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GPS market expected to be worth US $757B by 2017

Research and Markets, an Irish research firm ( has announcd that, in Western Europe the vehicle navigation market is in its initial stages, but there is a strong demand for traffic information and navigation solutions. Countries like USA, Japan, and some others have gained a cumulative shipment of 9.39 million in-vehicle navigation and traffic information units in May 2002. GPS production value globally is expected to grow to $21.5 billion in 2008 ($13 billion in 2003), according to the Industrial Economics and Knowledge Center of the Industrial Technology Research Institute. In 2003, GPS equipment sales was reported to be around US $3.5 billion worldwide, and that annual market could grow to US $10 billion after 2010, acc ording to the report.

New GPS satellite goes into orbit

A U.S. Air Force modernized GPS Block IIR (GPS IIR-M) satellite, designed and built by Lockheed Martin was launched successfully aboard a Delta II launch vehicle. The satellite, designated GPS IIR-16M, is the third in a series of eight Block IIRM spacecraft.

GPS PND prices to drop 20% for whole of 2006

Global average selling prices of GPS and PNDs (portable navigation devices) are estimated to decrease by 20% for the whole of 2006 due to increasing market competition and decreased cost of components, according to Taiwanese OEM manufacturers. LCD panels, map databases and map engines (navigation software) each account for a large proportion of the total production cost of a GPS PND, followed by flash memory, receivers, processors and GPS chipsets while connectors and cable assembly account for the smallest portion, the makers pointed out.

Taiwan completes setup of VBS-RTK e-GPS system

Taiwan has finished establishing a realtime kinematic (RTK) system for the nation’s e- GPS base stations, catching up with world standards in developing modern positioning and land-measuring technologies, the Land Survey Bureau (LSB) under the Ministry of the Interior announced. It began to build the system as a means of achieving highprecision results on positioning, as well as for the LSB to offer multi-objective positioning services with addedvalue applications such as surveys for earthquakes, firefighting and rescue

Australian Army M113’s to be upgraded

The Defence Material Organisation recently contracted Honeywell Germany to supply the new TALIN 500 Inertial Navigation Unit for the M113 vehicles at a cost of $11 million.

The new system integrates GPS and the inertial navigation functions, enabling the M113 to navigate effectively and accurately in all environments, including regions where GPS is unavailable due to terrain masking or enemy jamming.

GLONASS to be operational by late 2007

GLONASS will become fully operational by the end of 2007 according to, Russian Deputy Prime Minister, Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov. ,

Traffic Cast deploys traffic information system in Shanghai

TrafficCast International Inc. and TrafficCast China (Shanghai) announced the deployment of the world’s largest cellular probe system in Shanghai, in strategic partnership with mobile carrier China Mobile. The anonymous mobile phone position and signalling data in China Mobile’s GSM Network are collected, analysed, and converted into travel time and speed information for major highways and surface streets in Shanghai. The system collects cellular data from 10 million China Mobile subscribers in Shanghai, and covers all roads within the Inner Ring Area, including 483 miles of major roads comprising 1,700 roadway segments.


Delhi construction under scanner

According to official sources, the Union Ministry of Science and Technology of India has come up with a 3D GIS to keep tabs on unauthorized constructions in Delhi. The system can be used for real time monitoring of illegal constructions, land encroachments, crowd management, property tax collection, surveillance, traffic management, environmental monitoring, disaster management, and even planning and development of areas. It is reported that the Ministry has already set up a pilot project in the city zone that includes the entire city and adjoining areas. Reportedly, every possible shop and household has been mapped through satellite images, the images being recorded by four fixed cameras in the city, and the field survey being done by employees of the Delhi Municipal Corporation. The pilot project will be monitored at each stage to evaluate usefulness of the technology for other metros across the country. Moreover, the project will deploy multiple technologies, including high resolution satellite imagery, vehicle borne and static laser systems, GPS, amongst others, to create a comprehensive 3-Dimensional database enabling modern tools such as GIS to be utilized for various applications.



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