About Skyhook

Skyhook is changing the world with location. Learn about our mission, history, and what makes us the leading independent location provider.




The Skyhook team is unified around the belief that accurate location creates a better, more seamlessly connected world. To make this vision a reality, we are constantly innovating and deploying low-power, privacy-centric location solutions for devices across the IoT ecosystem.

an introduction to skyhook

As a pioneer in positioning technology, Skyhook uses industry-leading expertise to resolve location for a broad range of use cases.

Watch this video to learn more about the history of Skyhook and the power of our Precision Location software.

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Company History

At Skyhook, we believe that great location data can create a better, more seamlessly connected world. Our technologists and data scientists are hard at work engineering low power, privacy-centric location awareness for everything mobile.

We were the original Blue Dot on the map. Now, we’re using our expertise to help businesses leverage location and make data-driven decisions.

  • 2003

    Skyhook founded on the idea of using Wi-Fi signals to provide location-based services to devices.

  • 2004/2005

    Skyhook begins to collect access point locations by systematic driving campaigns.

  • 2006

    Skyhook is issued its first United States patent - the Skyhook patent portfolio now comprises over 650 assets.

  • 2007

    Skyhook extends its flagship Precision Location product to provide hybrid location services that intelligently uses and blends Wi-Fi, cell, IP Address and available GPS locations to provide accurate location for any signal environment.

  • 2008

    Steve Jobs announces at Macworld that Skyhook was chosen to power location services on early versions of the iPhone.

  • 2013

    Launched our second product, Context, which provides intelligent on-device geofencing capabilities for devices and application providers.

  • 2014

    Skyhook acquired by affiliates of Liberty Broadband.

  • 2015

    By 2015, our location network had expanded to cover the entire globe, allowing us to focus on new ways to harness the power of device location.

  • 2018

    Skyhook obtained its 650th patent. Skyhook becomes a network location assistance provider to Qualcomm, adding Precision Location directly to a number of Qualcomm chipsets.

  • 2019

    Skyhook announces collaboration with Qualcomm to bring Wi-Fi positioning and location-assistance services to Qualcomm® Snapdragon Wear™ platforms.

  • 2020

    Skyhook announces strategic collaborations with Combain and Unwired Labs, solidifying Skyhook’s position as the leading independent provider of location determination services to device makers around the world.

  • 2021

    Skyhook enters into strategic collaboration agreement with Microsoft to augment and improve the delivery of geolocation services to Microsoft products and services.

Global Hybrid Location Network

Our global network uses over 6 billion wireless access points, more than 100 million cells, IP addresses, and GNSS signals for unmatched reliability and accuracy worldwide.






Unrivaled Flexibility & Service

Through multiple integration options, signal types, tailored products, and extensive internal expertise, we are uniquely positioned to match businesses with the most cost-effective, best-fit solution for each unique application.

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Who We Are

Skyhook, a Liberty Broadband company, is a pioneer in location technology and intelligence. The company was founded in 2003 at the outset of the mobile revolution and powered location on all of the early iPhones. 

We strive for continuous innovation as evidenced by our 650+ patents and the fact that our technology provides the foundation for mobile location services in the global smartphone market. We provide our customers with real-time services and analytical insights via a combination of precise device location and actionable venues. Our products are built on the pillars of trust and respect for individual privacy.