Transportation

Navilock’s new GNSS receivers use u-blox untethered dead reckoning

February 8, 2017By
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The untethered 3D dead-reckoning GNSS module NEO-M8U by u-blox is at the core of Navilock’s new GNSS receiver series for service vehicles. The new portfolio will enable retrofitting of dead-reckoning and untethered dead-reckoning (UDR) technology in any vehicle. Combining multi-GNSS (GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo) with an onboard 3D gyro/accelerometer, the untethered dead-reckoning technology improves position accuracy even where GNSS signals are weak or... read more

Tracking RFI: Interference localization using a CRPA

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A controlled radiation-pattern antenna can preserve GNSS positioning while providing at least an azimuth angle towards an interference source. If integrated with an attitude and heading reference system, only a few lines of position pointing towards the RFI source could provide a fast indication of the probable ground location. read more

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Spireon unveils connected car solution for dealerships

January 31, 2017By
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Spireon Inc., an aftermarket telematics company for risk management and business optimization, will introduce its latest connected car solution, Kahu. Kahu is designed for dealers, providing streamlined lot management while delivering a new finance and insurance (F&I) profit center by offering consumers a modern location tracking and stolen vehicle recovery service, Spireon said. Additionally, Kahu empowers dealers to grow service retention with... read more

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US Coast Guard adds security to website

January 31, 2017By

The Coast Guard Navigation Center has implemented a small but important change to its website address. It is now https://www.navcen.uscg.gov, instead of http://www.navcen.uscg.gov. The change provides a secure, encrypted connection between browsers or other tools connecting to the Navigation Center website. It also provides authentication that you are unquestionably connecting to the Navigation Center website. This change is a result... read more

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Caltrans takes delivery of Riegl INS/GNSS mapper

January 23, 2017By
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Caltrans — the California state agency responsible for highway, bridge and rail transportation planning, construction and maintenance — has taken delivery of the new Riegl VMX-1HA mobile mapping system. The Riegl VMX-1HA is a high-speed, high-performance dual-scanner mobile mapping system. It provides high performance and dense, accurate and feature-rich data at highway speeds. With two million measurements and five hundred scan... read more

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Indian government warns airlines to use GAGAN

January 17, 2017By

The government of India has warned domestic airlines of “consequences” if they do not use GAGAN, the state’s GPS-Aided Geo Augmented Navigation system, reports the Mumbai Mirror. The warning came during a meeting called by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in December with all stakeholders, including the airlines. Most aircraft registered in India are still not equipped with... read more

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SpaceX launches first batch of Iridium NEXT satellites

January 17, 2017By
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Iridium Communications Inc. has successfully launched its first 10 Iridium NEXT satellites, which will support real-time automatic dependent surveillance broadcast (ADS-B) operations in oceanic regions. Iridium NEXT is the company’s next-generation satellite constellation, replacing and enhancing its existing network of low-Earth orbit satellites spanning the entire globe — the largest commercial satellite constellation in space. The satellites were delivered into low-Earth orbit an hour after... read more

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Australia to invest $12 million to test SBAS positioning technology

January 17, 2017By
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The Australian Government will invest $12 million in a two-year program looking into the future of positioning technology in Australia. The funding includes testing of satellite-based augmentation systems (SBAS) that can offer instant, accurate and reliable positioning technology. The improvements in positioning could provide future safety, productivity, efficiency and environmental benefits across many industries in Australia, including transport, agriculture, construction and resources. The... read more

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