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December 11, 2012

Air Force Awards White Sands Contract to Locata

A pair of LocataLite transmit antennas overlook a section of the White Sands Missile Range blanketed by the Locata high-precision ground-based positioning system.

The U.S. Air Force (USAF) has signed a sole-source, 13-year, multimillion-dollar contract with Locata Corporation to install the company’s ground-based LocataNet positioning system at the famed White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.

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By Inside GNSS

London Conference Beats Drum for Galileo Acceptance

The accompanying figure shows the acquisition results of the FM3 Galileo satellite (PRN 11) E1b data channel, as computed by the NAVigation Signal Analysis and Simulation (NavSAS) group of the Politecnico di Torino/Istituto Superiore Mario Boella (ISMB) in Italy. The upper plot shows the search space along ±7 kHz Doppler frequency, while the lower one shows the search space along 4 millisecond code delay. The coherent integration time used to obtain this search space was 4 milliseconds, coupled with 11 noncoherent accumulations.

The third Galileo in-orbit validation (IOV) satellite, also known as Flight Model 3 (FM), began transmitting signals last week, and the FM4 spacecraft, like the FM3 launched on October 12, is expected to come on-line soon — providing the theoretical capability of 3D positioning using solely satellites of Europe’s GNSS system.

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By Inside GNSS
November 30, 2012

GNSS IC Sales Approach $3 Billion Mark

ABI Research: GNSS IC market shares in non-cellular applications

Global sales of the smallest GNSS form factor — the integrated circuit (IC) — will exceed $3 billion next year, driven in large part by incorporation of position/location capabilities in smartphones, according to a leading research organization.

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By Inside GNSS
November 2, 2012

Trimble Reports Half-Billion in Q3 Revenue

Trimble on Thursday (November 1, 2012) announced third-quarter revenue of $504.8 million, up 21 percent as compared to the third quarter (Q3) of 2011.

GAAP operating income for the third quarter of 2012 was $63.5 million, up 96 percent from the year-earlier period. GAAP net income for Q3 2012 was $53.4 million, up 91 percent from Q3 2011. Diluted earnings per share in the third quarter of 2012 were $0.42 as compared to diluted earnings per share of $0.22 a year ago.

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By Inside GNSS
October 31, 2012

European Space Solutions: A Different Kind of Galileo Public-Private Initiative

A combined conference and trade fair, European Space Solutions — scheduled for December 3–5 in Central Hall, Westminster Storey’s Gate, London, England — will bring businesses and the public sectors together with users and developers to explore how space technologies and applications, including satellite navigation, can make a difference in the lives and livelihoods of people across Europe.

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By Inside GNSS
October 30, 2012

u-blox Acquires Fastrax

u-blox product development strategy following acquisition of Fastrax

u-blox, of Thalwil, Switzerland, has announced the acquisition of privately owned Fastrax Oy, a company that specializes in a broad range of GNSS positioning and antenna modules.

The company brings additional products to u-blox’ portfolio, including software GNSS solutions used for consumer and industrial applications, and advanced GNSS modules that include integrated antenna. Based in Espoo, Finland, Fastrax makes modules based on chips from CSR, MediaTek, STMicroelectronics, and Intel and also owns the full IP for a GNSS receiver, in both hardware and software.

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By Inside GNSS
October 29, 2012

Indoor Navigation Smartphone App wins 2012 Galileo Masters Prize

Presentation of the 2012 €20,000 Galileo Master prize: (L to R)) Thorsten Rudolph, head of AZO, the contest organizers; Carlo des Dorides, head of the European GNSS Agency; winner Dirk Elias, Fraunhofer Portigal and Ulrike Daniels, AZO business development. (photo: Simone Hörmann/AZO).
The 2012 ESNC awards ceremony at der Residenz, Munich (AZO photo)

Finding your way will be even easier with a new smartphone app from two Portuguese research institutes that augments GNSS with ultra-low magnetic field communication (ULF-MC) for reliable navigation in office buildings, airports, underground parking garages and other indoor locations.

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By Inside GNSS
September 20, 2012

What’s Happening at ION GNSS 2012

ION GNSS 2012 ienjoyed clear skies and warm temperatures at the Nashville Convention Center in Tennessee. The U.S. Institute of Navigation-sponsored venerable conference closed on Friday, September 21. 

Thursday’s workshops featured expanded discussion on China’s Compass/Beidou-2 and Europe’s  Galileo. Two more Beidou MEO satellites were launched during the conference for a total of 15. Meanwhile, Europe plans an October 10 launch that will bring the total to four. Speakers "guaranteed a 30 satellite constellation by 2020."

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By Inside GNSS
September 12, 2012

2012 Trimble International User Conference

Trimble Dimensions, the 2012 International User Conference, will take place at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada from November 5 to 7.

Early-bird pricing has been extended to September 14.

The annual event targets surveying, engineering, construction, mapping, GIS, geospatial, infrastructure, utilities and field service management professionals who use positioning products developed and sold by Trimble companies. The companies include: Accubid, Applanix, Meridian Systems, OmniStar, Pacific Crest, PeopleNet, Plancal, QuickPen and Tekla.

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By Inside GNSS
August 31, 2012

Indoor Location: To Boldly Go . . . with or without GNSS

A cross-industry group comprising 22 companies has launched the In-Location Alliance to drive technology innovation and market adoption of high-accuracy indoor positioning solutions such as Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi in environments where GNSS has difficulty providing service.

Established August 23, alliance members include leading handset manufacturers Nokia and Samsung as well as chipset providers, among them GNSS and mixed-signal RF companies Qualcomm, CSR (most of whose assets were recently acquired by Samsung), and Broadcom.

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By Inside GNSS