updated 03:00 pm EDT, Mon July 9, 2007
Mexens Navizon GPS
Software developer Mexens today launched Navizon desktop, a computer-based version of its virtual GPS tool for cellphones. The suite gives any Mac OS X or Windows PC the opportunity to get an approximate location fix using the computer's built-in wireless features. Users with only Wi-Fi can triangulate using the position of local hotspots. Those with Bluetooth can optionally use their cellphone's connections to nearby cell towers to achieve a similar effect.
Key to the effectiveness of the mapping is the software's contributory nature, Mexens notes. Navizon's service maps cellular and Wi-Fi networks from local users, allowing the software to obtain a position quickly when one or more nearby access points are out of range.
Software and use of the service is currently free and requires a computer capable of running both Navizon and the relevant wireless standards. Those who add data to the global map charts can also earn money through a rewards program, the company says.