Nokia has signed a cross-licensing deal with Trimble Navigation, a company with 700 patents in positioning systems.
Trimble is also involved in the Galileo positioning system, the EU’s alternative to GPS. Their product portfolio is an exhaustive list of positioning technology for, amongst others, in-vehicle systems and dedicated portable devices.
The Trimble deal will fill out its sat nav portfolio. A spokesperson for the Nokia said local search is of particular interest, both for retailers and operators, who expect to derive revenue from making relevant information of this kind available to subscribers as they pass through a particular area.