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Why the Future of Navigation Could Be Local

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Here in America and around the world, GPS is an integrated part of our personal and professional lives. But as good as it is, it has limitations.

It wasn’t created to operate in dense foliage, deep open-cut mines, or even urban “canyons” created by multiple skyscrapers. It is also vulnerable to “jamming” devices that can take out the signal and deny service.

But what if the “holes” in GPS could be plugged? Locata, a privately owned Australian company, has invented a technology, called LocataTech, that is designed to do just that by offering a backup when GPS is unavailable. Unlike GPS, which uses satellites in orbit, LocataTech uses terrestrial transmitters on the ground.

Read more at Geodatapoint.com