(19)
(11)EP 2 972 483 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
23.12.2020 Bulletin 2020/52

(21)Application number: 14764945.3

(22)Date of filing:  25.02.2014
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
G01S 19/12(2010.01)
G01C 21/00(2006.01)
G01S 19/11(2010.01)
G01S 1/00(2006.01)
G01S 5/02(2010.01)
H04W 4/02(2018.01)
H04W 4/029(2018.01)
G01S 19/05(2010.01)
G01S 19/06(2010.01)
G01S 19/45(2010.01)
G01S 5/00(2006.01)
H04B 7/185(2006.01)
H04W 64/00(2009.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/US2014/018349
(87)International publication number:
WO 2014/143544 (18.09.2014 Gazette  2014/38)

(54)

USING MULTIPLE SOURCES OF LOCATION-AID DATA TO DETERMINE POSITION INFORMATION

VERWENDUNG MEHRERER QUELLEN VON STANDORTHILFSDATEN ZUR BESTIMMUNG VON POSITIONSINFORMATIONEN

UTILISATION DE MULTIPLES SOURCES DE DONNÉES D'AIDE À LA LOCALISATION POUR DÉTERMINER DES INFORMATIONS DE POSITION


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 12.03.2013 US 201313797599

(43)Date of publication of application:
20.01.2016 Bulletin 2016/03

(60)Divisional application:
20187415.3 / 3745160

(73)Proprietor: Apple Inc.
Cupertino, CA 95014 (US)

(72)Inventors:
  • LEVIN, Tirosh
    038248 Hadera M (IL)
  • DANIEL, Tomer
    46446 Herzlyia M (IL)

(74)Representative: Lang, Johannes et al
Bardehle Pagenberg Partnerschaft mbB Patentanwälte, Rechtsanwälte Prinzregentenplatz 7
81675 München
81675 München (DE)


(56)References cited: : 
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    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description

    CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION



    [0001] This application claims priority from U.S. Non-Provisional Application No. 13/797,599 filed on March 13, 2013.

    TECHNICAL FIELD



    [0002] This disclosure relates generally to the field of wireless communications, and in particular, to wireless location/positioning techniques.

    BACKGROUND



    [0003] In an assisted-global positioning system (A-GPS) or assisted-global navigation satellite system (A-GNSS), a GPS receiver, when operational in a particular wireless network, receives and uses location-related assistance data to improve its performance, e.g., in terms of time-to-first-fix (TTFF) value and position accuracy. But typically, in such systems, the GPS receiver (e.g., a GPS-capable cellular device) is able to request for and retrieve location-related assistance data from only a location-information source in the wireless network where the device is operational.

    [0004] Even if multiple sources or servers storing location-related assistance data are available to or accessible by the GPS receiver/device, it may be restricted to choose only one of the sources to receive the assistance data. Moreover, assistance data from two different sources may be incompatible or unsynchronized, such that they are not usable by the device to compute the position/location. For example, one source in the wireless network may provide proprietary information of the network, such as network time, position, etc., as assistance data. And, another source (e.g., a location server in the same or different network) may provide assistance data including data related to a satellite constellation selected by the network. In such a case, the device may not be able to utilize the two sets of dissimilar data, and may have to select one of the two sets for computing the position of the device.

    [0005] In another example, the device may be a cellular device capable to connecting to different cellular networks, e.g., networks of different cellular operators (AT&T, Verizon, etc.), or networks implemented with different cellular technologies (e.g., 3G, 4G (WiMAX, LTE), etc.). In case the device transitions its connectivity from one network to another (e.g., due to roaming, simultaneously connecting on two different data networks, or voluntarily switching from one network to another), in current assisted-positioning systems, the device has to terminate its current position-computation session which may be using assistance data from the previous network, discard the previous assistance data, and initiate a new position-computation session in the new network, and request and use new assistance data. Thus, the device lacks the opportunity to use assistance data from multiple location-information sources (e.g., by integrating previous and new assistance data) to further improve its performance.
    US 2012/0280859 relates to an assisted global positioning system (GPS) method and system. Wireless access points send assistance data to GPS receivers that are integrated into cellular chipsets and other chipsets. The access points may also act as fixed location references for differential GPS (DGPS) mobile stations. Errors caused by multipath travel of the GPS signals are reduced by using fixed location reference receivers.

    SUMMARY



    [0006] There is provided a wireless device as set out in claim 1, Z r a method as set out in claim 8, and a computer-readable medium as set out in claim 12.

    BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



    [0007] 

    FIG. 1 depicts an overview of a location/position information system, in accordance with various aspects and principles of the present disclosure.

    FIG. 2 depicts a message flow diagram illustrating an exemplary process for computing location/position information, in accordance with various aspects and principles of the present disclosure.


    DETAILED DESCRIPTION



    [0008] In the description that follows, like components have been given the same reference numerals, regardless of whether they are shown in different embodiments. To illustrate an embodiment(s) of the present disclosure in a clear and concise manner, the drawings may not necessarily be to scale and certain features may be shown in somewhat schematic form. Features that are described and/or illustrated with respect to one embodiment may be used in the same way or in a similar way in one or more other embodiments and/or in combination with or instead of the features of the other embodiments.

    [0009] In accordance with various embodiments of this disclosure, what is proposed is a wireless location/position computation system that includes multiple aid-data sources each storing (and providing) location-related aid information, a wireless device configured to communicate with the aid-data sources, and a location computation module either integrated with or external to the wireless device. The wireless device may include one or more transceivers and other necessary circuitry to communicate and process wireless, data and other signals. The wireless device may receive a position request to compute a position of the wireless device, and in response, initiate a compute-position session. In the compute-position session, the wireless device sends aid requests to and retrieves the location-related aid information from the aid-data sources and processes the location-related aid information from the aid-data sources to generate integrated location information. The location computation module may compute the position of the wireless device based on the integrated location information and satellite location information received from a satellite.

    [0010] In some embodiments, the aid-data sources include network location servers associated with a plurality of cellular networks, wherein each network location server stores the location-related aid information generated or processed within a corresponding cellular network, one or more Internet-based location service provider servers, or a combination thereof.

    [0011] The location-related aid information may include reference (or coarse or raw) location/position information, reference (or coarse or raw) time information, orbital information (e.g., ephemeris data) of a satellite, reference and status information (e.g., the almanac) of a set of satellites, or a combination thereof. In some embodiments, to process the location-related aid information, the wireless device is configured to perform one or more of the following operations: (a) perform a mathematical operation on the reference location information or the reference time information from at least two of the aid-data sources, (b) append the orbital information of a satellite from one of the aid-data sources with the orbital information of a satellite from another of the aid-data sources, (c) select the location-related aid information received first or last at the wireless device from one of the aid-data sources as the integrated location information, and (d) convert the orbital information of a satellite or the reference and status information of a set of satellites from a first format to a second format, or vice-versa, wherein the first format corresponds to computation of the position of the wireless device by the location computation module integrated within the wireless device, and the second format corresponds to computation of the position of the wireless device by the location computation module external to the wireless device.

    [0012] In some embodiments, the system further includes a first wireless network including a first aid-data source, and a second wireless network including a second aid-data source. In this case, the wireless device may be first operational in the first wireless network, and as part of the compute-position session, the wireless devices may retrieve the location-related aid information from the first aid-data source. At a later time, the wireless device may be disconnected from the first wireless network and become operational in the second wireless network (e.g., based on the cellular roaming mode), or in addition to being connected with and operational in the first wireless network, may also connect with the second wireless network. While operational in the second network, and as part of and without terminating the (current) compute-position session, the wireless device may retrieve the location-related aid information from the second aid-data source. Still without terminating the (current) compute-position session, the wireless device may combine the location-related aid information from the first and second aid-data sources. Also, within the same compute-position session, the location computation module may compute the position of the wireless device based on the combined location-related aid information and satellite location information.

    [0013] In another aspect of this disclosure, a wireless device is presented which may include a transceiver and a location core module having or associated with a processor. The transceiver may be arranged to transmit and receive wireless, data and other signals. The location core module may be configured to receive a position request to compute a position of the wireless device, and responsive to the position request, initiate a compute-position session. In the compute-position session, the location core module (or its processor) may be configured to send aid requests to and retrieve the location-related aid information from a plurality of aid-data sources. The location core module may also process the location-related aid information received from the plurality of aid-data sources to generate integrated location information. Further, the location core module may either compute the position of the wireless device based on the integrated location information and satellite location information received from a satellite, or provide the integrated location information and/or the satellite location information to a location computation module external to the wireless device to compute the position of the wireless device.

    [0014] In some embodiments, the location core module includes a location framework module, a location engine module and a location baseband module. The location framework module may be arranged to receive the position request (e.g., from an application executing on the wireless device, or from a device separate from the wireless device), and communicate with the plurality of aid-data sources to retrieve the location-related aid information. The location engine module may be configured to send a request to the location framework module to communicate with the plurality of aid-data sources to retrieve the location-related aid information, and receive the location-related aid information from the location framework module. The location engine module may be further configured to generate and provide configuration information to the location baseband module, and process the integrated location information and the satellite location information. The location baseband module may be configured to track and acquire a satellite based on the configuration information, receive the satellite location information and provide the satellite location information to the location engine module.

    [0015] In some embodiments, as part of and without terminating the (current) compute-position session, the location engine module is further configured to generate and provide first configuration information to the location baseband module based on the location-related aid information received from a first of the plurality of aid-data sources. The location engine module may further be able to combine the location-related aid information received from the first of the plurality of aid-data sources with the location-related aid information received from a second of the plurality of aid-data sources. The location engine module may then use the combined location-related aid information to generate and provide second configuration information to the location baseband module.

    [0016] In some embodiments, as part of and without terminating the (current) compute-position session, the location baseband module is further configured to track and acquire a satellite, and initiate generation of a location report based on the first configuration information from the location engine. And, in response to the second configuration information, the location baseband module may update tracking and acquiring of a satellite, and the location report.

    [0017] In another aspect of this disclosure, a method is presented to compute a position of a wireless device. The method, which may be performed by a processor of the wireless device, includes receiving a position request to compute a position of the wireless device, and in response to the position request, initiating a compute-position session. The compute-position session may include sending aid requests to a plurality of aid-data sources to retrieve location-related aid information from the plurality of aid-data sources, and receiving the requested location-related aid information. The method may further include processing the location-related aid information from the plurality of aid-data sources to generate integrated location information. Further, as part of the compute-position session, the position of the wireless device may be computed at the wireless device based on the integrated location information and satellite location information received from a satellite. Alternatively (or additionally) the integrated location information and/or the satellite location information may be provided from the wireless device to a location computation module external to the wireless device which may compute the position of the wireless device.

    [0018] These and other features and characteristics, as well as the methods of operation and functions of the related elements of structure and the combination of parts and economies of manufacture, will become more apparent upon consideration of the following description and the appended claims with reference to the accompanying drawings, all of which form a part of this specification, wherein like reference numerals designate corresponding parts in the various figures. It is to be expressly understood, however, that the drawings are for the purpose of illustration and description only and are not intended as a definition of the limits of claims. As used in the specification and in the claims, the singular form of "a", "an", and "the" include plural referents unless the context clearly dictates otherwise.

    [0019] FIG. 1 depicts an overview of wireless positioning system 100, in accordance with various aspects and principles of the present disclosure. The architecture of wireless positioning system 100 includes a wireless device 102, and a plurality of assistance/aid-data sources 104a-104x ("sources 104") storing location-related assistance/aid information that are configured to communicate with device 102 using radio-frequency (RF) signals or via a data network, e.g., an Internet Protocol (IP)-based network such as the Internet. In some embodiments, as is discussed in detail below, one or more sources 104a-104x may be part of and deployed within one or more cellular networks which provide location-based services to their subscribers/users using data from the aid-data sources. Additionally, in system 100, device 102 and sources 104a-104x may be able to communicate with a GPS satellite or a constellation of GPS satellites 106a-106x ("satellite 106") to receive RF signals having position/location-related information, based on which device 102 may be able to compute its position (e.g., for a location-based service and application), as needed. In general, system 100, its components and the location-based services and applications executed therein may be relate to global-navigation-satellite-systems and global positioning systems, e.g., GNSS, GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, COMPASS, BEIDOU, etc., assistance-based satellite/positioning systems, e.g., secure user plane location (SUPL) systems, and/or different augmentation systems, e.g., satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS), etc..

