Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Microsoft working on indoor location

Bing maps already offer in-building maps. But what about indoor location?

A recent job listing mentions of what the core location service team will be expected to do: working on more accurate ways to determine a device’s location even without assistance from the built-in GPS.

“The team is looking for highly motivated, extremely intelligent, and deeply technical people to build the core location service platform. We are tasked with delivering a highly scalable service to find the location of every Windows Phone device in the world, either by assisting GPS, or by using signal-analysis techniques to compute location where GPS cannot. You will work closely with MSR and other research groups to improve our algorithms for mining large amounts of data using Bayesian analysis and other machine learning techniques. We have incredibly hard problems to solve in the coming year such as solving the indoor positioning problem as well as motion detection and relevance based positioning.”