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September 13, 2013

ABI Research: Dedicated GPS/GNSS Devices to Reach $7 Billion in 2018

Despite the continued decline in sales of portable navigation devices (PNDs) and the alternative solutions from smartphones, smart watches and eyewear, the portable GPS-enabled device market is anticipated to continue to hold its own thanks to dedicated heads up display/eyewear, cycling, and health/tracking devices, according to a market research company.

New Builds • August 21, 2013

Averna, National Instruments Partner on Record & Playback System

Averna Technologies has announced the availability of RF Studio for National Instruments Software Defined Radio Platform (USRP), converting the USRP into a portable RF system for the recording and playback of real-world GNSS signals.

New Builds • August 20, 2013

IFEN and WORK Microwave Announce BeiDou-2 Support, Additional Enhancements for NavX-NCS GNSS Simulators

IFEN GmbH, in partnership with WORK Microwave, have announced the release of software update v1.9 for their NavX-NCS GNSS multi-frequency simulator product line.

A key enhancement to the NavX-NCS solution is comprehensive support of China's BeiDou-2 navigation satellite system, according to the companies. By enabling real-time simulation of second-generation BeiDou satellite signals, NavX-NCS expands a user's GNSS signal capability beyond GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, and satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS) constellations.

August 14, 2013

Trimble Launches UAS-Oriented Modules at AUVSI 2013

On Tuesday (August 13, 2013), Trimble used the forum of the AUVSI 2013 conference in Washington, D.C., to introduce new OEM GNSS products aimed at third-party manufacturers and system integrators.
The Trimble AP15 is the newest member of the company’s AP series of OEM GNSS-inertial board sets, and the Ashtech MB-One module delivers GNSS-based heading plus pitch or roll.

August 2, 2013

QinetiQ, Nottingham Scientific Demonstrate Cloud-Based Galileo PRS Technology

Two British companies, QinetiQ and Nottingham Scientific Ltd (NSL), have partnered to demonstrate an Internet “cloud”-based technology that enables a wide range of high-volume, low-cost satellite navigation applications using Galileo’s Public Regulated Service (PRS).

The NSL-QinetiQ application allows a service provider to host secure navigation on one server in a back office, capture data from multiple locations and units, and subsequently verify the location of a remote user.

July 28, 2013

Encouraging Galileo GNSS and EGNOS Use in the Mediterranean Basin

A European-Union funded consortium invites companies and public agencies from Mediterranean countries in North Africa and the Middle East to submit ideas for extending Galileo GNSS and EGNOS use in the region.

Eligible ideas could be for a small pilot project or research study, a technical training plan, and/or a publication or article. The submission deadline is August 25, 2013.

The countries in the target area are Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, and Tunisia.

July 26, 2013

Boeing Names New Director of GPS Programs

Dudley Barnfield has joined the Boeing Government Space Systems (GSS) leadership team as director of the GPS programs.  He will have oversight for the entire GPS portfolio, which includes the GPS IIF program and alternate architecture initiatives.

July 16, 2013

NovAtel Bolsters Multi-GNSS Product Line

NovAtel Inc. has announced the addition of the two receivers and two antennas to its GNSS product lines: the OEM638 GNSS receiver card, ProPak6 enclosure, SMART6 integrated antenna, and AG-STAR antenna.

Ventures • June 28, 2013

Acquisition of ST-Ericsson GNSS Portfolio Would Strengthen Intel's Location Capabilities

Assuming that its deal to acquire ST-Ericsson’s GNSS business closes in August as expected, Intel Corporation will find itself with expanded opportunities — and competitive set — in the mobile location marketplace.

Over the years, Intel has dominated the now-mature, even declining personal computer and server markets, but has found the rapidly growing mobile device environment — including smartphones and tablets —tougher going. Its Atom processor reportedly resides in only 12 percent of the former and 15 percent of the latter.

New Builds • June 27, 2013

Indoor Location Market Studies, Product Releases Seek to Extend GNSS Mobile Applications

Although a substantial market appears a few years away, two market studies are forecasting great things for indoor positioning systems that will augment or replace GNSS in signal-challenged environments.

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