Location, Location, Location: Integrating GNSS Into Your IoT Device

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In this episode of First Things First, I sit down with Georgia Frousiakis, Vice President of R&D GNSS at Telit.

The Story

Finding Our Place – IoT GNSS tips and tricks

How does GNSS differ from GPS? What new regional and worldwide GNSS constellations must we plan for? What the future for GNSS?  We discuss the impact of GNSS on IoT in the past, present, and future; and talk about the latest exciting use cases.

If you’ve ever wanted to learn about location technologies and IoT – this is the podcast episode to listen to!

The Lesson

Knowledge is Power

Make sure you find the right expert to consul on what GNSS capabilities might be for you. Technologies are moving fast; while GNSS might have less barrier to entry than cellular, having an expert in your corner can help you avoid common mistakes.

  • Accuracy isn’t the only thing to consider when choosing GNSS capabilities. What regions do you expect your devices to move in? What countries’ regulations; current or future; do you expect to encounter? What demands will you put on your device in terms of battery life and size? All of these considerations, when properly considered, will help choose the rights GNSS chip for you.
  • Use Cases are evolving from classic to track and trace to more advanced geofencing and low battery power capabilities. Georgia discusses some of the newest things their seeing on a market.
  • Sightlines are important regardless of whether you’re operating in a real canyon or an urban one. Tracking devices as they move through cities is increasingly difficult; despite an abundance of satellite options, without a view to the sky GPS stops working! Workarounds exist, most advanced (and battery draining) of which is dead reckoning.

About Our Guest: Georgia Frousiakis

As a nearly 20 year veteran of the GNSS industry, Georgia’s engineering expertise has served Telit customers well since 2012. As VP of GNSS R&D for Telit, Georgia is instrumental in delivering high-quality, high-accuracy positioning and timing solutions including Automotive Dead Reckoning, GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS, and others.


“Performance, position accuracy, time to first fix – these are some of the most important things to consider when choosing a GNSS solution.”

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About our sponsor

First Things First is sponsored by Telit, a global provider of wireless connectivity modules, platforms, IoT operator services and professional services. Telit supports thousands of direct and indirect customers by enabling hundreds of millions of connected ‘things.’ With almost two decades of IoT innovation experience, Telit delivers secure, integrated end-to-end IoT solutions for many of the world’s largest brands, including enterprises, OEMs, system integrators, and service providers across industries.