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European satnav competition open for submissions

April 10, 2017By
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The European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) — the largest international competition for the commercial use of satellite navigation — is once again in search of outstanding ideas and business models for accelerating Galileo applications. Renowned institutions and regional partners are set to award prizes worth a total of more than €1 million in more than 20 categories. Submissions are due... read more

Sierra Wireless turns to Skyworks for IoT, M2M

April 7, 2017By

Sierra Wireless is leveraging a broad suite of 3G/4G connectivity solutions from Skyworks Solutions to power its AirPrime HL Series of wireless modules targeting machine-to-machine (M2M) and device-to-cloud applications, according to Skyworks. In total, Sierra Wireless is making use of 17 Skyworks devices spanning high-performance multimode, multiband power amplifiers, transmit/receive front-end modules, RF switches and DC-DC converters. With the integration of Skyworks’ devices,... read more

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Indoor location, data see growth at MWC

April 6, 2017By
Barcelona’s Fira center hosted Mobile World Congress, a gathering of 105,000 industry participants.

By Kevin Dennehy Contributing Editor for LBS The big takeaway from this year’s Mobile World Congress was the interest in location data from a growing number of vendors. Although still a small footprint in the cavernous halls of Barcelona’s Fira center, at least 33 companies displayed products and services related to indoor location, which was more than past years, said... read more

Galileo search-and-rescue service officially launched

April 6, 2017By
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The Galileo Search And Rescue (SAR) service, made possible by the Galileo satellite constellation, is now active. Galileo SAR is Europe’s contribution to the COSPAS-SARSAT network, a distress alert detection and information distribution system best known for detecting and locating emergency beacons activated by aircraft, ships and hikers. By providing COSPAS-SARSAT with the coverage capacity of the Galileo constellation equipped... read more

LTE cellular steers UAV: Signals of opportunity work in challenged environments

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No GPS? No Problem! Long-term evolution (LTE) cellular signals can be exploited for accurate and resilient autonomous vehicle navigation in the absence of clear GNSS signals. Simulation and experimental results demonstrate that GPS-like performance can be achieved in the absence of GPS signals when cellular pseudoranges aid an inertial navigation system. By Zaher M. Kassas, Joshua J. Morales, Kimia Shamaei,... read more

TRAK Microwave becomes Smiths Interconnect as part of brand transition

March 23, 2017By
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Smiths Interconnect, a division of Smiths Group plc, is unifying its technology brands, including TRAK Microwave, maker of GPS clocks, GPS antennas and network time protocol (NTP) servers. Other brands pulled under the Smiths Interconnect umbrella include EMC Technology, Hypertac, IDI, Lorch, Millitech, RF Labs, Sabritec and TECOM. According to Smiths Group, the brand transition supports a recent strategic reorganization... read more

Bill seeks to crack down on warrantless government tracking

March 16, 2017By

As government agencies expand their use of cell-site simulators or “stingrays” and other digital tracking technology, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Rep. John Conyers, Jr., D-Mich., introduced the Geolocation Privacy and Surveillance Act (known as the GPS act) to create clear rules for when agencies can access and track an individual’s geolocation information. Chaffetz introduced the House... read more

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Telit offers new series of smart GNSS antenna modules

March 15, 2017By
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Telit, a global enabler of the Internet of Things (IoT), has introduced advanced positioning modules in the SE868xx-Ax family featuring multi-constellation GNSS receivers with 9 square millimeter patch antennas. Telit’s SE868Kx-Ax series offers high performance for space-constrained applications such as wearables, tracking, telematics and security. The new integrated antenna modules include advanced features that significantly increase RF sensitivity, allowing for a much simpler... read more

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