March 23, 2006

Loki Location Based Service - Location without the GPS


Yes, I know that this is a GPS site, but this caught my eye and I thought I would pass it along. Skyhook wireless has a little thing on the side Loki that is a Wifi based location based service. The software loads on your machine as a browser plug in and looks for Wifi signals, then compares that to their database to see where you are in the world. The technology uses various Wifi SSID signals and their strength to determine where you are. They have mapped dozens of metro areas and continue to build in new features. The software is currently in a Beta version.

The software downloads a Loki bar into your browser, which gives you a lot of options to use your location in a rich way. By simply clicking on the "Find Me" button, you can bring up a Google (or other) map that will pinpoint your location (if you are in a covered area). There are several ways to use your location data, like filling in forms on the web with a click of the button, clicking the "Email" button to start an email with your location pre-populated and a link to a Google map with your locaiton in it, and GeoTagging your location into a web page like Flickr. If you are not in a covered area, they also have the option of you adding in your current addresss that will help them expand their coverage and provide location based services to you (and others) at or near that address.

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Posted by Scott Martin at March 23, 2006 5:16 AM

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