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A roundup of current merchandise within the GNSS and inertial positioning business from the January 2019 concern of GPS World journal.


RF front-end

Software-specific built-in circuit (ASIC) FOR GNSS

NT1066 is a four-channel RF front-end ASIC (three wideband IQ and one narrowband IQ) that covers all GNSS (GLONASS, GPS, Galileo, BeiDou, QZSS, NavIC) alerts in any respect frequency bands, so customers profit from all some great benefits of buying a number of system concurrently. Channels A, B and C are designed with single-conversion low-IF structure, individually programmable and meant to obtain L1, E1, B1, E6, B3, L2, L3, B2, L5 and E5 in numerous mixtures. IQ and picture suppression modes can be found. Channel D is devoted to the S band of NavIC or L2, L3, L5 bands of GNSS and has zero-IF structure. Combining channel D with channels A, B and C makes it attainable to successfully remove ionospheric distortion utilizing the massive sign base of NavIC between the L5 and S bands. Alternatively, channel D could be software-reconfigured “on a fly” to obtain real-time correction knowledge transmitted over FM, VHF and UHF bands.


Place sensor

For smartwatches, health trackers and smartphones

Image: BoschThe BHI160BP is a place monitoring sensible sensor for shopper wearables that makes use of built-in inertial sensors to enhance GPS location monitoring. When used with a GPS or GNSS module, it allows customers to benefit from pedestrian place monitoring with as much as 80% saving in system energy consumption in contrast with a typical GNSS-only answer, with out compromising on accuracy. The BHI160BP tracks an individual’s place by intelligently making use of an inertial-sensor-based algorithm for pedestrian lifeless reckoning. To take care of accuracy, it calculates the consumer’s relative location based mostly on knowledge collected from the inertial sensors after which recalibrates itself each jiffy to acquire absolutely the place offered by the GNSS/GPS module. Because of this the GNSS/GPS module might be stored in sleep mode for more often than not, which drastically reduces a tool’s energy consumption and extends its working time.

Bosch Sensortec,

NavIC-enabled module

Designed to satisfy Indian mandate

The Jupiter SL871-S. (Photo: Telit Wireless Solutions)

The SL869T3-I GNSS module combines GPS with India’s NavIC (IRNSS) navigation system and the nation’s satellite-based augmentation system SBAS often known as GAGAN. The SL869T3-I module allows the creation of high-performance place reporting and navigation options. It complies with Automotive Business Normal 140 (AIS-140) — an Indian authorities mandate that requires using NavIC for car location monitoring units in all public transportation automobiles, efficient in April.


Reference and coaching

Rohde & Schwarz's Navigation and Guidance Solutions Learning Center offers brochures, articles, technical documents, videos and posters. (Image: Rohde & Schwarz)

Technical info for protection and aeronautics purposes

The Rohde & Schwarz Navigation and Steerage Options Studying Middle now consists of the newest Rohde & Schwarz options for GNSS testing. Up to date materials consists of software brochures, white papers, articles, technical paperwork, coaching movies and merchandise. Rohde & Schwarz offers correct, versatile, high-performance check options, from design, improvement, calibration and manufacturing to operational upkeep for ground-based methods and superior hybrid constellation simulations for GNSS methods. The navigation studying middle additionally describes firm merchandise, together with GNSS sign simulators.

Rohde & Schwarz,


Survey Antenna

Designed for RTK purposes

Image: Harxon

The X-Survey antenna is a Four-in-1 OEM antenna for each navigation and communication in surveying purposes. It supplies normal Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 4G, plus a number of constellation sign reception for GNSS positioning. The high-gain and wide-beamwidth GNSS antenna encompasses a multi-point feeding know-how, making certain a excessive phase-center stability and positioning accuracy. Furthermore, the array-arranged 4G antenna allows extra secure alerts and longer communication distance at 360-degree path, growing the general machine effectivity over typical antennas. The X-Survey antenna supplies excessive isolation amongst every antenna to stop self-interference, enhancing real-time kinematic (RTK) system compatibility. RF coaxial connectors are designed for plug-and-use, maintaining excessive effectivity and decreasing the influence of electromagnetic interference.


Developer’s toolkit

Mirrors capabilities of desktop model of worldwide mapper

Image: Blue MarbleModel 20 of the International Mapper Software program Improvement Package (SDK) is now out there, together with the accompanying Lidar Module SDK. The developer’s toolkit supplies software program engineers with the means to embed the newest geospatial know-how into custom purposes.Highlights embrace dramatically improved vector knowledge efficiency in each the 2D and 3D environments, up to date 3D mesh rendering with colours now displayed within the 2D view, and quicker show and export of on-line tiled datasets. The International Mapper GIS software can show, convert and analyze nearly any sort of geospatial knowledge. The International Mapper SDK and Lidar Module SDK present software program builders with a toolkit for accessing a lot of this performance from inside an present or custom-built software.

