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Marconi and SnapTrack Improve Method for Maintaining Hybrid Assisted GPS Location Systems

March 18, 2003

Marconi, through its Wireless Business Unit,and SnapTrack, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of QUALCOMM Incorporated and provider of Assisted Global Positioning System (A-GPS) location systems, announced an agreement to cooperate in the development of an enhancement to Marconi's Planet EV tool, the next-generation version of its network planning and optimization product family. The two companies say they are cooperating to empower Planet EV with its newest module, theBase Station Almanac (BSA) Planner. The company says the module will improve the accuracy andefficiency of the deployment and maintenance processes for QUALCOMM's gpsOnehybrid A-GPS location systems for mobile phones and other wireless devices andoptimize overall performance and accuracy of the gpsOne system."We're very pleased to be working with Marconi to provide this powerfulBSA generation capability to the wireless community," said Dr. Kamil Grajski,general manager of SnapTrack. "This tool will allow carriers to more quicklyand efficiently create and maintain accurate BSAs, and ultimately deliveroptimized location performance to their customers for E9-1-1 emergencylocation calls, and for location-based services." The companies say the BSA Planner solution will automatically generate an initial BaseStation Almanac, and will provide maintenance and updates of the BSA byincorporating data and information from Planet EV and other carrier networkplanning and maintenance tools and resources. According to the company, using Planet EV, operators willalso be able to obtain real-time performance information from Mobile SwitchingCenters (MSCs), which helps synchronize the BSA with actual networkconfiguration information as it changes from day-to-day. In addition, the company says the newtool will help improve the hybrid aspects of gpsOne performance by providingaccurate, up-to-date network configuration, base station geometry, and RFenvironment information to SnapTrack's SnapSmart(TM) Position DeterminationEquipment (PDE), when calculating a mobile's position. "This key enhancement to our planning and optimization portfolio is acritical component in providing a complete and effective network solution inthe E-9-1-1 and LBS space," said Chip Wagner, head of Marconi's WirelessBusiness Unit. "Furthermore, it demonstrates the flexibility and openness ofPlanet EV's architecture for the integration of other industry products anddata that complement and augment our solutions. We are very pleased to be ableto deliver a tool that will improve crucial service performance, while cost-effectively opening the door to additional revenue opportunities." About gpsOne
With over ten million gpsOne-enabled mobile phones sold to date,QUALCOMM's gpsOne solution (featuring SnapTrack technology) offers location data availability under the most challenging conditions, whether inconcrete-and-steel high-rises, convention centers, shopping malls or urbancanyons. Using a hybrid Assisted-GPS approach that utilizes signals from boththe Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite constellation and CDMA cellsites, the gpsOne solution enhances location services availability, expandsterrain coverage, accelerates the location determination process, and providesbetter accuracy for callers, whether during emergency situations or whileusing GPS-enabled commercial applications, says the company. gpsOne protects privacy with itsbuilt-in Location at Hand(TM) feature, allowing users to control theirlocation information in most commercial implementations. gpsOne is supportedfor IS-95 / CDMA2000 and GSM / GPRS / UMTS. About Planet EV
Planet EV is Marconi's next generation of planning and optimizationsoftware solutions. Planet EV provides a new suite of RFplanning and optimization capabilities, including network modelingand support for enterprise application integration, in addition to tools forincreasing the overall efficiency of wireless networks whilemaintaining quality of service (QoS), according to the company. It also enables the integration ofindustry partner applications and customer in-house tools and data, andprovides a future-proof, PC-based architecture for rapid and custom featuredevelopment, as well as a smooth migration path onto a single, extensiblesoftware platform. About SnapTrack
Headquartered in Campbell, California, SnapTrack pioneered WirelessAssisted GPS(TM) and owns patents that are fundamental to the cost-effectivedeployment of Wireless Assisted GPS-based location systems. SnapTrack'sHybrid Wireless Assisted GPS system enhances QUALCOMM's gpsOne locationsolution and MSM position-enabled chipsets offer anytime, anywhere, accurate,high-speed location of a wireless caller, even inside buildings whereconventional GPS does not operate. The Company's Wireless Assisted GPSproducts support standards-based implementations on synchronous andasynchronous networks and include the SnapSmart(TM) location server softwaresystem, the SnapCore(TM) multimode GPS solution and the SnapWARN(TM) GPSreference data feed service. For more information, please
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