    [0020] In the context of this disclosure, sources 104 refers to any device or apparatus that is capable of storing and providing (to wireless devices) location-and-time-related information of an associated (cellular) network and/or one or more satellites (e.g., ephemeris information of satellite(s) 106). In some embodiments, a source 104 may be a part of and deployed within a wireless network (e.g., a Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) network, a General packet radio service (GPRS) network, a third-generation (3G) network, a fourth-generation (4G) network including an Long-Term-Evolution (LTE) network or a WiMAX network, a Wi-Fi network, or any other cellular/wireless network) which provides location-based services to their subscribers/users using assistance data from source 104 and satellite(s) 106. As such, source 104 may be implemented as an assisted-GPS (A-GPS) or assisted-GNSS (A-GNSS) server (hereinafter referred to as "A-GPS server") in the cellular network which receives, monitors, processes and stores the GPS signals from satellites 106 through a reference GPS receiver (not shown) integrated with the A-GPS server.

    [0021] In some embodiments, the A-GPS server supports one or more base stations or mobile switching center (MSC) 108 of the network (e.g., the A-GPS server might be co-located with the MSC). Based on the implementation, the A-GPS server may be a part of the cellular base station or MSC, or may be arranged as part of an access point (AP) of a Wi-Fi network. Further, the A-GPS server (and in general, sources 104) may be configured to communicate with network entities and/or wireless devices 102 based on the wireless protocols and technologies (e.g., GSM, GPRS, 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, etc.) supported by the network of which the A-GPS server is a part, and communicate with satellites 106 based on the positioning protocols supported by the GPS satellite system. Regardless of the corresponding wireless network technologies employed, sources 104 will include antenna(s), radio-frequency transmitter(s)/receiver(s), processor(s), router functionality, storage/memory devices and any other components suitable for communication purposes consistent with the related wireless technologies. In some embodiments, instead of being implemented as an A-GPS server with a GPS receiver, source 104 may be a server configured to (wirelessly or via a wired connection) obtain the necessary GPS assistance data from one or more A-GPS servers deployed outside the wireless network of which source 104 is a part. In some other embodiments, instead of being a part of a cellular network, source 104 is an independent A-GPS server which is configured to communicate with device 102 via a wired or wireless Internet Protocol (IP)-based network, e.g., the Internet, e.g., to provide location-related assistance data.

    [0022] The A-GPS server may have accurate knowledge of the GPS signals being transmitted by satellites 106. Through its connection with the MSC, the A-GPS server may know the cell and sector where the wireless device 102 is located (which may define the device's position to within a couple of kilometers (km) or so). As the A-GPS, source 104 may perform multiple functions including (a) interface with the network entities that will request and/or consume location data (e.g., a base station or MSC), (b) provide the assistance/aid location-related data to the mobile device (e.g., device 102) operational in the network based on which the device may compute its position and time, and/or communicate with satellites 106 for GPS data signals, (c) responsive to a request from the device, calculate the location of the device currently associated with the network (if such calculation is not done by the device itself, e.g., in mobile station assisted (MSA) mode of A-GPS systems), (d) interface to wireless network entities that may help the server to improve the assistance data, and/or other functions related to location-based services or applications.

    [0023] In some embodiments, the location-related assistance information stored in and provided by sources 104 include reference (or coarse or raw) location information, reference (or coarse or raw) time information based on the network time, GPS date and time information, orbital information (e.g., ephemeris data) of a satellite, reference and status information (e.g., almanac - orbital location and pseudorandom binary sequence (PN or PRN codes) of a set of satellites, Ionospheric parameters, or a combination thereof.

    [0024] In the context of this disclosure, device 102 refers to any device that may communicate with other devices via wireless signals, and may wirelessly (or via a wired network) connect to and communicate with multiple sources 104 at the same time. Such devices may include a positioning device (e.g., having a GPS receiver) implemented as or within, e.g., a laptop, mobile device, cellular/smartphone, gaming device, tablet computer, a wireless-enabled patient monitoring device, personal communication system (PCS) device, personal digital assistant (PDA), personal audio device (PAD), portable navigational device, and/or any other electronic wireless-enabled device configured to receive a wireless signal including location-related signals. As such, device 102 may be configured with variety of components, such as, for example, processor(s), memories, display screen, camera, input devices as well as communication-based elements. The communication-based elements may include, for example, antenna, interfaces, transceivers, modulation/demodulation and other circuitry, configured to communicate and transmit/receive information via a wireless or wired connection. The communication-based elements may be configured to support various network technologies and protocols including, but not limited to, GSM, GPRS, CDMA, WCDMA, 3G, 4G (LTE or WiMAX), Bluetooth, positioning/navigational (GPS) technologies, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, near-field communication (NFC), and/or other network technologies and protocols. Device 102 may also include a bus infrastructure and/or other interconnection means to connect and communicate information between various components and communication elements noted above.

    [0025] The processor(s) of device 102 (and sources 104 and other system components) may be part of a core processing or computing unit that is configured to receive and process input data and instructions, provide output and/or control other components of device 102 in accordance with embodiments of the present disclosure. Such processing elements may include a microprocessor, a memory controller, a memory and other components. The microprocessor may further include a cache memory (e.g., SRAM), which along with the memory may be part of a memory hierarchy to store instructions and data. The microprocessor may also include one or more logic modules such as a field programmable gate array (FPGA) or other logic array.

    [0026] The memories of device 102 (and sources 104 and other components of system 100) may take the form of a dynamic storage device coupled to the bus infrastructure and configured to store information, instructions, and application programs to be executed by the processor(s) or controller(s) associated of the respective device/component. Some or all of the memory may be implemented as Dual In-line Memory Modules (DIMMs), and may be one or more of the following types of memory: Static random access memory (SRAM), Burst SRAM or SynchBurst SRAM (BSRAM), Dynamic random access memory (DRAM), Fast Page Mode DRAM (FPM DRAM), Enhanced DRAM (EDRAM), Extended Data Output RAM (EDO RAM), Extended Data Output DRAM (EDO DRAM), Burst Extended Data Output DRAM (BEDO DRAM), Enhanced DRAM (EDRAM), synchronous DRAM (SDRAM), JEDECSRAM, PCIOO SDRAM, Double Data Rate SDRAM (DDR SDRAM), Enhanced SDRAM (ESDRAM), SyncLink DRAM (SLDRAM), Direct Rambus DRAM (DRDRAM), Ferroelectric RAM (FRAM), or any other type of memory device. Device 102 (and/or other system components) may also include read only memory (ROM) and/or other static storage devices coupled to the bus infrastructure and configured to store static information and instructions for the processor(s) and/or controller(s) associated with the device/component.

    [0027] In some embodiments, device 102 may support applications (executing of the device itself or on other connected devices) that may require and use location/position of device 102. As such, device 102 may be configured to receive a position request from such an application, process the request, compute the device position, and provide the position information to the application. In some embodiments, to process the position request and determine the position, device 102 communicates with multiple sources 104 (e.g., A-GPS servers) to obtain location-related assistance data. Device 102 may then utilize the assistance data from the multiple sources to improve the tracking and acquiring of satellite(s) 106 to obtain accurate satellite signals needed for the position calculation. Using the assistance data from multiple sources, device 102 may be able to improve its performance in determining the requested position information in terms of: (a) reduced time delay to acquire satellite signals and navigation data and compute the position fix (also known as time-to-first-fix (TTFF)), (b) more accurate position information calculated based on the assistance data and satellite data, (c) better sensitivity to acquire satellite signals in "noisy" conditions, and/or (d) acquiring satellite signals and navigation data from additional satellites, etc.

    [0028] In some embodiments, as part of an A-GPS or A-GNSS system (i.e., utilizing location-related assistance data from sources 104), device 102 is configured to operate in (one or both of) two modes: Mobile Station-Assisted (MSA) mode, and Mobile Station-Based (MSB) mode. In MSA mode operation, device 102 receives assistance data including ephemeris data, acquisition assistance, reference time, reference frequency, expected satellite Doppler and Doppler rate, and other optional assistance data from an A-GPS server 104. With the help of the assistance data, device 102 receives signals from the visible satellites 106, and sends the measurements to the A-GPS server. The A-GPS server, using, e.g., a location computation module implemented therein, calculates the position and sends it back to device 102. In MSB mode operation, device 102 receives assistance data including ephemeris data, almanac, reference location, reference time and other optional assistance data from an A-GPS server 104. Using the assistance data, device 102 receives signals from the visible satellites 106, and calculates the position (e.g., using a location computation module implemented within device 102). Regardless of the operation mode, in the context of this disclosure, the position of the device is calculated using satellite navigation data and assistance data based on position-computation techniques related to GPS, GNSS or other positioning technologies/protocols, which are well-understood by a person of the ordinary skill in the art.

    [0029] In some embodiments, device 102 is able to combine the A-GPS-based information and information from other location services, such as, e.g., Wi-Fi Positioning System and cell-site multilateration, to determine the position of the device. Further, in addition to or instead of assisted modes, device 102 may also be arranged to operate as a standalone positioning device that does not utilize location assistance data, and communicate only with associated satellites to obtain positioning or navigation data.

    [0030] As depicted in Figure 1, in some embodiments, device 102 also includes a location framework module 112, a location engine module 114 and a location baseband module 116 (which may collectively constitute a "location core"). Location framework module 112 may be configured to receive a position request, e.g., from an application executing on device 102 or on another device, and interface and communicate with sources 104 to retrieve the location-related assistance data.

    [0031] Location engine module 114 may be configured to perform multiple functions including, but not limited to: (a) sending a request to location framework module 112 to communicate with sources 104 to retrieve the location-related assistance data; (b) receiving the location-related assistance data from location framework module 112; (c) processing the location-related assistance data from sources 104 to generate integrated location information; (d) generating and providing configuration information to location baseband module 116; (e) processing the integrated location information and satellite location measurement and navigation data (from module 116); and (f) computing the position of device 102 based on the integrated location information and/or the satellite location and navigation data.

    [0032] Location baseband module 116 may be configured to track and acquire a satellite based on the configuration information received from module 114, receive the satellite location measurement and navigation data, and provide that data to location engine module 114 for further processing.

    [0033] The operations of the modules of device 102 for computing position information of device 102 will now be described in relation with FIG. 2 which depicts a message flow diagram illustrating process 200, in accordance with various aspects and principles of the present disclosure. Process 200 is represented as a transactional message flow diagram illustrating transactional messages between the above-discussed components of system 100.

    [0034] In operation, initially, location framework module 112 may receive a position request to compute a position of device 102, e.g., from an application (e.g., a navigation application) executing on device 102 or a wireless device separate from, but operationally connected with, device 102. Responsive to the position request, location framework module 112 initiates a compute-position session. As part of the compute-position session, first in operation 202, location framework module 112 sends the position request to location engine 114.

    [0035] Upon receipt of the request, location engine 114 may determine that the existing location-related information (e.g., satellite data) stored in a database or memory at device 102 is not sufficient or updated to track and acquire a satellite 106 and/or compute the position of device 102. As such, in operation 204, location engine 114 sends an assistance data request to location framework module 112 to obtain location-related assistance data from sources 104 (e.g., sources 104a, 104b). Although only two sources 104 are depicted in FIG. 2, process 200 (or system 100) is not limited to only two sources 104. Indeed, any number of multiple sources 104 may be part of system 100 and participate in process 200.

    [0036] To comply with the assistance data request from location engine 114, location framework module 112, in operation 206, further sends an assistance data request to one of the assistance data sources, e.g., source/server 104a. In response to the request, location framework module 112, in operation 208, receives the assistance data in an assistance data report from source 104a. As discussed above, the assistance data may include location-related information which is used, e.g., by location engine module 114 and a location baseband module 116 to acquire and receive satellite data from satellite(s) 106. In some embodiments, the assistance data include one or more of reference (or coarse or raw) location information, reference (or coarse or raw) time information based on the network time, GPS date and time information, ephemeris data of a satellite, almanac, Ionospheric parameters. Further, to complete the request of operation 204, in operation 210, location framework module 112 forwards the assistance data report to location engine module 114.

    [0037] Location engine module 114 may be configured to process the data in the assistance data report and generate a configuration report for baseband module 116. The configuration report may include information related to frequencies, acquisition PRN codes, etc. of satellites 106, which are used by baseband module 116 to first track and acquire a satellite and then initiate receiving a measurement report and other navigation messages from the satellite. In operation 212, location engine module 114 sends the configuration and a measurement report request to baseband module 116. Based on the configuration and the request, in operation 214, baseband module 116 may initiate the process of tracking and acquiring a satellite vehicle (SV), e.g., a satellite 106, based on SV tracking-and-acquiring techniques of a typical positioning system (e.g., GPS, GNSS, etc.) that are well-understood by a person of skill in the art. Also in operation 214, baseband module 116 begins receiving satellite timing measurements as well as satellite data such as almanac, ephemeris, corrections etc., from the acquired satellite 106 with which module 116 is communicating, and based on the satellite timing measurements and data, initiates generating a measurement report. As shown, operations 206-214 may constitute a "first time period" of the compute-position session, which basically entails communication with one ("a first") of the sources 104 to obtain the assistance data, and processing that assistance data to initiate communication with one or more satellites 106 for location information.

