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Broadgnss Releases High Precision GPS Receiver

Broadgnss Technologies recently announced at the 9th China Satellite Navigation Conference a new high precision satellite position receiver with patented RAC(Real-time Array Calibration) technology. It features positioning accuracy better than one meter (up to 10 centimeters). By receiving only single frequency (GPS L1) satellite signals, the RAC technology in high precision satellite positioning frees the dependence on traditional augmentation network and significantly reduces the cost to enable high precision satellite positioning to enter large-scale applications, according to the company.

Many consumer GPS accuracy devices are around 5-10 meters. To achieve the sub-meter level accuracy, you have to use the professional GNSS receivers that connect to ground based or satellite based augmentation systems like RTK (real-time kinematic) or PPP(Point Precision Position). RAC receivers are designed to balance the performance and cost, overcoming some common barriers of traditional high accuracy GNSS receivers.

“RAC technology is one disruptive high precision GPS solution. As people pursue the more accurate GPS location, we think the cost shouldn’t be the barriers of scaling up, meanwhile RAC technology opens one door for high accuracy GPS research, which could be used in more space. Broadgnss is aimed to democratize the high accuracy GNSS service and will keep moving to this goal,” said by Broadgnss CEO Yan Shen in a press release.

The Broadgnss RAC receiver is currently being used by autonomous vehicles, drones, precision agriculture, robotics, and more.

Founded in 2014, Broadgnss Technologies Co., Ltd is located in Shenzhen, China.

By Inside GNSS
June 13, 2018

ION GNSS+ Slated for Sept. 24-28 in Miami

ION GNSS+, the world’s largest technical meeting and showcase of GNSS technology, products and services, will take place September 24-28, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Miami in Miami, Florida.

This year’s conference will bring together international leaders in GNSS and related positioning, navigation and timing fields to present new research, introduce new technologies, discuss current policy, demonstrate products and exchange ideas.

Complimentary Short Courses

Short courses will be provided on Monday on a complimentary basis to all paid registrants at ION GNSS+ with the compliments of the Satellite Division and the ION Master Instructors. ION Master Instructors are internationally recognized GNSS experts and educators. All of the ION Masters have generously donated their time and talents to this effort, as a service to the GNSS community, with the ION’s gratitude.

Conference Schedule

Monday, September 24

Pre-Conference Events

Tuesday, September 25

Pre-Conference Events

Plenary Session, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Technical Sessions

Wednesday, September 26

Morning Sessions, 8:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

  • A1: Navigation in Urban Environments
  • B1: PANEL: GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BDS, QZSS, and NAVIC
  • C1: Autonomous and Assisted Vehicle Applications
  • D1: GNSS Augmentation Systems and Integrity
  • E1: Remote Sensing, Timing, and Clock Technology
  • F1: GNSS Signal Processing in Degraded Environments 1
  • G1: Next Generation RF, Antenna and Digital Signal Processing Receiver Techniques

Afternoon Sessions, 1:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

  • A2: Applications of Raw GNSS Measurements from Smartphones 1
  • B2: Future Trends of Satellite Navigation
  • C2: Aerospace Applications
  • D2: PANEL: Autonomous Cyber-Physical Systems – The Way Ahead
  • E2: Alternative PNT and Interference Detection
  • F2: GNSS Signal Processing in Degraded Environments 2
  • G2: Atmospheric Science and Space Applications

Thursday, September 27

Morning Sessions, 8:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

  • A3: Applications of Raw GNSS Measurements from Smartphones 2
  • B3: Regional and Global Integrity Solutions
  • C3: Marine Applications
  • D3: Connected and Collaborative Autonomy
  • E3: Vision, Lidar, and Inertial Technologies for GNSS-Denied Navigation
  • F3: PANEL: GNSS Remote Sensing of Our Global Environment

