A Cambridge-based start-up has developed a wireless application to enable the emergency services to locate a distressed user when they call on their mobile phone.
Cambridge Positioning Systems plans to bring the offering to market by the middle of next year with the help of a service provider such as the RAC, but has already developed a working prototype.
The firm also hopes to sell the package into the US marketplace to cash in on a US Federal Communications mandate stating that by the Year 2001, emergency services must be able to pinpoint a mobile phone at 125 yards. It is currently impossible to pinpoint the location of a mobile phone user.
Geoff Morris, former president of the X/Open standards body and managing director of Cambridge Positioning Systems, said: ?In the next two to three years, when bandwidth has improved, mobile phones will develop as information appliances - not just voice, but for e-mail and Internet connection. This will enable users to set up a profile of their personal interests and download it onto their phone immediately.?
He added that, in future, the company also intends to modify its application to sell to information providers such as the Yellow Pages. Users would be able to download map and location information to their mobile phone, which would detail, for example, find the nearest Pizza Hut to their current position.
Both applications are also likely to be sold via the retail channel.
Cambridge Positioning was set up at the start of this year and its package is based on radio tracking technology developed by Cambridge University?s Cavendish Laboratory.
It received its first round of venture capital funding from Cambridge Research and Innovation and is currently undertaking its second round with institutional investors.
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