15 Mar 2011
New CellLocateTM feature of LEON GSM module supports indoor positioning and eliminates “no-fix” scenarios
LEON GSM/GPRS module now supports cellular positioning based on mobile base station attributes
Thalwil, Switzerland – March 15, 2011 – u-blox adds a cellular positioning technology CellLocateTM to its LEON GSM/GPRS module family to provide positioning in poor GPS signal conditions, or even without a GPS system present. This revolutionary embedded technology complements u-blox GPS by adding a parallel and complementary technique for determining position.
“GPS positioning works fine in open sky conditions, but falls short when deep inside buildings, airports, tunnels, underground parking and other shielded environments” said Thomas Nigg, VP Product Marketing at u-blox, “The CellLocate feature of our LEON GSM module supports a new positioning architecture that can provide an approximate position in the absence of a GPS receiver, or augment GPS positioning in areas where satellite view is blocked.”
LEON with CellLocate provides benefits in several use cases:
The CellLocate of LEON provides a single API regardless of the available positioning technology. LEON selects the optimal positioning solution based on user-defined configuration settings.
The above scenarios use cell and/or GPS positioning techniques to deliver better results than either technology could accomplish alone. The technology eliminates “no-fix” scenarios by providing at least an approximate fix wherever cell phone coverage is available, while overcoming GPS jamming scenarios to improve antitheft system performance.
u-blox‘ CellLocate cellular positioning technology is a feature implemented in u-blox LEON 2.5G wireless modem families.