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8 million GPS/wireless devices in use for fleet management

January 20, 2016By

Eight million GPS/wireless devices are used to manage fleet vehicles, trailers, construction equipment and mobile workers, according to a new report by C.J. Driscoll & Associates, a supplier of telematics market research and consulting services. According to the “2016-17 U.S. Mobile Resource Management Systems Market Study,” by 2019 this market will expand to more than 14 million units, and annual hardware and service... read more

India’s fifth navigation satellite launched

January 20, 2016By
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The fifth satellite in the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) constellation lifted off on time Jan. 20 from Satish Dhawan Space Center on Sriharikota Island, on India’s east coast. As in the previous four launches of IRNSS satellites, the navigation satellite rode aboard a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). This is the 33rd launch for the PSLV. After the PSLV-C31 lift-off at 0401 GMT Wednesday (11:01... read more

NextNav supports metropolitan beacon system for mobile

January 19, 2016By

The final specification for 3GPP Release 13 will include messaging support for Terrestrial Beacon System (TBS) location technologies, including the Metropolitan Beacon System (MBS). NextNav is deploying the MBS positioning technology across the U.S. to allow mobile phones and other devices to reliably determine their location in indoor and urban environments where GPS signals can’t be received. NextNav has adopted... read more

First GPS III satellite completes critical test

January 19, 2016By

The first GPS III satellite has passed a critical test, according to satellite builder Lockheed Martin. Rick Ambrose, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Space Systems of Denver, tweeted that the satellite has successfully its thermal vacuum test (TVAC). Critical TVAC test for @usairforce’s first GPS III satellite successfully completed! pic.twitter.com/fYx6MJK4On — Rick Ambrose (@RickAmbroseSSC) January 13, 2016 Lockheed Martin Space... read more

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Fifth IRNSS satellite on schedule to launch

January 19, 2016By
IRNSS-1E spacecraft integrated with PSLV-C31, with the two halves of the heat shields. (Photo: IRNSS)

The fifth satellite in the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) constellation is ready for lift-off. IRNSS-1E will launch at 0401 GMT Wednesday (11:01 p.m. EST Tuesday) from Satish Dhawan Space Center on Sriharikota Island, on India’s east coast. As in the previous four launches of IRNSS satellites, the navigation satellite will ride aboard a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). This is the... read more

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Commercial drone sales to rise by 84 percent in 2016

January 18, 2016By

A new study from U.K.-based Juniper Research has found that annual revenues from commercial drones sales are expected to reach $481 million this year, up 84 percent from last year’s figure of $261 million. The new research — “Drones: Consumer & Commercial Applications, Regulations & Opportunities 2015-2020” — found that a low price point had significantly reduced the barrier to entry in many sectors, with high-performance models... read more

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Intel to acquire German drone company Ascending Technologies

January 18, 2016By

Intel has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Ascending Technologies, a drone company located in Krailing, Germany, that produces drone auto-pilot software and algorithms. Intel has already partnered to combine Ascending Technologies’ sense-and-avoid algorithms with Intel RealSense technology’s real-time depth-sensing capability. These technologies can improve drone safety, helping them avoid obstacles and collisions. With Ascending Technologies, Intel gains expertise and technology to... read more

U.S. government says it will invest $4B in self-driving cars

January 18, 2016By

In his final State of the Union address, delivered Jan. 12, President Obama signaled his intent to invest in a 21st century transportation system. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has revealed part of the president’s proposal: a 10-year, nearly $4 billion investment to accelerate the development and adoption of safe vehicle automation through real-world pilot projects. Secretary Foxx also announced that... read more