Emergency Location

Skyhook’s Precision Location software can perform a potentially life-saving role in reducing emergency response times. It integrates onto mobile phones and other connected devices like smartwatches and wearables to aid first responders in finding device users during emergencies.  

Precision Location technology accurately locates devices anywhere in the world, indoors or outdoors, with minimal hardware, battery, or bandwidth requirements. 

How Skyhook emergency Location Works

See how Skyhook helps resolve location in emergency use cases across a range of connected devices.

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Applications & Use Cases

Skyhook enables network operators and device manufacturers to provide reliable emergency location capabilities, including vertical positioning, in compliance with E911 and E112 guidelines in the United States, United Kingdom, European Union, Canada, and more. Explore use cases for:

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Skyhook’s Unique Approach to Emergency Positioning

Flexible Integration Options

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Flexible integration options include customizable SDKs, firmware, cloud APIs, and embedded solutions. This flexibility allows location to be integrated at the hardware, chipset, or operating system level, and has helped establish Skyhook as a leading independent location provider with drop-in solutions for devices running alternative operating systems and custom versions of Android. 

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No Additional Apps or User Actions Required

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Skyhook software can be directly embedded onto the device firmware or operating system, thanks to our collaboration with a network of leading chipset and operating system partners, such as Qualcomm and KaiOS. Skyhook-enabled devices can automatically resolve location, which provides a safe and user-friendly solution for emergencies.

Backed by a Leading Global Location Network

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Emergency positioning is enabled by our flagship Precision Location software, a proprietary hybrid positioning system that intelligently uses a global location network with more than 5 billion Wi-Fi access points, over 200 million cellular IDs, and blends them alongside GPS using a suite of tools and APIs to position connected devices with accuracy and precision.  

White Glove Service from a Location Pioneer

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Skyhook pioneered mobile location since the first generation of smartphones; we have deployed nationwide U-TDOA E-911 networks for AT&T and T-Mobile. We are dedicated to your success and provide a level of service, reliability, and flexibility that other solutions can’t match.  

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Technical Advantages

Our software uses proprietary algorithms for Wi-Fi and cellular location either independently or through a hybrid blend alongside GPS signals and is pre-integrated with the modem firmware of many chips across our partner network. This solution is configurable to support advanced positioning needs.

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Standalone crowd-sourced Wi-Fi and ECID positioning methods with global coverage, in accordance with the 3GPP TS 38.305 and AML technical specifications. Support is required for standalone GNSS from the modem chipset.

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Help with completing a device-side location fix, without network assistance, when a location request is triggered by an emergency event.


Network-only (Wi-Fi and cell) results or hybrid location results to the solution (depending on the integration).

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Z-Axis location results through a partner-integrated barometric pressure solution.

Improve Mobile Phones with Emergency Location-Based Features

In addition to meeting emergency call requirements, Skyhook Precision Location enables location-based features on smartphones and feature phones in any environment, including indoors and dense urban areas. Learn more about how our hybrid location technology improves the mobile user experience.   

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