More than Navigation: Who Cares Where Starbucks Is?

October 25, 2011 - By

The location industry is evolving. In the near future we won’t be discussing navigation and mapping as a way of finding the nearest Starbucks. Contextual location driven advertising will start delivering solid revenues, as soon as the market becomes better organized. The value of location information will be magnified as it shifts to the cloud. Vehicle manufacturers will be creating their own rich contextual location information. Near field communication, NFC, with its seat between consumers and cash registers, will provide some of the most valuable location data. These are points all made at last week’s LocNav conference by The Where Business. read more

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Galileo IOV Satellites Succesfully Launched into Orbit

October 21, 2011 - By

The first pair of satellites for Europe's Galileo global navigation satellite system has been lofted into orbit by the first Russian Soyuz vehicle ever launched from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana in a milestone mission, reports the European Space Agency. The Soyuz VS01 flight, operated by Arianespace, started with liftoff from the new launch complex in French Guiana at 10:30 GMT on October 21. All of the Soyuz stages performed as expected and the Fregat-MT upper stage released the Galileo satellites into their target orbit at 23,222 km altitude, 3 hours 49 minutes after liftoff. read more

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Faster than a Speeding Light Particle

October 21, 2011 - By

We published a news story recently suggesting that Albert Einstein, the Mighty Hip Einie, got one thing wrong, or at least not quite totally right: the universal upper limit constituted by the speed of light. Precise-timing GPS receivers in a Geneva lab helped indicate that subatomic neutrinos can travel at a velocity just a smidge faster than the speed of light. Someone at a burning idea factory in the Netherlands riposted that the scientists erred in their conclusion because they failed to take into account the relative movement of the GPS clocks in space and thus miscalculated the neutrinos' time of flight. We hereby refute that assertion with our heavy-lifting Innovation columnist, Richard B. Langley. read more

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LightSquared: The So-Called “Fix”

October 21, 2011 - By

LightSquared’s been in the news quite a bit since my last Survey Scene newsletter a month ago, but very little of it has actual consequence. A lot of the “news” is just noise. LightSquared pumped up its propaganda campaign nationwide to try to build a consensus in their favor and put pressure on the FCC, and is threatening a lawsuit if the FCC doesn’t do what LightSquared wants. No surprises there. However, other things have happened that I think you might be interested in hearing about. read more

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Galileo Launch Scrubbed; Possible on Friday

October 20, 2011 - By

A problem with the ground-support fueling system for the rocket carrying two Galileo in-orbit validation (IOV) satellites has delayed their launch either until Friday, October 21, or perhaps indefinitely. read more

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Rocket to Carry First Galileo Satellites Moved to Launch Pad

October 18, 2011 - By

The first Soyuz to take off from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana was moved to the launch pad October 14. The rocket that will carry the first two Galileo navigation satellites into orbit is on track for liftoff on October 20, reports the European Space Agency (ESA). Launch of the first two Galileo IOV satellites is scheduled for October 20 at 10:34:28 UTC. read more

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FCC’s Future Location Requirements, Apple iPhone 4S

October 12, 2011 - By

The FCC said that all wireless carriers, including voice-over-IP service and landline providers, are required to integrate GPS into phones by 2018 — and subsequently rushed to reverse, er, clarify itself. In other news, Apple rolled out the newest iPhone, and Intel bought Telmap, which has made inroads into the LBS market with its partnerships with carriers. read more

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