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HRL Labs to develop inertial sensor tech for DARPA

January 3, 2017By

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded HRL Laboratories LLC $4.3 million to develop vibration- and shock-tolerant inertial sensor technology that enables future system accuracy needs without using GPS. Positioning, navigation and timing are key to ensuring the location accuracy critical to the success of modern military missions. Today’s military systems typically rely on GPS to ensure position accuracy.... read more

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ESCAPE with autonomous driving and the GSA

January 3, 2017By
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The European agency for global navigation satellite systems (GSA) has kicked off ESCAPE, a three-year, 5.4 million euro project to use Galileo services for automated driving. ESCAPE (European Safety Critical Applications Positioning Engine) will coordinate relevant industrial and research institutions in Europe to create a positioning engine for safety-critical applications on the road — applications involving highly automated driving. ESCAPE is led by... read more

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ABI Research: Broadcom, Qualcomm continue to dominate GNSS IC vendor space

January 2, 2017By
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The GNSS market landscape is expanding due to the rapid growth of GNSS-enabled wearables and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) coupled with new innovation opportunities around low-cost precision GNSS, according to ABI Research’s latest GNSS IC vendor report. In its latest GNSS IC vendor competitive analysis, ABI Research determines Broadcom and Qualcomm remain the two top IC vendors for the fourth... read more

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Hemisphere GNSS names new president and CEO

December 28, 2016By

Farlin Halsey has been named president and chief executive officer of Hemisphere GNSS, effective Jan. 2, 2017. He replaces Xinping Guo, interim president and CEO. Halsey has also been appointed to the Hemisphere board of directors, where Guo will continue to be a member. With more than 25 years of executive leadership experience in the high-technology electronics industry, Halsey brings a wealth... read more

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Japan space agency to use GPS to destroy space debris

December 20, 2016By
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Japanese space agency JAXA is testing a way to collect and destroy space junk. Space debris is becoming an increasingly large problem for space agencies and private companies. A prototype system called the Kounotori Integrated Tether Experiments (KITE) arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) on Dec. 12 that will allow engineers to test the mechanisms that propel a tether-equipped spacecraft. The spacecraft... read more

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New SatNav offerings come to market via STL service

December 20, 2016By

Pursuant to a recent announcement of new PNT solutions independent of GPS/GNSS signals, provided via the Iridium constellation, GPS World talked with Jean-Yves Courtois, CEO of Orolia. Orolia has partnered with Satelles to bring new PNT products and services to the global market, with a focus on military, and defense, government and commercial customers worldwide. “We are a manufacturer and... read more

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Esri ArcGIS 10.5 helps make sense of real-time information

December 20, 2016By
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Esri has released Esri ArcGIS 10.5, its next-generation analytics technology for innovative organizations. Organizations worldwide are challenged to make sense of real-time digital information. Esri ArcGIS 10.5 helps them glean insight from enterprise data, big data and the Internet of Things and share that insight in intuitive ways. The heart of Esri ArcGIS 10.5 includes: Improved capabilities for handling large-scale analytics... read more

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UK startup Focal Point offers smartphone positioning technologies

December 19, 2016By
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U.K.-startup Focal Point Positioning has unveiled two new positioning technologies. S-GPS and D-Tail represent step changes in consumer GPS processing and smartphone indoor positioning, the company said. S-GPS is a new signal processing, sensor fusion and machine learning scheme that dramatically improves the accuracy and availability of satellite-based positioning signals, the company said. The patent-pending S-GPS technology provides increased sensitivity... read more

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