LBS/Wireless

Meitrack Offers MT90 Personal Tracker

December 12, 2013By
The Meitrack MT90.

GPS tracking company Meitrack is offering the MT90, a GPS personal tracker for elderly, children, patients and lone workers. It can be hung around the neck or carried in a pocket or bag. The MT90 weights 65 grams and is 77 x 47 x 20 millimeters in size. The MT90 can last 16 hours in normal mode and up to... read more

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Qualcomm Introduces Chipset with Integrated 4G LTE World Mode for High-Volume Smartphones

December 9, 2013By

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., has introduced the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chipset with integrated 4G LTE World Mode. According to Qualcomm, the delivery of faster connections is important to the growth and adoption of smartphones in emerging regions, and Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets are poised to address the needs of consumers as 4G LTE begins to ramp in China. Snapdragon 410 chipsets support... read more

GPS HUD Windshield Display Helps Drivers Navigate Safely

December 2, 2013By
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Sygic has announced a new product to make driving safer. Sygic’s Heads-up-Display (HUD) product projects navigation information onto drivers’ windshields, so they never have to take their eyes off the road to look down at their navigation software. The product comes at a critical time for the holiday travel and shopping season, which is one of the most auto accident-heavy... read more

u-blox Launches Precision Timing Module for Cellular Networks

December 2, 2013By
u-blox module LEA-MF8.

Swiss-based u‑blox has unveiled the LEA-M8F precision timing GNSS module. The compact, surface-mount module generates a precise 30.72 MHz reference clock crucial for synchronizing industrial data and communication systems such as small, femto and macro-cell mobile networks. High accuracy is achieved by disciplining a local oscillator or other clock source with timing signals received from satellite-hosted atomic clocks. To ensure... read more

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Directions 2014: Keeping Our Commitment to Civil Users

December 1, 2013By
Colonel William T. “Bill” Cooley.

The cliché “time flies when you’re having fun” accurately describes how quickly the past six months have passed for me. In a program as challenging, rewarding, and mission-critical as GPS, it is full-speed ahead all the time. As the GPS director, I am acutely aware of the importance of time — particularly high-accuracy time. Since declaring initial operational capability in December 1993, the extremely precise time service delivered by GPS has enabled numerous technological advances around the globe. read more

Public Geolocation Vault on the Horizon?

November 25, 2013By

Imagine a vault of highly accurate geolocation data that provides look-up service for any device, in any country, based on publicly sent signal data. It is an appealing idea. Mozilla, best known for its popular Firefox browser, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to openness on the web. No one is better positioned to create the very first public geolocation database. Mozilla wants to build the data service with the end goals of enabling innovation and improving location data privacy. The group makes the point that improving the privacy of user data is counter incentivizing for-profit companies that collect this data. Privacy continues to be a major industry issue that has gotten more than one company in trouble with regulators and customers. read more

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Companies Looking to Profit with Niche Fleet Markets

November 25, 2013By
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Niche markets for location companies are sometimes hit-and-miss. One real opportunity that is gaining more traction among location companies is towing. There are legions of Duck Dynasty-type of towing trade show attendees, but you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. There is tons of money in the towing industry as banks, insurance companies, motor clubs and other technology entities are flocking to these shows. Many times that scruffy-looking guy in a Duck Dynasty T-shirt is a multi-million-dollar owner of a big towing company. Such companies as Verizon are ramping up their fleet opportunities for more conventional markets, which again leads one to say, once again, that the fleet, mobile resource management market is still growing and lucrative. read more

Qualcomm Collaborates with Samsung to be First to Employ BeiDou for Location-Based Mobile Data

November 22, 2013By

Qualcomm Incorporated has announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., is enhancing location precision in smartphones and tablets initially in China with support for China’s BeiDou Satellite Navigation System. Supporting the BeiDou constellation within Qualcomm IZat location solutions increases the number of satellites that Qualcomm-based devices can access to provide greater position location accuracy. Qualcomm is collaborating with Samsung to... read more