LBS/Wireless News

FCC Order Enables NextNav to Commence Commercial Operations

June 17, 2013By

On June 6, the FCC, following a unanimous vote of the commission, issued an order enabling NextNav, LLC to begin commercial operation of its advanced positioning network, which is designed to support 911 emergency first responders.  NextNav is deploying its nationwide network using Part 90 Multilateration Location and Monitoring Service licenses that are held by its affiliate, Progeny LMS, LLC.... read more

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Android Beats iOS, Microsoft Handily in Smartphones, Tablets

June 13, 2013By

Three-fifths of all smartphones, tablets, and notebooks shipped worldwide during the first quarter of 2013 run Google’s Android mobile operating system, independent analyst firm Canalys reports. Manufacturers shipped 308.7 million smart mobile devices between January and March, Canalys states. Android powers 59.5 percent of all shipments. Apple’s iOS ranks a distant second at 19.3 percent, fueled by its strength in... read more

GPSTrackIt Provides Safety Feature to Fleet Drivers

June 3, 2013By

  GPSTrackIt has developed an Instant Alert Device that can attach to a driver’s keyring, to enable mobile workforce team members to communicate with their dispatchers or fleet managers. If a driver is in trouble, help can be on the way with the touch of a button. The compact communication device enables drivers to signal for help even if they’re... read more

GPS Tracking Used to Honor Storm Chasers

June 3, 2013By
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The storm chasing and weather community is honoring three storm chasers killed in an Oklahoma tornado on Friday. Tim Samaras, his son Paul Samaras, and Samaras’s chase partner Carl Young are being honored via the Spotter Network, where their initials are being spelled out. The Spotter Network is a website used by storm chasers to follow weather movements. Users have been... read more

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ST-Ericsson Sells GPS Business to Intel

May 29, 2013By

ST-Ericsson, a joint venture of STMicroelectronics and Ericsson, has sold its mobile connectivity GNSS business to Intel. ST-Ericsson, which focuses on mobile and wireless chips, announced the sale on Tuesday without naming the buyer. An Intel spokesman later said the U.S. chipmaker bought the assets. According to ST-Ericsson, the sale “represents another step in the execution of Ericsson’s and ST’s... read more

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TeleCommunication System Next Gen 911 First in Production with Carriers

May 28, 2013By

TeleCommunication Systems (TCS), a provider of mobile communication technology, announced that its TCS VoLTE9-1-1 service is first into production with Tier-1 wireless carriers, including two of the largest North American operators. The fully customizable solution enables 4G/LTE carriers to provide both 911 call routing and originating coarse/precise location information, including the 10-digit callback number, to public safety access points (PSAPs).... read more

u-blox Introduces High-Performance Parallel GPS/GLONASS Module

May 28, 2013By

Swiss u-blox introduces the surface-mount MAX-M5Q, a compact satellite positioning module that supports GPS and GLONASS, as well as Japanese QZSS satellite GNSS systems. High-performance GPS/GLONASS parallel operation is also supported to enhance positioning speed and accuracy. Designed for use in rugged environments and wide temperature range, MAX-M5Q is intended for industrial machine-to-machine (M2M) applications as well as Russia’s ERA-GLONASS... read more

skobbler Launches GPS Navigation & Maps for Android, Competes with Google Maps

May 22, 2013By
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skobbler brings together hybrid online and offline worldwide maps and full turn-by-turn navigation in a low-priced app with the launch of GPS Navigation & Maps for Android. skobbler is looking to exploit the weaknesses of established Android navigation alternatives with the fully featured GPS Navigation & Maps, which offers an improved experience compared to both Google Maps and high-priced third-party... read more

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