TAG: beacons

Galileo search-and-rescue service officially launched

April 6, 2017By
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The Galileo Search And Rescue (SAR) service, made possible by the Galileo satellite constellation, is now active. Galileo SAR is Europe’s contribution to the COSPAS-SARSAT network, a distress alert detection and information distribution system best known for detecting and locating emergency beacons activated by aircraft, ships and hikers. By providing COSPAS-SARSAT with the coverage capacity of the Galileo constellation equipped... read more

Panasonic showcases connected airport at Mobile World Congress

March 1, 2017By
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Panasonic Business introduced its connected airport concept at Mobile World Congress, which is taking place this week in Barcelona, Spain, and is showcasing a suite of intelligent technology solutions for the first time in Europe. High-tech airports A key technology on display is LinkRay, a one-to-one customer engagement tool for public spaces. With LinkRay, dozens of people can simultaneously get native language information... read more

Beacons by Waze counter tunnel blackout

October 3, 2016By
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To assist drivers losing their navigation assistance in tunnels such as those in New York, Baltimore, Boston and Pittsburgh, app maker Waze has begun pilot projects installing electronic beacons. Each about the size of an E-ZPass, the beacons are installed within tunnels to guide the way via Bluetooth. No GPS signal in the tunnel means no directions upon emerging into... read more

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U-blox, Wirepas partner on industrial IoT module

August 25, 2016By

Wirepas and u-blox have partnered on an advanced decentralized radio communications solution, the NINA-B1 module, for industrial Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The goal of the partnership is to make large scale, decentralized industrial IoT networks easy to deploy for the companies’ customers. The small NINA-B1, which the companies say is comparable to advanced mesh technology,  is a stand-alone Bluetooth low energy module with... read more

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Terrestrial beacons bring wide-area location indoors

July 12, 2016By and
Control-plane architecture (LTE) for NextNav E2E.

It has been easy to overlook these limitations as the enormous benefits of GNSS have become pervasive, but the increasing demand especially for indoor geolocation now requires a robust solution designed for the indoors and urban canyons. read more

Sensoro’s beacon network reaches 110,000 units

December 23, 2015By

A huge network of iBeacon (Apple)and Eddystone (Google) devices has emerged in China, consisting of 110,000 units run and managed by Sensoro. The network spans 25 movie theatres, 16 airports, 39 high-end retail stores, 40 major tourist destinations, 200 universities, 260 high-speed trains, 1,500 Pizza Huts and 2,100 Chow Tai Fook (CTF) jewelry stores, among other locations. Sensoro was founded... read more

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Why Did Google Scrap Its Location Service?

September 14, 2015By
Kevin Dennehy

Reasons Cited Include Privacy, Lack of Retail Support
Google Here, a proposed beacon-based location service operating within Google Maps, was reportedly cancelled due to a concern by Alphabet CEO Larry Page’s that it would be too invasive by the users of his mapping service. When the location industry has such a dominant player pull out of a nascent, and potentially lucrative, proximity service, does it mean that consumers will now have to wait for a full-scale rollout? Google will remain a major player with its Google Maps app, but where does it go from there? read more

Commercial Systems Touted for Indoor Emergency Services

August 27, 2015By
OnStar booth features wrecked car to portray emergency messaging capabilities at APCO.

It is refreshing to see such nascent technology as indoor location being used to enable accurate emergency services response. That’s what’s going on right now as beacons, Wi-Fi and other technology that works inside, where GPS doesn’t work, is being tested nationwide by companies hoping for government adoption. With new FCC regulations that are finally trying to keep up with commercial location products, it may be a reality soon. What really drove location into wireless handsets was the 1990s FCC regulations — will they now drive indoor positioning? read more

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