Afternoon Sessions, 1:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

  • A4: PANEL: Augmented Reality and Navigation – Challenges and Advancements
  • B4: The Navigation of Satellites
  • C4: Precise Point Positioning (PPP) and L-band Services
  • D4: Robust Autonomy Innovations for Robotic Vehicles
  • E4: Aided GNSS in Challenging Environments
  • F4: GNSS Receiver Processing and Navigation Algorithms 1

Friday, September 28

Morning Sessions, 8:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

  • A5: GNSS Chipset Manufacturer Showcase
  • B5: Spectrum: Protection and Optimization
  • C5: Land-Based Applications
  • D5: Advanced Integrity Algorithms for Safe Autonomous Operation
  • E5: PANEL: Multisensor Fusion for Advanced Navigation
  • F5: High Precision GNSS Positioning 1

Afternoon Sessions, 1:45 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.

  • A6: Developments in Indoor Positioning
  • B6a: Current and Emerging Policies Impacting PNT Equipment and Users
  • B6b: GNSS+ Augmentations for High Performance and Safety Critical Applications
  • D6: UAV Navigation Technology and Algorithms
  • E6: Navigation Using Environmental Features
  • F6: High Precision GNSS Positioning 2
  • G6: GNSS Receiver Processing and Navigation Algorithms 2

To register, click here.

By Stan Goff
June 12, 2018

Innovate UK / KTN Hosting Technology Seminar: “Securing Positioning, Navigation & Timing”

Innovate UK / KTN (Knowledge Transfer Network) is hosting a technology focused seminar, “Securing Positioning, Navigation & Timing”, June 14 in London. It is designed to explore collaboratively, with users and providers, the need for back-up systems across all sectors and the contribution that may be made by two wide area systems (STL and eLoran) mentioned in the London Economics report.
This meeting is open to all with a professional interest in resilient PNT and is free to attend thanks to the generosity of the event’s sponsors.
The event aims to provide:
• Summary of the reports’ recommendations and implications
• Mutual understanding of technical needs and capabilities: open dialogue between users and providers
• Briefings from the back-up system providers: status, pros, cons
• Agree outline actions for assessment and potential for use of the systems
10:00  – Registration
10:15 – Welcome and Introduction, John Pottle, Royal Institute of Navigation and Bob Cockshott, KTN
10:25  – Blackett Report on Satellite-derived Time and Position: The Recommendations and Implications,
Andy Proctor, Innovate UK
10:45 – The User Need for a Timing Back-up (e.g. Telecom, Finance, Power Transmission), including Q&A
11:05 – The User Need for a Positioning/Navigation Back-up (e.g. Maritime, Land Mobile, CAV, Rail), including Q&A, John Pottle, Royal Institute of Navigation
11:25 – Break & Networking
11:40 – Satellite Time & Location (STL) Technology Overview, Strengths & Weaknesses, Implementation Status, John Fischer, Spectracom Orolia
12:10 – Q&A Open Session on STL – Timing and Positioning/Navigation Capabilities
12:50 – Lunch & Networking
13:35 – Enhanced Loran Technology Overview, Strengths & Weaknesses, Implementation Status, Chuck Schue, UrsaNav
14:05 – Q&A Open Session on eLoran – Timing and Positioning/Navigation Capabilities
14:45 – Break & Networking
15:00 – Breakout Groups: Open Dialogue of Needs and Technology Capabilities, and Actions for Assessment and Potential Use
15:30 – Plenary: Summary from each group
15:50 – Workshop Summary, Nick Lambert, NLA Ltd
16:00 Close
The recently published Blackett report “Satellite-derived Time and Position: A Study of Critical Dependencies” concludes “we must take steps to increase the resilience of our critical services in the event of GNSS disruption, including by adopting potential back-up systems where necessary”. This topic will be included discussions during the event.
The event takes place at the Trinity House, Trinity Square, London, UK. For more information, click here
By Inside GNSS
June 8, 2018

Inertial Labs Introduces Dual Antenna GNSS-Aided INS

Inertial Labs, Inc., a developer and supplier of inertial sensors & systems, has released an affordable, multi GNSS constellation, 1 cm RTK accuracy dual-antenna GPS-Aided Inertial Navigation System (INS).

