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The future of mobile satnav - exciting times ahead

An announcement from Google opens up unprecedented possibilities for innovation.

Innovate UK reminds us: 'If you’re part of the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) community, then you’re aware of big changes afoot. If you’re not part of the community, it doesn’t matter - because this will affect us all eventually.'

Following on from the success of the 'Urban Wayfinding and the Brain' joint event in June, 'The Future of Mobile Sat Nav' July meeting drew together participants from the transport, technical, mobility, mapping, academic and corporate sectors - all focused on the future of navigation and how changes in software and technology will have a huge impact. And one message was key on the day - it’s all about the data.

Effective mobility is key to making things work. It’s key to progress and growth. And developers working to serve this demand need access to data and analytics – collecting data, processing it and using it to develop better outcomes. And a recent announcement from Google has caused a big buzz on this front. Google is now giving app developers and the software community access to raw measurements from the GNSS electronics in Android phones in the Android 7 'Nougat' operating system.

For more information, click the KTN link below or contact Bob Cockshott FRIN, Knowledge Transfer Manager for Position, Navigation and Timing and Quantum Technology (

  • 08 August 2017
  • RIN

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