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September 16, 2016

Defeating 'Death by GPS'

Park rangers in Death Valley National Park have begun calling it “death by GPS.” Visitors faithfully following their navigation devices turn down the wrong road or hike away from help and die before rangers can reach them.

But it really isn’t the GPS, it’s the maps in their navigation system’s database.

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.

Inside GNSS • September/October 2016

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Ventures • September 6, 2016

Clarion to Use Furuno’s GPS Receiver with DR/GNSS Module in Navigation System

Furuno’s GV-86 GPS receiver chip with its dead-reckoning DR/GNSS module will be integrated into Clarion’s NXR16 car navigation systems for the auto-leasing and car rental industries.

The GV-86 features a dead-reckoning-enabled GNSS receiver, which receives concurrent GPS, SBAS, and QZSS satellite signals. The dead-reckoning capability allows the unit to provide positioning while receiving multiple GNSS signals in such harsh environments as tunnels, urban canyons and underground parking, the company said.

Inside GNSS • September/October 2016

The Particular Importance of Galileo E6C

The Galileo E6 signal is centered at 1278.75 MHz, and comprises three signals: an authorized signal (E6A, the publicly regulated service, PRS plus two civilian signals), a data component (E6B), and a pilot component (E6C). Both E6B and C are modulated using binary-phase shift keying (BPSK) code division multiple access (CDMA) memory codes, having lengths of 5,115 chips and chipping rates of 5.115 Mcps.

August 29, 2016
Melbourne, Australia
New Builds • August 18, 2016

Hemisphere GNSS Launches OEM Boards

Hemisphere GNSS has introduced two new OEM boards, the Eclipse P326 and P327, designed for machine control, land or marine survey, and agriculture applications. The boards support GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, and Japan’s QZSS (Quasi-Zenith Satellite System).

The boards are the first within the Eclipse product line to have refreshed low-power capability, reduced size, cost, and weight, the company said. P326 and P327 offer centimeter-level accuracy in either single- or multi-frequencies, using signals from multiple GNSS constellations.  and Atlas-capable modes.

November 8, 2016 - November 9, 2016
Selangor, Malaysia
New Builds • August 17, 2016

Spectracom Introduces GSG-6 Series GNSS Simulators, eLoran Backup for Timing Reference

Spectracom has introduced two timing-related products, the GSG 6-Series GPS/GNSS simulator for testing receivers' timing capabilities and the SecureSync Timing Reference with enhanced Loran (eLoran) backup capability for GNSS.
 

New Builds • August 17, 2016

NovAtel Rolls Out Marine GNSS Antennas

NovAtel has released its GPS-173-GGG-N and GPS-713-GGGL-N explosive atmosphere- (ATEX)–qualified GNSS marine antennas with Inmarsat rejection filters.
 
The triple-frequency antennas are based on the company’s Pinwheel technology. Both antennas receive GPS L1, L2, and L5; GLONASS L1, L2, and L3 ; BeiDou B1 and B2; and Galileo E1 and E5a/b frequencies. The antennas can also receive satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS) signals and those from Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS) satellites.
             

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