Cloud & Telecoms
Location Labs Launches Advanced Mobile Cloud Platform
Targets Developers and Carriers for Advanced Applications
By: Tim Negris
Nov. 8, 2010 03:17 PM
Mobile location technology provider, Location Labs has announced the availability of its Sparkle Mobile Location and Controls Platform for app developers, carriers, and smartphone manufacturers. The platform combines services for location and movement, data capture, voice and text monitoring and control, geofencing, and on-demand handset location, currently for Android and iPhone handsets and RIM units in the near future. The announcement follows shortly on the recent news that Sprint has committed to using the technology on "future smartphones."
According to the company's About paragraph on their website, the platform "was architected and built by Dr. Scott Hotes and his team of algorithmically-potent PhDs." Ooh. They do bring a lot of mental horsepower and seem to have a comprehensive vision for how "space" should be a first-order dimension of mobile telephony and computing to enable applications far beyond today's rudimentary GPS functions.
The software comprises a mobile client running in the background on the handset, APIs for web and applications functions, and a set of pre-built consumer services. On the handset, the Sparkle client give developers on-device access to services for location, security, and controls to manage voice, data, text, and applications use. And when used by carriers, the Sparkle platform further provides access to those services through a cloud-based API.
The applications that the new platform makes possible are quite varied, including:
In addition to carriers like Sprint, the Sparkle platform has attracted early attention from social networking and location-based gaming developers who are using it with the APIs for Foursquare, Facebook, and Twitter. The company already has strategic partnerships with AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon, plus Qualcomm and Intel, both of which are also investors. With friends like that, Location Labs should have little difficulty attracting all kinds of developers or more carriers.
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