Verizon unveiled improved location technology. Hyper Precise Location uses Real Time Kinematics (RTK), which the telecom says provides location accuracy within one to two centimeters, on its network. Verizon has built and deployed RTK reference stations nationwide to provide pinpoint level accuracy to RTK compatible IoT devices. RTK will also support emerging technologies that depend on high level location accuracy – things like delivery drones and customer-approved location data for first responders during emergencies.
RTK technology reduces the cost and risk associated with inaccurate location data, according to the company. Billions of IoT devices across several industries will benefit from improved location accuracy, with hyper-precise location information enabling new services. For instance, robotics at distribution centers will be able to perform more efficient, accurate and safe logistics operations. More accurate positioning can help speed deployment of high-value assets in emergency situations to the precise location, and more precise tracking of emergency equipment can provide faster redeployment in disaster response scenarios.
“We are scaling RTK to enable mobile location accuracy to within a few centimeters, transforming what is currently possible when it comes to location-enabled services and new IoT solutions coming onto the market,” said Verizon Chief Product Development Officer Nicola Palmer. “Continued growth in the IoT environment means billions of devices in fields where precision location services are becoming more critical, such as vehicle automation, unmanned aerial vehicles, precision agriculture technology, infrastructure monitoring, asset tracking, and high value shipping.”
In partnership with HERE Technologies, Verizon is building next generation technologies for vehicle and pedestrian safety using hyper-precise high definition mapping and RTK. This work paves the way for connected services that are designed to drive road safety improvements.
By creating a vehicle-to-network communication system equipped with hyper-local location accuracy, collision avoidance applications can precisely identify vehicles, pedestrians, bicycles, etc. and relay it through Verizon’s 5G Edge and HERE’s AI to predict likely travel paths and warn vehicles of impending potential collisions. This partnership is one of multiple recent initiatives Verizon has taken to increase road safety, according to the telecom.
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