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Three ways u-blox wireless communication and positioning tech is making the world better and safer

We want information, and we want it now! Thanks to smartphones, wearables, computers, always-on internet connections and now the Internet of Things (IoT), most of us have come to expect real-time information at our fingertips in an instant. When will my train arrive? Where has the parcel I’ve ordered got to? What’s the weather like [...]

November 1st, 2016|

Advanced transceivers make asset tracking ‘child’s play’

At around 20,000 km above the Earth’s surface there are now at least 55 satellites in orbit, forming two Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS); GPS (also known as Navstar, and owned and operated by the US) and GLONASS (owned and operated by Russia). These will soon be joined by the European Union’s system, Galileo, which [...]

October 3rd, 2016|

Bluetooth in Industrial and Medical Applications

Bluetooth began as a way of providing a consistent wireless interface between mobile phones from different manufacturers and third-party peripherals, such as car kits. It has succeeded phenomenally in that capacity and these days we can now rely on Bluetooth to interconnect all sorts of consumer devices. In 2010, seeing the success of Bluetooth technology [...]

September 29th, 2016|

Global positioning: today and tomorrow’s opportunities

We’ve all become used to knowing roughly where we are on the planet when walking or driving, thanks to GPS. But GPS can be frustratingly imprecise at times. Is it possible to use the same satellite positioning signals that enable GPS to help put us more literally ‘on the spot’, with an accuracy of centimetres [...]

August 24th, 2016|

iBeacons vs Eddystone – Which Beacon Format is Better?

Beacons are a new type of energy efficient, broadcast-only Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) device that promises to add location awareness to our apps. These cheap, small and long lasting broadcasters transmit small packets of information at regular intervals. This data, usually a unique identifier, can then be picked up by smartphones and other Bluetooth-enabled devices [...]

June 7th, 2016|