Simon Sharwood writes the Cloud-Offloaded GPS Experimental Kit is developed for mobile devices to log GPS signals for cloud processing.
Microsoft built the Low Energy Assisted Positioning cloud server to receive GPS signals and calculate positions, according to the report.
“The GPS receiver only needs to be on for less than a second to collect the submillisecond level propagation delay for each satellite’s signal,“ Microsoft says in a research paper cited by The Register.
Sharwood writes the software company also developed a hardware tool called CLEO, which consists of a GPS receiver, battery and secure digital card slot.
Users could transfer data from SD cards to computers through that offline device, The Register reports.