October 06, 2005 11:15 ET

CPS Partners with LogicaCMG in Pan-European Galileo Satellite Project - Matrix and E-GPS Technology to Play Key Role in Improving Satellite System Performance

CAMBRIDGE, England--(CCNMatthews - Oct 6, 2005) -

Cambridge Positioning Systems Ltd (CPS) today announced that it will partner with LogicaCMG in a major pan-European project to drive new mobile location technology and applications development for the multi-billion Euro Galileo satellite programme.

The Application of Galileo in the Location-Based Services Environment (AGILE) project aims to foster widespread adoption of Global Navigation Satellite Services (GNSS) for both enterprises and consumers.

AGILE will create a detailed development roadmap for new high accuracy Location-Based Services (LBS) leading up to the launch of the first Galileo satellites in 2007. The project will also promote the benefits of new location technologies to a broad stakeholder group, including key government decisions makers, investors, regulators, mobile operators as well as services and applications developers.

LogicaCMG, which is already working on four Galileo-related contracts worth more than 6 Million Euros, invited CPS to participate in this project because of the key role its network-based Matrix high accuracy location technology plays in improving satellite system performance.

Earlier this year, CPS announced the launch of its Enhanced Global Positioning System (E-GPS), which combines satellite positioning with its Matrix technology to deliver high accuracy location technologies across all environments, including indoors and dense urban areas where satellite technologies face major performance challenges. E-GPS provides faster location fixes than standard GPS - a critical factor in the take-up of mobile data applications. CPS is already working with leading GPS companies, such as Trimble and SiGE, on the development of low cost E-GPS solutions.

Initially, LogicaCMG and CPS will focus on the development of trial systems for European network operators, based on the integration of CPS' Matrix technology with LogicaCMG's Location Enabled Server and applications portfolio.

Chris Wade, CEO of CPS, said: "This new and exciting project underlines the crucial role our Matrix technology is playing in the development of satellite-based location services for the GSM market. Matrix solves two critical issues facing satellite technology - speed of location fix and indoor/dense urban coverage - and our development roadmap is closely aligned with the needs of the satellite technology community and ultimately, the end user.

"We look forward to partnering with LogicaCMG in the AGILE project and the broader Galileo community, bringing our experience and understanding of the location-based services market that we have developed over the years to this groundbreaking European project."

The integration of CPS's Matrix location technology enables any handset or device to be rapidly located to an accuracy of sub-100m in GSM - and less than 50m in W-CDMA networks. The modules use the existing GSM/W-CDMA network infrastructure to transfer location information to the network using standard GPRS or SMS. This greatly reduces the rollout costs traditionally associated with high accuracy mobile location technology.

CPS's E-GPS technology combines the benefits of the CPS Matrix solution with those of GPS to provide a location technology ideal for every environment. When operating in obstructed environments, such as deep indoors, an E-GPS equipped handset can access the CPS Matrix system to provide position information.

About Cambridge Positioning Systems

Cambridge Positioning Systems Limited (CPS) delivers cost competitive high accuracy mobile location technology to the billion-strong customer GSM and emerging 3G/W-CDMA markets. CPS' products are based on its software-only Matrix technology, which delivers sub-100m accuracy, sub-3 second location fixes and all environment coverage. The product portfolio extends to Matrix 3G and E-GPS - a powerful combination of Matrix and GPS technology.

With network deployments of Matrix underway, CPS is working with the world's leading mobile technology companies - including Nokia, HP, LogicaCMG and Andrew - to enable a new generation of high accuracy location-based services and devices for enterprise and consumer markets. CPS is headquartered in Cambridge, UK. CPS' value is underpinned by 24 key worldwide technology patents - one of the largest and most comprehensive IPR portfolios of high accuracy location technology in the world.

For more information about CPS, please visit: www.cpslocates.com.

Contact Information

  • Cambridge Positioning Systems Ltd (CPS)
    Colin Ashcroft, Communications Director
    + 44 (0) 1223 326984
    + 44 (0) 7769 740296