Sagem Orga and BlueSky Positioning first to bring A-GPS SIM to market
Sagem Orga has announced that it will partner with BlueSky Positioning to integrate A-GPS positioning technology on SIM cards. Sagem Orga and BlueSky Positioning’s new approach incorporates a GPS receiver and a proprietary antenna into the SIM card, enabling mobile operators to deploy both legally-mandated and commercial applications quickly and cost-effectively for all mobile handsets, with no need for software or hardware changes. To make localization even more accurate and user friendly, the A-GPS SIM uses assisted GPS data.
François Blanchard, Global Account Marketing Manager at Sagem Orga, said: “The SIM is entering a new era where it can now be considered as a real service platform and a valuable device; the A-GPS enabled SIM card will reshape the way SIM card are perceived by MNOs and end-users.”
The primary purpose of A-GPS SIM is to provide accurate positioning information of the phone to emergency services in case of an emergency call as required by E112 and E911 legislation in the EU and the U.S. respectively. In addition to this, it can support generic location-based services such as navigation, ‘find a place or person’ services, location-aware games, and many more.