobile devices, is the world’s most advanced mobile locating system. Operators and third-parties worldwide count on Geometrix mobile location centers (MLC) to offer location-based services for:
• Consumers, such as navigation, motorist assistance, child tracking, vehicle location, and shipment status
• Enterprises, to enhance vehicle and service dispatch, follow fleet movement, and track valuable assets
• Public safety, to help locate callers for emergency service centers.
Andrew’s Geometrix location systems have been installed by more operators than any competing system and offer the world’s most advanced array of standards-compliant, fully-interoperable locating options in a single carrier-grade system, including Serving Mobile Location Centers (SMLC) and Gateway Mobile Location Centers (GMLC). Since the first Geometrix systems entered service in 2001, cellular network operators covering hundreds of millions of people have installed Andrew Geometrix systems to provide accurate location of mobile users for a wide range of advanced services.
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