According to Berg Insight report, global shipments of PNDs declined from 28 million units in 2012 to 22 million units in 2013. There are signs that the decline is slowing and some emerging markets still experience growth.
According to a another report, shipments of OEM embedded telematics systems worldwide are forecasted to grow from 8.4 million units in 2013 at a CAGR of 30.6 percent to reach 54.5 million units in 2020. www.berginsight.com
Samsung Electronics has unveiled its next-generation smart wearable device, the Samsung Gear S watch. The Gear S has assisted GPS+GLONASS, as well as 3G connectivity, allowing them to be active whilst always being able to access their smartphone information. It is also equipped with an accelerometer, a gyroscope, a compass, a heart rate monitor, and a barometer. The twoinch curved Super AMOLED display has an easy-to-use interface that allows users to read messages and notifications in a single glance with features such as conversation view and condensed font.
Rx Networks enables fast GNSS Positioning
Rx Networks, Inc., has licensed its GPStream PGPS GNSS assistance technology to Recon Instruments, a Canadian technology company. GPStream PGPS will tightly integrate with the GPS chip inside of Recon’s upcoming Jet smart glasses, an advanced wearable computer planned for the first quarter of 2015. GPStream PGPS solution, licensed and deployed in more than 100 million smartphones and PNDs, predicts the future orbits of satellites for up to two weeks in advance. It then stands by, ready to deliver this assistance data into a GNSS chipset when it powers up. This not only speeds up initial time to first fix (TTFF) from 45 seconds down to less than 3 seconds, it also improves the receiver sensitivity and reduces power consumption.
Hertz And Navigation Solutions launch next generation Hertz NeverLost® GPS System
Hertz and Navigation Solutions has launched the next generation Hertz NeverLost® GPS navigation system across the U.S. The system now offers even more customization capabilities for travelers along with new navigation tools for ease, convenience and personalization when planning trips. It syncs directly with the recently launched Hertz NeverLost® Companion app, giving travelers access to more than 10 million U.S. destinations on their mobile devices.
Broadcom has announced a lowpower GNSS and sensor hub combo chip to deliver new always-on location applications for a full range of mobile devices. The Broadcom BCM4773 minimises battery drain and adds a new layer of intelligence to location technology on mobile devices by integrating the GNSS chip and sensor hub into a single combo chip. Its architecture enables information from Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Smart, GPS and micro electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) to be calculated on a single system-onchip (SoC) instead of the application processor (AP). www.telecompaper.com
Beeline, Fort Telecom test M2M terminals for Glonass
Russian mobile operator Vimpelcom, working under the Beeline brand, and Fort Telecom, has carried out testing of the M2M terminals for the federal Era-Glonass navigation project. The terminals, with Simchips, have been tested for resistence to extreme temperatures and mechanical damage. www.telecompaper.com