LBS/Wireless

Facebook Offers Nearby Friends Feature

April 17, 2014By
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Facebook has started rolling out a feature called Nearby Friends. Users can turn on the feature to help them discover which friends are nearby or on the go. When notified that a friend is nearby, the user can then get in touch or meet up. “For example, when you’re headed to the movies, Nearby Friends will let you know if... read more

Spectracom Extends Local Service to the Asia-Pacific Region

April 17, 2014By

Spectracom, a business of the Orolia Group, has extended its global service capability through a partnership with EZU Technologies. Joining Spectracom  service centers in North America and Europe, EZU Technologies will support Spectracom users throughout the Asia-Pacific region from its facility in Hong Kong. Initially, services will include equipment calibration and repair services. Over time, more capability will be added... read more

Pitney Bowes, Inrix Join on Location Intelligence for Traffic

April 15, 2014By

Pitney Bowes Inc. has entered into a multi-year partnership with INRIX, Inc., provider of traffic information and driver services, to deliver advanced location intelligence solutions through the company’s traffic intelligence platform. By integrating location capabilities with traffic analysis, INRIX and Pitney Bowes will enhance the driving experience of today’s connected drivers, the companies said. By delivering this information through INRIX’s... read more

Indoor GNSS Positioning Research Employs Spectra Precision Equipment

April 14, 2014By

Researchers at Telecom SudParis are working on a solution to provide indoor continuity for GNSS positioning. The idea is to deploy a minimal transmission infrastructure in order to allow a standard receiver to measure pseudo-ranges and carrier phases, thus leading to an indoor accurate positioning. The infrastructure consists of a few antennas fed through optical fibers with a GNSS-like signal.... read more

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LBS Market Worth $39.87 Billion by 2019

April 11, 2014By

A newly issued report by MarketsandMarkets focuses on growth in the location-based services market, and says it will be worth $39.87 billion by 2019. The report, “Location Based Services (LBS) Market (Mapping, Discovery and Infotainment, Location Analytics, Leisure and Social Networking, Location Based Advertising, Augmented Reality and Gaming, Tracking) — Worldwide Forecasts and Analysis (2014-2019),” provides a comprehensive market and... read more

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SkyTraq Launches Miniature Programmable GNSS Receiver Module

April 11, 2014By
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SkyTraq‘s new family of high-performance system-in-package (SiP) GNSS receiver modules supports GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, QZSS and SBAS.The modules integrate SkyTraq Venus8 positioning engine, 1MByte Flash memory, LNA, SAW filter, high precision 0.5ppm TCXO, RTC crystal, and other passive components within tiny 10mm x 10mm x 1.3mm package. The smallest configuration requires only antenna and power to have position fix and... read more

Broadcom Enables Pinpoint Indoor Location Technology with 5G Wi-Fi SoC

April 3, 2014By
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Broadcom Corporation has announced the industry’s first 5G Wi-Fi (802.11ac) system-on-chip (SoC) to deliver pinpoint indoor positioning technology. The BCM43462 SoC, featuring Broadcom’s new AccuLocate technology, provides sub-meter accuracy on physical locations enabling retailers and public venue operators to deliver more personalized experiences to consumers. Broadcom will demonstrate its AccuLocate technology at Interop, Las Vegas, April 1 – 3, 2014,... read more

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How to Survive a Total Constellation Outage

April 3, 2014By
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Yesterday we posted news of an 11-hour downtime for the full GLONASS constellation, due to an upload of bad ephemerides. Coincidentally, during that 11-hour period, the mass-market chip company Broadcom was conducting multi-constellation receiver tests in Asia. Frank van Diggelen, Broadcom’s chief GNSS scientist and vice president says, “We have definitive data to show how a multi-constellation receiver survives such... read more