Transportation

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
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, Jan. 14. (Photo: SpaceX)

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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Sonardyne delivers subsea navigation to McDermott pipelay vessel

January 16, 2017By
McDermott's Lay Vessel 108.

Sonardyne Inc. has supplied acoustically aided inertial navigation technology to McDermott International for its Lay Vessel 108 (LV 108). McDermott is an offshore engineering, procurement, construction and installation company. The Ranger 2 Pro DP-INS system, the highest specification available from Sonardyne, is being used to support touchdown monitoring surveys of submarine cables, umbilicals and pipelines and as an independent position reference... read more

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Netherlands employs GNSS monitoring for rail

January 11, 2017By
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The Dutch state-owned rail company NS Groep N.V. is deploying a real-time remote diagnostics monitoring system. As a core component of NS’ overall real-time monitoring architecture, the system allows railway operators to streamline maintenance costs and provide efficiencies across their fleet by automating manual tasks. NS in the Netherlands will join a growing number of large rail operators that have... read more

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R&S simulator tests Russia’s emergency call system

January 10, 2017By

New cars for the Russian market must be equipped with the automatic ERA-GLONASS emergency call system. For certification of these in-vehicle systems, both conformance and performance tests are mandatory, in line with the Russian GOST R 55534 specification. For both types of tests, the Russian Certification Center Svyaz-Certificate uses standard-compliant test solutions from Rohde & Schwarz. Manufacturers and component suppliers... read more

Spirent, Tata Elxsi V2X automotive test system adopted by researchers

January 6, 2017By
The China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT) in Beijing.

A V2X test system developed by Spirent and Tata Elxsi has been adopted by CAICT, a scientific research institute directly under the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China. V2X, or “vehicle to everything,” includes vehicle to vehicle (V2V) and vehicle to infrastructure (V2I) connected technology as well as vehicles to pedestrians, devices or transportation grids. Tata Elxsi, based in Bangalore,... read more

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TomTom launches new car nav devices in US

January 6, 2017By
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Netherlands-based TomTom has launched two car navigation products in the U.S. under the TomTom GO and TomTom VIA lines. The advanced GPS devices offer TomTom’s latest innovations and most up-to-date maps. TomTom made the announcement at the Consumer Electronics Show, CES 2017, which is being held this week in Las Vegas, Nevada. The TomTom GO devices are available in two models, GO 520... read more

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