How Next-Gen GNSS Is Positioned to Power Up the World of IoT
By Steve Feeko
October 29, 2019
By Steve Feeko
October 29, 2019
The Internet of Things (IoT) is steadily becoming the internet of everything as seemingly every possible object — from smart cities, smart lighting and smart cars to utilities, waste management, medical emergency services, asset tracking and transportation services — can be connected to networks that capture a steady stream of information about the people using it.
However, none of this growth is possible without location awareness provided by global navigation satellite systems (GNSS).
Viewed as a utility and often taken for granted, GNSS enables real-time and accurate asset tracking, telematics, timing and other types of machine-to-machine (M2M) communication. As the IoT market continues to expand, so will the demands and expectations that are placed on the information these satellite systems supply.
Now that network connectivity and mobile devices are natural aspects of everyday life, more people are expecting to stay connected. Whether they or their possessions are in a remote forest, mountainous environment or surrounded by skyscrapers in the city, no one wants to have service disrupted whenever a receiver’s line of sight to the navigation satellites is blocked.
For years, different GNSS systems, primarily the United States’ GPS and Russia’s GLONASS, along with China’s BEIDOU, have allowed the military and civil segments of the world economy to locate their devices and compute position accurately and securely. Now with the expansion of global and regional satellite navigation deployment, accuracy and availability have improved immensely.
More recently the European Union (EU) is hoping its Galileo satellite navigation system is a step towards satisfying evolving IoT needs and enabling manufacturers and developers to create new devices and applications that leverage added services such as the Search and Rescue Service (SAR).
India’s recent deployment of its NavIC regional system adds another layer of GNSS satellite availability and opportunity.
As GNSS systems continue to improve and evolve, IoT and cloud-based possibilities and applications are endless.
Here are five areas businesses should consider now:
This is just the beginning of an era of a spectacular technology that will increase the functionality of location-based devices. Easy access to the location of people, assets and services is quickly becoming the standard for mainstream as well as niche use cases for IoT.
As opportunities for innovation emerge and as chipset technologies evolve, businesses will be able to leverage new ways to meet the fast-changing requirements of the marketplace. For this reason, IoT solutions should employ GNSS devices that have the leading-edge technology necessary to take advantage of today’s sophisticated satellite systems and the flexibility to seize future opportunities.Want to test drive GNSS technology? Request a today.
Editor’s Note: This post was first published on December 18, 2017, and has since been updated.