GPS Locator to Improve Train Safety

A train company in India has announced that it plans to install GPS devices in its trains to improve their operational safety. The devices will gather data that will then control the functioning of problem-prone lights in the parcel car of the train. Risk of Fire Indian Railways has a history of issues with fires in the parcel cars of their trains. Three major incidents over the last couple of years have sparked panic among passengers and resulted in damage to both the trains and their contents. The fires appear to be caused by a short circuit in the lightingRead More

Deadly Accurate Drones Thanks To The Piksi RTK GPS Receiver

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have come a long way. Now, you don’t need to see them in order to fly them. The key to that: a decent GPS tracking device. Typical GPS devices work with an accuracy of five meters, but that isn’t enough. So what’s a UAV pilot to do? Thanks to Kickstarter, a couple of engineers were able to fund the development of a new GPS receiver called the Piksi. How does it change the game in the world of UAVs? Accuracy for the Piksi is within a few centimeters. How It Works The Piksi removes certain limitationsRead More

Advent of European Encrypted GPS

Encrypted GPS has been available in the U.S. for quite some time, but the results of recent tests demonstrate that the European community may soon have their own encrypted technology. This development could decrease these nations’ dependence on U.S. technology for military applications. How It’s Been Some years ago, the United States developed GPS technology to aid in the targeting of nuclear missiles. The location data made it possible for missiles to land precisely on hidden bunkers or silos. As the technology continued to advance, the military found many additional applications for GPS location services. Today, equipment ranging from smartRead More

CoPilot GPS Navigation App Comes To Windows Phone 8

Looking for an accurate way to find where you are going on your Windows 8 smartphone? Look no further than the CoPilot app! ALK Technologies Ltd. has recently announced its handy app that gets you where you need to go is now being offered for the Windows 8 phone platform. I personally put this GPS app to the test, the iOS version, on a recent journey from NH to TN with many stops in between, and not a clue as to where I was going. The app was insanely precise, and allowed me to choose from a variety of routesRead More

GPS Industry Backs Enhancement of GPS Constellation for Civilian Use

We’ve covered the GPS III program extensively here at RMT, and explained the reasoning behind it as well. In a nutshell, the program was started to upgrade aging GPS satellites as well as improve the overall experience of using a GPS device for a variety of users. Obviously, the main purpose is to help the military and government more accurately obtain location data, but there is another group who serve to benefit from the upgrades: civilians.   The GPS Innovation Alliance, in a letter to commander of the US Air Force Space Command Gen. William L. Shelton, voiced their supportRead More

NASA Launches Study Of Ionosphere Turbulence Affecting GPS Technology

As incredible as GPS technology is, it has some significant vulnerabilities. The technology relies on satellite signals transmitting from high orbit. However, electrical storms in the Earth’s upper atmosphere can interfere with the GPS devices and other communication signals. In order to better understand and possibly prevent or deter interference, NASA is funding a rocket mission into the equatorial ionosphere. The mission is called Equatorial Vortex Experiement and involves launching two rockets for a 12-minute pass through the ionosphere from an atoll in the Pacific ocean.   The ionosphere is determined by the Earth’s magnetic field. Under normal circumstances, theRead More

Madrid, Spain: Sensor System To Improve GPS Location In The City

A group of researchers in Spain claim a newly designed sensor allows GPS devices used in vehicles to more accurately pinpoint location by up to 90 percent. According to these researchers, this system of sensors that work hand in hand with a vehicle’s GPS device can be installed at a relatively low cost in any vehicle.   The research was conducted at Universidad Carlos III in Madrid, primarily because GPS as they currently experience it is not often accurate when traveling in the city. In an open field, the GPS device might locate to within 50 feet, but if youRead More

InvenSense: Bringing GPS Tracking Indoors

I’m sure that at one point, you may have wished your GPS tracking app on your smartphone worked indoors or in a city with towering skyscrapers. How many of us have gone to an unfamiliar shopping mall or an airport, having no idea where to go, and want an easier on-demand way to get to where we are going? How many GPS apps get no signal whatsoever in a big city, the giant skyscrapers around you making it impossible to get accurate directions?   InvenSense, gyroscope and motion sensor manufacturer, is looking to change all that with a chip theyRead More

Burn Stubborn Super Bowl Calories with CycleTracker Pro for iPhone

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You know how it goes: head to Super Bowl party, ingest a ridiculous amount of food, cause your caloric intake to skyrocket, and then complain when swimsuit season arrives that you should have avoided the chips and dip. Maybe you even start heading to the gym every once in a while after the big game, but are sick of sitting on the stationary bike that travels nowhere, treated to the view of sweaty people all around you. Nothing beats the stats those stationary bikes display though, so you continue to assure that you are burning enough calories to lose aRead More

Scientists Study The Sun To Save GPS

Scientists are predicting some intense solar storms this year, particularly in the summer, as the sun will reach its most active period of its 11 year cycle. To prepare for this event, which could possibly affect radio communications and GPS tracking and navigation, scientists are currently creating a chain of monitoring stations around the world to study the ‘solar maximum.’ But what, exactly, is that?   The solar maximum is the peak of solar activity, which goes through an 11 year cycle. It is predicted there will be more sunspots than ever before, and the increase in the number ofRead More