The Hater app uses Unwired Labs’ Geocoding to make sense of GPS data

“At times hate can be more genuine than love” says Brendan Alper, founder of haterdater. Launched early this year, Haterdater (www.haterdater.com), has quickly scaled up and today has 120,000 active users on the app all over the world . In the highly competitive $2Bn online dating industry, Haterdater stands out by positioning itself as an app that connects people based on what they hate and not what they love.

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Unwired Labs' Trusted GPS

TrustedGPS: When GPS isn’t good enough

The recent news about an Uber driver spoofing GPS to inflate fares has once-again raised questions about the reliability of GPS as a geolocation mechanism.

An increasing number of businesses rely on GPS for localization & navigation. The open nature of GPS has made it’s way into almost every business application. Some businesses use it to tailor user experiences, while others have completely built their business models around it.

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BBOXX replaces GPS with Unwired LocationAPI

At Unwired, a few things make our day that much brighter. At the top of the list? News about our customers doing impactful things to make the world a better place! BBOXX, a SMART Solar company, and one of our early customers, has been in the spot-light for all the good reasons! They recently hit a fantastic milestone of electrifying over 100,000 households, in more than 35 countries, and improving the lives of more than 500,000 people. Continue reading

GPS isn’t good enough for your pet tracker

One in ten pets are lost to never return at some point in their lifetime. Back in the day, pug-shots and posters were the only option for identifying and getting our furry friends back. But the times have changed and so has pet safety. There are so many pet-tracking options available in the market that use the latest geolocation technologies, letting pet-parents keep an eye on their cats/dogs…or any pettable animals. Continue reading

OpenCelliD by Unwired Labs

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There have been a few exciting changes at OpenCelliD, the largest Open Database of Cell Towers, over the past week and I’m here to update you about it. Markus Semm, the man who built and brought OpenCelliD to where it is today, has transferred its maintainership responsibilities to Unwired Labs.

In the past few years, OpenCelliD was funded by Markus’ personal funds and he’s taken care of all the development and infrastructure efforts and have single-handedly cleaned up the datasets and made it a reliable source. He believed it was time for it to grow further under a new custodian.

Who are we?

Unwired Labs is a leading geolocation company that specialises in Cell-tower & WiFi based positioning. We’ve been around for 4 years, but in this short while, we’ve rapidly built our partnership networks for data, helped thousands of developers/ startups create better products.

How is it going to help?

We believe in open-source and realize that it is a major contributor to geolocation services. We aim to improve OCIDs datasets, modernize its infrastructure and take it towards becoming a major open-source dataset for Cell, WiFi, IoT Wide area Networks. Unwired is entirely focused on geolocation, so it gives us incentive to share our resources and support the community.

What does this mean for you?

Better data that provides your apps and devices better locations! Also, you won’t have to worry about having to adapt to anything new. All the changes will happen at our end. Your contributions and tokens will stay intact and you will be able to download the database and request removal of your data – just like it was before. We will make sure the transition is smooth. Most importantly it stays open!

We’re really proud and excited to have been handed over this responsibility and are very excited to work with the community!

Onward,

Gopi Aravind
CEO, Unwired

Unwired Launches Free Offline Location Library for Android

Unwired Labs, a leading provider of location technologies, announces the release of its Offline Location Library for Android devices. The library enables Android developers to create a faster, more consistent user experience by retrieving location context in milliseconds, even when GPS and internet connectivity are unavailable.

“Many mobile apps rely on location to provide a personalized user experience. Apps using our location library can increase user satisfaction and engagement by avoiding excessively long application launch times or serving users irrelevant content.” said Gopi Aravind, CEO of Unwired Labs.

This free library is designed to be a drop in replacement to Google Play’s Geolocation services. Android developers can view more details and download the library at https://github.com/unwiredlabs/location-library-docs

About Unwired Labs: Unwired Labs is a fast growing startup based in Hyderabad, India. They provide positioning solutions to enable connected devices to locate themselves globally without the need for GPS. Their clients range from Fortune 500 companies to startups in many verticals including the telecommunications, wireless, IoT/M2M, consumer electronics, fleet tracking and automotive industries.

 

Going from “accurate” to “Really accurate”

Traditionally, Cell Tower based locations were fraught with issues of reliability; responses miles away from an actual location, in water bodies and in cases, no response at all.

Unwired Labs has done pioneering work to address each of these issues. Our R&D team is happy to announce a major update to internal algorithms. A lot of effort has gone into enabling our algorithms to auto-adapt based on the type of geography requested, correct for unclean data-sets (in case of crowd-sourced data) by intense cleansing of both contributor and customer data.

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In terms of numbers,  this update increases the median accuracy of Cell Tower locations – when the request has multiple neighbours – by up-to 37%. With just a single cell, it increases accuracy by 16%. As a happy side-effect, the enhanced data-cleansing algorithms alone have improved WiFi accuracy by over 32%.

There’s a lot of on-going work on these algorithms, which are available in private BETA. If you’d like to get on an early BETA list, reach out to us!

IWIT Digital and Unwired Labs Partner to Develop Wearable Devices for Children

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IWIT Digital and Unwired Labs have entered into a partnership to create location-enabled wearable devices for children. The first of these devices, an intelligent watch with two-way communication capabilities, garnered much attention at the recently held HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair.

Leveraging IWIT Digital’s decade of experience manufacturing children’s products and Unwired Labs’ geolocation expertise in locating devices without GPS, the new wearables are designed for children’s safety. “We are excited about working with IWIT on this new range of products,” said Gopi Aravind, CEO of Unwired Labs. “Our platform will be able to locate millions of these wearables globally and provide parents with a peace of mind.”

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“There is a huge opportunity opening up in the wearables space for us,” said David Liang, CEO of IWIT Digital. “And we are glad to have Unwired Labs backing us as we create end-to-end hardware and software solutions.”

The first products will launch in early 2016. For more information,visit http://www.iwitkalala.com and http://www.unwiredlabs.com

About IWIT Digital: Headquartered in Shenzhen, China, IWIT Digital is an innovative company focused on developing educational and safety products for children. They have over a decade of design, tooling and manufacturing expertise and are backed by leading investors such as Tencent Holdings Limited.

NEW: Activity Dashboard for API users

Our product strategy has always been shaped by the needs of our users. And one feature a lot of you have been asking for is a dashboard to keep tab on their API account. So… (drum roll) .. I’m happy to announce that we just released an Activity Dashboard for all users!

Before I show you some screenshots, I’ll explain why we pushed off this “essential” feature for this long. We follow a MVP – Minimum Viable Product – philosophy here at Unwired for everything we build; we ship the part of the product that adds most value for our users first. All else comes later. Our focus has been on building a world-class Location API that reliably and affordably locates devices anywhere. Now that we’ve covered that (there’s still miles to go before we sleep!), we’re working on the useful glitter. 🙂

Without further ado, here are some snaps:

API Sandbox API Reports

 

Support desk

Login to your dashboard here.

We’ll be adding many more user-facing features in the coming weeks. Also, any ideas on improving this dashboard are always welcome!

NEW: WiFi Positioning Service

This morning we began rolling out the much awaited WiFi Positioning service to all our customers & developers. The service is built on a large, growing database of over 550 million access-points world over. Best of all, it’s available at no additional charge!

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What this means for you – if you have products / devices that can detect nearby WiFi access-points – is much better accuracies (usually between 5 and than 30 meters) globally!

Head to the API Docs to start locating with WiFi!

NEW: API Sandbox

We’ve also redesigned the API sandbox so you can have a go at WiFi location

Unwired Labs API Sandbox

Start locating with the sandbox here!