SOURCE: Global Locate

November 14, 2005 03:00 ET

Global Locate Issued Key Patents for GPS, Worldwide Reference Network (WWRN™)

SAN JOSE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 14, 2005 -- Privately held Global Locate, Inc., a global leader in assisted-GPS (A-GPS) products and services, today announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued patent number USP 6,453,237 entitled "Method and Apparatus for Locating and Providing Services to Mobile Devices." This is one of 14 patents covering various aspects of the Global Locate Worldwide Reference Network (WWRN™), a wide area network of GPS reference stations that provides assistance data to location-enabled devices anywhere in the world.

The company described the patent as covering the concept of a network of reference stations sending data to a server, which in turn creates a wide area model from which geographically specific GPS assistance data is derived and sent to mobile terminals. The patent has broad applicability to both MS-based and MS-assisted modes of operation.

The WWRN has been in commercial operation since 2002, serving major Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) for both E911 and location-based services. With the emergence of the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) Secure User Plane Location (SUPL) standard, MNOs worldwide can now take advantage of a single source of aiding data to support global roaming over SUPL.

David Lundgren, Director of WWRN operations, explained some of the advantages of the WWRN. "The WWRN is offered as a turn-key service requiring no infrastructure build-out by the network operator," he noted. "Unlike regional sets of reference stations, the WWRN always has a complete model of the GPS constellation, guaranteeing subscribers the most accurate and complete GPS assistance data, regardless of their geographic location."

Global Locate CEO Scott Pomerantz stated, "Protecting Global Locate's investment in developing fundamental assisted-GPS intellectual property is a key component of our business strategy. We are pleased the patent office has granted patent protection on our innovations in this area."

About Global Locate, Inc.

Global Locate, Inc. is a privately held company that provides assisted-GPS (A-GPS) products and services for wireless devices and networks. Headquartered in San Jose, CA, the company has sales offices in the New York metropolitan area, Tokyo, Taipei and Madrid. Global Locate's A-GPS product suite includes the Worldwide Reference Network (WWRN™), A-GPS Server and integrated Global Locate® IndoorGPS® chipset. For more information see www.globallocate.com

©2005 Global Locate, Inc. All rights reserved. Global Locate and IndoorGPS are registered trademarks of Global Locate, Inc. WWRN and LTO are trademarks of Global Locate, Inc.

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