December 16, 2021
Mobile communications company Ligado Networks and Point One Navigation announced that Liegado will provide pervasive, high-performance satellite capacity to support Point One’s Polaris GNSS correction service. The partnership will initially provide L-Band service to electric vehicles with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), with expansion to additional sectors in coming years.
Point One said its Polaris service unlocks better than 10-cm accuracy for a broad range of mobile assets with a coast-to-coast footprint in the U.S., and coverage across Europe. Connectivity options include delivery over cellular, and now ubiquitous L-Band. The design includes advanced anti-jam, interference mitigation, end-to-end security and automatic integrity monitoring.
“Ligado’s SkyTerra satellite network is the perfect complement to our existing cellular-based service,” said Aaron Nathan, CEO of Point One Navigation. “We now deliver true coast-to-coast availability and provide a safe and redundant signal for critical positioning applications. Ligado’s unique beamforming capabilities have enabled us to offer a cost-effective mass-market solution.”
Point One said it expects to deploy the mobile satellite-enabled service to commercial electric vehicles to start, beginning in early 2022. Additional automotive, transportation, agricultural and other mobile robotics platforms will be added over the course of the multi-year agreement between the two companies. They also plan to collaborate to further advance and optimize GNSS augmentation delivery using the beamforming features of the SkyTerra satellite network.
“We are excited to partner with Point One to deliver highly available and accurate precision location information to commercial vehicles,” said Doug Smith, CEO of Ligado. “Point One’s innovative positioning network and Fusion Engine software advance operational capabilities in the same critical industrial segments that Ligado will support with our 5G mobile private network solutions. Commercial transportation, agriculture and industrial operations increasingly constitute critical infrastructure and require assured coverage, availability and security from the mobile networks and technology platforms on which they rely.”