LBS/Wireless

Mobile World Congress Features Connected Cars, Indoor Positioning

February 27, 2014By
Mobile World Congress 2014.

The Mobile World Congress in Barcelona has turned into a mini Consumer Electronics Show. The term “Internet of Things” is the new hot buzz word this year. The show had an estimated 75,000 attendees spread across two sites and eight football-field-sized exhibit halls. While the connected car continued to have high visibility, other technology such as location-enabled advertising and indoor positioning received buzz. read more

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FCC Ready for Indoor Location Rules for 911 Calls

February 26, 2014By
Janice Partyka

Last week, the FCC proposed to update 911 regulations to require carriers to be able to locate 911 calls that are made indoors. The current rules were made in 1996 and only required carriers to locate outdoor calls. Then, the outdoor-only rule made sense. We used wireline indoors, and complex indoor technology wasn’t in sight. That is no longer the... read more

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Anritsu Offers Atomic Clock for Spectrum Master without Need for GPS

February 24, 2014By

Anritsu Company is launching an internal atomic clock option for its MS2720T Spectrum Master handheld spectrum analyzer that allows users to acquire excellent frequency accuracy, including in environments in which the GPS cannot be used. Integrating the atomic clock inside the MS2720T provides field engineers and technicians with a durable, handheld spectrum analyzer that can deliver the extremely high accuracy... read more

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Three More Companies Sign on to AT&T Connected Car Center

February 24, 2014By
AT&TDriveStudio

Three additional companies — Qualcomm, Red Bend and QuickPlay — have signed on to work with the connected car industry at the AT&T Drive Studio, a connected car center for innovation and research in Atlanta, Georgia. “This is an exciting ecosystem and we are committed to leading the way to take the connected car to the next level for auto... read more

Blackphone Designed for Privacy Launches At Mobile World Congress 2014

February 24, 2014By
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SGP Technologies, a joint venture of Silent Circle and Geeksphone, has unveiled the Blackphone, a smartphone that places privacy and control directly in the hands of its users. The smartphone was launched at Mobile World Congress being held this week in Barcelona. Blackphone includes a unique combination of operating system and application tools that offer unparalleled security and privacy to... read more

Broadcom Location Chip for Wearables Uses Less Power

February 20, 2014By
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Broadcom Corporation today introduced a GNSS system-on-chip (SoC) that will enable wearable location devices to operate with less power and more accuracy, Broadcom said. The Broadcom BCM4771 GNSS SoC is designed for low-power, mass-market wearable devices such as fitness trackers and smart watches. Broadcom will showcase its mobile innovations at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, February 24-27. The Broadcom BCM4771... read more

FCC Acts to Help Emergency Responders Locate Wireless 911 Callers Indoors

February 20, 2014By

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Communications Commission today proposed rules to help emergency responders better locate wireless callers to 911. The proposed updates to the FCC’s Enhanced 911 (E911) rules respond to Americans’ increasing use of wireless phones to call 911, especially from indoors, and take advantage of technological developments that allow for more accurate location information to be transmitted... read more

u-blox GNSS Antenna Module Supports All Satellites

February 20, 2014By
The u-blox CAM-M8Q.

u‑blox has introduced the CAM-M8Q GPS/GLONASS/BeiDou/QZSS antenna module. The module integrates a u-blox M8 satellite receiver IC plus SAW filter, LNA, TCXO, RTC, passives and a pre-tuned GNSS chip antenna in an ultra-small 9.6 x 14.0 x 1.95 mm package. The new module requires only a power source for reliable and accurate satellite positioning anywhere in the world. Combining low... read more