Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Taoglas and U-Blox achieve centimetre-level positioning

Steve Rogerson
November 19, 2019



Irish antenna company Taoglas is working with Swiss wireless connectivity company U-Blox to bring centimetre-level GNSS positioning to IoT applications.
 
Leveraging the U-Blox Zed-F9P GNSS module, Taoglas Edge Locate can help companies future-proof their IoT deployments.
 
Comprising a high-precision L1, L2 and E5 GNSS receiver, the Zed-F9P and all the required RF electronics and antennas in a single package, the Edge Locate positioning module simplifies the development and deployments of IoT services that depend on high precision positioning information.
 
Edge Locate addresses the demand for centimetre-level positioning performance, which, until recently, was reserved for high value use cases such as guidance systems for precision agriculture and heavy machinery. This changed with the release of the use of additional satellite signals and the announcement of U-Blox’s F9 high precision positioning platform.
 
This lowered the cost of ownership of the technology, extending its benefits to mass-market applications for the first time.
 
Featuring the Zed-F9P with concurrent reception of GPS, Glonass, Galileo and Beidou on multiple frequency bands, the Edge Locate module can also use real-time kinematic (RTK) algorithms to achieve faster convergence times and reliable performance, even in highly dynamic applications. The integrated smart antenna is designed and optimised for multi-band GNSS applications.
 
High-precision positioning enables a range of mission-critical services and use cases, such as emergency response, smart infrastructure, drone delivery, micro-mobility and precision agriculture. The RTK positioning capabilities let end users benefit from centimetre-level positioning without subscribing to GNSS correction services, relying instead on a local RTK network that Taoglas can help users design and set up.
 
“Take an example from the burgeoning micro-mobility industry,” said Ronan Quinlan, co-CEO of Taoglas, highlighting one way that high precision positioning could benefit IoT applications. “When granting licences from a trial, the city authorities would like to monitor the riders of e-scooters, ensuring riders are staying off footpaths, or parking in designated areas. The problem is that today’s legacy GPS solutions don’t often know which side of the road a scooter is on. Whereas with our solution, fleet operators can pinpoint within just a few centimetres where a device is located.”
 
With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, U-Blox has offices in Europe, Asia and the USA.
 
Taoglas has ten design, support and test centres in Ireland, Germany, Poland, Taiwan, China and the USA, in-house manufacturing in Taiwan and the USA, and a dynamic online ordering system.