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Apple Acquires GPS Company Coherent Navigation

May 18, 2015By

Apple has acquired Coherent Navigation, according to various media reports. Coherent Navigation is a Bay Area GPS firm founded in 2008 by engineers from Stanford and Cornell. One of its areas of focus was high-integrity GPS (iGPS), an enhanced version of GPS that uses both normal, high-altitude GPS satellites and lower-altitude voice and data satellites from Iridium to increase the accuracy of... read more

Topcon Acquires Precision Ag Company Digi-Star

March 23, 2015By

Topcon Positioning Group has acquired Digi-Star, an international provider of agricultural solutions involving weight sensors and control systems for feeding, planting, fertilizer and harvest equipment manufacturers. “After several years of working on development projects together, we are delighted with this acquisition,” said Ray O’Connor, president and CEO of Topcon Positioning Group. “Digi-Star and Topcon Precision Agriculture are a perfect fit, bringing complementary... read more

Ride Service Uber Acquires Mapping Company DeCarta

March 18, 2015By

Ride service Uber is buying mapping and search startup deCarta, reports Mashable, which said it learned of the deal from an Uber representative. The deal was expected to close earlier this month. Uber plans to use deCarta’s technology and talent to fine-tune its products and services that rely on maps, including UberPOOL, the smartphone-based ride-sharing app. Thirty out of 40 deCarta employees will... read more

Qualcomm to Acquire SiRF Chipmaker CSR

October 20, 2014By

Qualcomm, Inc., has agreed to buy British CSR for $2.5 billion, to enhance its automotive infotainment and Internet of Things (IoT) offerings. CSR is known to the GPS/GNSS industry as the maker of the SiRFstar series of chips, which are used in many consumer devices. Qualcomm is a leading maker of chips used in smartphones. According to Qualcomm, the acquisition complements the company’s offerings... read more

InvenSense to Acquire Sensor Nav Companies Trusted Positioning and Movea

July 23, 2014By

InvenSense, Inc., a provider of intelligent sensor solutions, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Trusted Positioning, Inc. (TPI), a privately held indoor/outdoor tracking company with the vision to provide “Positioning Everywhere.” InvenSense is also acquiring context analysis software company Movea. TPI’s location tracking technology improves accuracy both indoors and outside by augmenting GNSS and Wi-Fi based location infrastructure. Using inertial sensors such... read more

Google Acquires Satellite-Imaging Startup for $500M

June 25, 2014By
A Skybox satellite image of Tampa, Florida.

Google enhanced its online mapping service by acquiring Mountain View, California-based Skybox Imaging for $500 million in cash. Sources say both Google and Facebook are purchasing satellite and drone companies in an attempt to expand into other market areas. One of the ways Google will be leveraging Skybox is in disaster relief and to improve Internet access in remote areas,... read more

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Hexagon Acquires iLab for Smart Agriculture

June 2, 2014By

Hexagon AB, a global provider of design, measurement and visualization technologies, has acquired iLab Sistemas, a provider of planning and optimization solutions for the agro business sector, with special focus in the sugar and ethanol industries. iLab will, together with Arvus and Leica Agriculture, form the backbone of Hexagon’s Smart Agriculture Solution. Headquartered in Ribeirão Preto, Brazil, iLab takes advantage... read more

McMurdo Group Completes Acquisition of Techno-Sciences

May 28, 2014By

McMurdo Group, an end-to-end search and rescue (SAR) and maritime domain awareness (MDA) company, has acquired Techno-Sciences, Inc. (TSi), a provider of SAR satellite ground stations, integrated emergency response center systems and coastal surveillance solutions. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. TSi’s Beltsville, Maryland, location becomes the U.S. headquarters for McMurdo Group, a division of Orolia, global specialist in... read more