DeepOcean Hires Fugro for Fleet Positioning

May 28, 2015By

Fugro has been awarded a contract by subsea contractor DeepOcean for the provision of precise satellite positioning for its fleet. The contract is valid for three years and also includes the new vessels in DeepOcean’s expanding fleet. The DeepOcean fleet will be equipped with hardware and software developed by Fugro, providing independent positioning solutions on each vessel. Under the contract, Fugro will... read more

Crowdsourcing Indoor Positioning, Connected Vehicle News

May 27, 2015By

One of the marvels of the decade is crowdsourcing. This month I look at crowdsourcing for indoor-location positioning and report findings on GPS in smartphones that provide reliable earthquake warnings. Google has had some issues with mapping crowdsourcing, leading to the temporary suspension of Map Maker. If Google can’t block inappropriate content, it does give pause. Next, I look at... read more

NovAtel Offers Marine Antenna that Blocks Inmarsat Interference

May 26, 2015By
GPS-713 pinwheel antenna.

NovAtel Inc. has introduced the GPS-713 pinwheel antenna, available in two configurations: the standard GPS-713-GGG-N and the L-Band capable GPS-713-GGGL-N.  Both antennas provide enhanced Inmarsat interference rejection, allowing tracking of GNSS signals in the presence of high-powered Inmarsat transmitters typically found on marine vessels. The antennas receive GPS L1, L2, L5; GLONASS L1, L2, L3; BeiDou B1, B2; and Galileo E1, E5a/b... read more

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Euroship Services Gets eLoran as Backup

May 21, 2015By

Ship management company EuroShip Services Ltd. has installed eLoran as a backup to GPS to ensure the safety of its vessels operating off the coast of the United Kingdom. The trial installation may lead to implementation across the full fleet of 16 vessels managed by Euroship, working routes in Northern Europe. The land-based radio navigation system is intended to seamlessly... read more

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Fleetmatics’ Intelligent Routing Tool Coming This Summer

May 20, 2015By

A new routing program from Fleetmatics Group is coming this summer. Fleetmatics Routist is an intelligent routing optimization solution that systematically builds the most cost-effective, customer-friendly routes for fleets. Fleetmatics Routist seamlessly calculates and deploys route plans to drivers in the field, and features real-time and historical data that gives users the most holistic view into routing performance, the company said. Fleetmatics... read more

New Airbus A350 Airliner Comes EGNOS-Capable

May 18, 2015By

The EGNOS system has been adopted by a growing number of airports to enable satellite-guided landing approaches. The new Airbus A350 airliner, currently entering service, comes fitted with it as standard. read more

Derailed Train in Philadelphia Lacked Automatic Controls

May 13, 2015By

An automatic train control system — many of which use GPS — was not installed on the commuter rail route where an Amtrak train left the track on Tuesday, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. The advanced safety technology, known as positive train control, is designed to prevent high-speed derailments. Seven people were killed and more than 200 injured when... read more

Satnav Augmentation Systems Settle on Common Channels Post-2020

May 7, 2015By
The ESTEC facility in Noordjvik, The Netherlands.

The 28th Satellite-based Augmentation Systems Interoperability Working Group endorsed the "message definition" for a new secondary SBAS channel — to be known as L5, along with the current L1 — for the planned second-generation SBAS systems, which will utilize dual-frequency multi-constellation signals. read more

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