Precision MEMS Sensors Enable New Navigation Applications

  • Author: Bob Scannell
When it comes to navigating indoors and addressing complex and environmentally challenging scenarios, sensors can be employed to improve a system’s ability to determine actual from anomalous motion. Navigation is typically associated with cars, aircraft, and ships. Within the industrial and medical segments, however, precision navigation is becoming more widely used in applications ranging from factory machinery and surgical robots to first responder tracking. There are many existing approaches to derive location, direction, and movement as they relate to pointing, steering, and guiding equipment. In fact, it has become common for many applications to rely on GPS (global positioning system). But when it comes to navigating indoors and addressing more complex and environmentally challenging scenarios, GPS alone is insufficient.

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