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27 Jan 2020

Release of open data format for GNSS high accuracy positioning in mass market applications


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SPARTN – Safe Position Augmentation for Real-Time Navigation

Berlin, Germany / Scottsdale, USA – January 27, 2020 – Sapcorda Services GmbH (“Sapcorda”) publishes open communication protocol enabling the wide use of GNSS high accuracy positioning worldwide. SPARTN (Safe Position Augmentation for Real-Time Navigation) is the first high-accuracy, open- and free-to-use GNSS format tailored for broadcast distribution in mass market applications. SPARTN is the result of multiple years of research, development, and collaboration of a number of industry leading companies. The format-making leveraged extensive know-how in satellite navigation, communication protocols, and geosciences by the collaborating companies with the leadership of Sapcorda.
The SPARTN format combines the advantages of SSR (State-Space Representation) with state-of-the- art communication technologies and covers all requirements of service providers, system integrators, and GNSS receiver manufacturers involved in advanced solutions for mass market applications. The format supports a broadcast distribution model eliminating communication bottlenecks and enabling continental level positioning services with unlimited number of subscribers. SPARTN is a highly compressed format with extensive robustness for internet and L-band satellite communication in challenging environments. The format supports the use of modern end-to-end encryption, integrity, and message authentication.
The SPARTN format enables high accuracy GNSS positioning in any application, including Automotive / New Mobility, Autonomous Airborne Systems, Logistic, Mobile / IoT and many more markets.

Disclaimer: In March 2021 u‑blox a global leader in wireless and positioning technologies acquired full ownership of Sapcorda Services GmbH.

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