Blue Marble Geographics,

Arctic UAV

Tailored for work in excessive chilly

Photo: Zala Aero

The ZALA 421-08M and ZALA 421-16E Artic UAVs are fitted to operation at freezing temperatures, making it attainable to hold out surveillance operations and commonly monitor the ice. Its GIRSAM various navigation system was developed for navigation of UAVs within the suppression or the absence of GPS or GLONASS alerts. The ZALA Arctic’s capabilities facilitate oil and fuel extraction planning in areas the place correct climate and ice state of affairs forecasts are required.



Hydrogen-powered for endurance

Photo: SkycorpE-Drone Zero is an extended endurance quadcopter managed by a complicated artificial-intelligence-powered working system. Using hydrogen gasoline cells because the drone energy supply offers improved flight-time, much less downtime resulting from fast refuelling, and elevated payload capabilities. Superior safety is offered by way of NATO-validated military-level encryption. Further security options embrace pc imaginative and prescient assisted impediment avoidance and numerous failure administration options. In addition to surveillance and safety, e-Drone Zero is appropriate for demanding survey, mapping and inspection duties.


Mapping system

3D seize and processing

Photo: KaartaThe Stencil 2 improves mapping accuracy and workflow with a brand new consumer interface in comparison with the unique Stencil, in addition to GNSS localization, upgraded hardware, confidence metrics and enhanced software program intelligence. Stencil 2 ships with an iPad to entry operations and think about real-time scanning on the fly. It data GNSS knowledge to be used in loop closure to georegister and geolocate datasets, correcting for drift and enhancing the constancy of huge space scans. Kaarta presents an elective GNSS package with Emlid Attain RS+ RTK GNSS receiver and custom mounting bracket. Alternatively, Stencil 2 integrates with different NMEA 0183-compliant GNSS methods.



Vessel Monitoring

Actual-time location reporting

Photo: AddvalueNow type-approved by the U.S. Nationwide Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Workplace of Regulation Enforcement (OLE), the Addvalue iFleetONE-VMS supplies business fishing vessels with a technologically superior vessel monitoring system that satisfies regulatory necessities to routinely and securely report GPS positioning. The Addvalue iFleetONE-VMS, with its broadband functionality, will allow fisheries administration officers, biologists, researchers, analysts and NMFS Regulation Enforcement to have an economical and appropriate platform for purposes that beforehand had been severely restricted by out there applied sciences.

Community Improvements,
Addvalue Communications,

Car-to-everything module

V2X unit prepared for sensible metropolis deployments

Photo: Cohda WirelessThe MK5 On-Board Unit (OBU) is a fifth-generation low-cost, rugged module that may be retrofitted to automobiles for aftermarket deployment or subject trials, and may also function a design reference for automotive manufacturing. The MK5 exchanges knowledge at excessive speeds over prolonged distances, offering fast response occasions to potential hazards and safety-critical situations. Options embrace a twin IEEE 802.11p radio; a strong processor operating Cohda software program purposes; a GNSS receiver with lane-level accuracy; built-in safety; hardware acceleration; and NXP chips with Cohda firmware. It helps DSRC (IEEE 802.11p), Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n) wi-fi requirements.

Cohda Wi-fi,

Fleet knowledge platform

offers a single on-board knowledge assortment hub

The SmartDrive SR4 video hardware platform. (Photo: SmartDrive Systems)

The SmartDrive SR3 and SR4 platforms present a unified video and telematics knowledge stream of time, location and driver and car efficiency for third-party purposes. Its single-box structure and unified knowledge stream eliminates redundancy throughout hardware, mobile connectivity, GPS modules, connections to the ECU and cabling. It additionally supplies knowledge alignment throughout the purposes, unlocking new fleet efficiency insights and eliminating problematic knowledge discrepancies.The platform supplies analytics powered by SmartDrive SmartIQ; Geotab monitoring, which delivers real-time and historic visibility to location, velocity and geofencing info; Geotab regulatory compliance, together with hours of service, driver car inspection reviews, Worldwide Gasoline Tax Settlement (IFTA) recording and tax stories; and entry and integration to Geotab Market companions.

SmartDrive Methods, www.smartdrive.internet; Geotab,

Autonomous Automobiles

Hardcover E-book



In his new ebook No One on the Wheel: Driverless Automobiles and the Street of the Future, Transportation professional Samuel I. Schwartz (who coined the time period “gridlock”) describes how the driverless car revolution will rework highways, cities, workplaces and legal guidelines throughout the globe. Each main automotive maker within the U.S., and overseas is engaged on bringing autonomous automobiles to shoppers. The fleets are on the brink of roll and nothing will ever be the identical; this ebook discusses what the longer term has in retailer. 272 pages, ISBN: 1610398653.