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Integrating GPS into consumer products


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If you are building positioning and navigation technology into a new system, or looking to improve the location accuracy of your device, then there are some key questions to address about testing.

Engineers tasked with integrating positioning technologies into consumer products are now commonly required to define and implement new regimes to ensure that the chosen GPS, GNSS and hybrid positioning systems function to ever tighter specifications.

This can be challenging. Test equipment manufacturers publish specification data, often with little interpretation to give meaning to the numbers. But for device manufacturers, the development consequences of choosing the wrong test equipment—and running ineffective or inconsistent tests—can be severe.

This white paper gives engineers clarity, summarizing the key areas and outlining some common pitfalls surrounding GPS testing procedures and apparatus.

Among other topics, it covers:

  • Recent and future changes in the satellite signal environment

  • Supplementing GPS and GNSS with other kinds of positioning technology

  • Nine key positioning performance characteristics

  • The consequences of poor performance

  • Choosing the right testing equipment for your application

  • What to look for—and pitfalls to avoid


Want to know more about GPS testing?

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