LBS/Wireless

How to Survive a Total Constellation Outage

April 3, 2014By
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Yesterday we posted news of an 11-hour downtime for the full GLONASS constellation, due to an upload of bad ephemerides. Coincidentally, during that 11-hour period, the mass-market chip company Broadcom was conducting multi-constellation receiver tests in Asia. Frank van Diggelen, Broadcom’s chief GNSS scientist and vice president says, “We have definitive data to show how a multi-constellation receiver survives such... read more

Trax Personal Tracker Integrates u-blox GNSS and Cellular Technologies

March 31, 2014By
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Swedish WTS (Wonder Technology Solutions) and u-blox have announced that WTS has launched Trax, a personal tracking device for children and pets. Based on u-blox’ GNSS smart antenna and cellular module, the tiny tracker can be located anywhere, anytime via a free Android or iPhone mobile phone app. In addition to real time tracking, Trax provides flexible geofence alerts, and... read more

Missing Plane, New Mapping Abilities, and GPS Jamming

March 25, 2014By

As the tragedy of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 riveted our attention, many sprang into action. More than two million volunteers scoured online satellite images for signs of the plane via Tomnod, a crowdsourcing project of DigitalGlobe. Volunteers like Robert Wilkinson are asked to view satellite photos and tag any signs of wreckage, rafts, oil spills and other objects that may... read more

Location-Based Advertising Getting Higher Visibility

March 25, 2014By
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When one talks about the worldwide location industry, mobile resource management — fleets and trucks, for instance — aren’t sexy at all, but they make money. What is supposed to be sexy is location-based advertising.  According to many analysts, location-based advertising has been hampered by a few things: education for both consumers and mobile advertisers, privacy issues, and relevant proximity... read more

PeopleNet Launches Fleet Solutions for Energy Services Suite

March 24, 2014By
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PeopleNet, a Trimble company and provider of fleet mobility technology that optimizes performance and decision-making management, has launched a mapping and navigation solution for its Energy Services suite, serving U.S. fleets in the upstream and midstream sectors. “Our Energy Services suite capitalizes on our proven fleet mobility solutions that increase efficiency, safety and compliance for all oilfield service segments, including... read more

Are You Master of the Galileo Universe?

March 20, 2014By
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The European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) is looking for services, products, and business innovations that use satellite navigation in everyday life. Prizes will be awarded by some of the most relevant institutional GNSS stakeholders, such as the European GNSS Agency (GSA) and the European Space Agency (ESA). In addition, partner regions from all over the world are hosting regional challenges.... read more

Google’s 3D Mapping Phones Head to Developers

March 19, 2014By
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Google’s 3D mapping project, Project Tango, is putting prototypes into developers’ hands. Google has been collaborating with universities, research labs, and industrial partners in nine countries, to concentrate the past 10 years of research in robotics and computer vision into a mobile phone. “We now have prototypes ready to put into the hands of eager development partners that can help... read more

Yandex Acquires KitLocate, Israeli Geo-Location Developer

March 19, 2014By

The Israeli startup KitLocate, developer of energy-efficient cloud location technology for mobile devices, is joining the Yandex mobile search team. KitLocate’s technology, packed into a developer-friendly SDK, provides location capabilities, including geo-fencing, motion detection and social location, for location-based apps on the user’s iOS or Android smartphone. While doing that, it lowers battery power consumption to less than 1% per... read more