Andrew Corporation, a global leader in communications systems and
products, has enhanced its popular Geometrix(R) mobile location center
(MLC) platform to support the broadest array of standards-compliant,
fully-interoperable locating options in a single carrier-grade system.
In the most prominent addition, the Geometrix MLC now includes the
secure user plane location (SUPL) standard, complementing its broad
array of control plane location capabilities. This enables operators to
quickly implement and offer a variety of location-based services (LBS)
with minimum risk or changes to existing network infrastructure.
"The enhancements to Geometrix further extend Andrew's global leadership
in offering advanced location technologies to support operators' ability
to offer location-based services," said Terry Garner, group president,
Andrew Network Solutions. "Andrew's Geometrix MLC is the highest
performing, most flexible location platform available and it enables
operators of any size to market new, high-value services now."
The enhanced Geometrix MLC solutions will be featured at Andrew's
exhibit (Hall 1, Stand D08-D09) February 13-16 at 3GSM World Congress in
Geometrix's new SUPL capabilities address the desires of many industry
participants that operators must offer both user plane and control plane
mobile location options in order to provide the greatest flexibility for
LBS applications. By integrating the SUPL standard onto the same basic
hardware as Andrew's other MLC offerings, Andrew has uniquely combined
control plane and user plane technologies, simplifying operation and
maintenance through a single application interface.
Andrew's Geometrix MLC carrier-grade platforms support all handset-based
and network-based wireless location methods, including assisted global
positioning system (A-GPS) in both mobile-based and mobile-assisted
versions, Matrix, cell identity (CID), enhanced cell identity (E-CID),
and uplink time difference of arrival (U-TDOA) technologies. In
addition, Andrew employs hybrid location methods that combine features
from the individual locating technologies.
"As demand for location based services increases and changes, operators
can have full confidence that their Geometrix MLC system will transition
seamlessly as networks are upgraded or new capabilities are added," said
Garner. "Geometrix MLC is the highly flexible, carrier-grade platform
that will serve as the foundation for location-based service
applications for years to come. Andrew has led the way in the standards
bodies to ensure operators have access to solutions that not only are
standards compliant, but also meet the dynamic requirements of LBS
Andrew Geometrix, which identifies locations of mobile devices, is the
world's most advanced mobile locating system and already is deployed in
multiple markets with A-GPS handsets running advanced location
applications. Operators and third-parties worldwide count on Geometrix
MLCs to offer location-based services for:
-- Consumers, such as navigation, motorist assistance, child tracking,
vehicle location, and shipment status
-- Enterprises, to enhance vehicle and service dispatch, follow fleet
movement, and track valuable assets
-- Public safety, to help locate callers for emergency service centers.
Location-based services are a growing set of innovative value-added
applications that are enabled or enhanced with location information.
Geometrix MLC precisely meets the location-based service performance,
deployment, and cost requirements of operators worldwide. With Geometrix
MLC, operators can install a single location system and select the
locating technologies that best meet their requirements for cost and
location-based service performance.
"Working closely with the leading LBS application companies, and through
years of end-to-end testing with operators, network equipment vendors,
and handset manufacturers, Andrew provides the experience required to
successfully launch value-added services in any given market," said
Andrew is the world's most trusted supplier of high-accuracy mobile
location systems. Andrew's Geometrix location systems have been
installed by more operators than any competing system. Since the first
Geometrix systems entered service in 2001, cellular network operators
covering hundreds of millions of people have installed Andrew mobile
location systems to provide accurate location of mobile users for a wide
range of advanced services.
About Andrew Corporation
Andrew Corporation (NASDAQ:ANDW) designs, manufactures, and delivers
innovative and essential equipment and solutions for the global
communications infrastructure market. The company serves operators and
equipment manufacturers from facilities in 35 countries. Andrew (www.andrew.com),
headquartered in Westchester, IL, is an S&P 500 company founded in 1937.
Geometrix is a registered trademark of Andrew Corporation.
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currency exchange rates, the timing of cash payments and receipts, end
use demands for wireless communication services, the loss of one or more
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