If you are in GPS tracking business and have customers or plans to deliver to Russia, then it makes sense to have a look on a combined GPS/Glonass module.
Russia to Tax Foreign GPS Hardware 25%
Russia will begin taxing foreign GPS hardware with a 25% tax. Russian vice-premier Sergei Ivanov said on Friday that the measure is being taken to ensure the use and growth of GLONASS the Russian GPS system. The government took three major steps oriented around GLONASS last week.
1) The establishment of a national GPS network coordinator responsible for the commercialisation of GLONASS.
2) Secondly, the Transport Ministry is devising a technical regulation, according to which the state service sector all air-planes, ships, trains will not be able to be manufactured inside the Russian Federation unless equipped with a Glonass receiver, said Sergei Ivanov.
3) A customs tax of 25% is intended on “foreign GPS only” receivers. The plan is to support combined GPS -GLONASS hardware (Russia is leveraging GLONASS to the US developed GPS).
In practice these new steps will allow combined hardware GPS to enter the Russian market duty-free. This raises the bar to include what are termed “GNSS” satellite receivers into the Russian market. Many non-Russian companies are already able to meet these demands since they manufacture GNSS equipment. The issue remaining has always been the status of the Russian GLONASS satellite program, which, at times, has nearly been non-useable. The step to create a national network provider on a commercial basis may prove to be the more interesting step and signals the beginning of the opening of the Russian GPS commercial market more completely.
They would like to charge 25% and for combined GPS/Glonass devices 5% only. That means you can save at least 20%.
It is not just GPS and Glonass supported only. We will put Galileo and QZSS on top. All mayor navigation systems will be supported. But this is not all. It supports different types of A-GPS as well. Last but not least it supports indoor locating by 3D sensors as well. By selecting of best GPS or Glonass satellites the performance will be optimised again. And if Europe will launch its Galileo system, then there will be always more than enough satellites on the sky. What a nice navigation future.
In the end we will win higher accuracy, more satellites on the sky and redundancy as well. It has an embedded RF input with separate GPS/Galileo and Glonass IF outputs combined with 33 dedicated tracking channels that can be assigned to acquire and track any mix of GPS, Galileo, QZSS and Glonass signals. Welcome Galileo. Welcome Glonass. Welcome redundancy.
Everybody who is interested in further details and information about this GNSS module and antennas or another wireless M2M concept is welcomed to send me an e-mail to harald.naumann (at) gsm-modem.de .