This month, I’m introducing a new series of upcoming posts focused on the underlying, often hidden infrastructure required to support Location-Based services. Over the coming months, the series will explore topics ranging from GNSS reference network planning, deployment and operations to the service delivery architecture required to meet 99.999% service level agreements and billions of transactions per week.
Here’s an outline of what’s to come.
Rx Networks’ Global Reference Network (GRN)
- What is a global reference network?
- Why develop a global reference network?
- What purpose does it serve?
- What inherent and derived value does it provide?
- Products and applications
Reference Site Design & Deployment
- High availability architecture
- Industrial grade, standards based components
- Trusted vendors, component availability
- Balancing component diversity with service consistency
- The iterative evolution of equipment
- Global distribution
- Site selection process
- Political stability, power reliability, network availability
- 360 degree views of the horizon, free from interference
- Language barriers, engaging local trades, contract negotiation
- Overlapping coverage zones, layers of redundancy, maximizing satellite visibility
- Maintenance and future growth
- Scalability and speed of integration
- Future proofing for addition of new constellations
Reference Network Backed Products & Services
- From raw data to Location as a Service (LaaS)
- NAVSTAR (GPS), GLONASS (GLO), BeiDou (BDS), Galileo
- Raw (ephemerides, almanac, clock), RINEX, SP3, NANU/NAGU
- Future constellations and augmentation systems
- GRN-HTTP & associated flavours
- Predictive Global Positioning Service (PGPS)
- Third-party hosted services
- Customers & Applications
- Enabling location dependent applications
- Highlighting the reach of Rx Networks and how we’re empowering great positioning
- Maintaining a 99.999% SLA
- Multiple data centers and distribution points
- No single points of failure
- Traditional colocation vs. cloud based infrastructure
- Monitoring & alerting
- Escalation procedures
- Metrics and data visualization
- Reference station visibility
- Logstash/Kibana & Hadoop