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Orbcomm acquires the SENS asset tracking operation

ORBCOMM Inc has completed the acquisition of Comtech Mobile Datacom Corporation’s (Comtech) Sensor Enabled Notification System (SENS) operation, which includes satellite hardware, network technology and web platforms. SENS is a market leader in providing one-way satellite products and services to more than 20,000 subscribers worldwide.

TCS adds 14 U.S. Patents advancing LBS

TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. has announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued TCS 14 U.S. patents during the third quarter of 2013. TCS also received one foreign patent grant during the third quarter. The 14 recently issued U.S. patents describe innovations in LBS, GIS/mapping, public safety, messaging, secure communications and solidstate drives, and further strengthen these areas of TCS’ intellectual property.

NTT Docomo picks NSN’s Advanced Location System

Nokia Solutions and Networks provides Japanese mobile operator NTT Docomo with its Advanced Location System which supports Assisted Global Navigation Satellite System (A-Glonass) positioning technology. In urban areas with high-rise buildings, however, it is challenging to acquire enough visible GPS satellites needed for positioning. By adopting A-Glonass positioning technology, the number of visible GPS satellites can be supplemented with Glonass satellites, thus improving the positioning success rate.

LBS Market in China 2012 – 2016

LBS market in China to grow at a CAGR of 25.93 percent over the period 2012- 2016. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the increasing adoption of mobile broadband. The LBS market in China has also witnessed the growing use of mobile LBS. However, the increasing concern over the privacy of the users could pose a challenge to the growth of this market.

Indoor location market to reach $4 billion in 2018,

The indoor location market is forecast by ABI Research to reach $4 billion in 2018, fueled by wireless technology as well as vendors offering venues such as shopping malls, warehouse retailers, airports and stadium products to provide content and services to mobile device users based on their location. The overall number of indoor location technology is expected to top 25,000 next year, while mobile devices capable of supporting indoor location services will reach hundreds of millions within two years.

MapmyIndia launches social navigation app

MapmyIndia has launched Explore, a social navigation app that enables its users to find millions of useful places of interest like ATMs, restaurants, petrol pumps, and hospitals, etc. around them. To add a social aspect to the app, users can also login with social networking site Facebook and pin their favourite hangouts, add photos, as well as add reviews and ratings for them.

LightSquared sues GPS Makers, Industry over spectrum issues

LightSquared filed a lawsuit against GPS makers and industry groups, saying their failure to disclose that LightSquared’s network could cause GPS problems drove the company into bankruptcy. LightSquared said Deere & Co., Garmin International Inc. and Trimble Navigation Ltd., as well as two GPS industry groups, caused “untold damage” to the company after it spent billions of dollars to build up its network.

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