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Space data’s new place in landslide monitoring



23rd September 2020


In recent months Scotland has seen a number of high-profile landslips, including the train derailment near Stonehaven that tragically led to loss of life, and multiple road blockages along the famous A83 Rest and Be Thankful pass through the Highlands. Whilst these sites are actively monitored and managed by geotechnical engineers, there is a role for Space in delivering information that can’t be obtained from solely land-based equipment.


‘LiveLand’ is a European Space Agency (ESA) Space Solutions project that has developed innovative ways to monitor, measure and assess geological hazards by integrating Earth Observation data and Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). The service combines data collected from a number of space and geological assets: LiveLand is currently working with Network Rail (Scotland) and Transport Scotland, the organisations responsible for the rail and road infrastructures of Scotland. The current and final stages of LiveLand is increasing the technology readiness level of the GNSS devices, branded as ‘STICKs’. These devices are in situ sensors that combine GNSS and IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit – or ‘motion sensor’) technologies to determine long-term movements to millimetric accuracies and to provide immediate alerts when sudden larger movements are detected.


Read more in the article published on ESA's Business Applications website here.

To find out more about our Land and Infrastructure Monitoring system 'STICK', click here.




FLAMINGO features on the cover of insidegnss insider!



16th April 2020

The InsideGNSS article discusses the methodology that has been developed as part of the FLAMINGO initiative, which provides real-time PPP and RTK GNSS positioning on smartphones and IoT devices. The article also explores the application of PPP as a real-time positioning service on the smartphone. The FLAMINGO service has achieved sub-meter positioning accuracies (below the 50 cm benchmark) in real-time. However, whilst PPP is operational for IoT devices that use dedicated GNSS modules, for the smartphone this high accuracy service is RTK-based and reliant on base station infrastructure within approximately 30 km of the user. This article describes our research findings implementing and testing the various freely available PPP products for Smartphone positioning.


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PRESS RELEASE: The World's First Sub-metre Positioning Service for Smartphones





NSL are pleased to announce that FLAMINGO is now demonstrating a live geolocation positioning service for Smartphones that delivers half-metre (0.5m) accuracies for immediate integration into Smartphone Apps. 

FLAMINGO has been developed over the past two years and applies advanced Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) positioning principles to Smartphone and Internet of Things (IoT) devices. 

To date, Smartphones have only been able to achieve positioning accuracies of between 3 and 5m, sufficient for most satnav Apps such as vehicle and pedestrian routing and guidance.  However, a recent Google API provided access to measured distances to the GNSS satellites allowing advanced positioning concepts to be used.  FLAMINGO has used this data to enable a service that combines Precise Point Positioning (PPP) and Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) concepts for Smartphones and IoT.  FLAMINGO encapsulates the data capture and service delivery providing seamless high accuracy positioning via a simple Application Program Interface (API).

FLAMINGO’s half-metre accuracy positioning enables a new suite of location-based applications, which are either new products or enhanced features to existing location-based products.  Potential applications include augmented reality, impaired navigation, precise fitness performance apps, surveying with a Smartphone, street navigation with footpath precision.

FLAMINGO is showcasing the future of GNSS technology in Smartphones.  Demonstrations of the system are to be held in Nottingham, London, Barcelona, Gdansk/Gydnia and Toulouse and are open to interested users, potential stakeholders and App developers.  Further information can be found on the FLAMINGO website, www.FlamingoGNSS.com.

FLAMINGO is a collaborative partnership led by NSL (Nottingham Scientific Ltd) (UK) and including Telespazio France (FR), Rokubun (ESP), Thales Alenia Space France (FR), VVA (IT), ECLEXYS (CH), Blue Dot Solutions (PL) and the University of Nottingham (UK).  The venture is part-funded through the European GNSS Agency and has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement number 776436.


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Notes to editors:

1. NSL is a UK based SME providing world-leading satellite navigation technologies for applications and markets that are regarded as critical in terms of national policy, safety, and security.

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