Roads and Highways

January 24, 2017

Is it possible to build a low-cost system to detect and locate a single GNSS jammer in near-real time?

Q: Is it possible to build a low-cost system to detect and locate a single GNSS jammer in near-real time?

A: GNSS jammers are an ongoing threat to the reliable use of GNSS. The problem of geolocating GNSS jammers can be addressed using a time-difference-of-arrival (TDOA) processing technique; however, this problem is quite different than geolocating jammers in other radio frequency systems. The two main differences are:

(1) No GNSS are available to use as a timing reference.

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By Inside GNSS
January 9, 2017

Autoliv Shows Automotive Positioning and ADAS at 2017 CES

Autoliv, Inc. is a manufacturer of automotive safety systems with headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden
Autoliv, Inc. is a manufacturer of automotive safety systems with headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden
Autoliv, Inc. is a manufacturer of automotive safety systems with headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden
Autoliv, Inc. is a manufacturer of automotive safety systems with headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden

Autoliv, Inc., a manufacturer of automotive safety systems with headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, released its sixth-generation, aftermarket location and positioning module at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada.  

Accurate and reliable positioning and localization are critical for today’s vehicles containing advanced driver assistance (ADAS) and active safety systems, and even more essential in future autonomous vehicle systems.

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By Inside GNSS
December 22, 2016

Hemisphere GNSS Names Halsey New President and CEO

Halsey named Hemisphere GNSS President and CEO.

Hemisphere GNSS has named industry veteran Farlin Halsey as its president and chief executive officer, effective January 2, 2017. Halsey replaces interim president and CEO Xinping Guo, who has served in that position for eight months.

In addition, Halsey has been appointed to the company’s board of directors. Guo, chairman and general manager of Beijing UniStrong Science & Technology, which owns 100 percent of Hemisphere GNSS, will continue to serve on the company’s board of directors.

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By Kevin B. Dennehy
December 20, 2016

New Report Says Broadcom and Qualcomm Top GNSS IC Vendors

GNSS IC Vendor Competitive Assessment Vendor Matrix. Image Source: ABI Research.

A new reports says that the GNSS market landscape is growing because of rapid growth of satellite technology-enabled wearables, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), new innovation opportunities, and low-cost precision receivers.

ABI Research’s new GNSS integrated circuit (IC) vendor competitive analysis says that Broadcom and Qualcomm remain the two top companies for the fourth straight year.

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By Kevin B. Dennehy
December 1, 2016

u-blox Releases Integrated Antenna GNSS Receiver

u-blox SAM-M8Q GNSS receiver.

Thalwil, Switzerland-based u-blox has released its SAM-M8Q GNSS receiver with integrated antenna. The compact SAM-M8Q module speeds time to market for GNSS system developers who have limited experience in radio frequency (RF) and antenna design, the company said.

SAM-M8Q, housed in a 15.5 by 15.5 x 6.3 millimeter package, can be embedded in small devices that require location information, the company said. These include asset tracking, telematics systems, and generic automotive after-market applications.

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By Kevin B. Dennehy
November 15, 2016

NovAtel Partners for Autonomous Vehicle Safety Research

NovAtel Inc. announced today (November 15, 2016) that it has entered into an agreement with two educational institutions to fund leading-edge research to determine how GNSS technology can deliver a positioning solution that meets both the safety and accuracy requirements of unmanned automotive vehicles.

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By Inside GNSS
September 22, 2016

Market Study See GNSS Growth in Autonomous Markets by 2021

A Google self-driving car in Mountain View, California. Wikimedia Commons photo by grendelkhan.

Low-cost, precision, GNSS receivers will become a reality in the driverless cars, drones, and smartphone markets by 2021, said ABI Research in two new reports, “Precision GNSS in Automotive” and “GNSS IC Design Trends: Modules, Standalone, Combo, and Embedded.”

The automotive industry will be the main driver behind precision GNSS receiver adoption, in which centimeter-level accuracy is essential to complete driver safety systems with the redundancy necessary for autonomous vehicles, the company said.

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By Inside GNSS
September 13, 2016

u-blox Profits Grow in First Half 2016

Thalwil, Switzerland–based u-blox consolidated revenues for 2016’s first six months rose to CHF179.7 million Swiss francs (US$182 million), an 11 percent increase over the same period last year. The company’s net profit also increased 9.2 percent, from CHF15 million in 2015 to CHF18 million during the first half of this year.

The majority of revenue came from GNSS positioning chips and wireless modules. At the same time, revenue from wireless services increased 17.8 percent over the year-earlier period.

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By Inside GNSS
September 9, 2016

GNSS Hotspots

One of 12 magnetograms recorded at Greenwich Observatory during the Great Geomagnetic Storm of 1859
1996 soccer game in the Midwest, (Rick Dikeman image)
Nouméa ground station after the flood
A pencil and a coffee cup show the size of NASA’s teeny tiny PhoneSat
Bonus Hotspot: Naro Tartaruga AUV
Pacific lamprey spawning (photo by Jeremy Monroe, Fresh Waters Illustrated)
“Return of the Bucentaurn to the Molo on Ascension Day”, by (Giovanni Antonio Canal) Canaletto
The U.S. Naval Observatory Alternate Master Clock at 2nd Space Operations Squadron, Schriever AFB in Colorado. This photo was taken in January, 2006 during the addition of a leap second. The USNO master clocks control GPS timing. They are accurate to within one second every 20 million years (Satellites are so picky! Humans, on the other hand, just want to know if we’re too late for lunch) USAF photo by A1C Jason Ridder.
Detail of Compass/ BeiDou2 system diagram
Hotspot 6: Beluga A300 600ST

1. BREXIT
Harwell Didcot, United Kingdom

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By Inside GNSS