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Samsung Buys CSR’s Mobile Chip Technology

July 17, 2012 - By

Samsung Electronics Co. has acquired the mobile-technology business of U.K.-based Cambridge Silicon Radio PLC for $310 million. The agreement includes patents to the firm's Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and GPS location innovations. Samsung said the move would allow its semiconductor unit to strengthen its line-up of mobile-device processors. read more

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First Positioning Results Using Galileo Announced

July 17, 2012 - By

A team of Canadian and German researchers have obtained precise three-dimensional positions using measurements from the four prototype Galileo satellites now in orbit. read more

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First Positioning Results Using Galileo Announced

July 17, 2012 - By

A team of Canadian and German researchers have obtained precise three-dimensional positions using measurements from the four prototype Galileo satellites now in orbit. The two In-Orbit Validation (IOV) satellites launched in October 2011 joined the two Galileo In-Orbit Validation Element (GIOVE) satellites launched in 2005 and 2008, forming a mini-constellation. For a few hours on certain days, signals from all... read more

Social Loco Conference Highlights LBS Brand Marketing

July 14, 2012 - By

The Social Loco conference in San Francisco highlighted brands leveraging social location. However, it seems as if the conference focused more on the social than the location element. As one attendee said, “Location as a topic is almost like electricity as a topic, it’s just there.” In other industry news, veteran location executive Kanwar Chadha is moving on… read more

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Russian SBAS Satellite Begins Transmissions

July 12, 2012 - By

Luch-5A, the Russian geostationary communications satellite that carries a System for Differential Correction and Monitoring (SDCM) transponder, has started transmitting GPS corrections according to Javad Ashjaee, CEO of Javad GNSS. He has reported that L1 signals using PRN code 140 have been received by Javad receivers today and used to compute code-differential positions. Only GPS corrections are being received currently, no GLONASS corrections. read more

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SES-5 SBAS Satellite Successfully Launched

July 10, 2012 - By

The SES-5 geostationary communications satellite (also known as Sirius 5 and Astra 4B) was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on July 9 at precisely 18:38:29.994 UTC. After a number of manoeuvres by the various rocket stages, the satellite was released from the Breeze-M upper stage into its geostationary transfer orbit (GTO) at 03:50:15.150 UTC on July 10. read more

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My First-Hand Experience with the Waldo Canyon Wildfire and GPS

July 10, 2012 - By

Tuesday, the 26th of June, started off as a beautiful day in Colorado Springs, if you ignored the towering plume of smoke to the west from the Waldo Canyon Wildfire. The wildfire started three days before in the popular Waldo Canyon hiking area in the Rocky Mountains just off Highway 24. While people in the Colorado Springs area were concerned, there were currently eight other wildfires raging in the state of Colorado and over the past month arsonist(s) were suspected of starting up to 20+ wildfires. So many had become inured to the sight and smell of smoke. Only one serious wildfire was known to be currently out of control in Colorado at the time, so concerns in the Colorado Springs community could be described as moderate. Then at 1630, that’s 4:30 P.M. for my non-military readers, the wildfire displayed its true personality. read more

Mission Accomplished for Galileo’s Pathfinder GIOVE-A

July 3, 2012 - By

With the initial satellites of the Galileo constellation working well in orbit, it has been decided to end the mission of ESA’s pioneering GIOVE-A navigation satellite, reports the European Space Agency. Launched on December 28, 2005, this first experimental satellite performed the vital task of securing the radio frequencies provisionally set aside for Galileo by the International Telecommunications Union. read more

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