Qualcomm Licenses Wi-Fi Location Technology

San Diego-based Qualcomm has licensed Wi-Fi positioning technology from Boston-based startup Skyhook Wireless, the firms said Monday morning. Skyhook said that Qualcomm is licensing and distributing the firm's technology, which uses Wi-Fi access point information to determine a user's location. Skyhook's software compares Wi-Fi information with a database of geolocated Wi-Fi access points to determine location; Qualcomm is incorporating that technology into future GPS and assisted-GPS platforms. Financial aspects of the licensing deal were not disclosed.