A consortium is preparing to ramp up production of Geonav IoT, a seamless indoor/outdoor positioning solution for sports applications, asset tracking and aiding drone traffic management. The GNSS module is a high-accuracy, dual-frequency system-on-chip with an integrated, low-power application processor.

The promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to focus attention among tech developers around the world. As a core IoT technology, GNSS enables the key positioning capability for personnel and asset location and tracking, for new applications such as sports and military training, and in emerging markets such as drone-based transport and delivery. However, GNSS performance is still limited in unfavorable environments, and this has pushed developers to investigate combining GNSS with complementary location technologies. Geonav IoT, from a consortium led by France’s Thales, integrates multi-frequency, multi-constellation GNSS, ultrawideband (UWB), and 5G for a seamless indoor/outdoor positioning solution, according to the company. Thales and ChipCraft are joined by Hertz Systems, charged with industrial-scale production, and by Drone Consultants Ireland, and Telespazio France. Funded by the European GNSS Agency (GSA) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research framework, Geonav IoT is part of a wider push by the EU to stimulate development of more efficient and reliable, low-power IoT technologies.

“We believe we have a positioning solution that will function reliably and continuously even in difficult environments,” said Laurent Arzel, Project Leader in the Navigation Downstream Department at Telespazio France. “Geonav IoT works indoors, in urban canyons and in sports
stadiums, without diminished performance in terms of accuracy, availability, and time-to-first-fix.”


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