u-blox is among the companies and institutes cooperating as part of the Digital Infrastructure enabling accurate Positioning for Autonomous Systems (DINPAS) consortium.
The DINPAS-consortium is an industry-wide collaboration between research institutes, the telecom-industry, telecom operator as well as small and medium-sized companies aiming to benefit the next generation of industrial digital solutions.
As well as u-blox, it consists of RISE, AstaZero, Combitech, Ericsson, IBG, Katla Aero, Lantmäteriet, and Telia.
Funded by the Vinnova program “Advanced and Innovative Digital Infrastructure”, DINPAS aims to evaluate the requirements of future autonomous airports in terms of reliable, precise positioning as well as scalability to large numbers of devices.
The targeted implementation, including software for generating corrections, 3GPP-based delivery, and navigation device, will be used for evaluating relevant performance.
Autonomous vehicles, machines, drones, and other automated systems rely on sensors to accurately locate themselves in their environments. While today’s autonomous systems primarily rely on absolute position data for navigation, future applications will also use it to share sensor data with other systems and the infrastructure.
Moreover, accurate absolute positioning will play a growing role in evaluating and testing autonomous systems as well as in collecting training data for the development of AI and machine learning algorithms.
Autonomous systems will likely be essential for the development of flexible, scalable airports with optimized and seamless flows of passengers, goods, and data, as well as highly secured and robust facilities to ensure safe travelling. Enabling them will require precise and reliable positioning and continuous connectivity through digital infrastructure – the focus topics of the DINPAS project.