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Government and Fleet Markets Find Steady Growth

February 8, 2012 - By

It’s not a market that will help users find friends or places to eat, but it seems to be one that keeps movin’ along. The government and enterprise market for location-based services seems to be steady, if not growing, as evidenced by nearly 9,000 attendees at the recent Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. Topics included the 20th Anniversary of the government’s intelligent transportation systems program. read more

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Rugged GPS-Enabled Windows Laptops

February 7, 2012 - By

I brushed the snow from my keyboard and in my mind I could hear the neighbors whispering, "Call the men in white coats, there he goes again." They may have cause for concern, as I am sitting on my deck during a lull in a major blizzard, typing on a laptop computer half buried in snow. My warfighter correspondence indicates that some war tasks call out for a rugged laptop rather than a rugged handheld device; thus, this cold warrior test of a device with embedded GPS capability. read more

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Inside the Head of the Body Politic

February 7, 2012 - By

In the exciting run-up to Election ’12, we conducted a straw poll of selected voters, giving everyone a chance to see what the electorate thinks about the state of things, and its outlook on the future. This is y’all talking, now: a barely scientific subset of the GPS/GNSS community, the audience at last week’s webinar, “The Challenges of Global Navigation.”... read more

Ohio University Team Wins Second ION Autonomous Snowplow Competition

February 7, 2012 - By

An Ohio University team won the Institute of Navigation (ION) Satellite Division's second annual ION Autonomous Snowplow Competition. The competition was held January 26-29, at Rice Park in downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota, in conjunction with the 126th Saint Paul Winter Carnival. read more

A Comparison of Lidar and Camera-Based Lane Detection Systems

February 3, 2012 - By

By Jordan Britt, David Bevly, and Christopher Rose Nearly half of all highway fatalities occur from unintended lane departures, which comprise approximately 20,000 deaths annually in the United States.  Studies have shown great promise in reducing unintended lane departures by alerting the driver when they are drifting out of the lane. At the core of these systems is a lane... read more

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SSTL-OHB System Consortium to Build Eight More Galileo FOC Satellites

February 3, 2012 - By

European Commission Vice President Antonio Tajani announced in London that the consortium led by OHB System AG and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL) will build a further eight satellites for the European Union’s Galileo satellite navigation program under the supervision of the European Space Agency. The new contract will see SSTL continuing its role as payload prime, assembling, integrating and... read more

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Expert Advice: Location Context, Relevance for Revenue

February 1, 2012 - By

Mobility’s first phase saw fixed-line communications go mobile. The next phase saw the Internet go mobile. We now behold a paradigm shift in the third phase, where real world communication bridges to the virtual world, via richer communications on smartphones. For device manufacturers and location-aware service and app creators, it’s no longer about creating unique standalone experiences, it’s about enhancing real-time experiences by enriching everyday consumer behavior with virtual content and relevant information to a particular place and point in time. read more

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Innovation: GNSS Antennas and Humans

February 1, 2012 - By

A Study of Their Interactions
A team of researchers from The University of Calgary report on tests conducted on two different types of GPS antennas operated in the vicinity of a human phantom — an artificial body with similar electromagnetic properties as that of a real human. read more

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