LBS/Wireless News

Navman Wireless Expands Construction/Mining Fleet Tracking Coverage with Satellite Communications Option

November 11, 2013By
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Navman Wireless USA today announced a new satellite communications option for its OnlineAVL2 fleet tracking platform, enabling continuous visibility of both heavy equipment and on-road vehicles even when assets are out of cellular coverage. Designed for construction, surface mining, mining and oil and gas exploration, and other environments with remote location work, the new solution includes the ability to minimize... read more

Linx Releases RM Series GPS Module for Economical Positioning

November 4, 2013By
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Linx Technologies announces its launch of the high-performance, low-cost RM GPS receiver modules. Using the built-in MediaTek MT3337 chipset, the RM module can simultaneously acquire on 66 channels and track on up to 22 channels, providing standard NMEA data messages through a UART interface. A simple serial command set can be used to configure optional features. According to the company, the... read more

Connor-Winfield Offers GPS-Disciplined Clock

November 1, 2013By
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The FTS500 Xenith TBR (Time Base Reference) by Connor-Winfield is designed for DVB/DAB, wireless communications, time-stamping, or any other timing vital application. The Xenith TBR module is a GPS-driven, mixed-signal phase lock loop, providing a 1PPS CMOS output and generating a 10-MHz SINE output from an intrinsically low jitter voltage controlled crystal oscillator (VCXO). The 10-MHz output is disciplined from... read more

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FM Series GPS Receiver Module Brings High-Position Accuracy in Small Package

October 30, 2013By
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Linx Technologies announces its launch of the self-contained, high-performance FM GPS receiver modules. At 15 x 13 millimeters in size, the MediaTek MT3339-based FM Series gives the module fast lock times and high position accuracy even at low signal levels, the company said. The module’s very low power consumption helps maximize run times in battery powered applications, such as positioning... read more

Microsemi Corporation to Acquire Symmetricom

October 30, 2013By

Microsemi Corporation has entered into a definitive agreement with Symmetricom to acquire the precision time and frequency company for $230 million. Microsemi is a provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance. Microsemi, headquartered in Aliso Viejo, California, will pay $7.18 per share through a cash tender offer, representing a premium of 49 percent based on the average... read more

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u-blox, ARM Join Forces on Location-Aware Prototyping Kit

October 28, 2013By
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u‑blox and ARM, a semiconductor IP company, have joined forces to create a prototyping kit for designing wirelessly connected, location-aware Internet devices: the ARM mbed-enabled u‑blox C027 “Internet of Things (IoT) Starter Kit.” “The Internet is reaching into every aspect of our lives, connecting everything from smartphones and tablets to devices for security, safety, surveillance, navigation, healthcare, convenience, and fun,” said... read more

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New Ways to Track Mobile Users

October 25, 2013By
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In the location business, we used to talk about tracking — namely, vehicle tracking.  We stopped using the term as it sounded too close to Big Brotherism. Vehicle and employee tracking is much more prevalent today, but we have delicately renamed it “mobile resource management.” Tracking is back in the news, and it is rightfully being called what it is,... read more

NextNav and Broadcom Partner for Indoor Accuracy

October 21, 2013By
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On October 2, NextNav announced that Broadcom Corporation acquired a commercial license to NextNav’s Metropolitan Beacon System (MBS) technology, a so-called terrestrial constellation that brings GNSS-like performance to indoor and urban environments where satellite-based positioning is either unavailable or significantly degraded. The agreement enables Broadcom to integrate NextNav’s location technology into its mass-market GNSS connectivity and mobility platforms, used primarily... read more