Rivada Networks’ Latest Invention Turns Position Location on its Head

Rivada Networks’ enhanced location-based services dramatically improves location accuracy of handsets in GPS-stressed environments. Today Rivada announced that it has extended that breakthrough to networking equipment itself.

“As the industry moves toward more shared spectrum access, distributed antenna systems and small cells,” Rivada CTO Clint Smith says, “pinpointing the location of those base stations and transmission points has become more important than ever.”

Rivada’s eLBS technology provides a degree of accuracy that was previously impossible without a strong GPS signal and ideal conditions. eLBS uses a patented algorithm for location finding combined with the ability to create a mesh network among local devices to triangulate from.

Rivada’s latest development of that technology feeds that same mesh-networking information back into the network equipment itself. “So a handset can help tell a transmitter where it is,” based on the handset’s best estimate of its location.

Without this technology, shared access systems such as the one being tested in the FCC’s “Innovation Band” rely on manual entry of location information for network infrastructure. Manual entry can lead to simple data-entry errors, but is also only as good as the position of the fix of the person entering the data. What’s more, it can easily become outdated if small cells or other transmitters are moved. Rivada’s latest generation of eLBS eliminates these problems by allowing equipment to report their own location automatically, based in part on information about the locations of handsets using that very transmitter.

“Traditionally, we located phones based on where we knew the cell tower was,” Smith explains. “Thanks to our latest innovation, we can locate the cell site based on where we know the phone to be.” Rivada has filed its 11th eLBS-related U.S. patent application to cover the invention.

Interested parties are invited to discuss the licensing and use of Rivada’s latest invention with the Rivada executive team.

Article via Business Wire

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