New Positioning Technology Could Compete With GPS
Thursday, 3 January 2013
Got a smartphone or satnav but still can’t get a fix on where you are? A new positioning system could compete with GPS to make sure you never lose your bearings again.
Instead of satellites, Locata uses ground-based equipment to project a radio signal over a localised area that is a million times stronger on arrival than GPS. It can work indoors as well as out, and the makers claim the receivers can be shrunk to fit inside a regular cellphone. Even the US military, which invented GPS technology, signed a contract last month agreeing to a large-scale test of Locata at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.
Read more at New Scientist Magazine