    [0038] In some embodiments, at the beginning of a "second time period" of that same compute-position session (i.e., without interrupting or terminating the session), location framework module 112 is able to communicate with an additional source 104 (e.g., source/server 104b) to request and retrieve additional location-related assistance data. The additional source 104 may become available and accessible to location framework module 112 (and in general, to device 102), e.g., when device 102 is disconnected from a first wireless network (having source 104a) and becomes operational to a second wireless network (having source 104b). Such network transition may occur when device 102 is in a cellular roaming mode, and moves from the coverage area of the first network (of a cellular operator) into the coverage area of the second network (of another cellular operator). Additionally, or alternatively, the additional source 104 may become available when device 102, capable of connecting to different types of networks, switches to another network (e.g., a new cellular network based on different technology or the Internet) and is thus able to interface with source/server 104b of the new network.

    [0039] Accordingly, similar to operations 206, 208, 210, location framework module 112, in operations 216, 218, 220, requests, receives and forwards (to module 114) an assistance data report with location-related assistance data stored at source 104b. At this point in the compute-position session, location engine module 114 may integrate or combine the assistance data from source 104a with the assistance data from source 104b to generate integrated location assistance data/information.

    [0040] To integrate the assistance data from multiple sources 104, location engine module 114 may be configured to perform operations including, but not limited to, (a) perform a mathematical operation on the reference location information or the reference time information from at least two of the multiple sources (e.g., from sources 104a, 104b); (b) append the ephemeris data/almanac for satellites 106 from one source (104a) with the ephemeris data/almanac from another source (104b); (c) select the assistance received first at device 102 (e.g., from source 104a) as the integrated location information; (d) select the assistance received last at device 102 (e.g., from source 104b) as the integrated location information; (e) convert the ephemeris data or almanac for satellites 106 from a first format to a second format, or vice-versa, wherein the first format corresponds to MSB mode of device 102, and the second format corresponds to MSA mode of device 102. As discussed above, using the integrated assistance data, device 102 may be able to improve its overall performance in determining the requested position in terms of: (a) reduced TTFF, (b) more accurate position information, (c) better sensitivity to acquire satellite signals in "noisy" conditions, and/or (d) acquiring satellite signals and navigation data from additional satellites 106 which otherwise may not been visible to device 102, etc.

    [0041] Further in operation 222, module 114 updates the configuration based on the integrated assistance data, and provides the updated configuration to baseband module 116. Using the updated configuration, baseband module 116 (in operation 224) updates and improves SV acquiring and tracking (e.g., in terms of time, accuracy and better satellite selection). In operation 226, baseband module 116 receives satellite location messages or data (e.g., including ephemeris, almanac, etc.) and measurement report from the acquired satellites 106. In operation 228, the satellite data and measurement report are provided to module 114.

    [0042] Further in operation 230 (and still in the same compute-position session), module 114 integrates the satellite location data with the previously-integrated assistance data from multiple sources 104, e.g., in the same manner as discussed above. In operation 230, if device 102 is operating in MSB mode, module 114 computes the position of device 102 based on the newly-integrated location data, or if device 102 is operating in MSA mode, module 114 (or module 112) provides the newly-integrated location data (or only the satellite data) to an external device (e.g., a location computation module or server) to compute the position. The calculated device position is then reported to location framework module 112 (in operation 234), which further provides the position report to the application which requested the position information. Although only two time periods associated with two sources 104 are depicted in FIG. 2 and discussed above, system 100 and process 200 are not limited to these embodiments.

    [0043] Examples: The following examples pertain to further embodiments.

    Example 1 is a wireless device, comprising a transceiver and a location core module. The transceiver configured to transmit and receive wireless signals. The location core module comprising a processor configured to receive a position request to compute a position of the wireless device, and responsive to the position request, initiate a compute-position session. In the compute-position session, the processor is further configured to (a) send aid requests to a plurality of aid-data sources to retrieve location-related aid information from the plurality of aid-data sources, (b) retrieve the location-related aid information from the plurality of aid-data sources, (c) process the location-related aid information from the plurality of aid-data sources to generate integrated location information, and (d) either compute the position of the wireless device based on the integrated location information and satellite location information received from a satellite, or provide the integrated location information and/or the satellite location information to a location computation module external to the wireless device to compute the position of the wireless device.

    In Example 2, the subject matter of Example 1 may optionally include that the location core module includes a location framework module, a location engine module and a location baseband module. The location framework module is configured to receive the position request, and communicate with the plurality of aid-data sources to retrieve the location-related aid information. The location engine module is configured to send a request to the location framework module to communicate with the plurality of aid-data sources to retrieve the location-related aid information, receive the location-related aid information from the location framework module, generate and provide configuration information to the location baseband module, and process the integrated location information and the satellite location information. The location baseband module is configured to track and acquire a satellite based on the configuration information, receive the satellite location information and provide the satellite location information to the location engine module.

    In Example 3, the subject matter of Example 2 may optionally include that the location engine module, as part of and without terminating the compute-position session, is further configured to (a) generate and provide first configuration information to the location baseband module based on the location-related aid information received from a first of the plurality of aid-data sources, (b) combine the location-related aid information received from the first of the plurality of aid-data sources with the location-related aid information received from a second of the plurality of aid-data sources, and (c) generate and provide second configuration information to the location baseband module based on the combined location-related aid information.

    In Example 4, the subject matter of Example 3 may optionally include that the location baseband module, as part of and without terminating the compute-position session, is further configured to (a) track and acquire a satellite, and initiate generation of a location report based on the first configuration information, and (b) responsive to the second configuration information, update tracking and acquiring of a satellite, and update the location report.

    In Example 5, the subject matter of any one of Examples 1-4 may optionally include that, at a first time instance, the wireless device is operationally connected to a first wireless network, and as part of the compute-position session, the processor is configured to retrieve the location-related aid information from a first of the plurality of aid-data sources associated with the first wireless network. Further, in Example 5, at a second time instance, the wireless device is disconnected from the first wireless network and operationally connected to a second wireless network, and as part of and without terminating the compute-position session, the processor is further configured to retrieve the location-related aid information from a second of the plurality of aid-data sources associated with the second wireless network.

    In Example 6, the subject matter of any one of Examples 1-5 may optionally include that the plurality of aid-data sources comprises network location servers associated with a plurality of cellular networks, wherein each network location server stores the location-related aid information generated or processed within a corresponding cellular network, one or more Internet-based location service provider servers, or a combination thereof.

    In Example 7, the subject matter of any one of Examples 1-6 may optionally include that the location core receives the position request from an application executing on the wireless device, or from a device separate from the wireless device.

    In Example 8, the subject matter of any one of Examples 1-7 may optionally include that the location-related aid information comprises reference location information, reference time information, orbital information of a satellite, reference and status information of a set of satellites, or a combination thereof.

    In Example 9, the subject matter of Example 8 may optionally include that the processor, to process the location-related aid information, is further configured to (a) perform a mathematical operation on the reference location information or the reference time information from at least two of the plurality of aid-data sources, (b) append the orbital information of a satellite from one of the plurality of aid-data sources with the orbital information of a satellite from another of the plurality of aid-data sources, (c) select the location-related aid information received first at the location core module from one of the plurality of aid-data sources as the integrated location information, (d) select the location-related aid information received last at the location core module from one of the plurality of aid-data sources as the integrated location information, (e) convert the orbital information of a satellite or the reference and status information of a set of satellites from a first format to a second format, or vice-versa, wherein the first format corresponds to computation of the position of the wireless device by the processor of the location core, and the second format corresponds to computation of the position of the wireless device by the location computation module external to the wireless device, or (f) a combination thereof.

    Example 10 is a method to compute a position of a wireless device, the method comprising receiving, at a processor associated with the wireless device, a position request to compute a position of the wireless device, and responsive to the position request, initiating, using the processor, a compute-position session. The compute-position session may include (a) sending, using the processor, aid requests to a plurality of aid-data sources to retrieve location-related aid information from the plurality of aid-data sources, (b) receiving, at the processor, the location-related aid information from the plurality of aid-data sources, (c) processing, using the processor, the location-related aid information from the plurality of aid-data sources to generate integrated location information, and (d) either computing, using the processor, the position of the wireless device based on the integrated location information and satellite location information received from a satellite, or provide the integrated location information and/or the satellite location information from the wireless device to a location computation module external to the wireless device to compute the position of the wireless device.

    In Example 11, the subject matter of Example 10 may optionally include that the plurality of aid-data sources comprises network location servers associated with a plurality of cellular networks, wherein each network location server stores the location-related aid information generated or processed within a corresponding cellular network, one or more Internet-based location service provider servers, or a combination thereof.

    In Example 12, the subject matter any one of Examples 10, 11 may optionally include that the location-related aid information comprises reference location information, reference time information, orbital information of a satellite, reference and status information of a set of satellites, or a combination thereof.

    In Example 13, the subject matter of Example 12 may optionally include that said processing the location-related aid information comprises (a) performing a mathematical operation on the reference location information or the reference time information from at least two of the plurality of aid-data sources, (b) appending the orbital information of a satellite from one of the plurality of aid-data sources with the orbital information of a satellite from another of the plurality of aid-data sources, (c) selecting the location-related aid information received first at the location core module from one of the plurality of aid-data sources as the integrated location information, (d) selecting the location-related aid information received last at the location core module from one of the plurality of aid-data sources as the integrated location information, (e) converting the orbital information of a satellite or the reference and status information of a set of satellites from a first format to a second format, or vice-versa, wherein the first format corresponds to computation of the position of the wireless device by the processor of the location core, and the second format corresponds to computation of the position of the wireless device by the location computation module external to the wireless device, or (f) a combination thereof.

    Example 14 is a system to compute a position of a wireless device, the system comprising a plurality of aid-data sources storing location-related aid information, a wireless device, and a location computation module. The wireless device is configured to communicate with the plurality of aid-data sources, a data network including the Internet, and a satellite, and includes a transceiver configured to transmit and receive communication signals, and, in response to a position request to compute a position of the wireless device The wireless device is configured to initiate a compute-position session in which the wireless device sends aid requests to the plurality of aid-data sources to retrieve the location-related aid information from the plurality of aid-data sources, retrieves the location-related aid information from the plurality of aid-data sources, and processes the location-related aid information from the plurality of aid-data sources to generate integrated location information. The location computation module is either integrated within the wireless device, or external to and operationally connected with the wireless device, wherein the location computation module is configured to compute the position of the wireless device based on the integrated location information and satellite location information received from a satellite.

    In Example 15, the subject matter of Example 14 may optionally include that the wireless device further comprises a location framework module, a location engine module and a location baseband module. The location framework module is configured to receive the position request, and communicate with the plurality of aid-data sources to retrieve the location-related aid information. The location engine module is configured to send a request to the location framework module to communicate with the plurality of aid-data sources to retrieve the location-related aid information, receive the location-related aid information from the location framework module, generate and provide configuration information to the location baseband module, and process the integrated location information and the satellite location information. The location baseband module is configured to track and acquire a satellite based on the configuration information, receive the satellite location information and provide the satellite location information to the location engine module.

    In Example 16, the subject matter of any one of Examples 14, 15 may optionally include that a first wireless network includes a first of the plurality of aid-data sources, and a second wireless network includes a second of the plurality of aid-data sources. At a first time instance, the wireless device is operationally connected to the first wireless network, and as part of the compute-position session, the wireless device retrieves the location-related aid information from the first of the plurality of aid-data sources. And, at a second time instance, the wireless device is disconnected from the first wireless network and operationally connected to the second wireless network, and as part of and without terminating the compute-position session, the wireless device retrieves the location-related aid information from the second of the plurality of aid-data sources, and combines the location-related aid information from the second of the plurality of aid-data sources with the location-related aid information received from the first of the plurality of aid-data sources.

    In Example 17, the subject matter of any one of Examples 14-16 may optionally include that the wireless device receives the position request from an application executing on the wireless device, or from a device separate from the wireless device.

    In Example 18, the subject matter of any one of Examples 14-17 may optionally include that the plurality of aid-data sources comprises network location servers associated with a plurality of cellular networks, wherein each network location server stores the location-related aid information generated or processed within a corresponding cellular network, one or more Internet-based location service provider servers, or a combination thereof.

