Skyhook Wireless

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Skyhook Wireless
Founded 2003
Headquarters Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Key people
James Crowley, CEO
Dan Gill, SVP of Sales
Kipp Jones, CTO
Farshid Alizadeh, CSO
Rodman Forter Jr., COO
David Bairstow, VP Product
Matt Kojalo, VP Advertising Technology Products
Products Wi-Fi Positioning System (WPS) & Loki
Services Location Based Services & Positioning Technologies
Revenue undisclosed

Skyhook Wireless is a big data company based in Boston, MA that specializes in location positioning, context and intelligence. Founded in 2003, Skyhook 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 was founded in 2003 by Ted Morgan and Michael Shean.[1] Skyhook’s database was initially gathered through wardriving,[2] when the company sent teams of drivers around the United States, Canada, Western Europe and selected Asian countries to map out Wi-Fi hot spots.[3]

Skyhook powers location-based services for companies such as Apple, Samsung, Sony, HP, Dell, and MapQuest[4]

Skyhook received its first patent in 2007, and now holds over 60 patents in the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia.[5]

In February 2014, Skyhook Wireless was acquired by TruePosition Inc.[6]


To pinpoint location, Skyhook uses a reference network composed of the known locations of over 700 million Wi-Fi access points and cellular towers. Skyhook's coverage area includes most major metro areas in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

Skyhook system can also be used to enhance the capabilities and performance of GPS enabled devices where GPS reception is weak, for example: indoors, downtown, and crowded areas.

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 SDK supports Android 2.2 (Froyo), 2.3.x (Gingerbread), 4.0.x (Ice Cream Sandwich), and 4.1.x (Jelly Bean)), 4.4 (KitKat), 5.0-5.1 (Lollipop), and 6.0 (Marshmallow) including forked platforms such as the Kindle Fire, along with Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X.[7]

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