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03 December 2020

u‑blox signs deal with UK start-up for cutting-edge GNSS technology

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Image caption:  Map plot from live tests in London that show the route of a vehicle driven through Canary Wharf, the difference between performance of the position provided by a standard smartphone GNSS chip (red line), and the same data run through Focal Point Positioning's Supercorrelation software (blue line).

Thalwil, Switzerland, Cambridge / UK – December 3, 2020 u‑blox (SIX:UBXN), a global provider of leading positioning and wireless communication technologies, has signed a deal with the award-winning UK based technology company, Focal Point Positioning, to integrate technology that will improve the accuracy and reliability of GNSS devices - enhancing positioning performance and security for growing applications such as smart cities, location-secure IoT and health and fitness wearables.

The patented Supercorrelation technology solves a critical weakness in GNSS caused by multipath interference. Multipath interference occurs when satellite signals bounce off buildings and landmarks, causing GNSS receivers to provide degraded positioning outputs. The result for users is that the blue dot on their phone or device may be in the wrong place, moving in the wrong direction, or may have a large error ellipse. For autonomous vehicles it could lead to positioning errors that place the vehicle in the wrong lane or worse.

FocalPoint’s Supercorrelation technology uses software to detect and reject reflected signals, resulting in an improvement in the performance of GNSS devices without the need for additional hardware or applications. Supercorrelation also helps with the detection and rejection of GNSS spoofing signals - an increasing concern for autonomous vehicles, ships, and aviation.

Focal Point Positioning CEO Ramsey Faragher commented: “We are tremendously excited to be working alongside a market leader such as u‑blox, our mission is to improve every positioning system on the planet and we have taken a giant step forward in that vision with this deal. Positioning systems are so critical to our world, and we look forward to seeing the next generation of products and services that will be enabled by this higher level of accuracy, reliability and security”.

u‑blox CEO Thomas Seiler commented: “The addition of Supercorrelation technology into our latest GNSS platforms is part of our continuing focus on low power consumption, higher accuracy and security for automotive, industrial, and wearable GNSS applications”.

About u‑blox
u‑blox (SIX:UBXN) is a global technology leader in positioning and wireless communication in automotive, industrial, and consumer markets. Their smart and reliable solutions, services and products let people, vehicles, and machines determine their precise position and communicate wirelessly over cellular and short range networks. With a broad portfolio of chips, modules, and secure data services and connectivity, u‑blox is uniquely positioned to empower its customers to develop innovative and reliable solutions for the Internet of Things, quickly and cost‑effectively. With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, the company is globally present with offices in Europe, Asia, and the USA. (www.u‑blox.com)

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About Focal Point Positioning
Focal Point Positioning was founded in 2015, the team includes alumni of the UK aerospace industry, The European Space Agency, Cambridge, Oxford, UCL and Imperial College. Investors include: Passion Capital, IQ Capital, Cambridge Angels, Rockspring Nominees, Cambridge Innovation Capital and Demis Hassabis. Its technologies have been awarded by the UK’s Royal Institute of Navigation and the US Institute of Navigation. It was named Europe’s Hottest SpaceTech Start-up at the 2020 Europa Awards.(www.focalpointpositioning.com)