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U-Blox supports improvements to Beidou GNSS

  • August 27, 2020
  • Steve Rogerson

The latest GNSS technology from Swiss company U-Blox provides out-of-the-box support for the recently completed Beidou-3 navigation satellite modernisations.
The platforms support the recently completed Beidou improvements to the availability of GNSS positioning services.
The opening ceremony of the Beidou-3 GNSS was held in Beijing last month, officially celebrating the expansion of coverage offered by the Chinese space infrastructure to a global user base.
As a global supplier of GNSS positioning and wireless communication technologies, U-Blox has been driving technological innovation and been deeply involved in the Chinese market for many years.
Tests across China and Europe have shown that including Beidou can improve the positioning accuracy of GNSS receivers when multiple navigation satellite systems are tracked concurrently. In particular when signals are partially obstructed, positioning accuracy can be significantly improved by incorporating Beidou.
Data show that in 2019 the overall output value of the Chinese satellite navigation and location service industry reached nearly 345 billion yuan, an increase of 14.4% over 2018, with the output value expected to exceed 400 billion yuan in 2020.
Beidou GNSS provides a suite of additional services, including satellite and ground-based augmentation, precise single-point positioning, precise timing, and global short messaging, laying a foundation for Beibou’s navigation and tracking applications.
Applications of GNSS technology continue to diversify, leveraging the all-weather, all-time, tracking, navigation and timing services it offers. GNSS technology is penetrating deeper into traditional industrial verticals, such as agriculture, forestry, animal husbandry and fishery, power and energy, as well as in railway and air transportation, including infrastructure construction and management.
At the same time, GNSS technology has become an indispensable and smart winning factor in emerging application fields such as the IoT and the internet of vehicles, as well as in applications such as autonomous driving, automatic parking and automatic logistics, and is now commonplace in many industrial and consumer use cases.
“U-Blox has been closely following the modernisation of the Beidou navigation system and is ready to work with partners in various industries to promote the expansion of industry applications, expand emerging markets and jointly create a green industry ecosystem,” said Hamilton Chen, China country manager at U-Blox.
U-Blox specialises in positioning and wireless communication in automotive, industrial and consumer markets. Its services and products let people, vehicles and machines determine their precise position and communicate wirelessly over cellular and short range networks. With a portfolio of chips, modules and secure data services and connectivity, the company is headquartered in Switzerland, with offices in Europe, Asia and the USA.