The “INS-DL” and the OEM version “INS-DL-OEM” are multi-constellation (GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou) GPS-Aided INS designed to achieve 1 cm Position and 0.05° Heading, Pitch & Roll accuracy. These highly precise and high-accuracy INS are available for around $5,000 USD.

Designed for developers of autonomous and unmanned systems; vehicles and small robots for precision agriculture; payloads for remote sensing and survey applications, the GPS-Aided “INS-DL” and “INS-DL-OEM” are compact and deliver high performance.

The “INS-DL” can be supplied as a classic Inertial Navigation System, which outputs Position, Orientation and IMU data for real-time and post-processing operation, or as an advanced, GPS-Aided Motion Reference Unit, which outputs Position, Velocity, Heading, Pitch, Roll, Heave, Surge, Sway and Significant Wave Height data for survey, hydrography, bathymetry and motion control.

“GPS-Aided INS-DL is a result of significant efforts of our R&D team. It is a market-oriented solution, geared towards applications, requiring the best combination of high performance and low cost” said Jamie Marraccini, Inertial Labs’ CEO & President, in a press release.

This year, Inertial Labs celebrates its 17th anniversary of supplying inertial sensor-based solutions for land, marine and aerospace applications. Since 2001, thousands of inertial systems, as well as those fused with other technologies like optical, laser, and GNSS systems, have been successfully delivered to customers for AGV, UAV, AUV, UUV, robots, land vehicles etc.

By Inside GNSS
June 6, 2018

Topcon Positioning Group Releases Data Controller with Advanced Speed and Power Functionality

The Topcon Positioning Group today introduced the new T-18 handheld controller designed to drive geopositioning, construction, mapping and vertical construction applications.

The controller includes a 3.7-inch sunlight-readable display with a 1gigihertz processor, 1GB of internal storage, and up to 10 hours of battery life.

“For MAGNET® Field data collection, the T-18 controller offers a durable ergonomic solution with faster processing, a larger screen, better connectivity and longer battery life than previously available comparable systems,” said Ray Kerwin, director of global surveying products.

The T-18 features a 3.5G cellular modem for connectivity with Topcon MAGNET solutions for sending and receiving data to the cloud company account.

“The cellular option makes it easy to communicate with field crews when projects need to be changed or if important data is required back in the office. Additionally, the modem can be used for RTK (real-time kinematic) correction services,” said Kerwin.

Additional key features include standard Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, as well as an IP65 rating for dust and water protection in demanding job site conditions.

By Inside GNSS

ION JNC 2018 Early Bird Registration Deadline is June 15

ION’s Joint Navigation Conference (JNC) 2018 early bird registration deadline is Friday, June 15. The JNC, sponsored by the Military Division of the Institute of Navigation, will be held July 9-11, 2018 (FOUO U.S. ONLY) at the Hyatt Regency, Long Beach in Long Beach, California; and the U.S. ONLY CLASSIFIED sessions will be held July 12, 2018 at The Aerospace Corporation.

Book your hotel room by Friday, June 15 to take advantage of discounted conference hotel room rates – Plus, save an additional $200 on your conference registration when staying in the conference hotel. To claim this discount you will be asked to enter your reservation confirmation number from the Hyatt Regency Long Beach at the start of the registration process. This discount will not be applied retroactively, so be sure to book your hotel room first and enter the confirmation number when you register.

PLEASE NOTE: Attendance Restricted
Conference attendance for both FOUO U.S. ONLY (July 9-11) and U.S. ONLY CLASSIFIED (July 12) sessions will be screened by the Joint Navigation Warfare Center and will be restricted to U.S. ONLY. Admission to the classified session will be limited to the capacity of the room and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, to those who submitted visit requests in advance. Attendees requiring onsite security validation will be processed on a space-available basis.  You are encouraged to submit your visit request early.

