Launchpad: Smartwatch, 5G platform – GPS World: GPS World

ByDavid M. Conte

Oct 5, 2021

An overview of recent products in the GNSS and inertial positioning industry from the October 2021 issue of GPS world magazine.


Smart watch

Provides dual frequency and topographic maps

Photo: Coros

The Vertix 2 GPS “adventure watch” is equipped with a dual-frequency GNSS chipset for high precision. It communicates simultaneously with all global satellite navigation systems and has a battery life of 140 hours when using GPS. Otherwise, the battery extends up to 60 days. Global offline maps include landscape, topography, and hybrid views. The watch includes an Insta360 action camera and has 32 GB of internal storage.


Asset tracking platform

Marks, locates and monitors assets

Photo: Links labs

Photo: Links labs

AirFinder helps businesses locate, monitor and manage business assets inside and out. The rapidly deployable and massively scalable platform does not require additional IT infrastructure or components or hardware. Rather than using an internal Wi-Fi system, AirFinder operates on Link Labs’ patented and secure Symphony Link network. Location data from each AirFinder device is securely transmitted to the AirFinder web app or directly to customer databases through extensible APIs, which allow users to monitor assets in real time, analyze history of assets, add rules and alerts, establish geographic barriers and more.

Link Labs,


Network synchronization platform

Provides edge clock functionality

Photo: Orolia

Photo: Orolia

The EdgeSync network synchronization platform provides NTP and PTP peripheral grandmaster and clock functionality for real-time edge applications. High performance, scalability, ease of use and manageability make EdgeSync suitable for data centers, finance, mobile computing, enterprises, smart grids, industrial IoT, process control and telecommunications. EdgeSync uses a multi-GNSS receiver (GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, BeiDou and QZSS), PTP and Synchronous Ethernet (SyncE) as input references and generates PTP, SyncE, NTP and synchronization signals (10 MHz, 1 PPS and time-of-message of the day) as outputs. It has two 1GbE ports for RJ45 copper and optical network sync connections. EdgeSync can also provide Grand Master and IEEE 1588-2008 Device Clock (PTP) functionality.


Hardened compass

Real-time MIL-SPEC location and direction

Photo: DroneShield

Photo: DroneShield

CompassOne provides real-time military-grade location, orientation and directional sensing for deployed and on-the-go static assets. It receives all GNSS, ensuring uninterrupted operation. The device can be used both in counter-UAV operations and in general situations requiring satellite navigation. With an emphasis on durability and ruggedness, CompassOne is suitable for installation and operation in harsh environments. Military grade connectors and premium stainless steel hardware ensure an uninterrupted connection and protection from the elements, while the aluminum underside provides exceptional impact resistance and stiffness while maintaining a low overall weight. CompassOne can operate on its own or be integrated into DroneShield’s DroneSentry system.


5G platform

Provides dual frequency to consumer smartphones

Photo: Qualcomm

Photo: Qualcomm

The Snapdragon 888+ 5G mobile platform is expected to power commercial smartphones from ASUS, Honor, Motorola, vivo and Xiaomi in the second half of this year. Supported satellite systems include the four constellations (GPS, BeiDou, Galileo, GLONASS) with dual frequency GNSS. Additional supported systems include NavIC, QZSS, and SBAS. Snapdragon 888+ delivers premium AI-enhanced gameplay, streaming, photography and connectivity. Compared to its predecessor (the 888), Snapdragon 888+ offers an increased Qualcomm Kryo 680 Prime processor base clock speed up to 3.0 GHz and the sixth generation Qualcomm AI engine with up to 32 TOPS AI performance, an improvement of more than 20%.

Qualcomm Technologies,

Software-defined simulation

Supports 5 millisecond latency

Skydel Real-Time Performance graphics illustrate the low latency of the software-defined engine during a GNSS simulation.  (Screen capture: Orolia)

Skydel Real-Time Performance graphics illustrate the low latency of the software-defined engine during a GNSS simulation. (Screen capture: Orolia)

New real-time performance capability, now standard on all Skydel-powered GNSS simulators, achieves ultra-low latency of 5 milliseconds. Skydel’s software-defined architecture is designed to meet the demanding requirements of GNSS simulation testing in the automotive, military, space and other high-tech industries. Skydel also supports hardware-in-the-loop simulations without sacrificing ultra-low latency and high-end performance. A dashboard displays real-time performance graphs and allows users to assess simulator performance, interpret data, diagnose inefficiencies, and optimize scenarios on the fly. When the system reaches its limits, it remains stable and fully operational, preserving the integrity of the simulation.



Utility locator

Software with GNSS receiver allows mapping

Photo: ProStar

Photo: ProStar

PointMan software is now integrated into the Vivax Metrotech vLoc3 with a GNSS real-time kinematic (RTK) receiver to create a utility tracking device. Using the RTK-Pro internal cellular module with 4G LTE capabilities, the operator can connect to the NTRIP RTK roulette which provides RTCM 3 corrections. With the integration of PointMan with the vLoc3 RTK-Pro, critical buried infrastructures can be captured, recorded and displayed with topographic-quality accuracy without additional external equipment or post-processing. The integration provides centimeter accuracy of the precise location of buried utilities in real time. The data collected includes the type of utility, depth of coverage and the precise location of the utility.

ProStar Holdings,

GIS platform

Geospatial and location intelligence for smart cities

Screenshot: Hexagon Geospatial

Screenshot: Hexagon Geospatial

M.App Enterprise 2021 is an important platform update for building geospatial and location intelligence applications. The latest version offers new browser-based 3D features and improved visual effects, as well as the ability to more easily create and configure custom apps. It allows users to access the 3D features of LuciadRIA with support for panoramic imaging, shading, ambient occlusion and other visualization effects to create browser-based solutions. It also has a new browser app configurator that makes it easy to create space-time dashboards, or Smart M.Apps. Feature Analyzer now allows users to add and manage multiple datasets on the fly and configure workflows.

Hexagon Geospatial,

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