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Walgreens Gets Mapped

August 15, 2012 - By

Walgreens, the largest U.S. drugstore chain, announced a partnership with in-store mapping and search startup aisle411. As a result of this partnership shoppers can use their iPhone or Android smartphones to view maps of any of the 7,907 Walgreens stores and locate products down to a particular section of each aisle. Walgreens is said to be the first U.S. national retailer with all of its stores mapped in a mobile application. read more

This article is tagged with and posted in Indoor Positioning, LBS/Wireless News, Mobile Devices

Trimble Expands Positions Software to Streamline Esri Workflows

August 15, 2012 - By

Trimble has introduced the Trimble Positions Mobile extension, a streamlined choice for integrating Trimble’s GNSS professional field solutions and data verification into the Esri ArcGIS for Windows Mobile environment. read more

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TMW Systems Partners with FleetLocate to Provide an Integrated Approach to Trailer Utilization

August 15, 2012 - By

TMW Systems, provider of enterprise software to transportation and logistics companies, has announced a new partnership with Spireon. This partnership will provide for-hire carriers and private fleets with detailed information on trailer location, capacity, and trailer operations to improve utilization and compliance. The partnership provides pre-built integration between Spireon’s FleetLocate solution and TMW Systems’ TMW Suite and TMT Fleet Maintenance solutions. read more

This article is tagged with and posted in Fleet Management, Transportation, Transportation News

No Status Quo for GPS

August 15, 2012 - By

The huge white charger galloped into the clearing. The destrier slid to a stop, steam snorting from his nostrils, as he pranced to a huge oak tree where the four-star Templar Knight astride the magnificent equine posted an urgent message for all to see in status quo voluntas non sufficit. Checking his GPS, the knight charged off into the surrounding woods. Then I awoke, but remembered the quirky dream vividly. The Latin phrase, resurrected from torturous Latin courses more than 45 years ago, translates to, “The staus quo will no longer suffice,” a theme being pushed at Air Force Space Command and, indeed, throughout the space community and the entire DoD, for that matter. read more

This article is tagged with and posted in Defense, Defense PNT Newsletter, Newsletter Editorials, Opinions

New Offerings in Personalized Location

August 15, 2012 - By

With drive navigation nearing maturity, companies are scrambling to develop new offerings. Nokia and others are quickly building indoor mapping arsenals. We are edging closer to the LBS vision that early on defined the market: walk by a Starbucks and get a mobile coupon for a cuppa Joe. Qualcomm’s new Gimbal platform will not only speed the production of more sophisticated personalized apps, but will enable advertising that fits the immediate interests of the end user. Google wants to protect mobile advertising streams and has instituted rules to keep it consumer friendly. read more

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Trimble Adds RFID to its AllTrak Asset and Tool Management System

August 14, 2012 - By

Trimble introduced a new version of its Trimble AllTrak Asset and Tool Management System that includes an RFID scanner for its Trimble Nomad outdoor rugged handheld computer running the Microsoft Windows Mobile operating system. With RFID capabilities, the AllTrak System allows building construction contractors to more easily track and manage their jobsite assets and tools. read more

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GPS SVN49 Resumes Transmissions Using PRN24

August 13, 2012 - By

The GPS Block IIR-M satellite, SVN49, resumed transmissions as PRN24 at about 18:35 UTC on August 9, 2012. The signals are marked unhealthy and the satellite is not included in broadcast almanacs. SVN49 was launched on March 24, 2009 but remains out of service until an L1/L2 satellite multipath issue is resolved. read more

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China Begins Work on Beidou Navigation System Test Network

August 11, 2012 - By

China will build a testing and certification network for its Beidou satellite navigation system over the next three years to sharpen the system's global competitiveness. read more

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