Positioning Modules

This document describes the classes that give information about Positioning Modules.


This document is an overview of the Positioning Module information that is available to client applications using the Location Acquisition API. A Positioning Module is a software component that allows the Location Server to communicate with the mobile device hardware that obtains position data.

See How to Use Positioning Module Information for an example of how to get Positioning Module information using the Location Acquisition API.

Types of Positioning Modules

In mobile devices there may be several Positioning Modules:

  • A Positioning Module that use GPS and/or A-GPS.

  • A Positioning Module that uses the network to obtain cell-based positions.

  • Positioning Modules that use other technologies, such as WLAN positioning.

Positioning Module information classes

The classes TPositionModuleInfo and TPositionQuality hold information about the capabilities of Positioning Modules and the quality of position information that they can provide. Figure 1 illustrates these classes.

Figure 1. Figure 1. TPositionModuleInfo and TPositionQuality classes


TPositionModuleInfo describes a Positioning Module. This description includes:

  • The technology type used by the Positioning Module.

    A Positioning Module can use positioning technology which is terminal-based (such as GPS), network based, or a combination of the two (such as A-GPS). The method TPositionModuleInfo::TechnologyType() returns this information.

  • The capabilities of the Positioning Module.

    Different Positioning Modules have different capabilities which depend on the Positioning Module technology type. Most Positioning Modules have the capability to provide latitude and longitude information. Some Positioning Modules can also supply altitude information, course information and satellite data. This information is returned by the method TPositionModuleInfo::Capabilities() as a bit mask of type TPositionModuleInfo::TCapabilities.

  • A unique identifier returned by TPositionModule::ModuleId().

    This identifier is used to select a specific Positioning Module when a client application wishes to use a specific positioning technology to obtain a location fix.

A TPositionModuleInfo object obtains a reference to its TPositionQuality object by calling TPositionModuleInfo::GetPositionQuality().


TPositionQuality describes the quality of information that a Positioning Module can provide. The quality describes the accuracy of information, the time to obtain a location fix, the cost of obtaining the fix and power consumption: