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Location Industry Hits Speed Bump

May 18, 2011 - By

Location privacy issues have the power to put the skids on our industry. When I stepped into the Where 2.0 show, little did I know I was about to see Apple publicly open its kimono, reveal its location collection practices, and further fuel public and government outrage on location privacy. Apple doesn’t stand alone as Google also stores similar data on Android devices. And in a smaller breach, TomTom’s user location data was sold to the Netherland’s government, helping to optimize the placement of speed traps. Congress responded by hauling Apple and Google into a Congressional subcommittee meeting. read more

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LightSquared: It’s Worse than You Think

May 18, 2011 - By

Tired of hearing about LightSquared? Think it’s a bunch of panicking journalists hungry for something to write about? Listen, it usually takes a lot to get the hairs standing up on the back of my neck. On the LightSquared issue, they are at full attention. Why? read more

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Space Symposium, Partnership Council Offer Valuable Information

May 11, 2011 - By

As it happens April, May, and June are watershed months for space and PNT geeks every year. In April I was honored to attend the National Space Foundation sponsored 27th annual National Space Symposium (NSS) held at the incomparable five-star Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and in May, just last week, I attended the 10th GPS Partnership Council at SMC (Space and Missile Systems Center) in Los Angeles, California. Currently I am planning my strategy and greasing the chain on the mountain bike for the 6th annual Space and Cyberwarfare Symposium in the beautiful mountain village of Keystone, Colorado, which is followed later in June by the Joint Navigation Conference, also in Colorado Springs. I know this is really an incredibly tough June schedule but somehow I will manage. read more

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Location Privacy: Will It Derail Mass Market LBS?

May 11, 2011 - By

This column rarely covers privacy as a critical issue to build location-based services markets. Why? It was our contention that most LBS are opt-in — or opt out — at the discretion of the consumer, making privacy an important issue, but not a market stopper. Frankly, many privacy panels at location conferences either bordered on hysteria, or were not relevant to market growth. However, since the recent Where 2.0 conference, which revealed that some entities were storing location information without users’ permission, the privacy issue has the potential of suppressing products and markets before they even start. Some are dubbing this new privacy concern Locationgate. read more

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Q&A from L5 and LightSquared Webinars

May 5, 2011 - By

In late March, I conducted a webinar titled "A Closer Look at L5: The Future of High-Precision GNSS," in which I discussed the impact that the new GPS L5 signal/frequency may have on high-precision users. Then, in April I was part of a discussion panel-format webinar titled "LightSquared: Our Story So Far." Many questions and comments arose from both webinars, and I'll attempt to address those in this column. read more

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Expert Advice: GNSS Interference, Detection, and Mitigation

May 1, 2011 - By

Interference, detection, and mitigation — these have become topics of paramount importance to the GNSS community recently, surpassing at times even those old familiar standards accuracy, availability, and integrity. In March, a large expert audience attended a GNSS Interference, Detection, and Mitigation (IDM) conference at the United Kingdom’s National Physical Laboratory near London. My conclusions first, followed by reportage of the details. read more

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Out in Front: Blinded by the Light

May 1, 2011 - By

To illustrate the fix we’re in, Logan Scott offered this analogy for out-of-band interference during the April webinar, “LightSquared and GPS: Our Story So Far.” We’re driving at night and come upon a bicylist with one of those little flashing lights. That’s the GPS signal. So far, so safe. We know the bicyclist’s position. Then around the bend comes a truck with its headlights on high-beam, in the adjacent lane, but brights set at our eye level. That’s the LightSquared signal. Where’s the bicyclist? Uh oh. read more

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