Wireless and positioning company u-blox of Thalwil, Switzerland has acquired full ownership of Sapcorda Services GmbH, a joint venture formed by the company with Bosch, Geo++, and Mitsubishi Electric in 2017. SAPCORDA stands for SAfe and Precise CORrection DAta, and is headquartered in Berlin, Germany.
Sapcorda provides GNSS augmentation services for high-precision mass market sectors: industrial, automotive and consumer applications such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and unmanned ground vehicles (UGV), machine automation, surveying, monitoring, and other advanced navigation applications. Within the automotive sector, applications include automated driving and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), lane-accurate navigation, telematics, and vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication.
Sapcorda has developed its advanced SAPA (PPP-RTK) service based on open formats, and has tailored it for industrial and automotive markets. The SAPA Services were launched in January 2020 in the US and Europe and have been expanded to full coverage of the contiguous US and 32 countries in Europe. Recently the distribution of the service via an additional geostationary satellite L-Band signal was announced.
The acquisition of Sapcorda expands u-blox’s suite of location services complementing its existing data services, including its assistance data and communication service offerings. Full ownership of Sapcorda will enable u-blox to serve customers more efficiently, according to the company, streamlining certain processes, including reducing implementation time to market and simplifying the integration process.
With the move, u-blox joins several other GNSS companies in offering its own corrections services.
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