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Galileo and Compass: A Tale of Also-Runnings

December 19, 2012 - By

Beating up the backstretch neck and neck, tied for third in the GNSS race, Galileo and Compass today offer some signals and some satellites to GNSS users — as long as those users are researchers. Galileo has more going for it in the way of signals, while Compass holds an edge in the number of satellites. Without an interface control... read more

Compass ICD Rumored Again

December 18, 2012 - By

A GNSS industry representative stationed in Shanghai, China sent this message recently to a U.S. colleague: “Latest unofficial news said that the Compass Interface Control Document (ICD) will be released on 27th this month,  and will be available on the internet on 28th.” Such rumors have floated before, in late 2010, and again in late 2011.  As the U.S. colleague... read more

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RITA Seeks Experienced Electronics Engineer

December 17, 2012 - By

The Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) seeks an experienced Electronics Engineer interested in joining the Office of Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT).  RITA coordinates the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) research programs and is charged with advancing rigorous analysis and the deployment of cross-cutting technologies to improve our Nation’s transportation system.  RITA serves as the lead Administration representing DOT... read more

Indoor Navigation

December 17, 2012 - By

Original Broadcast Date: 12/13/12 Summary: This is the next frontier for personal and machine navigation — and many are out there now, working diligently on it.  In just one example, a new chip fuses input from several sensors, using the best combination at any given time to maximize coverage and accuracy while keeping power draw to a minimum. This produces... read more

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Luch-5B Arrives at Orbital Slot

December 15, 2012 - By

The second Russian SBAS satellite, Luch-5B, has now been positioned at its designated orbital slot of 16 degrees west longitude. The satellite had been in a drift orbit since its launch on November 2 at 21:04:00 UTC along with the domestic communications satellite Yamal-300K. Tracking data from NORAD/JSpOC showed Luch-5B arriving at its geostationary position by about December 13. The... read more

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Transmissions from Galileo Satellite IOV-4 Begin

December 13, 2012 - By

News courtesy of CANSPACE listserv. The Technische Universitaet Muenchen has reported that transmissions of the L1/E1 signal from Galileo satellite IOV-4 (FM-4) started at about 17:15:10 GPS Time December 12. The navigation signals of both of the recently launched in-orbit validation satellites have now been activated. A number of stations in the Cooperative Network for GNSS Observation as well as... read more

Medical Alert System to Have u-blox GPS and 2G/3G GPS

December 12, 2012 - By

u-blox, the Swiss positioning and wireless chip and module company, has been chosen for global positioning and embedded 2G/3G wireless technologies by MobileHelp, an American provider of M-PERS (Mobile-Personal Emergency Response System) technology. Based on u-blox’ LISA 2G/3G wireless modem and MAX GPS modules, the comprehensive system includes compact, portable alert devices that function in and around the home, and... read more

Will Fragmentation Hurt Location Business?

December 12, 2012 - By

Get out of the way, GPS. Wi-Fi is elbowing in on the location game. Wi-Fi operators are tracking people and offering retailers and marketers access to customers’ behavior and location. Traffic patterns emitted by smartphone Wi-Fi signals let network operators keep tabs on what shoppers are doing. Heat maps are being created with data from Wi-Fi points to map out... read more