Contextual Location

Contextual location is the backbone to a number of functions such as timing mobile food orders to be ready when customers approach, driving through tolls without stopping, or triggering mobile app permissions.

Skyhook provides location context to mobile devices by understanding the environments users are in as they travel and triggering events based on real-world movements.

Applications & Use Cases

Location context is more than deriving latitude and longitude. It also deals with knowing the environment that a user is in. Using Wi-Fi, cellular, and/or GPS signals as part of a hybrid solution, Skyhook can determine device location in any environment, and provide real-world context for functions including: 

  • Real-time notifications to initiate mobile payments when a user is about to pump gas.
  • Location alerts to ensure orders are ready when customers approach restaurants.
  • Automatically charging a user for a parking fee when a car enters a lot or passes a toll.
  • The ability to offer personalized venue settings by switching apps to "in-venue" mode when a user enters a location.

Explore related use cases for:

Connected Wearables & mPERS Asset Trackers & Logistics Mobile PhonesApplications  Mobile Device Management

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Skyhook’s Unique Approach to Contextual Location

Flexible Integration Options

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Flexible integration options include customizable SDKs, applets, cloud APIs, and embedded solutions. This flexibility allows location to be integrated at any number of layers, even on feature-constrained devices, and has helped establish Skyhook as a leading provider of drop-in location replacement solutions. 

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Battery Friendly Approach

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Low-power operation to help prolong the usable life of devices, including those designed with minimal hardware and for bandwidth-constrained applications.

Backed by a Leading Global Location Network

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Skyhook software intelligently taps into a global location network with more than 5 billion Wi-Fi access points and over 200 million cellular towers alongside a suite of algorithms to position connected devices with accuracy and precision.  

White Glove Service from a Location Pioneer

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Skyhook pioneered Wi-Fi location and invented the modern-day standard for mobile device positioning. Our knowledgeable team provides always-on support throughout the entire relationship. We customize each location solution to deliver the accuracy and features you need, without forcing you to pay for those you don’t. 

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Technical Advantages

Skyhook has a number of flexible integration options that add location context to connected devices and applications. These include lightweight and power-conscious location SDKs and APIs for geofencing and other signal-based intelligence. Additional benefits include:

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Real-time or post-processing capabilities

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Passive or hyper-intelligent proximity triggers, dialed in based on the particular use case


Client-side capabilities that enable contextual location even when devices are offline

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Location SDK for iOS and Android

Add Location to Any Mobile Device

Learn about additional value and context-based features Skyhook Precision Location can add to mobile phones and connected devices.  

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