    In Example 19, the subject matter of any one of Examples 14-18 may optionally include that the location-related aid information comprises reference location information, reference time information, orbital information of a satellite, reference and status information of a set of satellites, or a combination thereof.

    In Example 20, the subject matter of Example 19 may optionally include that, to process the location-related aid information, the wireless device is further configured to (a) perform a mathematical operation on the reference location information or the reference time information from at least two of the plurality of aid-data sources, (b) append the orbital information of a satellite from one of the plurality of aid-data sources with the orbital information of a satellite from one or more of the plurality of aid-data sources, (c) select the location-related aid information received first at the wireless device from one of the plurality of aid-data sources as the integrated location information, (d) select the location-related aid information received last at the wireless device from one of the plurality of aid-data sources as the integrated location information, (e) convert the orbital information of a satellite or the reference and status information of a set of satellites from a first format to a second format, or vice-versa, wherein the first format corresponds to computation of the position of the wireless device by the location computation module integrated within the wireless device, and the second format corresponds to computation of the position of the wireless device by the location computation module external to the wireless device, or (f) a combination thereof.

    Example 21 is a computer-readable medium comprising computer-readable instructions physically embodied thereon which, when executed by a processor, causes the processor to perform a method to compute a position of a wireless device. Such method includes receiving a position request to compute a position of the wireless device, and responsive to the position request, initiating a compute-position session. The compute-position session includes (a) sending aid requests to a plurality of aid-data sources to retrieve location-related aid information from the plurality of aid-data sources, (b) receiving the location-related aid information from the plurality of aid-data sources, (c) processing the location-related aid information from the plurality of aid-data sources to generate integrated location information, and (d) either computing the position of the wireless device based on the integrated location information and satellite location information received from a satellite, or provide the integrated location information and/or the satellite location information to a location computation module external to the wireless device to compute the position of the wireless device.

    In Example 22, the subject matter of Example 21 may optionally include that the plurality of aid-data sources comprises network location servers associated with a plurality of cellular networks, wherein each network location server stores the location-related aid information generated or processed within a corresponding cellular network, one or more Internet-based location service provider servers, or a combination thereof.

    In Example 23, the subject matter of any one of Examples 21, 22 may optionally include that the location-related aid information comprises reference location information, reference time information, orbital information of a satellite, reference and status information of a set of satellites, or a combination thereof.

    In Example 24, the subject matter of Example 23 may optionally include that said processing the location-related aid information comprises (a) performing a mathematical operation on the reference location information or the reference time information from at least two of the plurality of aid-data sources, (b) appending the orbital information of a satellite from one of the plurality of aid-data sources with the orbital information of a satellite from another of the plurality of aid-data sources, (c) selecting the location-related aid information received first at the location core module from one of the plurality of aid-data sources as the integrated location information, (d) selecting the location-related aid information received last at the location core module from one of the plurality of aid-data sources as the integrated location information, (e) converting the orbital information of a satellite or the reference and status information of a set of satellites from a first format to a second format, or vice-versa, wherein the first format corresponds to computation of the position of the wireless device by the processor of the location core, and the second format corresponds to computation of the position of the wireless device by the location computation module external to the wireless device, or (f) a combination thereof.

    Example 25 is a wireless device, comprising a transceiver and a location core module. The transceiver configured to transmit and receive wireless signals. The location core module comprising a processor configured to receive a position request to compute a position of the wireless device, and responsive to the position request, initiate a compute-position session. In the compute-position session, the processor is further configured to (a) send aid requests to a plurality of aid-data sources to retrieve location-related aid information from the plurality of aid-data sources, (b) retrieve the location-related aid information from the plurality of aid-data sources, (c) process the location-related aid information from the plurality of aid-data sources to generate integrated location information, and (d) either compute the position of the wireless device based on the integrated location information and satellite location information received from a satellite, or provide the integrated location information and/or the satellite location information to a location computation module external to the wireless device to compute the position of the wireless device.

    In Example 26, the subject matter of Example 25 may optionally include that the location core module includes a location framework module, a location engine module and a location baseband module. The location framework module is configured to receive the position request, and communicate with the plurality of aid-data sources to retrieve the location-related aid information. The location engine module is configured to send a request to the location framework module to communicate with the plurality of aid-data sources to retrieve the location-related aid information, receive the location-related aid information from the location framework module, generate and provide configuration information to the location baseband module, and process the integrated location information and the satellite location information. The location baseband module is configured to track and acquire a satellite based on the configuration information, receive the satellite location information and provide the satellite location information to the location engine module.

    In Example 27, the subject matter of Example 26 may optionally include that the location engine module, as part of and without terminating the compute-position session, is further configured to (a) generate and provide first configuration information to the location baseband module based on the location-related aid information received from a first of the plurality of aid-data sources, (b) combine the location-related aid information received from the first of the plurality of aid-data sources with the location-related aid information received from a second of the plurality of aid-data sources, and (c) generate and provide second configuration information to the location baseband module based on the combined location-related aid information.

    In Example 28, the subject matter of Example 27 may optionally include that the location baseband module, as part of and without terminating the compute-position session, is further configured to (a) track and acquire a satellite, and initiate generation of a location report based on the first configuration information, and (b) responsive to the second configuration information, update tracking and acquiring of a satellite, and update the location report.

    In Example 29, the subject matter of any one of Examples 25-28 may optionally include that, at a first time instance, the wireless device is operationally connected to a first wireless network, and as part of the compute-position session, the processor is configured to retrieve the location-related aid information from a first of the plurality of aid-data sources associated with the first wireless network. Further, in Example 5, at a second time instance, the wireless device is disconnected from the first wireless network and operationally connected to a second wireless network, and as part of and without terminating the compute-position session, the processor is further configured to retrieve the location-related aid information from a second of the plurality of aid-data sources associated with the second wireless network.

    In Example 30, the subject matter of any one of Examples 25-29 may optionally include that the plurality of aid-data sources comprises network location servers associated with a plurality of cellular networks, wherein each network location server stores the location-related aid information generated or processed within a corresponding cellular network, one or more Internet-based location service provider servers, or a combination thereof.

    In Example 31, the subject matter of any one of Examples 25-30 may optionally include that the location core receives the position request from an application executing on the wireless device, or from a device separate from the wireless device.

    In Example 32, the subject matter of any one of Examples 25-31 may optionally include that the location-related aid information comprises reference location information, reference time information, orbital information of a satellite, reference and status information of a set of satellites, or a combination thereof.

    In Example 33, the subject matter of Example 32 may optionally include that the processor, to process the location-related aid information, is further configured to (a) perform a mathematical operation on the reference location information or the reference time information from at least two of the plurality of aid-data sources, (b) append the orbital information of a satellite from one of the plurality of aid-data sources with the orbital information of a satellite from another of the plurality of aid-data sources, (c) select the location-related aid information received first at the location core module from one of the plurality of aid-data sources as the integrated location information, (d) select the location-related aid information received last at the location core module from one of the plurality of aid-data sources as the integrated location information, (e) convert the orbital information of a satellite or the reference and status information of a set of satellites from a first format to a second format, or vice-versa, wherein the first format corresponds to computation of the position of the wireless device by the processor of the location core, and the second format corresponds to computation of the position of the wireless device by the location computation module external to the wireless device, or (f) a combination thereof.

    Example 34 is a method to compute a position of a wireless device, the method comprising receiving, at a processor associated with the wireless device, a position request to compute a position of the wireless device, and responsive to the position request, initiating, using the processor, a compute-position session. The compute-position session may include (a) sending, using the processor, aid requests to a plurality of aid-data sources to retrieve location-related aid information from the plurality of aid-data sources, (b) receiving, at the processor, the location-related aid information from the plurality of aid-data sources, (c) processing, using the processor, the location-related aid information from the plurality of aid-data sources to generate integrated location information, and (d) either computing, using the processor, the position of the wireless device based on the integrated location information and satellite location information received from a satellite, or provide the integrated location information and/or the satellite location information from the wireless device to a location computation module external to the wireless device to compute the position of the wireless device.

    In Example 35, the subject matter of Example 34 may optionally include that the plurality of aid-data sources comprises network location servers associated with a plurality of cellular networks, wherein each network location server stores the location-related aid information generated or processed within a corresponding cellular network, one or more Internet-based location service provider servers, or a combination thereof.

    In Example 36, the subject matter any one of Examples 34, 35 may optionally include that the location-related aid information comprises reference location information, reference time information, orbital information of a satellite, reference and status information of a set of satellites, or a combination thereof.

    In Example 37, the subject matter of Example 36 may optionally include that said processing the location-related aid information comprises (a) performing a mathematical operation on the reference location information or the reference time information from at least two of the plurality of aid-data sources, (b) appending the orbital information of a satellite from one of the plurality of aid-data sources with the orbital information of a satellite from another of the plurality of aid-data sources, (c) selecting the location-related aid information received first at the location core module from one of the plurality of aid-data sources as the integrated location information, (d) selecting the location-related aid information received last at the location core module from one of the plurality of aid-data sources as the integrated location information, (e) converting the orbital information of a satellite or the reference and status information of a set of satellites from a first format to a second format, or vice-versa, wherein the first format corresponds to computation of the position of the wireless device by the processor of the location core, and the second format corresponds to computation of the position of the wireless device by the location computation module external to the wireless device, or (f) a combination thereof.

    Example 38 is a system to compute a position of a wireless device, the system comprising a plurality of aid-data sources each storing location-related aid information, and a wireless device of any one of Examples 25-33.

    Example 39 is a computer-readable medium comprising computer-readable instructions physically embodied thereon which, when executed by a processor, causes the processor to perform the method of any one of Examples 34-37.

    Example 40 is an apparatus comprising means for performing the method of any one of Examples 34-37.

    Example 41 is a wireless device, comprising a transceiver and a location core module. The transceiver configured to transmit and receive wireless signals. The location core module comprising a processor configured to receive a position request to compute a position of the wireless device, and responsive to the position request, initiate a compute-position session. In the compute-position session, the processor is further configured to (a) send aid requests to a plurality of aid-data sources to retrieve location-related aid information from the plurality of aid-data sources, (b) retrieve the location-related aid information from the plurality of aid-data sources, (c) process the location-related aid information from the plurality of aid-data sources to generate integrated location information, and (d) either compute the position of the wireless device based on the integrated location information and satellite location information received from a satellite, or provide the integrated location information and/or the satellite location information to a location computation module external to the wireless device to compute the position of the wireless device.

    In Example 42, the subject matter of Example 41 may optionally include that the location core module includes a location framework module, a location engine module and a location baseband module. The location framework module is configured to receive the position request, and communicate with the plurality of aid-data sources to retrieve the location-related aid information. The location engine module is configured to send a request to the location framework module to communicate with the plurality of aid-data sources to retrieve the location-related aid information, receive the location-related aid information from the location framework module, generate and provide configuration information to the location baseband module, and process the integrated location information and the satellite location information. The location baseband module is configured to track and acquire a satellite based on the configuration information, receive the satellite location information and provide the satellite location information to the location engine module.

    In Example 43, the subject matter of Example 42 may optionally include that the location engine module, as part of and without terminating the compute-position session, is further configured to (a) generate and provide first configuration information to the location baseband module based on the location-related aid information received from a first of the plurality of aid-data sources, (b) combine the location-related aid information received from the first of the plurality of aid-data sources with the location-related aid information received from a second of the plurality of aid-data sources, and (c) generate and provide second configuration information to the location baseband module based on the combined location-related aid information.

    In Example 44, the subject matter of Example 43 may optionally include that the location baseband module, as part of and without terminating the compute-position session, is further configured to (a) track and acquire a satellite, and initiate generation of a location report based on the first configuration information, and (b) responsive to the second configuration information, update tracking and acquiring of a satellite, and update the location report.

    In Example 45, the subject matter of any one of Examples 41-44 may optionally include that, at a first time instance, the wireless device is operationally connected to a first wireless network, and as part of the compute-position session, the processor is configured to retrieve the location-related aid information from a first of the plurality of aid-data sources associated with the first wireless network. Further, in Example 5, at a second time instance, the wireless device is disconnected from the first wireless network and operationally connected to a second wireless network, and as part of and without terminating the compute-position session, the processor is further configured to retrieve the location-related aid information from a second of the plurality of aid-data sources associated with the second wireless network.

    In Example 46, the subject matter of any one of Examples 41-45 may optionally include that the plurality of aid-data sources comprises network location servers associated with a plurality of cellular networks, wherein each network location server stores the location-related aid information generated or processed within a corresponding cellular network, one or more Internet-based location service provider servers, or a combination thereof.

    In Example 47, the subject matter of any one of Examples 41-46 may optionally include that the location core receives the position request from an application executing on the wireless device, or from a device separate from the wireless device.

