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ESRI Conference and SVN-49 Troubles

July 29, 2009 - By

I had a great visit at the ESRI User Conference earlier this month. If you recall last year, I wrote: “As much as surveyors, engineers, and constructors may not appreciate geographic information systems (GIS) technology, at some point everyone should attend at least the ESRI Survey/Engineering Summit and the first couple of days of the ESRI User Conference held every summer in San Diego, California. This is not a GIS sales pitch. It's a networking sales pitch. When other conferences are struggling to maintain attendance levels, the ESRI conferences seemingly never fail to grow in attendance. This year, it attracted some 15,000 people from 120 countries. That means gobs of GIS people, and also gobs of surveyors and engineers.” The statement rang true this year too. Even in today’s economy where conferences are severely impacted or even cancelled due to travel budget cuts, the ESRI User conference still attracted ~11,000 people this month. read more

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CSR Completes SiRF Acquisition

July 24, 2009 - By

England's CSR plc and U.S.-based SiRF Technology Holdings Inc. have completed their merger, ending years of speculation over what may become of SiRF, a pioneering maker of GPS receivers that had become financially troubled during the current economic downturn. read more

CSR and SiRF Complete Merger

July 20, 2009 - By

CSR plc of Cambridge, UK, and SiRF Technology Holdings Inc., of San Jose, Califonia, on June 26 completed the merger between SiRF and a wholly owned subsidiary of CSR. The merger resulted in "creating a provider of connectivity and location platforms and a company with the scale, technology, and strategy to enable its customers to address the exciting and emerging opportunities in mobile markets," according to a company statement. read more

Innovation: Where Is GIOVE-A Exactly?

July 1, 2009 - By

Using Microwaves and Laser Ranging for Precise Orbit Determination
Though Galileo’s GIOVE-A is a test satellite not necessarily ready for scientific use, orbit analyses with a reduced accuracy can help to identify weaknesses and suggest improvements. This month, the authors share work being carried out to precisely determine the orbit of GIOVE-A using SLR and microwave observations. This preliminary investigation will benefit the procedures to be implemented for the future Galileo constellation. read more

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