Wi-Fi embedded moduleThe Wi-Fi Alliance has published 2007′s Wi-Fi chipset shipment numbers. The total for 2007 is 300,000,000 Wi-Fi chips. That’s a lot of gear. But, the stunning part is the growth: 41% over 2006.
Meanwhile, there are new uses for Wi-Fi. Skyhook is now offering location services, using a database of known Wi-Fi access point locations. Basically, every Wi-Fi access point (AP) has a unique address. Skyhook has built a database of locations where Wi-Fi access points are actually located, so that a device can say “I see AP’s W, X, Y and Z, where am I?”
This means that your Apple iPhone can now determine where it is, even without an expensive GPS chip, or a view of the sky to receive a GPS signal. If there is E-911 tie-in of that data, this could be critical in the case of an emergency, so first responders can find out where you are.
Who would have thought? Keep your eyes on the road!