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Global Positioning Systems Special Report

  • ID: 3687
  • January 2002
  • Region: United Kingdom
  • Key Note Ltd
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Introduction
Global Positioning System (GPS) refers to a network of orbiting satellites and ground stations that provide freely-available signals showing the location of a receiver anywhere on earth. The signals are also a very high accuracy source of time signals. GPS is also referred to generically as Global Navigation Satellite System (Gnss) - the Russians have an alternative system termed Glonass (also Global Navigation Satellite System), and Europe is seeking to develop its own technology under the Galileo project.

The potential market for a low-cost, easy-to-use terrestrial navigation system is very large. In Western Europe alone, there are around 200 million vehicle users and there is a strong demand for traffic information and navigation solutions. The vehicle navigation market is still new in Europe and the US, but it is well established in Japan, which achieved a cumulative shipment of 9.39 million in-vehicle navigation and traffic-information units by May 2002. (Not all these units incorporate GPS technology.)

GPS is regarded by most governments as a utility on a par with mobile telephony. When mobile telephones first started appearing in the early 1980s, READ MORE >

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