To check out the JNC program and for additional registration information, click below:



By Inside GNSS
June 1, 2018

InterDrone Coming to Las Vegas in September

After an impressive show last year (3,700+ delegates from 59 nations and rave reviews), the InterDrone conference returns to Las Vegas, Nevada on Sept. 5-7 in a premier location.

The InterDrone conference will feature more than 125 sessions for engineers, software developers, executives, investors, regulators and commercial drone “buyers and flyers” in more than a dozen vertical market segments with six special enterprise tracks. In addition, InterDrone offers specialized training sessions on September 3. The event features 3,500+ attendees from six continents and 160+ exhibitors.

Attendees can receive a $100 discount off the prevailing rate of the 3-day or  4-day pass by inserting the code PARTNER when prompted at

By Inside GNSS
May 31, 2018

EndRun’s Meridian II Precision TimeBase Combines GPS, 5071A Cesium and Ionospheric Corrections for Optimal Time and Frequency Standard

Precision time and frequency solutions provider EndRun Technologies recently announced the release of a new Cesium Control Module for the Meridian II Precision TimeBase designed to combine the extraordinary benefits of GPS, 5071A Cesium Primary Frequency Standard, and Ionospheric Corrections.  The unique and powerful integration of these technologies provides a time and frequency standard with unparalleled accuracy, stability and holdover performance for the most demanding applications including communications and metrology, according to the company.

The new Meridian II Cesium Control Module (CCM) disciplines a 5071A cesium to the UTC(USNO) time scale combining their respective stability and accuracy advantages to form the ultimate frequency reference.  The Meridian II’s resilient GPS timing receiver and innovative Real-Time Ionospheric Corrections (RTIC) provides the ultimate UTC(USNO) timing reference.  In the event of a GPS dropout, the 5071A provides the ultimate holdover performance.

“Disciplining the 5071A Cesium, with its exceptional long-term stability, requires a GPS receiver with exceptional long-term stability as well.  The EndRun GPS receiver with Real-Time Ionospheric Corrections achieves long-term stability near the limit of the GPS system’s capability.” said Bruce Penrod, Vice President Product Development, EndRun Technologies.  “This allows steering of the 5071A with enough stiffness to keep it synchronized to UTC(USNO) without degrading its inherent stability for observation intervals less than the 5071A flicker floor.”

Key Meridian II performance specifications with the Cesium Control Module include:

  • Time accuracy: <10 nanoseconds RMS to UTC(USNO)
  • Frequency Accuracy: 1×10-14 (1,000,000 seconds)
  • Frequency Stability: 1×10-14 (1,000,000 seconds)
  • Holdover: <1×10-13 under all environmental variations
  • Ageing rate: 0

The Cesium Control Module is available now for new and existing Meridian II customers.  For more information go to


By Inside GNSS
May 30, 2018

C-TRAC’s Advanced Signals Design Sprint Focuses on PNT Signals

Through the Advanced Signals Design Sprint, the Air Force Research Laboratory is looking to discover what already exists and what is possible in the realm of advanced Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) signals.
The event, sponsored by the Center for Technology, Research and Commercialization (C-TRAC), takes place June 19-21 at the Catalyst Campus in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

C-TRAC is seeking industry partners consisting of a broad consortium of industry and academic partners to identify several of the most fruitful opportunities for future development. Industry partners should be prepared to join a team, eagerly collaborate, and approach problems with an open mind to embrace the design thinking process.
Of particular interest to this design sprint are industry partners with expertise in the following areas:
• Communication RF waveform development
• Software-defined receivers and/or transmitters
• Cryptography
• Cognitive radio
• Network-based/MIMO approaches
• Wideband waveforms
• LPI/LPD comm signals
The PNT signals of the future should leverage new developments in RF technology when applicable, especially those developed to solve problems in related fields such as communications and radar, to increase the resilience of the PNT enterprise.
Fundamentally, this is an effort to achieve cross-pollination between related technical domains. Signal-based solutions exist for disparate problems such as time-based ranging, time transfer, communications, tracking, and remote sensing of weather and other environmental data. Some of the techniques or hardware developed to meet other challenges is expected to carry over and benefit new developments in PNT signals.
For more information on this event, email Amanda Dobias at, and for details on CyberWorx, also powered by C-TRAC, visit the website at

