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Kyocera Selects Skyhook to Power Precision Location Services for Rugged DuraXV Extreme

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Skyhook’s hybrid positioning solution enables precise location accuracy and low power solution for new feature phone

Kyocera International Inc., the North American leader in rugged mobile solutions, has selected Skyhook, the leading independent location provider, for its latest rugged mobile device, the DuraXV Extreme flip phone. DuraXV Extreme integrates Skyhook’s precision positioning technology, which allows devices to be located with precise location accuracy, even when offline, while preserving battery life.

“Location is a crucial component of the mobile experience, often of critical importance for devices targeted at rugged, industrial use cases, and Skyhook is proud to work alongside Kyocera to deliver a cutting-edge solution.”

Skyhook’s Precision Location hybrid positioning technology locates devices using Wi-Fi, GPS and cell signals, ensuring they can be found in all environments. Skyhook has patented client-side power conservation algorithms and protocols optimized for individual use cases, hardware, or bandwidth limitations. The Skyhook solution uses network connectivity, power settings and device mobility, among other variables, to adapt resource utilization in real time. These features ensure the added positioning capabilities have minimal impact on DuraXV Extreme’s battery life or data usage while still providing the most accurate location.

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“Skyhook is thrilled to work with Kyocera to provide accurate location services to DuraXV Extreme devices in any environment,” said Craig Waggy, CEO of Skyhook. “Location is a crucial component of the mobile experience, often of critical importance for devices targeted at rugged, industrial use cases, and Skyhook is proud to work alongside Kyocera to deliver a cutting-edge solution.”

DuraXV Extreme delivers simplicity with durability: IP68*, dust proof, waterproof, military standard 810G protection and Non-incendive Class I Div 2 hazardous locations protection. The device includes loud 100dB+ dual-front speakers and dual-mic noise cancellation for audio clarity and a standard two-year manufacturer’s warranty. DuraXV Extreme features optimized Push to Talk Plus (PTT+*) over cellular or Wi-Fi with a dedicated side button, a powerful, removable 1770mAh Li-Ion battery, and a wide array of PTT accessories. Compact and easy to use, it’s the first device to feature a 1.2GHz, 64-bit Quad-core processor for quicker response when running apps. Skyhook’s Precision Location hybrid positioning and location-assistance services allow DuraXV to be located indoors, outside, or in areas without a clear GPS signal.

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“DuraXV Extreme – and all of our rugged devices – are designed for harsh conditions like construction sites, in the field with first responders or on a mountaintop with extreme adventure seekers,” said Vipul Dalal, general manager, Kyocera’s Communications Equipment Group. “Skyhook’s ability to utilize Wi-Fi, GPS and cell signals helps ensure devices, and their owners, can always be found no matter where their jobs or adventures take them. This improved accuracy while preserving battery life made Skyhook a great fit for this device.”

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