LBS/Wireless

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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CTIA: Automakers Developing Their Own Infotainment Apps

May 28, 2013By

By Janice Partyka It’s a trifecta. The most interesting news at CES, Mobile World Congress, and now CTIA was the connected vehicle. Last week at CTIA, the biggest mobile conference in the U.S., GM and OnStar demonstrated ideas of what we can expect in vehicles once AT&T’s LTE network makes its way into vehicles. We heard about many of their... read more

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Google and Facebook Eye Waze as Potential Purchase

May 28, 2013By

Since the recent CTIA conference wasn’t the buffet of location news, one potential deal could really set the industry on fire going into the summer months. Google and Facebook both are rumored to be in talks to purchase Waze. Some say this would mean Facebook would transform into a mobile advertising company, with local ads, if it were the winning... read more

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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Rohde & Schwarz, 7Layers Verify Improved Test Method for ECC

May 22, 2013By

Rohde & Schwarz and 7Layers have verified and validated the synchronized test approach to determine the Envelope Correlation Coefficient (ECC), a value characterizing the antenna subsystem of multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO) LTE devices. The Synchronized ECC approach delivers significantly shorter test durations and repeatable results, ultimately resulting in reduced costs. Long term, this collaboration will also help product manufacturers develop... read more

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