Skyhook Wireless

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Skyhook Wireless
Founded 2003
Headquarters Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Key people Jeffrey Glass, CEO
Mike Shean, VP of Business Development & Co-Founder
Jim Crowley, President
Nick Brachet, CTO
Farshid Alizadeh, CSO
Steve Solari, COO
Kipp Jones, VP Product
Mike Schneider, VP Marketing
Products Wi-Fi Positioning System (WPS) & Loki
Services Location Based Services & Positioning Technologies
Revenue undisclosed

"Skyhook Wireless" is a global location network with more than a billion Wi-Fi access points and millions of venues. Founded in 2003, the company originally began by working on Wi-Fi location and evolved with the idea that hybrid positioning technology,which incorporates Wi-Fi, GPS, cell towers, IP address and device sensors, could improve their location services.

Skyhook's database was initially gathered through wardriving,[1] including more than a billion wi-fi access points and 70 percent coverage of population centers in the United States, Canada, Western Europe and selected Asian countries.[2] Skyhook's database now uses organic data collection, enhancing and building coverage through deployments on mobile devices.

Precision Location SDK[edit]

Skyhook offers a software development kit (SDK), which allows developers to create location-enabled applications. This uses Skyhook's software-only Hybrid Positioning System on the platform of their choice. The software development kit is compatible with all GPS and provides excellent accuracy and confidence estimation.

The SDK supports Android 2.2 (Froyo), 2.3.x (Gingerbread), 4.0.x (Ice Cream Sandwich), and 4.1.x (Jelly Bean) including forked platforms such as the Kindle Fire, along with Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ How It Works: Coverage, Skyhook
  2. ^ Skyhook powers Apple's new location apps, January 16, 2008, - Mass High Tech - The Journal of New England Technology
  3. ^ Skyhook SDK

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