Verizon Builds Precise Positioning Capability With Senion Acquisition
Verizon to offer customers indoor wayfinding, geofencing and location sharing
Verizon [VZ] has acquired Senion—expanding the company’s precise positioning offerings to include indoor wayfinding and geofencing, among other features.
Senion’s indoor positioning platform offers machine-learning fusion technology to deliver sub-meter accuracy for precise position and navigation of indoor areas, the company said. The company’s indoor platform has been installed in factories and malls to allow customers to locate and assess the movement of people machines and IoT-capable equipment.
“Sensor fusion and indoor positioning are foundational components for these next-generation capabilities,” said Verizon’s Jeff Frantz, Location Technology executive director, in a statement. Frantz said that Verizon will use Senion’s technology within its 5G platform.
Senion, headquartered in Linkoping, Sweden, and San Francisco, said its employees have joined the Location Technology team within Verizon New Business Incubation. The new unit’s goal is to scale new automation businesses via 5G.
In April, Verizon announced it had launched a real-time kinematics service called Hyper Precise Location (HPL) in more than 100 major U.S. markets. The company’s location capability is offered nationwide as software as a service (SAAS). HPL, offered through Verizon’s ThingSpace platform, can be coupled with the company’s 5G Edge capabilities, the company said.
Senion, a major player in indoor positioning and navigation, customers include Ericsson, Dubai Mall, Mall of Americas and others.
Senion’s Indoor Positioning System has been installed at 300 locations globally.
Verizon’s decision to add indoor location and navigation to its customer offerings is another indication that this market is growing.
Contact: Erica Dilk, Verizon, (720) 483-4341, Erica.Dilk@verizon.com.
Ligado Gains L-Band Spectrum Approval for 5G Deployment
Ligado Networks has received approvals from the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), a wireless industry global standard-setting entity, for new technical specifications that will enable its L-band spectrum to be deployed in 5G networks.
The 3GPP approval is a step towards the company expanding its L-Band vendor ecosystem and to deploy a new mid-band spectrum in 5G networks in the United States, the company said.
“The 3GPP green light gives us what we need to accelerate our commercial ecosystem activities and expand Ligado’s roster of partners to deploy this much-needed spectrum for U.S. businesses and consumers,” said Doug Smith, Ligado CEO, in a statement.
It’s been a long road for Ligado to gain regulatory approval for its mobile broadband network. Despite strong government and GPS industry objections, in April 2020, the FCC approved the company’s proposed modification to its spectrum. Opponents say harmful interference to the GPS signal would occur from Ligado’s planned spectrum use.
The FCC, on Jan. 19, 2021, voted down a proposal by U.S. government agencies to stop its decision that allows Ligado to deploy a nationwide mobile broadband network. At that time, such companies as Lockheed Martin [LMT], Iridium Communications, Air Line Pilots Association, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, International Air Transport Association and Airlines for America filed petitions to ask the FCC to reconsider Ligado’s bid.
3GPP approvals of Band 24 will enable vendors to build 5G and LTE products compatible with Ligado’s mid-band spectrum, the company said.
In October 2020, the company raised nearly $4 billion to develop and deploy the L-Band in 5G networks.
Contact: Ashley Durmer, Ligado, (703) 390-2008, Ashley@ligado.com.
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u-blox Updates Positioning Module, Rolls Out Cycling Computer
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Contact: James Overstall, HERE, 49 171 533 4418, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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