Sensors 2012, 12(4), 5134-5158; doi:10.3390/s120405134
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Benefits of Combined GPS/GLONASS with Low-Cost MEMS IMUs for Vehicular Urban Navigation

1 Department of Applied Sciences, Parthenope University of Naples, Centro Direzionale di Napoli, Isola C4, 80143 Napoli, Italy 2 Department of Geomatics Engineering, Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1N4, Canada 3 Department of Technology, Parthenope University of Naples, Centro Direzionale di Napoli, Isola C4, 80143 Napoli, Italy
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Received: 13 February 2012; in revised form: 21 March 2012 / Accepted: 16 April 2012 / Published: 19 April 2012
(This article belongs to the Section Remote Sensors)
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Abstract: The integration of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) with Inertial Navigation Systems (INS) has been very actively researched for many years due to the complementary nature of the two systems. In particular, during the last few years the integration with micro-electromechanical system (MEMS) inertial measurement units (IMUs) has been investigated. In fact, recent advances in MEMS technology have made possible the development of a new generation of low cost inertial sensors characterized by small size and light weight, which represents an attractive option for mass-market applications such as vehicular and pedestrian navigation. However, whereas there has been much interest in the integration of GPS with a MEMS-based INS, few research studies have been conducted on expanding this application to the revitalized GLONASS system. This paper looks at the benefits of adding GLONASS to existing GPS/INS(MEMS) systems using loose and tight integration strategies. The relative benefits of various constraints are also assessed. Results show that when satellite visibility is poor (approximately 50% solution availability) the benefits of GLONASS are only seen with tight integration algorithms. For more benign environments, a loosely coupled GPS/GLONASS/INS system offers performance comparable to that of a tightly coupled GPS/INS system, but with reduced complexity and development time.
Keywords: GPS; GLONASS; Kalman filter; loosely coupled; tightly coupled; pseudo-observations

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Angrisano, A.; Petovello, M.; Pugliano, G. Benefits of Combined GPS/GLONASS with Low-Cost MEMS IMUs for Vehicular Urban Navigation. Sensors 2012, 12, 5134-5158.

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Angrisano A, Petovello M, Pugliano G. Benefits of Combined GPS/GLONASS with Low-Cost MEMS IMUs for Vehicular Urban Navigation. Sensors. 2012; 12(4):5134-5158.

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Angrisano, Antonio; Petovello, Mark; Pugliano, Giovanni. 2012. "Benefits of Combined GPS/GLONASS with Low-Cost MEMS IMUs for Vehicular Urban Navigation." Sensors 12, no. 4: 5134-5158.

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