Centimetre-level GNSS positioning solution for IoT applications

11-11-2019 | U-Blox | New Technologies

U-blox has announced that Taoglas has developed a centimetre-level GNSS positioning solution. Incorporating a high precision L1/L2/E5 GNSS receiver, the U-blox ZED-F9P all the required RF electronics and antennas in a single package, the Taoglas Edge Locate positioning module eases the development and deployments of IoT solutions that depend on high precision positioning information.

Taoglas Edge Locate satisfies the growing need for highly accurate centimetre-level positioning performance, which, until recently, was reserved for high-value use cases such as guidance systems for heavy machinery and precision agriculture. This changed with the release of the usage of additional satellite signals and the announcement of U-blox F9 high precision positioning platform, which reduced the expense of ownership of the technology, increasing its benefits to mass-market applications for the first time.

Featuring the ZED-F9P high precision GNSS module with concurrent reception of GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, and BeiDou on multiple frequency bands, the Edge Locate module can also employ RTK algorithms to help achieve even faster convergence times and dependable performance, even in extremely dynamic applications. The integrated smart antenna is especially created and optimised for multi-band GNSS applications.

High precision positioning facilitates a range of mission-critical services and use cases, such as emergency response, smart infrastructure, drone delivery, micro-mobility, and precision agriculture. Edge Locate’s RTK positioning capabilities let end-users benefit from centimetre-level positioning without subscribing to GNSS correction services, relying instead on a local RTK network that Taoglas can also assist customers in design and set up.

Taoglas Co-CEO, Ronan Quinlan, highlighted one way that high precision positioning will benefit IoT applications: “Take an example from the burgeoning micro-mobility industry. When granting licenses from a trial, the city authorities would like to monitor the riders of e-scooters, ensuring riders are staying off footpaths, or parking in designated areas. The problem is that today’s legacy GPS solutions don’t often know which side of the road a scooter is on. Whereas with our solution, fleet operators can pinpoint within just a few centimeters where a device is located.”

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