    In Example 48, the subject matter of any one of Examples 41-47 may optionally include that the location-related aid information comprises reference location information, reference time information, orbital information of a satellite, reference and status information of a set of satellites, or a combination thereof.

    In Example 49, the subject matter of Example 48 may optionally include that the processor, to process the location-related aid information, is further configured to (a) perform a mathematical operation on the reference location information or the reference time information from at least two of the plurality of aid-data sources, (b) append the orbital information of a satellite from one of the plurality of aid-data sources with the orbital information of a satellite from another of the plurality of aid-data sources, (c) select the location-related aid information received first at the location core module from one of the plurality of aid-data sources as the integrated location information, (d) select the location-related aid information received last at the location core module from one of the plurality of aid-data sources as the integrated location information, (e) convert the orbital information of a satellite or the reference and status information of a set of satellites from a first format to a second format, or vice-versa, wherein the first format corresponds to computation of the position of the wireless device by the processor of the location core, and the second format corresponds to computation of the position of the wireless device by the location computation module external to the wireless device, or (f) a combination thereof.

    Example 50 is a method to compute a position of a wireless device, the method comprising receiving, at a processor associated with the wireless device, a position request to compute a position of the wireless device, and responsive to the position request, initiating, using the processor, a compute-position session. The compute-position session may include (a) sending, using the processor, aid requests to a plurality of aid-data sources to retrieve location-related aid information from the plurality of aid-data sources, (b) receiving, at the processor, the location-related aid information from the plurality of aid-data sources, (c) processing, using the processor, the location-related aid information from the plurality of aid-data sources to generate integrated location information, and (d) either computing, using the processor, the position of the wireless device based on the integrated location information and satellite location information received from a satellite, or provide the integrated location information and/or the satellite location information from the wireless device to a location computation module external to the wireless device to compute the position of the wireless device.

    In Example 51, the subject matter of Example 50 may optionally include that the plurality of aid-data sources comprises network location servers associated with a plurality of cellular networks, wherein each network location server stores the location-related aid information generated or processed within a corresponding cellular network, one or more Internet-based location service provider servers, or a combination thereof.

    In Example 52, the subject matter any one of Examples 50, 51 may optionally include that the location-related aid information comprises reference location information, reference time information, orbital information of a satellite, reference and status information of a set of satellites, or a combination thereof.

    In Example 53, the subject matter of Example 52 may optionally include that said processing the location-related aid information comprises (a) performing a mathematical operation on the reference location information or the reference time information from at least two of the plurality of aid-data sources, (b) appending the orbital information of a satellite from one of the plurality of aid-data sources with the orbital information of a satellite from another of the plurality of aid-data sources, (c) selecting the location-related aid information received first at the location core module from one of the plurality of aid-data sources as the integrated location information, (d) selecting the location-related aid information received last at the location core module from one of the plurality of aid-data sources as the integrated location information, (e) converting the orbital information of a satellite or the reference and status information of a set of satellites from a first format to a second format, or vice-versa, wherein the first format corresponds to computation of the position of the wireless device by the processor of the location core, and the second format corresponds to computation of the position of the wireless device by the location computation module external to the wireless device, or (f) a combination thereof.

    Example 54 is a system to compute a position of a wireless device, the system comprising a plurality of aid-data sources each storing location-related aid information, and a wireless device of any one of Examples 41-49.

    Example 55 is an apparatus comprising means for performing the method of any one of Examples 50-53.

    Example 56 is a wireless device, comprising a transceiver and a location core module. The transceiver configured to transmit and receive wireless signals. The location core module comprising a processor configured to receive a position request to compute a position of the wireless device, and responsive to the position request, initiate a compute-position session. In the compute-position session, the processor is further configured to (a) send aid requests to a plurality of aid-data sources to retrieve location-related aid information from the plurality of aid-data sources, (b) retrieve the location-related aid information from the plurality of aid-data sources, (c) process the location-related aid information from the plurality of aid-data sources to generate integrated location information, and (d) either compute the position of the wireless device based on the integrated location information and satellite location information received from a satellite, or provide the integrated location information and/or the satellite location information to a location computation module external to the wireless device to compute the position of the wireless device.

    In Example 57, the subject matter of Example 56 may optionally include that the location core module includes a location framework module, a location engine module and a location baseband module. The location framework module is configured to receive the position request, and communicate with the plurality of aid-data sources to retrieve the location-related aid information. The location engine module is configured to send a request to the location framework module to communicate with the plurality of aid-data sources to retrieve the location-related aid information, receive the location-related aid information from the location framework module, generate and provide configuration information to the location baseband module, and process the integrated location information and the satellite location information. The location baseband module is configured to track and acquire a satellite based on the configuration information, receive the satellite location information and provide the satellite location information to the location engine module.

    In Example 58, the subject matter of Example 57 may optionally include that the location engine module, as part of and without terminating the compute-position session, is further configured to (a) generate and provide first configuration information to the location baseband module based on the location-related aid information received from a first of the plurality of aid-data sources, (b) combine the location-related aid information received from the first of the plurality of aid-data sources with the location-related aid information received from a second of the plurality of aid-data sources, and (c) generate and provide second configuration information to the location baseband module based on the combined location-related aid information.

    In Example 59, the subject matter of Example 58 may optionally include that the location baseband module, as part of and without terminating the compute-position session, is further configured to (a) track and acquire a satellite, and initiate generation of a location report based on the first configuration information, and (b) responsive to the second configuration information, update tracking and acquiring of a satellite, and update the location report.

    In Example 60, the subject matter of any one of Examples 56-59 may optionally include that, at a first time instance, the wireless device is operationally connected to a first wireless network, and as part of the compute-position session, the processor is configured to retrieve the location-related aid information from a first of the plurality of aid-data sources associated with the first wireless network. Further, in Example 5, at a second time instance, the wireless device is disconnected from the first wireless network and operationally connected to a second wireless network, and as part of and without terminating the compute-position session, the processor is further configured to retrieve the location-related aid information from a second of the plurality of aid-data sources associated with the second wireless network.

    In Example 61, the subject matter of any one of Examples 56-60 may optionally include that the plurality of aid-data sources comprises network location servers associated with a plurality of cellular networks, wherein each network location server stores the location-related aid information generated or processed within a corresponding cellular network, one or more Internet-based location service provider servers, or a combination thereof.

    In Example 62, the subject matter of any one of Examples 56-61 may optionally include that the location core receives the position request from an application executing on the wireless device, or from a device separate from the wireless device.

    In Example 63, the subject matter of any one of Examples 56-62 may optionally include that the location-related aid information comprises reference location information, reference time information, orbital information of a satellite, reference and status information of a set of satellites, or a combination thereof.

    In Example 64, the subject matter of Example 63 may optionally include that the processor, to process the location-related aid information, is further configured to (a) perform a mathematical operation on the reference location information or the reference time information from at least two of the plurality of aid-data sources, (b) append the orbital information of a satellite from one of the plurality of aid-data sources with the orbital information of a satellite from another of the plurality of aid-data sources, (c) select the location-related aid information received first at the location core module from one of the plurality of aid-data sources as the integrated location information, (d) select the location-related aid information received last at the location core module from one of the plurality of aid-data sources as the integrated location information, (e) convert the orbital information of a satellite or the reference and status information of a set of satellites from a first format to a second format, or vice-versa, wherein the first format corresponds to computation of the position of the wireless device by the processor of the location core, and the second format corresponds to computation of the position of the wireless device by the location computation module external to the wireless device, or (f) a combination thereof.

    Example 65 is a method to compute a position of a wireless device, the method comprising receiving, at a processor associated with the wireless device, a position request to compute a position of the wireless device, and responsive to the position request, initiating, using the processor, a compute-position session. The compute-position session may include (a) sending, using the processor, aid requests to a plurality of aid-data sources to retrieve location-related aid information from the plurality of aid-data sources, (b) receiving, at the processor, the location-related aid information from the plurality of aid-data sources, (c) processing, using the processor, the location-related aid information from the plurality of aid-data sources to generate integrated location information, and (d) either computing, using the processor, the position of the wireless device based on the integrated location information and satellite location information received from a satellite, or provide the integrated location information and/or the satellite location information from the wireless device to a location computation module external to the wireless device to compute the position of the wireless device.

    In Example 66, the subject matter of Example 65 may optionally include that the plurality of aid-data sources comprises network location servers associated with a plurality of cellular networks, wherein each network location server stores the location-related aid information generated or processed within a corresponding cellular network, one or more Internet-based location service provider servers, or a combination thereof.

    In Example 67, the subject matter any one of Examples 65, 66 may optionally include that the location-related aid information comprises reference location information, reference time information, orbital information of a satellite, reference and status information of a set of satellites, or a combination thereof.

    In Example 68, the subject matter of Example 67 may optionally include that said processing the location-related aid information comprises (a) performing a mathematical operation on the reference location information or the reference time information from at least two of the plurality of aid-data sources, (b) appending the orbital information of a satellite from one of the plurality of aid-data sources with the orbital information of a satellite from another of the plurality of aid-data sources, (c) selecting the location-related aid information received first at the location core module from one of the plurality of aid-data sources as the integrated location information, (d) selecting the location-related aid information received last at the location core module from one of the plurality of aid-data sources as the integrated location information, (e) converting the orbital information of a satellite or the reference and status information of a set of satellites from a first format to a second format, or vice-versa, wherein the first format corresponds to computation of the position of the wireless device by the processor of the location core, and the second format corresponds to computation of the position of the wireless device by the location computation module external to the wireless device, or (f) a combination thereof.

    Example 69 is a computer-readable medium comprising computer-readable instructions physically embodied thereon to implement, when executed, the wireless device of any one of Examples 56-64 or the method of any one of Examples 65-68.

    Example 70 is an apparatus comprising means for performing the method of any one of Examples 65-68.



    [0044] Having thus described the basic concepts, it will be rather apparent to those skilled in the art after reading this detailed disclosure that the foregoing detailed disclosure is intended to be presented by way of example only and is not limiting. Various alterations, improvements, and modifications will occur and are intended to those skilled in the art, though not expressly stated herein. These alterations, improvements, and modifications are intended to be suggested by this disclosure, and are within the scope of the exemplary embodiments of this disclosure.

    [0045] Moreover, certain terminology has been used to describe embodiments of the present disclosure. For example, the terms "one embodiment," "an embodiment," and/or "some embodiments" mean that a particular feature, structure or characteristic described in connection with the embodiment is included in at least one embodiment of the present disclosure. Therefore, it is emphasized and should be appreciated that two or more references to "an embodiment" or "one embodiment" or "an alternative embodiment" in various portions of this specification are not necessarily all referring to the same embodiment. Furthermore, the particular features, structures or characteristics may be combined as suitable in one or more embodiments of the present disclosure. In addition, the terms "logic" and "module" are representative of hardware, firmware, software (or any combination thereof) to perform one or more functions. For instance, examples of "hardware" include, but are not limited to, an integrated circuit, a finite state machine, or even combinatorial logic. The integrated circuit may take the form of a processor such as a microprocessor, an application specific integrated circuit, a digital signal processor, a micro-controller, or the like.

    [0046] Furthermore, the recited order of processing elements or sequences, or the use of numbers, letters, or other designations therefore, is not intended to limit the claimed processes and methods to any order except as can be specified in the claims. Although the above disclosure discusses through various examples what is currently considered to be a variety of useful embodiments of the disclosure, it is to be understood that such detail is solely for that purpose, and that the appended claims are not limited to the disclosed embodiments, but, on the contrary, are intended to cover modifications and equivalent arrangements that are within the scope of the disclosed embodiments.

    [0047] Similarly, it should be appreciated that in the foregoing description of embodiments of the present disclosure, various features are sometimes grouped together in a single embodiment, figure, or description thereof for the purpose of streamlining the disclosure aiding in the understanding of one or more of the various inventive embodiments. This method of disclosure, however, is not to be interpreted as reflecting an intention that the claimed subject matter requires more features than are expressly recited in each claim. Rather, as the following claims reflect, inventive embodiments lie in less than all features of a single foregoing disclosed embodiment. Thus, the claims following the detailed description are hereby expressly incorporated into this detailed description.


