GEONAV IoT is primarily aimed at location based services (LBS) markets. Thales has tested this solution on three specific markets with partners.
Example : monitoring of Rugby players
The GEONAV IoT solution can be used in elite sport to monitor player position and performance.
This use case has been investigated for rugby players, in partnership with the French Rugby Federation's R&D department. The partners have tested the ability of the solution to monitor players' performance and safety in three types of environments: indoors (covered stadiums), indoors/outdoors (partially covered stadiums) and outdoors (uncovered stadiums, training fields, etc.). In this case, the GEONAV IoT device computes and transmits a set of information on the player in real time (1 Hz frequency):
- Position and speed.
- Heart rate (by Bluetooth connection to the cardio belt).
- Battery remaining.
- Impact detection.
Devices are also designed in order to respect World Rugby regulation (size, weight, resistance to impacts etc.).
Find out more about our research partnership with ESA entrusted by the performance department of the French Federation of Rugby!
Industry - Asset management
Example : location of high-value equipment inside industrial sites
The GEONAV IoT solution can be used industry, to monitor the positions of equipments and tools inside industrial sites.
This use case has been tested for military vehicle parts in partnership with Nexter Systems.
Nexter Systems uses the GEONAV IoT solution to precisely locate equipment at regular intervals (every 6 hours), and to track machines and tools on their production sites and during inter-site transit. GEONAV IoT meets the requirements of two industrial use cases:
- Production process monitoring: precise indoor/outdoor location of equipment to monitor physical position of assets in the workshop throughout the production process (integration, tests, quality and shipping).
- Value-added tooling geolocation for specific tools (crimping pliers, torque wrenches, power supply or tests modules, etc.) used on two production sites 40 km apart: permanent location of assets improves production planning and efficiency and monitors tool calibration.
This use case needs specific autonomy management to reach up to 18 months of autonomy.
Example : location of autonomous drones used for meal delivery
The GEONAV IoT solution is currently being adapted to be integrated inside autonomous drones, in order to replace the GPS chipset they currently use. Position and speed are computed in real time and directly sent to the drone.
This use case is being developed in partnership with Drone Consultants Ireland, an autonomous drone manufacturer, and an end user, Manna Aero, which uses drones for home delivery.