Transportation

GNSS, radars assist in all-weather vehicle positioning

September 6, 2016By
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Everyone talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it — right? Our lead authors this month are doing something about it. The July cover story of GPS World magazine was titled “See into the Smoke with Inertial.” This month’s feature could have been called “See into the Fog with CDGNSS,” but we just didn’t have room in the... read more

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Shipping container tracking on verge of big increase

August 31, 2016By
The 18,000-container-capacity CMA CGM Kuergelen. (Photo: CMA CGM)

Big Changes from a Tiny Tracker The container shipping industry uses between 20–25 million containers, only a small number of which are tracked. A company called Traxens is on the verge of changing that. In July, the Switzerland-based Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) joined worldwide container shipping company CMA CGM to invest in the French start-up. Under the deal, both CMA... read more

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Low-cost precise positioning for automated vehicles

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Carrier-phase differential GNSS produces mass-market centimeter accuracy A dense reference network facilitates low-cost carrier-phase differential GNSS positioning with rapid integer-ambiguity resolution. This could enable precise lane-keeping for automated vehicles in all weather conditions. Strong demand for low-cost precise positioning exists in the mass market. Carrier-phase differential GNSS (CDGNSS) positioning, accurate to within a few centimeters even on a moving platform,... read more

Harxon antenna aimed at marine positioning

August 26, 2016By
The HX-CS7615A Harxon marine antenna.

Harxon has released a utility beacon antenna — HX-CS7615A — to professionally solve marine satellite positioning challenges. The HX-CS7615A supports GPS L1/L2, GLONASS L1/L2 BDS B1/B2/B3 and beacon frequencies (282.6 to 326 KHz), which greatly overcomes the defects of long-distance transmission limits, the company said. In addition, combining wide frequencies in one antenna makes the new device more cost effective. Inside, a... read more

Need for Positive Train Control outlined in rail status update

August 25, 2016By
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A status update released this month by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) underscores the need for railroads to implement Positive Train Control (PTC) as quickly and safely as possible. The update also highlights the Administration’s repeated calls for Congress to provide more significant funding to assist commuter railroads in implementing PTC. “Positive Train Control should be installed as quickly as... read more

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NovAtel releases 2 triple-frequency marine GNSS antennas

August 22, 2016By
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NovAtel Inc. has introduced the GPS-713-GGG-N and GPS-713-GGGL-N ATEX-qualified triple-frequency GNSS antennas with an Inmarsat rejection filter. Based on the company’s pinwheel technology, the antennas offer multi-constellation reception of L1, L2 and L5 GPS; L1, L2 and L3 GLONASS; B1 and B2 BeiDou; as well as E1 and E5 a/b Galileo frequencies. The GPS-713-GGGL-N also supports L-Band from 1525 to 1560 megahertz. The same antenna can be used... read more

Clarion adopts Furuno GNSS receiver for car nav system

August 8, 2016By

Clarion has adopted Furuno’s GV-86 in the NXR16 for in-car navigation and positioning. Clarion is a Japanese manufacturer of in-vehicle infotainment head units, including car navigation systems and car audio systems. Clarion thoroughly evaluated the Furuno receiver for its robustness in heavy-use environments and the company’s long-term supply-chain capability. The NXR16, which debuted in June, is designed to fill the needs of professional-use customers in... read more

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Pointer Telocation to support Rio Olympics with fleet management

August 4, 2016By

Pointer Telocation Ltd. – a developer, manufacturer and operator of Mobile Resource Management (MRM) — signed a contract July 18 with CET RIO (the Rio de Janeiro Transit Authority) to provide technology and integration services during the 2016 Olympic Games, managing the vehicles and personnel responsible for transit control, emergency and contingencies. More than 200 vehicles will be monitored in real... read more

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