UK-based DDK Positioning uses Iridium’s network to boost the accuracy of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) such as GPS and Galileo.
GNSS usually offer accuracy of around 10 metres, but DDK enhances accuracy using Iridium’s network to bring positioning accuracy of five centimetres or less. More accurate positioning systems are critical for a wide-range of technologies; within the maritime sector the technology has significance in surveying, windfarm construction, autonomous vessels, a range of maritime IoT applications.
DDK is working on similar services for other GNSS constellations including GLONASS and China’s Beidou.
The European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency expects services like DDK’s to account for $76.5 bln in GNSS market revenue by 2029.
"This partnership is a perfect fit for DDK Positioning, with Iridium's satellite communications network and our GNSS solution, we are in a position to deliver a truly unique service which is robust, resilient and secure," said Kevin Gaffney, CEO of DDK Positioning.
"DDK's enhanced positioning is a unique capability that adds a high-value solution on top of our existing portfolio of custom network services. Solutions from Iridium and DDK partners that are focused on precision agriculture, autonomous systems, maritime and infrastructure projects can now experience incredibly precise GNSS accuracy from anywhere on the planet," said Iridium CEO, Matt Desch.
The terms of the deal were not disclosed.