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Cameron Named GPS World Publisher

January 30, 2012 - By

NEWTON, Mass. — January 30, 2012 — Questex Media announced today that Alan Cameron, editor-in-chief of GPS World, has been appointed publisher of the magazine, its website www.gpsworld.com, eight e-mail newsletters, a geographic information systems counterpart Geospatial Solutions, and other B-to-B communications vehicles supporting the international positioning, navigation, timing, and mapping industries. read more

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FCC Asks If You and GPS Should Be Protected from Interference

January 30, 2012 - By

“We invite comment on LightSquared’s petition, and establish a pleading cycle.” Thus spake the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), groping for a way forward in the ongoing LightSquared/GPS conflict. The FCC has opened an Internet docket for public comment on the LightSquared position that GPS users and receivers “do not merit legal protection from interference” created by LightSquared. The FCC asks... read more

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Let’s Hear It for the Supremes!

January 24, 2012 - By

Last week’s Supreme Court ruling on GPS use for tracking criminal suspects makes U.S. law clear on this issue going forward, but it does not address tracking for commercial aspects. One U.S. newspaper editorialized, “the unanimous decision failed to resolve troubling questions about the privacy rights of Americans in the face of intrusive modern surveillance technology.” The privacy picture in other large markets — Europe, Japan, Korea, Russia, China, and elsewhere — remains even less clear. If GNSS should be perceived as a tool of Big Brother (government) or Big Broker (industry selling and buying consumer location data), then all navigation systems acquire a big PR problem, which translates into big funding and modernization problems. read more

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Supreme Court Rules Warrant Needed for GPS Tracking

January 23, 2012 - By

GPS trackers are a form of search, and to use them police must have a search warrant, according to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling today. The high court issued a unanimous ruling that a search warrant is required before police slap a GPS tracker on a criminal suspect's vehicle to monitor the suspect's movements, reports the Associated Press. read more

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Location Technology, All in the Cars

January 18, 2012 - By

Microsoft says this is its last year at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Fine. Move over because the car manufacturers are using the show to unveil stunning location and mobile offerings. It has only been a few years since automakers started coming to CES to pitch new in-vehicle mobile platforms. This year automakers have been knocking themselves out to bring smartphones, location and cloud content into the vehicle to enhance the driving experience. The CES invasion by the vehicle OEMs started in 2007 when Ford introduced Sync at CES. Kia followed in 2010 with UVO powered by Microsoft. 2012 brings a multitude of OEM mobile announcements, including one from first-time CES participant Mercedes-Benz. read more

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Facts, Law, Table, Pound, Hand

January 16, 2012 - By

So it has come to this. LightSquared officers want the FCC to investigate Brad Parkinson. Senator Joe McCarthy is not a good look for them. A young attorney of my acquaintance, who also happens to be a contributing editor to this magazine, wrote me in this regard: “Lawyers have an old saying — when you don’t have the law on... read more

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CES Turning into Big Tech Auto Show

January 13, 2012 - By

Navigating your way through thousands of booths and 140,000 attendees is a challenge in itself at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show. While there was a huge amount of location-based services news, the big deal was the presence of just about every automobile manufacturer. Such off-site meetings as the Consumer Telematics Show, Showstoppers and AT&T Developer’s Conference also highlighted the connected car. read more

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