Rx Networks, Inc., a mobile location technology and services company, has completed the upgrade of its GPStream Global Reference Network (GRN) to include the BeiDou constellation. A top-tier GNSS semiconductor vendor has already incorporated this new feature so its platform can take advantage of the extra satellites now available in the BeiDou constellation, the company said.
Global real-time assistance and high-accuracy long-term orbit and clock prediction products are now uniformly available across the GPS, GLONASS and BeiDou constellations. In the second quarter of 2014, BeiDou support will also extend to GPStream PGPS — Rx Networks’ popular synthetic A-GNSS software that has been deployed in more than 100 million smartphones and personal navigation devices worldwide.
In commercial service since 2006, the GPStream GRN is a collection of 26 highly reliable earth stations deployed in 21 countries. It forms the foundation underneath many of Rx Networks’ products, on which nearly a billion devices rely for their GNSS performance. The network is highly redundant and, combined with a carrier-grade service delivery network, is provided with a 99.999 percent service-level availability (SLA). A further upgrade, to support the European-run Galileo constellation, will be available later this year.
From network operators’ commercial and E911 location servers to GNSS chipset vendors and device OEMs, the addition of BeiDou means faster and higher availability GNSS location fixes.
“The addition of BeiDou to our existing GPStream GRN service meant a complete overhaul of our reference network and service delivery architecture while maintaining the 99.999 percent SLA we’re well known for,” commented Guylain Roy-MacHabee, CEO of Rx Networks. “As multi-GNSS chipsets come to market, there is commensurate requirement for a uniform, reliable and device-independent assistance data service like our GPStream GRN.”