LBS/Wireless

TomTom Redesigns PNDs, Introduces NavKit Engine

May 6, 2013By
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TomTom has redesigned its personal navigation devices with new TomTom GO. The TomTom GO has new interactive map, lifetime TomTom Traffic and 3D maps that give drivers the ability to know precisely what is going on around them, as well as what lies up ahead, TomTom said. TomTom has also launched its new navigation engine, NavKit. “Where navigation used to... read more

PayGo’s Auto Insurance Solution to Be Based on Telit GSM/GPRS Tech

May 6, 2013By

Telit Wireless Solutions and PayGo Systems, an Israel-based telematics service provider (TSP) have announced that PayGo’s new TTM Type B family of PAYD solutions will include Telit’s ultra-compact GSM/GPRS cellular module, the GE865-QUAD. The solutions include self-contained consumer installable data collection devices for high-growth application area — UBI/PAYD — in the automotive insurance industry. PayGo and Telit plan to expand... read more

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Smartphone App Locates Injured Farmers in the Field

May 6, 2013By
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Tractor rollovers are the leading cause of death among farmers and claim about 250 lives each year, according to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). These accidents are deadly because they often occur far away from farmers’ homes or roads and they may be unable to reach a phone to call for help. Now, University of Missouri... read more

Sprint Selects u-blox for Long-Term CDMA Network Support

May 6, 2013By

Sprint and u-blox have expanded their collaboration in support of Sprint’s commitment to the 2G (1xRTT) CDMA network. As a carrier committed to network choice, Sprint believes M2M customers should be able to choose or combine 2G, 3G and 4G LTE capabilities, depending on their particular requirements, u-blox said. Sprint expects to maintain its 2G network capability for the long... read more

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NIST Demos Transfer of Time Signals over Wireless Optical Channel

May 6, 2013By
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By bouncing eye-safe laser pulses off a mirror on a hillside, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have transferred ultraprecise time signals through open air with unprecedented precision equivalent to the “ticking” of the world’s best next-generation atomic clocks. Described in the April 28 issue of Nature Photonics, the demonstration shows how next-generation atomic clocks at... read more

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GNSS Test Standards for Cellular Location

May 1, 2013By
Downtown Seattle, a typical test-case environment.

GNSS receivers in cell phones will soon support four or more satellite constellations and derive additional location measurements from other sources: cellular location, MEMS sensors, Wi-Fi, and others. The authors propose test standards covering these sources, meeting industry requirements for repeatable testing while considering the user experience. read more

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Galileo Now Tells UTC Time

April 25, 2013By
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Europe’s four Galileo satellites are now working as clocks accurate to a few billionths of a second, disseminating the exact time through their signals expressed as the UTC Universal Coordinated Time global standard, reports the European Space Agency. “A billionth of a second equals a nanosecond, a time interval far beyond our own human capacity of appreciation,” explains Marco Falcone,... read more

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Competition to PNDs Coming from All Angles

April 25, 2013By

It isn’t the same old news that the portable or personal navigation device, PND, has lost a lot of ground to mobile applications found on smartphones. The reason it isn’t old news is that the drop in sales is being measured by the millions — from a high of 33 million in 2011 — to a little more than half... read more

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