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Out in Front: Good News for Modern Nav

May 1, 2015By

This year’s European Navigation Conference in Bordeaux, France, got underway with “Good news from up there .…” Galileo’s seventh and eighth satellites launched successfully in late March, the European Space Agency (ESA) plans four more satellites to reach orbit in 2015, and space maneuvers for Galileo 5 and 6 have been completed, with a recovery plan currently under study. ESA... read more

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Expert Advice: Sensor Fusion for Highly Automated Driving

May 1, 2015By
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High-Precision GNSS Needs Help for Continuous Localization Reliability By Siamak Akhlaghi Automotive safety and comfort functions, known as Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), have become an essential part of modern vehicles. These functions assist drivers in the driving process, providing capabilities such as adaptive cruise control or highway driving mode. To achieve a desired level of performance, the position of the... read more

Expert Advice: A Leap Second — One More Time!

April 30, 2015By
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Once again we are going to adjust the world’s clocks by one second. This time it will happen on June 30, when we insert another leap second in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), the standard international time scale. In theory, all UTC clocks should insert a second labeled 23h 59m 60s (the leap second) following one labeled 23h 59m 59s UTC. This is equivalent to having all of the clocks in the world stop for one second at that time. Are you ready for it? read more

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Galileo Update, Ionospheric Model Shared at ENC

April 23, 2015By

This year’s European Navigation Conference (April 7–10 in Bordeaux, France) got underway with “Good news from up there .…” Galileo’s seventh and eighth satellites launched successfully in late March, the European Space Agency (ESA) plans four more satellites to reach orbit in 2015, and space maneuvers for Galileo 5 and 6 have been completed, with a recovery plan currently under... read more

Nokia Selling HERE, Indoor Location Intensifies

April 22, 2015By

It has been an interesting month for developments in location. Nokia is looking for a buyer for HERE, the mapping and navigation business that once set the industry gold standard. While carriers are planning how they will comply with new FCC mandates for locating indoor E911 calls, the commercial indoor location market has moved beyond “emerging” and is well underway.... read more

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Drones Take Off for Location Companies

April 22, 2015By
3D Robotics Solo Drone with GPS embedded.

The National Association of Broadcasters meeting in Las Vegas draws 100,000 attendees annually, making it one of the largest trade shows in the country. However, besides timing and some very niche markets, it has not been a big show for location companies. That is, until now, when NAB welcomed drone manufacturers, all of which embed GPS in their flying aircraft. read more