    Claims

    1. A wireless device (102) configured to transmit and receive wireless signals from a first wireless network including a first aid-data source (104a), and a second wireless network including a second aid-data source (104b), comprising:

    a transceiver configured to transmit and receive wireless signals to and from the first wireless network, and the second wireless network; and

    a location core module (112, 114, 116) comprising a processor, the processor comprising a location framework module (112), a location engine module (114) and a location baseband module (116), wherein the processor is configured to:

    receive, at the location framework module (112), a position request to compute a position of the wireless device, and

    responsive to the position request, initiate a compute-position session in which the processor is further configured to:

    send, by the location engine module (114), a request to the location framework module (112) to communicate with a plurality of aid-data sources (104a, 104b) which comprise said first aid-data source (104a) and said second aid-data source (104b), to retrieve location-related aid information;

    send, by the location framework module (112), aid requests to the plurality of aid-data sources (104a, 104b) to retrieve the location-related aid information from the plurality of aid-data sources (104a, 104b);

    retrieve, by the location framework module (112), the location-related aid information from the plurality of aid-data sources (104a, 104b);

    receive, at the location engine module (114), the location-related aid information from the location framework module (112);

    generate and provide, by the location engine module (114), first configuration information to the location baseband module (116) based on the location-related aid information received from the first aid-data source (104a), when the wireless device is operational in the first wireless network;

    combine, at the location engine module (114), in order to generate integrated location information, the location-related aid information received from the first aid-data source (104a) with the location-related aid information received from the second aid-data source (104b), when the wireless device becomes operational in the second wireless network;

    generate and provide, by the location engine module (114), second configuration information to the location baseband module (116) based on the combined location-related aid information;

    track and acquire, by the location baseband module (116), a satellite (106a, 106b, 106x) based on the first and second configuration information;

    receive, at the location baseband module (116), satellite location information, based on said track and acquire by the location baseband module, from the satellite (106a, 106b, 106x);

    provide, by the location baseband module (116), the satellite location information to the location engine module (114); and

    either compute, at the location engine module (114), the position of the wireless device based on the integrated location information and the satellite location information, or provide the integrated location information and the satellite location information to a location computation module external to the wireless device (102) to compute the position of the wireless device (102).


     
    2. The wireless device (102) of claim 1, wherein the plurality of aid-data sources (104a, 104b) comprises:

    network location servers associated with a plurality of cellular networks, wherein each network location server stores the location-related aid information generated or processed within a corresponding cellular network;

    one or more Internet-based location service provider servers;

    or a combination thereof.


     
    3. The wireless device (102) of claim 1, wherein the location-related aid information comprises reference location information, reference time information, orbital information of a satellite, reference and status information of a set of satellites, or a combination thereof.
     
    4. The wireless device (102) of claim 3, wherein, to process the location-related aid information, the processor is further configured to:

    perform a mathematical operation on the reference location information or the reference time information from at least two of the plurality of aid-data sources (104a, 104b);

    append the orbital information of a satellite (106a, 106b, 106x) from one of the plurality of aid-data sources with the orbital information of a satellite (106a, 106b, 106x) from another of the plurality of aid-data sources (104a, 104b);

    select the location-related aid information received first at the location core module from one of the plurality of aid-data sources (104a, 104b) as the integrated location information;

    select the location-related aid information received last at the location core module from one of the plurality of aid-data sources (104a, 104b) as the integrated location information;

    convert the orbital information of a satellite (106a, 106b, 106x) or the reference and status information of a set of satellites (106a, 106b, 106x) from a first format to a second format, or vice-versa, wherein the first format corresponds to computation of the position of the wireless device by the processor of the location core module (112, 114, 116), and the second format corresponds to computation of the position of the wireless device by the location computation module external to the wireless device; or

    a combination thereof.


     
    5. The wireless device (102) of claim 1, wherein the location core module (112, 114, 116) receives the position request from an application executing on the wireless device, or from a device separate from the wireless device (102).
     
    6. The wireless device (102) of claim 1, wherein, as part of and without terminating the compute-position session, the location baseband module (116) is further configured to:

    track and acquire the satellite (106a, 106b, 106x), and initiate generation of a location report based on the first configuration information; and

    responsive to the second configuration information, update tracking and acquiring of the satellite (106a, 106b, 106x), and update the location report.


     
    7. The wireless device (102) of claim 1,
    wherein, at a first time instance, the wireless device (102) is operationally connected to the first wireless network, and, as part of the compute-position session, the processor is configured to retrieve the location-related aid information from the first aid-data source (104a) associated with the first wireless network; and
    wherein, at a second time instance, the wireless device (102) is disconnected from the first wireless network and operationally connected to the second wireless network, and, as part of and without terminating the compute-position session, the processor is further configured to retrieve the location-related aid information from the second aid-data source (104b) associated with the second wireless network.
     
    8. A method to compute a position of a wireless device (102) operable to transmit and receive wireless signals from a first wireless network including a first aid-data source (104a), and a second wireless network including a second aid-data source (104b), the method comprising:

    receiving, at a location framework module (112) of a processor associated with the wireless device (102), a position request to compute a position of the wireless device (102); and

    responsive to the position request, initiating, using the processor, a compute-position session, the compute-position session comprising:

    sending, using a location engine module (114) of the processor, a request to the location framework module (112) to communicate with a plurality of aid-data sources (104a, 104b), which comprise said first aid-data source (104a) and said second aid-data source (104b), to retrieve location-related aid information;

    sending, using the location framework module (112) of the processor, aid requests to the plurality of aid-data sources (104a, 104b) to retrieve the location-related aid information from the plurality of aid-data sources (104a, 104b), wherein the sending comprises sending a first aid request to the first aid-data source (104a) and sending a second request to the second aid-data source (104b);

    receiving, at the location framework module (112) of the processor, the location-related aid information from the plurality of aid-data sources (104a, 104b);

    receiving, at the location engine module (114) of the processor, the location-related aid information from the location framework module (112);

    generating and providing, using the location engine module (114) of the processor, first configuration information to a location baseband module (116) of the processor based on the location-related aid information received from the first aid-data source (104a), when the wireless device is operational in the first wireless network;

    combining, using the location engine module (114) of the processor, in order to generate integrated location information, the location-related aid information received from the first aid-data source (104a) with the location-related aid information received from the second aid-data source (104b), when the wireless device becomes operational in the second wireless network;

    generating and providing, using the location engine module (114) of the processor, second configuration information to the location baseband module (116) based on the combined location-related aid information;

    tracking and acquiring, using the location baseband module (116) of the processor, a satellite (106a, 106b, 106x) based on the first and second configuration information;

    receiving, at the location baseband module (116) of the processor, satellite location information, based on said track and acquire by the location baseband module, from the satellite (106a, 106b, 106x);

    provide, using the location baseband module (116) of the processor, the satellite location information to the location engine module (114); and

    either computing, using the location engine module (114) of the processor, the position of the wireless device (102) based on the integrated location information and the satellite location information, or providing the integrated location information and the satellite location information from the wireless device (102) to a location computation module external to the wireless device (102) to compute the position of the wireless device (102).


     
    9. The method of claim 8, wherein the plurality of aid-data sources (104a, 104b) comprises:

    network location servers associated with a plurality of cellular networks, wherein each network location server stores the location-related aid information generated or processed within a corresponding cellular network;

    one or more Internet-based location service provider servers;

    or a combination thereof.


     
    10. The method of claim 8, wherein the location-related aid information comprises reference location information, reference time information, orbital information of a satellite, reference and status information of a set of satellites, or a combination thereof.
     
    11. The method of claim 10, wherein, said processing the location-related aid information comprises:

    performing a mathematical Operation on the reference location information or the reference time information from at least two of the plurality of aid-data sources (104a, 104b),

    appending the orbital information of a satellite (106a, 106b, 106x) from one of the plurality of aid-data sources (104a, 104b) with the orbital information of a satellite (106a, 106b, 106x) from another of the plurality of aid-data sources (104a, 104b),

    selecting the location-related aid information received first at the processor from one of the plurality of aid-data sources (104a, 104b) as the integrated location information,

    selecting the location-related aid information received last at the processor from one of the plurality of aid-data sources (104a, 104b) as the integrated location information,

    converting the orbital information of a satellite (106a, 106b, 106x) or the reference and status information of a set of satellites (106a, 106b, 106x) from a first format to a second format, or vice-versa, wherein the first format corresponds to

    computation of the position of the wireless device by the processor, and the second format corresponds to computation of the position of the wireless device (102) by the location computation module external to the wireless device (102), or

    a combination thereof.


     
    12. A computer-readable medium comprising computer-readable instructions physically embodied thereon, when executed by a wireless device, cause the wireless device to implement the method of any one of claims 8 through 11.
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Drahtlose Vorrichtung (102), die konfiguriert ist, um drahtlose Signale von einem ersten drahtlosen Netzwerk, das eine erste Hilfsdatenquelle (104a) enthält, und einem zweiten drahtlosen Netzwerk, das eine zweite Hilfsdatenquelle (104b) enthält, zu übertragen und zu empfangen, umfassend:

    einen Sende-Empfänger, der konfiguriert ist, um drahtlose Signale zu und von dem ersten drahtlosen Netzwerk und dem zweiten drahtlosen Netzwerk zu übertragen und zu empfangen; und

    ein Ortskernmodul (112, 114, 116) umfassend einen Prozessor, wobei der Prozessor ein Ortsrahmenmodul (112), ein Ortsmaschinenmodul (114) und ein Ortsbasisbandmodul (116) umfasst, wobei der Prozessor konfiguriert ist zum:

    Empfangen, an dem Ortsrahmenmodul (112), einer Positionsanforderung zum Berechnen einer Position der drahtlosen Vorrichtung, und

    als Reaktion auf die Positionsanforderung, Einleiten einer Sitzung zur Positionsberechnung, in der der Prozessor ferner konfiguriert ist zum:

    Senden, durch das Ortsmaschinenmodul (114), einer Anforderung an das Ortsrahmenmodul (112), um mit einer Vielzahl von Hilfsdatenquellen (104a, 104b) zu kommunizieren, die die erste Hilfsdatenquelle (104a) und die zweite Hilfsdatenquelle (104b) umfassen, um eine ortsbezogene Hilfsinformation abzurufen;

    Senden, durch das Ortsrahmenmodul (112), von Hilfsanforderungen an die Vielzahl von Hilfsdatenquellen (104a, 104b), um die ortsbezogene Hilfsinformation von der Vielzahl von Hilfsdatenquellen (104a, 104b) abzurufen;

    Abrufen, durch das Ortsrahmenmodul (112), der ortsbezogenen Hilfsinformation von der Vielzahl von Hilfsdatenquellen (104a, 104b);

    Empfangen, an dem Ortsmaschinenmodul (114), der ortsbezogenen Hilfsinformation von dem Ortsrahmenmodul (112);

    Erzeugen und Bereitstellen, durch das Ortsmaschinenmodul (114), einer ersten Konfigurationsinformation an das Ortsbasisbandmodul (116) auf der Grundlage der von der ersten Hilfsdatenquelle (104a) empfangenen ortsbezogenen Hilfsinformation, wenn die drahtlose Vorrichtung in dem ersten drahtlosen Netzwerk in Betrieb ist;

    Kombinieren, an dem Ortsmaschinenmodul (114), um eine integrierte Ortsinformation zu erzeugen, der von der ersten Hilfsdatenquelle (104a) empfangenen ortsbezogenen Hilfsinformation mit der von der zweiten Hilfsdatenquelle (104b) empfangenen ortsbezogenen Hilfsinformation, wenn die drahtlose Vorrichtung in dem zweiten drahtlosen Netzwerk in Betrieb genommen wird;

    Erzeugen und Bereitstellen, durch das Ortsmaschinenmodul (114), einer zweiten Konfigurationsinformation an das Ortsbasisbandmodul (116) auf der Grundlage der kombinierten ortsbezogenen Hilfsinformation;

    Verfolgen und Erfassen, durch das Ortsbasisbandmodul (116), eines Satelliten (106a, 106b, 106x) auf der Grundlage der ersten und zweiten Konfigurationsinformation;

    Empfangen, an dem Ortsbasisbandmodul (116), einer Satelliten-Ortsinformation, auf der Grundlage des Verfolgens und Erfassens durch das Ortsbasisbandmodul, von dem Satelliten (106a, 106b, 106x);

    Bereitstellen, durch das Ortsbasisbandmodul (116), der Satelliten-Ortsinformation an das Ortsmaschinenmodul (114); und

    entweder Berechnen, an dem Ortsmaschinenmodul (114), der Position der drahtlosen Vorrichtung auf der Grundlage der integrierten Ortsinformation und der Satelliten-Ortsinformation, oder Bereitstellen der integrierten Ortsinformation und der Satelliten-Ortsinformation an ein Ortsberechnungsmodul außerhalb der drahtlosen Vorrichtung (102), um die Position der drahtlosen Vorrichtung (102) zu berechnen.


