California, USA, 1 May 2006: GeoVector Corporation, the provider in pointing-based local search solutions for wireless devices, announced on May 1 the issuance of its latest patent for an LBS system which allows users to search the internet or query databases merely by pointing a wireless phone or other mobile device at a location or object.
Users can point their phones at retailers, restaurants, billboards, banks or historical sites to instantly retrieve information on what they are looking at, or find what they are looking for. Utilizing GPS technology and a digital compass built into wireless phones, GeoVector allows users to “Click on the Real World” similar to how computer users point and click with a mouse to access information, conduct transactions or play games.
This service has already been deployed in Japan over the KDDI network via GeoVector’s partnerships with NEC Magnus Communications, Ltd., a subsidiary of NEC Corporation and Mapion, Japan’s number one mapping search service. The solution currently utilizes Qualcomm SnapTrak positioning technology and their BREW solution.
In addition to KDDI, two other carriers in Japan will soon release handsets combining GPS with a digital compass, compatible for use with GeoVector. These include a W-CDMA World Phone from Sharp.
GeoVector is not limiting its focus to Japan and is already in discussions with carriers, handset manufacturers and content providers in the US and Europe. The new patent has also been filed internationally.
In addition to phones connected to a wireless network, GeoVector’s new patent also covers search capabilities for stand alone devices.