By Inside GNSS

Commercial UAV EXPO Returns to Las Vegas in October


Commercial UAV EXPO Americas 2018 takes place October 1-3 at The Westgate in Las Vegas, Nevada. If you register by May 31, you can save $300 and also enter for a chance to win two free hotel nights.

A successful drone operation depends on reliable and up-to-the minute information. It’s not easy to keep up when the technology and regulations are constantly evolving. Fortunately, this event brings together the key people, the newest technology and the education you need for success — Commercial UAV Expo Americas. 

Here’s a sample of the conference programming:


  • Regulatory & UTM Updates
  • IPP Update & Progress to Date
  • Powering Drones — Latest Developments
  • Security: Data, Hacking, Counter-Drone & Privacy
  • Drone Programs: In-House or Outsource?
  • Urban Air Mobility: What the Sky will Look Like in the Future

Vertical Industry “Deep-Dive” Tracks:

  • Construction
  • DOTs & Infrastructure
  • Mining & Aggregates
  • Precision Agriculture
  • Process & Power
  • Public Safety
  • Surveying & Mapping
  • Utilities
  • Wind Turbines, Cell Towers, Large-Scale Solar

Below is a selection of confirmed speakers:

  • Greg Agvent, CNN
  • Assel Ayapova, AES
  • Jaz Banga, Airspace Systems, Inc.
  • Sam Billingsley, Ragan-Smith Associates
  • Robert Blair, Three Canyon Farms
  • David Boardman, Stockpile Reports
  • Philip Buchan, Cyberhawk Innovations
  • Andrew Carey, Rio Tinto Kennecott Utah Copper
  • Gary Cathey, California Department of Transportation
  • Darshan Divakaran, North Carolina Department of Transportation
  • Todd Domney, Sumac Geomatics
  • Douglas Spotted Eagle, Sundance Media
  • Lisa Ellman, Hogan Lovells & Commercial Drone Alliance
  • Dan Elwell, FAA
  • Richard Fields, Los Angeles Fire Department
  • Dyan Gibbons, Trumbull Unmanned
  • Shayne Gill, AASHTO
  • Jason Goodick, Entergy Services, Inc
  • Lewis Graham, AirGon LLC
  • Chad Karlewicz, Renton Police Department
  • Young Kim, Digital Harvest
  • Matthew Klein, US Bureau of Reclamation
  • Brad Koeckeritz, US Department of the Interior
  • Richard Lopez, Hensel Phelps
  • Jeff Lorton, Duke Joseph Agency
  • Daniel Marek, Nevada Highway Patrol
  • George Mathew, Kespry
  • Harold Miller, Entergy Services, Inc.
  • Scott Mlakar, Willoughby Fire Department / Lake County UAS
  • Anil Nanduri, Intel
  • Michael Perry, DJI
  • Harrison Andrew Pierce, San Diego Homeland Security
  • Art Pregler, AT&T
  • Michael Ralston, Menlo Park Fire District
  • Michael Singer, DroneView Technologies
  • Colin Snow, Skylogic Research
  • Dave Truch, BP
  • Callum Walter, Queens University
  • Gretchen West, Hogan Lovells & Commercial Drone Alliance
  • Tracy Wilkinson, Renton Police Department
  • Mike Winn, DroneDeploy

Precision measurement professionals rely on Commercial UAV Expo to deliver the high-level content and quality programming they need for complex projects.

Check for continual updates and here to register.


By Inside GNSS