GPS on a SIM Card

28 June 2007 by axxxr
A new company called BlueSky Positioning has come up with a complete GPS unit built into a mobile phone SIM card.

Blue Sky Positioning announced it has developed a complete GPS system, including the antenna, which physically fits in, and works from within, a mobile phone SIM slot. GPS receivers have been rapidly shrinking in recent years, but this marks a massive reduction in size as well as the technical feat of receiving GPS satellite signals from a space sandwiched between the phone battery and circuit board. It's A-GPS, so much of the processing is done off the SIM, using data sent over SMS or similar.

The technological advance is considerable; it could certainly deliver the full mapping, location and route-plannin. No software or hardware changes are needed for legacy handsets, it will run under open operating system such as Windows Mobile or Symbian, or on handsets supporting JSR177 (which enables Java applications to talk to the SIM)  and switching the SIM will obviously cost a fraction of the cost of a new handset.

Blue Sky Positioning says it is at the prototype stage and is working with SIM manufacturers to start production with samples ready next month. source:mbmagazine smartphonethoughts 


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On 29 Jun 01:20 Oddball wrote
Yeah I'd like one but can I copy my existing sim onto it to use with my existing network?
On 28 Jun 20:21 drgopoos wrote
the whole world is shrinking and in a few years all the gadjets will just be the size of a sim that you implant into your forearm
On 28 Jun 19:25 chrisuk wrote
thats handy, but can you port your existin PAYT number to the new sim?
On 28 Jun 17:05 himlimsnl wrote
yeah great nother way the government can keep an eye on you
i'd say ban it.
but it sounds nice, gps on a nokia 3310 brick phone :P

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