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Companies Look for Alternatives to Google Maps, but Location Giant Chugs Along…

April 10, 2012 - By

The big news at the recent O'Reilly Where 2.0 and GPS-Wireless conferences, both located in the San Francisco Bay Area, may be continued industry fallout from Google’s decision to start charging higher volume users. Location-based services may have jumped the shark, as one Nokia executive said at GPS-Wireless, but such deals as Foursquare's partnership with American Express can only help grow consumer awareness and drive mobile purchases. Indoor positioning and connected vehicles continued to be a hot topic at both Where 2.0 and GPS-Wireless. Yet, at least one executive at GPS-Wireless said that "the year of LBS has come and gone — and nobody noticed it." read more

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CAST Navigation Introduces Handheld Simulator

April 9, 2012 - By

  CAST Navigation of Tewksbury, Massachusetts introduced its SGX GPS Satellite Simulator. With its compact size — 7 × 11× 3 inches — and weighing in at just over 4 pounds, the SGX is CAST’s newest and smallest fully capable simulator to date. The new SGX replaces the CAST-SIMCOM Simulator which was a 17-inch, 50-pound simulator. The SGX lightweight portability... read more

Enge Pilots Polaris Wireless/GPS Integration

April 2, 2012 - By

Polaris Wireless, a provider of software-based wireless location solutions, announced that Per K. Enge of Stanford University has joined its executive team as the chief technical advisor. In an interview with GPS World, Enge describes how combined wireless location signatures and GPS show an exciting way forward for location in dense urban environments, where the wireless solution actually improves as... read more

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The System: eLoran Gets Trials, Possibly a New Life

April 1, 2012 - By

eLoran Gets Trials, Possibly a New Life As result of a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) between the U.S. Coast Guard and UrsaNav, Inc., on-air tests are being conducted from the former Loran Support Unit site in New Jersey. One of the CRADA’s goals is to research, evaluate, and document a wireless technical approach as an alternative to GPS... read more

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The Business — April 2012

April 1, 2012 - By

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Detecting False Signals with Automatic Gain Control

April 1, 2012 - By

A component of most GPS receiver front-ends, the automatic gain control (AGC) can flag potential jamming and spoofing attacks. The detection method is simple to implement and accessible to most GPS receivers. It may be used alone or as a complement other anti-spoofing architectures. This article presents results from a baseline AGC characterization, develos a simple spoofing detection method, and demonstrate the results of that method on receiver data gathered in the presence of a live spoofing attack. read more

Expert Advice: Soldiers and Civilian GPS: Dangerous (and Deadly?) Expediency

April 1, 2012 - By

An old adage says, “Be careful what you wish for, you might get it.” That is particularly relevant in today’s world of GPS and the positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) dependencies it has created. In business, it’s all about location, and in military circles, something called real-time situational awareness, driven by the ready availability of PNT from GPS. However, it has been reported (and validated by experience) that U.S. soldiers believe that the GPS equipment they are issued through official channels is too big, too heavy, uses too many batteries, and is old-looking and not sexy like the multi-color, multi-app personal electronics and smart phones they are accustomed to at home. read more

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Out in Front: Independence: A National Value

April 1, 2012 - By

Advanced low-frequency (LF) signals are back on the air in North America, with live testing of a wide-area precise-timing solution. Initial tests include a comprehensive pallet of signals, including eLoran, that are being evaluated for their ability to provide a robust, wide-area, wireless precise-timing alternative that can operate cooperatively with GPS, or during periods of GPS unavailability. read more

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