Virginia, US: Satellite-4G carrier LightSquared has come up with a new device that will help prevent interference between its network and precision GPS gear. The company has further said that it is in talks with the US government on implementing the device, which costs between USD 50 to USD 300 per device.
LightSquared said the total cost for the government gear would be in the tens of millions of dollars, but declined to be more specific because it does not yet know how many precision GPS devices the government owns or what kinds of devices they are.
The company isn’t planning to pay for the replacement or retrofitting of GPS gear used by private companies, said Terry Neal, LightSquared’s senior vice president of communications. “We have not made an offer to swap out all the devices in the known universe.” But he said users would not face an “onerous cost” to solve the problem.
Meanwhile, the Coalition to Save Our GPS, an industry group that fiercely opposes LightSquared’s plan, estimates there are between 750,000 and 1 million precision GPS devices in use by government and the private sector.
Source: IDG News Service