Magellan Personal Nav Integrates Cloud, Social Media, Real

Magellan Personal Nav Integrates Cloud,
Social Media, Real-Time Location Data
Magellan has announced the Magellan
SmartGPS, a GPS device based on
navigation integrated with social, local
and mobile content, including Yelp
and Foursquare, through Magellan’s
cloud-enabled Smart Ecosystem.
The Magellan SmartGPS navigation
device wirelessly syncs the user’s
navigation data, such as favorite places
and contacts, with a smartphone
or personal computer. The device
intelligently delivers stored and
dynamic location-based information
to the GPS display that is personalized
to the driver’s locale.
The Magellan SmartGPS
communicates with Magellan’s
custom-built Smart Ecosystem,
a cloud platform for a database
of constantly-updating, locationrelevant social media and navigation
content that is automatically pushed
to the SmartGPS display to create
a unique driving experience, the
company said.
Magellan SmartGPS users can
simultaneously view maps, navigate,
and see reviews, tips and offers from
Yelp and Foursquare for nearby
restaurants, stores and services, plus
navigate to those locations without
needing to use an additional device
or application. As a vehicle progresses
on its route, the SmartGPS accesses
the cloud-based Smart Ecosystem to
deliver a variety of location-relevant
information “squares” that are
displayed on the SmartGPS screen
and graphically flip between nearby
service establishments. When the
user taps on a square, detailed profile
information is displayed including
address, phone, special offers, and
consumer reviews, plus an icon to
navigate to the destination. The
SmartGPS delivers current gas prices in
the vicinity, weather, traffic events and
speed camera warnings.
Advanced Navigation, KVH Release Spatial FOG
Advanced Navigation, in collaboration
with KVH Industries, has announced
its new Spatial FOG GNSS/INS. Spatial
FOG is a ruggedized GNSS-aided
inertial navigation system and AHRS
that provides accurate position,
velocity, acceleration and orientation
under demanding conditions. It
combines the new KVH Industries
1750 fiber-optic gyroscope-based
inertial measurement unit with
magnetometers, a pressure sensor and
a dual-frequency RTK GNSS receiver.
These are coupled in a sophisticated
fusion algorithm to deliver highly
accurate and reliable navigation and
orientation, the companies said.
Spatial FOG contains a dualfrequency
receiver that
and supports
all of the
current and future satellite navigation
systems, including GPS, GLONASS,
Galileo and Compass.
A next-generation memory backup
system allows Spatial FOG to hot start
inertial navigation from its last position
in 2 seconds and obtain a GNSS fix in
as little as three seconds. The memory
backup system lasts for the lifetime of
the product and will provide backup
for 24 hours without power.
Spatial FOG’s internal filter runs at
1,000 Hz, and data can also output
at this rate over high-speed RS232
or RS422. This allows for control of
dynamically unstable platforms, the
companies said. Spatial FOG is also
highly tolerant to both shock and
vibration thanks to the performance
of the KVH 1750 IMU design and
advanced filtering.
Spatial FOG supports a wide range
of peripherals including external GNSS
receivers, odometers, DVLs, USBLs and
NMEA devices. It also supports both
industry-standard NMEA output and a
binary protocol.
GPS/GNSS Antenna Book
Artech House has published a new
book on GPS/GNSS antennas, the
requirements of modern systems, and
recent and developing applications.
The 574-page book discusses antenna
characteristics, teory of operation,
gain, bandwidth, polarization, phase
center, mutual coupling effects, and
integration with active components.
The authors work at the MITRE
Corporation and NextNav LLC. See
February 2013 | GPS World