Taoglas acquires commercial vehicle antenna maker ThinkWireless

Taoglas, a provider of internet of things (IoT) and automotive antenna and RF solutions, today announced the completion of ThinkWireless Inc., an antenna provider that specializes in the design, development and production of combination antenna systems for the commercial vehicle market. The ThinkWireless brand will become ThinkWireless, a Taoglas company. ThinkWireless Founder and Chief Executive Officer Argy Petros and Director of RF Technology Pierre Wassom will remain. “Think Wireless has...
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Iowa DOT implements eX² Technology smart truck parking system

The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) has integrated eX² Technology’s Truck Parking Information Management System (TPIMS) into its operations. According to eX² Technology, the Iowa TPIMS solution, “Trucks Park Here,” is among the first statewide networks to be implemented in the Midwest. Operational usage began on Jan. 4. An eX² Technology round truthing camera installed on a water tower took those photo overlooking the I-80 Truckstop, the world’s largest truckstop. This is one of the...
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Iowa DOT implements eX² Technology smart truck parking system

The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) has integrated eX² Technology’s Truck Parking Information Management System (TPIMS) into its operations. According to eX² Technology, the Iowa TPIMS solution, “Trucks Park Here,” is among the first statewide networks to be implemented in the Midwest. Operational usage began on Jan. 4. An eX² Technology round truthing camera installed on a water tower took those photo overlooking the I-80 Truckstop, the world’s largest truckstop. This is one of the...
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Surveyors and GNSS in 2018 — A look ahead to 2019

Calendar pages allows seem to fly by quickly, and 2018 was no different. While many of the items discussed in last year’s review continued to be topics of advancement, there are several new sources of technology, data collection and potential issues for surveyors going into the new year. Let’s look back at the stories that affected the surveyor and their use of GNSS technology in 2018. FCC broadband accuracy The race across America to provide better broadband coverage hit a snag late in 2018...
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First GPS III satellite flies to historic perch in space

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket orbited the first GPS III satellite on Dec. 23, 2018. (Photo: SpaceX) After several launch delays, the first GPS III satellite successfully deployed from a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, rising from Cape Canaveral on Dec. 23. By Jan. 2, the satellite had circularized its orbit at an altitude of 12,550 miles to begin a period of checkout and testing that could last up to 18 months, before entering service. The satellite, built by Lockheed Martin, will serve in space for 15...
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NovAtel contracted to supply signal generators for FAA’s WAAS program

NovAtel has been awarded a contract from the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to design, produce and deliver 40 next-generation Ground Uplink Station (GUS) Signal Generators to support the FAA’s safety-of-life WAAS navigation service. The service provides safety-critical infrastructure for the North American aviation navigation network. GUS signal generator. (Photo: NovAtel) The contract also includes ongoing engineering support services for NovAtel’s complete portfolio of...
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Launchpad: Arctic UAV, position sensor, global mapper

A roundup of recent products in the GNSS and inertial positioning industry from the January 2019 issue of GPS World magazine. OEM RF front-end Application-specific integrated 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) signals at all frequency bands, so users benefit from all the advantages of acquiring multiple system simultaneously. Channels A, B and C are...
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Bell Helicopter unveils full-scale air taxi at CES 2019

Bell Helicopter unveiled a full-scale vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) air taxi vehicle during CES 2019, held in Las Vegas. Artist’s concept of the Bell Nexus taxi in the air. (Image: Bell) The air taxi, named Bell Nexus, is powered by a hybrid-electric propulsion system and features Bell’s signature powered lift concept incorporating six tilting ducted fans designed to safely and efficiently carry passengers. Bell Nexus means the nexus of transport and technology and of comfort and...
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Spoofing-resistant UAVs

By Alexander Rügamer, Daniel Rubino, Xabier Zubizarreta, Wolfgang Felber, Fraunhofer IIS, and Jan Wendel and Daniel Pfaffelhuber, Airbus Defense and Space GmbH This work presents a new secure localization method that can be used for UAVs to obtain a new level of protection against hostile and unauthorized UAVs. While non-spreading code-encrypted (SCE) GNSS devices can be blocked, authorized UAVs using this method have unrestricted access to the non-spoofable and trusted SCE GNSS. The proposed...
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FLAMINGO: Fulfilling enhanced location accuracy with initial Galileo services

By William Roberts, Joshua Critchley-Marrows, Marco Fortunato, Maria Ivanovici, Nottingham scientific Ltd., Karel Callewaert, Thiago Tavares, VVA Brussels, Laurent Arzel and Axelle Pomies, Telespazio France The FLAMINGO initiative is developing the infrastructure, solutions and services to enable use of accurate, precise GNSS in the mass-market, operating predominantly in an urban environment. Whilst mass-market receivers are yet to achieve accuracies below one meter for standard positioning,...
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