Transportation

Business Aviation Agrees to Promote EGNOS Use at European Airports

July 17, 2014By
Bern-Belp, Switzerland, is one European airport with published LPV procedures. (Photo: Lszb29, via Wikimedia Commons)

The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) and the European GNSS Agency (GSA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote the wide use of EGNOS — precision-based navigation (PBN) — at regional airports in Europe, following discussions at the European Space Solutions Conference in Prague in June. Maintaining all-weather access at secondary and tertiary airports is becoming more and more important for the... read more

CompassCom Previews On-the-Fly Geofencing at Esri User Conference

July 15, 2014By

CompassCom will offer Esri User Conference attendees a sneak peek at advanced asset tracking capabilities in the upcoming version of its CompassTrac software powered by Esri ArcGIS technology. Scheduled for release in late summer, CompassTrac 6 provides Esri users with custom digitizing tools for geofencing applications and map optimization for any electronic device. CompassCom will demonstrate the new CompassTrac 6 capabilities... read more

Rockwell Collins’ Avionics Enable Successful European Union Flight Demonstrations

July 14, 2014By

Rockwell Collins’ flight management system (FMS) and GNSS receiver successfully enabled the first demonstrations of advanced arrival and departure flight operations for the European Union’s airspace-enhancing project FilGAPP (“Filling the Gap” in GNSS Advanced Procedures and Operations). The goal of FilGAPP is to create new, more efficient methods of navigating airspace using satellite-based navigation and advanced FMS functions. “FilGAPP highlights... read more

Chemring Develops Miniaturized GPS/Galileo Anti-Jamming Technology

July 14, 2014By
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Chemring Technology Solutions has developed miniaturized GPS anti-jamming technology it has dubbed GINCAN. GINCAN is designed to combat illegal GPS jammers and is based on the adaptive antenna concept used by military systems. GINCAN has a chip footprint of six millimeters squared. GINCAN’s reduced size and weight will significantly cut power usage and cost, the company said, making it ideal for combatting the... read more

Innovation: Not Just a Fairy Tale

July 1, 2014By
Figure 1.  Vehicle-to-vehicle communications as envisioned by the United States Department of Transportation.

A Hansel and Gretel Approach to Cooperative Vehicle Positioning
Several technologies are being developed for accurate cooperative vehicle positioning, but GNSS also has a role to play. In this month’s column, team of British researchers turn to a children’s fairy tale for inspiration in their development of a cooperative vehicle positioning approach using carrier-phase observations — another innovative application of real-time kinematic or RTK GNSS technology. read more

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Occupy Media Space Now EGNOS and Galileo Mission

June 29, 2014By

By Peter de Selding The message to the recent European Space Solutions conference in Prague was simple enough: EGNOS is here, so let’s use it; Galileo is almost here, so let’s promote it. Neither task is straightforward. Take the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS), the European piece of a near-global network of terminals on geostationary satellites linked to networks... read more

eDLoran: The Next-Gen Loran

June 28, 2014By
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Potential GNSS Back-up Improves to GPS-Level Accuracy
A new enhanced differential Loran system demonstrates 5-meter accuracy not achievable by the current DLoran system, and requires less expensive reference stations. A prototype tested in Rotterdam’s Europort area uses standard mobile telecom networks and the Internet to reduce correction data latency — a key source of error — by one to two orders of magnitude. read more

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Trimble Opens Registration for 2014 Dimensions User Conference

June 26, 2014By

Registration is open for Trimble’s International User Conference, Trimble Dimensions, being held November 3-5 at the Mirage and the Treasure Island Hotels in Las Vegas. The conference addresses innovations in agriculture, construction, civil infrastructure, engineering, government, mapping, natural resources, surveying, telecommunications, transportation, logistics and utilities. Trimble Dimensions provides insight into how information technology can transform the way professionals work by... read more