January 11, 2013
On December 12th of last year, Locata was given a contract from the US Air Force (USAF) to employ their non-GPS technology. This multi-million dollar endeavor will install LocataNet positioning system with the US Military as it is currently being tested at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.
Locata recently acquired Leica Geosystems for data mining purposes. This move furthers the corporation’s technological move away from GPS to a more precise radio positioning system (RPS). The Jigsaw Positioning System (Jps) will revolutionize locator-tracking abilities with the utilization of ground-based transmitters.
RPS uses radio-frequency to provide accurate location coordinates. In a study tracking athletes in and outdoors, experimentation with RPS technology has showed that there are errors in the accuracy because of static measurements taken in both out and indoors. Even with the errors in spacial recognition, the technology is still viable enough for the US Military to invest in.
Using LoctaLite, transmitters could achieve the same precision as atomic clocks that rely on GPS positioning. LocataLite is able to “generate at autonomous, nanosecond-accurate positioning” with the use of “a new synchronization process called ‘TimeLoc’.”
In 2011, Locata completed their experimental critical design review (CDR) of their initial contract with the USAF that would replace GPS systems currently in place. Locata’s RPS technology is expected to improve navigational warfare.
Paul Benshoof, USAF veteran and former chief of Strategic Development left the armed forces to become a global business manager of military and governmental applications for Locata.
According to the document entitled, “2010 Federal Radionavigation Plan” (FRP), the Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Department of Transportation (DOT) will now rely on developments in RPS for future application. FRP will result in safer transportation, encourage commerce, and track individuals for the purposes of national defense.
The DoD and DOT will combine civil and military transportation for common-use to “eliminate duplication of services.” The use of GPS, and now RPS, will only serve the accuracy of the federal government with regard to military applications; even within civilian capacity.
In April 2012 the GPS division of Broadcom devised the 4752 RFID chip that could locate an individual within centimeters with the implantation of the technology into a cell phone. Scott Pomerantz, vice president of the GPS division at Broadcom, explained: “The use case [for Bluetooth beacons] might be malls. It would be a good investment for a mall to put up a deployment—perhaps put them up every 100 yards, and then unlock the ability for people walking around mall to get very precise couponing information.”
These chips imbedded into Androids and smartphones would now become accurate locators with the assistance of signals from global navigation satellites, cell phone towers and WiFi.
The precision of this technology could pinpoint when you enter a retail establishment, what products you purchase and track you as you return to your car. Bluetooth beacons would give this technology the ability to see pings as you travel through enclosed buildings.
Other technology giants have been using software to track their customer’s movements, storing the data and handing it over to law enforcement or the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for profiling purposes.
Apple and Google phones regularly transmit user location information. This information is collected in massive databases and updated every few seconds as transmissions from the cell phone from WiFi signals are sent with unique identifiers.
Microsoft has been tracking users of the Windows phones since their inception. The device carries a unique ID which interacts with WiFi locations and GPS to know any person’s longitude and latitude. Customer privacy is not a concern of Microsoft. The locator utilizes locator information from nearby phones to ping back-and-forth to gain the most accurate coordinates of the person being tracked.Add This to Technorati Faves