     
    2. Drahtlose Vorrichtung (102) nach Anspruch 1, wobei die Vielzahl von Hilfsdatenquellen (104a, 104b) umfasst:

    Netzwerk-Ortsserver, die einer Vielzahl von Mobilfunknetzwerken zugeordnet sind, wobei jeder Netzwerk-Ortsserver die ortsbezogene Hilfsinformation speichert, die innerhalb eines entsprechenden Mobilfunknetzwerks erzeugt oder verarbeitet wurde;

    einen oder mehrere Server eines Internet-basierten Ortsdienstanbieters;

    oder eine Kombination davon.


     
    3. Drahtlose Vorrichtung (102) nach Anspruch 1, wobei die ortsbezogene Hilfsinformation eine Referenzortsinformation, eine Referenzzeitinformation, eine Orbitalinformation eines Satelliten, eine Referenz- und Statusinformation eines Satzes von Satelliten oder eine Kombination davon umfasst.
     
    4. Drahtlose Vorrichtung (102) nach Anspruch 3, wobei der Prozessor zur Verarbeitung der ortsbezogenen Hilfsinformation ferner konfiguriert ist zum:

    Durchführen einer mathematischen Operation mit der Referenzortsinformation oder der Referenzzeitinformation von mindestens zwei der Vielzahl von Hilfsdatenquellen (104a, 104b);

    Anhängen der Orbitalinformation eines Satelliten (106a, 106b, 106x) von einer der Vielzahl von Hilfsdatenquellen mit der Orbitalinformation eines Satelliten (106a, 106b, 106x) aus einer anderen der Vielzahl von Hilfsdatenquellen (104a, 104b);

    Auswählen der ortsbezogenen Hilfsinformation, die zuerst am Ortskernmodul empfangen wurde, von einer der Vielzahl von Hilfsdatenquellen (104a, 104b) als die integrierte Ortsinformation;

    Auswählen der ortsbezogenen Hilfsinformation, die zuletzt am Ortskernmodul empfangen wurde, von einer der Vielzahl von Hilfsdatenquellen (104a, 104b) als die integrierte Ortsinformation;

    Umwandeln der Orbitalinformation eines Satelliten (106a, 106b, 106x) oder der Referenz- und Statusinformation eines Satzes von Satelliten (106a, 106b, 106x) von einem ersten Format in ein zweites Format oder umgekehrt, wobei das erste Format einem Berechnen der Position der drahtlosen Vorrichtung durch den Prozessor des Ortskernmoduls (112, 114, 116) entspricht und das zweite Format einem Berechnen der Position der drahtlosen Vorrichtung durch das Ortsberechnungsmodul außerhalb der drahtlosen Vorrichtung entspricht; oder

    eine Kombination davon.


     
    5. Drahtlose Vorrichtung (102) nach Anspruch 1, wobei das Ortskernmodul (112, 114, 116) die Positionsanforderung von einer Anwendung empfängt, die auf der drahtlosen Vorrichtung ausgeführt wird, oder von einer von der drahtlosen Vorrichtung (102) getrennten Vorrichtung.
     
    6. Drahtlose Vorrichtung (102) nach Anspruch 1, wobei als Teil und ohne Beendigung der Sitzung zur Positionsberechnung das Ortsbasisbandmodul (116) ferner konfiguriert ist zum:

    Verfolgen und Erfassen des Satelliten (106a, 106b, 106x) und Einleiten einer Erzeugung eines Ortsberichts auf der Grundlage der ersten Konfigurationsinformation; und

    in Reaktion auf die zweite Konfigurationsinformation, Aktualisieren des Verfolgens und Erfassens des Satelliten (106a, 106b, 106x) und Aktualisieren des Ortsberichts.


     
    7. Drahtlose Vorrichtung (102) nach Anspruch 1,
    wobei, in einer ersten Zeitinstanz, die drahtlose Vorrichtung (102) operativ mit dem ersten drahtlosen Netzwerk verbunden ist und, als Teil der Sitzung zur Positionsberechnung, der Prozessor konfiguriert ist, um die ortsbezogene Hilfsinformation von der dem ersten drahtlosen Netzwerk zugeordneten ersten Hilfsdatenquelle (104a) abzurufen; und
    wobei, in einer zweiten Zeitinstanz, die drahtlose Vorrichtung (102) von dem ersten drahtlosen Netzwerk getrennt und operativ mit dem zweiten drahtlosen Netzwerk verbunden wird, und wobei der Prozessor, als Teil der und ohne Beendigung der Sitzung zur Positionsberechnung, ferner konfiguriert ist, um die ortsbezogene Hilfsinformation von der zweiten Hilfsdatenquelle (104b), die dem zweiten drahtlosen Netzwerk zugeordnet ist, abzurufen.
     
    8. Verfahren zum Berechnen einer Position einer drahtlosen Vorrichtung (102), die betrieben werden kann, um drahtlose Signale von einem ersten drahtlosen Netzwerk, das eine erste Hilfsdatenquelle (104a) enthält, und einem zweiten drahtlosen Netzwerk, das eine zweite Hilfsdatenquelle (104b) enthält, zu übertragen und zu empfangen, wobei das Verfahren umfasst:

    Empfangen, an einem Ortsrahmenmodul (112) eines Prozessors, der der drahtlosen Vorrichtung (102) zugeordnet ist, einer Positionsanforderung, um eine Position der drahtlosen Vorrichtung (102) zu berechnen; und

    in Reaktion auf die Positionsanforderung, Einleiten, unter Verwendung des Prozessors, einer Sitzung zur Positionsberechnung, wobei die Sitzung zur Positionsberechnung umfasst:

    Senden, unter Verwendung eines Ortsmaschinenmoduls (114) des Prozessors, einer Anforderung an das Ortsrahmenmodul (112), um mit einer Vielzahl von Hilfsdatenquellen (104a, 104b) zu kommunizieren, die die erste Hilfsdatenquelle (104a) und die zweite Hilfsdatenquelle (104b) umfassen, um eine ortsbezogene Hilfsinformation abzurufen;

    Senden, unter Verwendung des Ortsrahmenmoduls (112) des Prozessors, von Hilfsanforderungen an die Vielzahl von Hilfsdatenquellen (104a, 104b), um die standortbezogene Hilfsinformation von der Vielzahl von Hilfsdatenquellen (104a, 104b) abzurufen, wobei das Senden ein Senden einer ersten Hilfsanforderung an die erste Hilfsdatenquelle (104a) und ein Senden einer zweiten Anforderung an die zweite Hilfsdatenquelle (104b) umfasst;

    Empfangen, an dem Ortsrahmenmodul (112) des Prozessors, der ortsbezogenen Hilfsinformation von der Vielzahl von Hilfsdatenquellen (104a, 104b);

    Empfangen, an dem Ortsmaschinenmodul (114) des Prozessors, der ortsbezogenen Hilfsinformation von dem Ortsrahmenmodul (112);

    Erzeugen und Bereitstellen, unter Verwendung des Ortsmaschinenmoduls (114) des Prozessors, einer ersten Konfigurationsinformation an ein Ortsbasisbandmodul (116) des Prozessors auf der Grundlage der von der ersten Hilfsdatenquelle (104a) empfangenen ortsbezogenen Hilfsinformation, wenn die drahtlose Vorrichtung in dem ersten drahtlosen Netzwerk in Betrieb ist;

    Kombinieren, unter Verwendung des Ortsmaschinenmoduls (114) des Prozessors, um eine integrierte Ortsinformation zu erzeugen, der von der ersten Hilfsdatenquelle (104a) empfangenen ortsbezogenen Hilfsinformation mit der von der zweiten Hilfsdatenquelle (104b) empfangenen ortsbezogenen Hilfsinformation, wenn die drahtlose Vorrichtung in dem zweiten drahtlosen Netzwerk in Betrieb genommen wird;

    Erzeugen und Bereitstellen, unter Verwendung des Ortsmaschinenmoduls (114*) des Prozessors, einer zweiten Konfigurationsinformation an das Ortsbasisbandmodul (116) auf der Grundlage der kombinierten ortsbezogenen Hilfsinformation;

    Verfolgen und Erfassen, unter Verwendung des Ortsbasisbandmoduls (116) des Prozessors, eines Satelliten (106a, 106b, 106x) auf der Grundlage der ersten und zweiten Konfigurationsinformation;

    Empfangen, an dem Ortsbasisbandmodul (116) des Prozessors, einer Satelliten-Ortsinformation, auf der Grundlage des Verfolgens und Erfassens durch das Ortsbasisbandmodul, von dem Satelliten (106a, 106b, 106x);

    Bereitstellen, unter Verwendung des Ortsbasisbandmoduls (116) des Prozessors, der Satelliten-Ortsinformation an das Ortsmaschinenmodul (114); und

    entweder Berechnen, unter Verwendung des Ortsmaschinenmoduls (114*) des Prozessors, der Position der drahtlosen Vorrichtung (102) auf der Grundlage der integrierten Ortsinformation und der Satelliten-Ortsinformation, oder Bereitstellen der integrierten Ortsinformation und der Satelliten-Ortsinformation von der drahtlosen Vorrichtung (102) an ein Ortsberechnungsmodul außerhalb der drahtlosen Vorrichtung (102), um die Position der drahtlosen Vorrichtung (102) zu berechnen.


     
    9. Verfahren nach Anspruch 8, wobei die Vielzahl von Hilfsdatenquellen (104a, 104b) umfasst:

    Netzwerk-Ortsserver, die einer Vielzahl von Mobilfunknetzwerken zugeordnet sind, wobei jeder Netzwerk-Ortsserver die ortsbezogene Hilfsinformation speichert, die innerhalb eines entsprechenden Mobilfunknetzwerks erzeugt oder verarbeitet wurde;

    einen oder mehrere Server eines Internet-basierten Ortsdienstanbieters;

    oder eine Kombination davon.


     
    10. Verfahren nach Anspruch 8, wobei die ortsbezogene Hilfsinformation eine Referenzortsinformation, eine Referenzzeitinformation, eine Orbitalinformation eines Satelliten, eine Referenz- und Statusinformation eines Satzes von Satelliten oder eine Kombination davon umfasst.
     
    11. Verfahren nach Anspruch 10, wobei die Verarbeitung der ortsbezogenen Hilfsinformationen umfasst:

    Durchführen einer mathematischen Operation mit der Referenzortsinformation oder der Referenzzeitinformation von mindestens zwei der Vielzahl von Hilfsdatenquellen (104a, 104b);

    Anhängen der Orbitalinformation eines Satelliten (106a, 106b, 106x) von einer der Vielzahl von Hilfsdatenquellen (104a, 104b) mit der Orbitalinformation eines Satelliten (106a, 106b, 106x) aus einer anderen der Vielzahl von Hilfsdatenquellen (104a, 104b),

    Auswählen der ortsbezogenen Hilfsinformation, die zuerst am Prozessor von einer der Vielzahl von Hilfsdatenquellen (104a, 104b) empfangen wurde, als die integrierte Ortsinformation;

    Auswählen der ortsbezogenen Hilfsinformation, die zuletzt am Prozessor von einer der Vielzahl von Hilfsdatenquellen (104a, 104b) empfangen wurde, als die integrierte Ortsinformation;

    Umwandeln der Orbitalinformation eines Satelliten (106a, 106b, 106x) oder der Referenz- und Statusinformation eines Satzes von Satelliten (106a, 106b, 106x) von einem ersten Format in ein zweites Format oder umgekehrt, wobei das erste Format einem Berechnen der Position der drahtlosen Vorrichtung durch den Prozessor entspricht und das zweite Format einem Berechnen der Position der drahtlosen Vorrichtung (102) durch das Ortsberechnungsmodul außerhalb der drahtlosen Vorrichtung (102) entspricht, oder

    eine Kombination davon.


     
    12. Computerlesbares Medium umfassend computerlesbare Befehle, die physisch darauf verkörpert sind und, wenn sie durch eine drahtlose Vorrichtung ausgeführt werden, die drahtlose Vorrichtung veranlassen, das Verfahren nach irgendeinem der Ansprüche 8 bis 11 zu implementieren.
     


