Hybrid Location

Through a hybrid mix of Wi-Fi, cellular, and GPS signals, Skyhook Precision Location accurately locates connected devices anywhere in the world. Precision Location provides a flexible way to ensure compliance, prevent loss, and enable location-based features on the mobile devices we rely on. 

Applications & Use Cases

Precision Location intelligently switches between the best available signal(s) for precise and accurate location results anywhere. It’s a powerful tool used to determine the location of loved ones, pets, criminal offenders, company assets, and mobile devices. Popular use cases include: 

Connected Wearables & mPERS Asset Trackers & Logistics Mobile Phones Chips & ModulesNetwork Operators Applications  Mobile Device Management

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Skyhook’s Unique Approach to Hybrid Location

Numerous Integration Options

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Skyhook integration options include customizable SDKs, firmware, cloud APIs, and embedded solutions. This level of flexibility means locations can 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 Add-ons Required

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Skyhook software can be directly embedded onto the device firmware or operating system, thanks in part to our collaboration with a network of leading chipset and operating system partners, such as Qualcomm and KaiOS. This helps enable devices with location quickly, without dedicating valuable time and resources to pre-test or validate the solution.

Backed by a Leading Global Location Network

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Skyhook Precision Location is a proprietary hybrid positioning system that intelligently uses a global location network of more than 5 billion Wi-Fi access points, over 200 million cellular IDs either independently or alongside GPS using a suite of tools and algorithms 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; every location solution we design is customized to your unique needs to deliver the accuracy and features you require. 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

Skyhook's hybrid location solutions offer wide-area coverage with the ability to deliver location accuracy and precision. That includes coverage in rural areas, densely populated cities, indoors, underground, and everywhere in between. Hybrid location offers Skyhook customers:

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Multiple flexible off-the-shelf and customized integrations for compatibility with most components, devices, operating systems, or platforms.

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Offline location through a tokening approach or offline caching process.


Dramatically improved time-to-fix for device location in A-GPS applications.

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Resolved locations on the device side in accordance with regulatory requirements for emergency calls on mobile devices.

Add Value to Connected Devices with Hybrid Location

Learn about hybrid location software configurations for connected devices across IoT.  

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