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Spirent solution to reveal differences in performance of leading smartphones

Spirent 8100 Location Technology solution was used by Signals Research Group (SRG) in the industry’s first independent benchmark study of the performance of location technologies in chipset platforms and leading smartphone models. The SRG report reveals significant performance differences in the Assisted GPS (A-GPS) receive sensitivity of leading smartphones. The report also highlights the incremental benefits of a multi-GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) approach, using signals from the Russian GLONASS satellite system in conjunction with A-GPS, when obtaining a location fix.

Apple wants to sync iPhone and in-car

GPS Apple filed a patent related to syncing an iPhone with a car with the US Patent and Trademark Office in May 2012. The patent refers to sharing location information between the car and iPhone so that features like turn-by-turn navigation can be utilised. It includes the option of tracking your location using the vehicle’s GPS.

Google maps adds navigation, live traffic updates

Google recently announced the availability of two new features for Google Maps in India: turn-by-turn voice-guided driving directions through Google Maps Navigation (Beta) and live traffic information for several major cities.

BhartiAirtel launches navigation application

BhartiAirtel in India has launched a navigation application – SmartDrive – that enables users to view their location on a map and plan the route from one place to another. “SmartDrive is assisted by a voice based turn by turn navigation that gives real time information updates on traffic situation on roads around,” the company said in a statement.

Directions and navigation for Android brought to MENA

Google is announcing the next step for Google Maps for mobile in the Middle East and North Africa- the availability of Google Maps with Navigation (Beta) for phones running Android 4.0 in nine countries across MENA. It is an Internet-connected GPS navigation or ‘satnav’ system that provides turn-by-turn voice driving directions as a feature of Google Maps for mobile.

Belarusian Railways working on electronic navigation in locomotives

The R&D center of Belarusian Railways is working on a pilot project to install electronic navigation equipment in locomotives. At present Belarusian Railways is busy installing satellite navigation means with an operator’s electronic key at 15 passenger electric locomotives operated by the Minsk Office. The rolling stock is used on the territory of Belarus and Russia.

Pole Star deploys over 6.5 million square feet at the Paris-CDG Airport

Pole Star in partnership with the Wi-Fioperator, Hub Telecom, has extended coverage of the NAO Campus solution to all of terminals of Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport. The CDG Airport is the first venue in the world to offer indoor location service over such a large area and in such a complex environment. The Pole Star indoor location solution enables users to locate their position with an average accuracy of 5 meters and even up to 1.5 meters depending on the zone, while guaranteeing seamless indoor/outdoor and level transitions.

Yandex to power iPhone map services in Russia

Russian search giant Yandex will power the mapping services for Apple users in the country when the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system goes live, according to a report published in the Wall Street Journal. Anyone using Apple’s mapping service on an iOS6 powered device inside Russia will receive information provided by Yandex, according to the report. In addition, anyone using mapping services about Russia but located outside the country will be fed information by Yandex.

Family locator services to reach 70 million active users in Europe and N America

According Berg Insight report, the number of active users of family locator services in Europe and North America is forecasted to grow from 16 million in 2011 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 34 percent to reach 70 million in 2016. In terms of number of users, family locator services is the largest segment for people monitoring and safety solutions based on either GPS-enabled smartphones or dedicated cellular/GPS location devices.

Global LBS Market 2011-2015

TechNavio’s analysts forecast the Global LBS market to grow at a CAGR of 48 percent over the period 2011-2015. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the increasing adoption of GPS-enabled smartphones and tablets. The Global LBS market has also been witnessing the increasing adoption of LBS across industries. However, the lack of wireless network coverage and bandwidth could pose a challenge to the growth of this market.

Tahoe RF Licenses latest GNSS technology from Stanford University

Tahoe RF Semiconductor has licensed the latest GNSS technology from Stanford University for the development of their next generation low-power, low-cost universal GNSS IC. The technology employs unique RF subsampling techniques that enable the receiver to support all the GNSS bands and be implemented on a single RF CMOS IC Technology

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