Qinetiq launches sensitive GPS

Qinetiq has launched a high sensitivity GPS remote surveillance and tracking device which can operate in environments where traditional GPS struggles, where a direct sky view is not available.



Qinetiq claims its Ocellus S100 can be used to monitor the location of vehicles, assets and cargo anywhere in the world and is able to operate in environments where traditional GPS struggles. These include urban canyons, under heavy foliage and even indoors.



Agreements are in place for UK-based Global Point Technologies and Airsys to be the first UK-based value added resellers to integrate Ocellus into their own tracking services. Other companies will offer services in the Middle East, Europe and North America.



The central component of Ocellus is Qinetiq’s Q20 high sensitivity GPS receiver, technology that provides reliable position data in areas that conventional GPS cannot. This allows Ocellus to work inside a vehicle, in the glove compartment, under seats or in the boot of a hatchback. A unit can even be fitted to the underside of a vehicle where it is able to use GPS signals reflected from the road surface.



Ocellus can also be used for asset and cargo tracking when placed in boxes, on pallets and in trucks. As well as being offered as part of a complete web based tracking service, Ocellus tracking units can be integrated into customers’ existing surveillance or logistics solution.



The system uses GPRS packet data for lowest cost where network coverage permits, switching to SMS messaging only when GPRS is not available.



Ocellus S100 also contains an activity sensor that detects motion, allowing the unit to update its position if it has been moved. This sensor permits the selection of tracking profiles that, for instance, request a position report only once a day unless motion has been detected, in which case the unit ‘wakes up’ and reports its position. Alternatively, if Ocellus knows that it has not moved since its last position report, it will not report the same position again, conserving power and saving money.