    Revendications

    1. Un dispositif sans fil (102) configuré pour émettre et recevoir des signaux sans fil à partir d'un premier réseau sans fil incluant une première source de données d'aide (104a), et d'un second réseau sans fil incluant une seconde source de données d'aide (104b), comprenant :

    un émetteur-récepteur configuré pour émettre et recevoir des signaux sans fil vers et depuis le premier réseau sans fil, et le second réseau sans fil ; et

    un module de noyau de localisation (112, 114, 116) comprenant un processeur, le processeur comprenant un module de framework de localisation (112), un module de moteur de localisation (114*) et un module de bande de base de localisation (116),

    dans lequel le processeur est configuré pour :

    recevoir, au niveau du module de framework de localisation (112), une requête de position pour calculer une position du dispositif sans fil, et

    en réponse à la requête de position, lancer une session de calcul de position dans laquelle le processeur est en outre configuré pour :

    envoyer, par le module de moteur de localisation (114), une requête au module de framework de localisation (112) pour communiquer avec une pluralité de sources de données d'aide (104a, 104b), qui comprennent ladite première source de données d'aide (104a) et ladite seconde source de données d'aide (104b), pour récupérer une information d'aide liée à la localisation ;

    envoyer, par le module de framework de localisation (112), des requêtes d'aide à la pluralité de sources de données d'aide (104a, 104b) pour récupérer l'information d'aide liée à la localisation à partir de la pluralité de sources de données d'aide (104a, 104b);

    récupérer, par le module de framework de localisation (112),

    l'information d'aide liée à la localisation à partir de la pluralité de sources de données d'aide (104a, 104b) ;

    recevoir, au niveau du module de moteur de localisation (114),

    l'information d'aide liée à la localisation en provenance du module de framework de localisation (112) ;

    générer et fournir, par le module de moteur de localisation (114), une première information de configuration au module de bande de base de localisation (116) sur la base de l'information d'aide liée à la localisation reçue en provenance de la première source de données d'aide (104a), lorsque le dispositif sans fil est opérationnel dans le premier réseau sans fil ;

    combiner, au niveau du module de moteur de localisation (114), afin de générer une information de localisation intégrée, l'information d'aide liée à la localisation reçue en provenance de la première source de données d'aide (104a) avec l'information d'aide liée à la localisation reçue en provenance de la seconde source de données d'aide (104b), lorsque le dispositif sans fil devient opérationnel dans le second réseau sans fil ;

    générer et fournir, par le module de moteur de localisation (114), une seconde information de configuration au module de bande de base de localisation (116) sur la base des informations d'aide liées à la localisation combinées ;

    suivre et acquérir, par le module de bande de base de localisation (116), un satellite (106a, 106b, 106x) sur la base des première et seconde informations de configuration ;

    recevoir, au niveau du module de bande de base de localisation (116), une information de localisation de satellite, sur la base dudit suivi et de ladite acquisition par le module de bande de base de localisation, en provenance du satellite (106a, 106b, 106x) ;

    fournir, par le module de bande de base de localisation (116), l'information de localisation de satellite au module de moteur de localisation (114*) ; et

    soit calculer, au niveau du module de moteur de localisation (114), la position du dispositif sans fil sur la base de l'information de localisation intégrée et de l'information de localisation de satellite, soit fournir l'information de localisation intégrée et l'information de localisation de satellite à un module de calcul de localisation externe au dispositif sans fil (102) pour calculer la position du dispositif sans fil (102).


     
    2. Le dispositif sans fil (102) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel la pluralité de sources de données d'aide (104a, 104b) comprend :
    des serveurs de localisation de réseau associés à une pluralité de réseaux cellulaires , dans lequel chaque serveur de localisation de réseau stocke l'information d'aide liée à la localisation générée ou traitée à l'intérieur d'un réseau cellulaire correspondant ; un ou plusieurs serveurs de fournisseur de service de localisation basés sur Internet ; ou une combinaison de ceux-ci.
     
    3. Le dispositif sans fil (102) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel l'information d'aide liée à la localisation comprend une information de localisation de référence, une information de temps de référence, une information orbitale d'un satellite, une information de référence et de statut d'un ensemble de satellites, ou une combinaison de celles-ci.
     
    4. Le dispositif sans fil (102) selon la revendication 3, dans lequel, pour traiter l'information d'aide liée à la localisation, le processeur est en outre configuré pour :

    réaliser une opération mathématique sur l'information de localisation de référence ou l'information de temps de référence en provenance d'au moins deux de la pluralité de sources de données d'aide (104a, 104b) ;

    ajouter l'information orbitale d'un satellite (106a, 106b, 106x) en provenance de l'une de la pluralité de sources de données d'aide à l'information orbitale d'un satellite (106a, 106b, 106x) en provenance d'une autre de la pluralité de sources de données d'aide (104a, 104b) ;

    sélectionner l'information d'aide liée à la localisation reçue en premier au niveau du module de noyau de localisation en provenance de l'une de la pluralité de sources de données d'aide (104a, 104b) comme l'information de localisation intégrée ;

    sélectionner l'information d'aide liée à la localisation reçue en dernier au niveau du module de noyau de localisation en provenance de l'une de la pluralité de sources de données d'aide (104a, 104b) comme l'information de localisation intégrée ;

    convertir l'information orbitale d'un satellite (106a, 106b, 106x) ou l'information de référence et de statut d'un ensemble de satellites (106a, 106b, 106x) d'un premier format à un second format, ou vice-versa, dans lequel le premier format correspond au calcul de la position du dispositif sans fil par le processeur du module de noyau de localisation (112, 114, 116), et le second format correspond au calcul de la position du dispositif sans fil par le module de calcul de localisation externe au dispositif sans fil ; ou

    une combinaison de ceux-ci.


     
    5. Le dispositif sans fil (102) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel le module de noyau de localisation (112, 114, 116) reçoit la requête de position en provenance d'une application s'exécutant sur le dispositif sans fil, ou en provenance d'un dispositif séparé du dispositif sans fil (102).
     
    6. Le dispositif sans fil (102) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel, dans le cadre de et sans terminer la session de calcul de position, le module de bande de base de localisation (116) est en outre configuré pour :

    suivre et acquérir le satellite (106a, 106b, 106x), et lancer la génération d'un rapport de localisation sur la base de la première information de configuration ; et

    en réponse à la seconde information de configuration, mettre à jour le suivi et l'acquisition du satellite (106a, 106b, 106x), et mettre à jour le rapport de localisation.


     
    7. Le dispositif sans fil (102) selon la revendication 1,
    dans lequel au niveau d'une première instance temporelle, le dispositif sans fil (102) est connecté opérationnellement au premier réseau sans fil, et dans le cadre de la session de calcul de position, le processeur est configuré pour récupérer l'information d'aide liée à la localisation à partir d'une première source de données d'aide (104a) associées au premier réseau sans fil ; et
    dans lequel au niveau d'une seconde instance temporelle, le dispositif sans fil (102) est déconnecté du premier réseau sans fil et connecté opérationnellement au second réseau sans fil, et dans le cadre de et sans terminer la session de calcul de position, le processeur est en outre configuré pour récupérer l'information d'aide liée à la localisation à partir d'une seconde source de données d'aide (104b) associées au second réseau sans fil.
     
    8. Un procédé pour calculer une position d'un dispositif sans fil (102) exploitable pour émettre et recevoir des signaux sans fil à partir d'un premier réseau sans fil incluant une première source de données d'aide (104a), et d'un second réseau sans fil incluant une seconde source de données d'aide (104b), le procédé comprenant :

    la réception, au niveau d'un module de framework de localisation (112) d'un processeur associé au dispositif sans fil (102), d'une requête de position pour calculer une position du dispositif sans fil (102) ; et

    en réponse à la requête de position, le lancement, en utilisant le processeur, d'une session de calcul de position, la session de calcul de position comprenant :

    l'envoi, en utilisant un module de moteur de localisation (114*) du processeur, d'une requête au module de framework de localisation (112) pour communiquer avec une pluralité de sources de données d'aide (104a, 104b), qui comprennent ladite première source de données d'aide (104a) et ladite seconde source de données d'aide (104b), pour récupérer une information d'aide liée à la localisation ;

    l'envoi, en utilisant le module de framework de localisation (112) du processeur, de requêtes d'aide à la pluralité de sources de données d'aide (104a, 104b) pour récupérer l'information d'aide liée à la localisation à partir de la pluralité de sources de données d'aide (104a, 104b), dans lequel l'envoi comprend l'envoi d'une première requête d'aide à la première source de données d'aide (104a) et l'envoi d'une seconde requête à la seconde source de données d'aide (104b) ;

    la réception, au niveau du module de framework de localisation (112) du processeur, de l'information d'aide liée à la localisation en provenance de la pluralité de sources de données d'aide (104a, 104b) ;

    la réception, au niveau du module de moteur de localisation (114*) du processeur, de l'information d'aide liée à la localisation en provenance du module de framework de localisation (112) ;

    la génération et la fourniture, en utilisant le module de moteur de localisation (114*) du processeur, d'une première information de configuration à un module de bande de base de localisation (116) du processeur sur la base de l'information d'aide liée à la localisation reçue en provenance de la première source de données d'aide (104a), lorsque le dispositif sans fil est opérationnel dans le premier réseau sans fil ;

    la combinaison, en utilisant le module de moteur de localisation (114*) du processeur, afin de générer une information de localisation intégrée, de l'information d'aide liée à la localisation reçue en provenance de la première source de données d'aide (104a) avec l'information d'aide liée à la localisation reçue en provenance de la seconde source de données d'aide (104b), lorsque le dispositif sans fil devient opérationnel dans le second réseau sans fil ;

    la génération et la fourniture, en utilisant le module de moteur de localisation (114*) du processeur, d'une seconde information de configuration au module de bande de base de localisation (116) sur la base des informations d'aide liées à la localisation combinées ;

    le suivi et l'acquisition, en utilisant le module de bande de base de localisation (116) du processeur, d'un satellite (106a, 106b, 106x) sur la base des première et seconde informations de configuration ;

    la réception, au niveau du module de bande de base de localisation (116), d'une information de localisation de satellite, sur la base dudit suivi et de ladite acquisition par le module de bande de base de localisation, en provenance du satellite (106a, 106b, 106x) ;

    la fourniture, en utilisant le module de bande de base de localisation (116) du processeur, de l'information de localisation de satellite au module de moteur de localisation (114*) ; et

    soit le calcul, en utilisant le module de moteur de localisation (114*) du processeur, de la position du dispositif sans fil (102) sur la base de l'information de localisation intégrée et de l'information de localisation de satellite, soit la fourniture de l'information de localisation intégrée et de l'information de localisation de satellite du dispositif sans fil (102) à un module de calcul de localisation externe au dispositif sans fil (102) pour calculer la position du dispositif sans fil (102).


     
    9. Le procédé selon la revendication 8, dans lequel :

    la pluralité de sources de données d'aide (104a, 104b) comprend des serveurs de localisation de réseau associés à une pluralité de réseaux cellulaires, dans lequel chaque serveur de localisation de réseau stocke l'information d'aide liée à la localisation générée ou traitée à l'intérieur d'un réseau cellulaire correspondant ;

    un ou plusieurs serveurs de fournisseur de service de localisation basés sur Internet ; ou une combinaison de ceux-ci.


     
    10. Le procédé selon la revendication 8, dans lequel l'information d'aide liée à la localisation comprend une information de localisation de référence, une information de temps de référence, une information orbitale d'un satellite, une information de référence et de statut d'un ensemble de satellites, ou une combinaison de celles-ci.
     
    11. Le procédé selon la revendication 10, dans lequel, ledit traitement de l'information d'aide liée à la localisation comprend :

    la réalisation d'une opération mathématique sur l'information de localisation de référence ou l'information de temps de référence en provenance d'au moins deux de la pluralité de sources de données d'aide (104a, 104b),

    l'ajout de l'information orbitale d'un satellite (106a, 106b, 106x) en provenance de l'une de la pluralité de sources de données d'aide (104a, 104b) à l'information orbitale d'un satellite (106a, 106b, 106x) en provenance d'une autre de la pluralité de sources de données d'aide (104a, 104b),

    la sélection de l'information d'aide liée à la localisation reçue en premier au niveau du processeur en provenance de l'une de la pluralité de sources de données d'aide (104a, 104b) comme l'information de localisation intégrée,

    la sélection de l'information d'aide liée à la localisation reçue en dernier au niveau du processeur en provenance de l'une de la pluralité de sources de données d'aide (104a, 104b) comme l'information de localisation intégrée,

    la conversion de l'information orbitale d'un satellite (106a, 106b, 106x) ou de l'information de référence et de statut d'un ensemble de satellites (106a, 106b, 106x) d'un premier format à un second format, ou vice-versa, dans lequel le premier format correspond au calcul de la position du dispositif sans fil par le processeur, et le second format correspond au calcul de la position du dispositif sans fil (102) par le module de calcul de localisation externe au dispositif sans fil (102), ou une combinaison de ceux-ci.


     
    12. Un support lisible par ordinateur comprenant des instructions lisibles par ordinateur incorporées physiquement sur celui-ci qui, lorsqu'elles sont exécutées par un dispositif sans fil, amènent le dispositif sans fil à mettre en Ĺ“uvre le procédé selon l'une des revendications 8 à 11.
     




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