Alan Cameron

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Alan Cameron is editor-in-chief and publisher of GPS World magazine, where he has worked since 2000. He also writes the monthly GNSS System Design e-mail newsletter and the Wide Awake blog.

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GLONASS Failure Inconsequential to Users, Says Russian Press Posted on 08 Apr 2014 in the GLONASS & Latest News categories.

Reports in the semi-official Russian news daily Izvestia indicate that finger-pointing has gotten underway regarding the April 1 GLONASS systemic blackout, which followed two other high-profile disasters, the destruction-upon-launch of... Read more»

GLONASS Blackout Coincides with Loran Authorization-in-Progress Posted on 08 Apr 2014 in the Augmentation & Assistance & GLONASS & GPS Modernization & Latest News categories.

Russia’s April 1 GLONASS blackout occurred, ironically, only hours after the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to preserve infrastructure that could support a back-up system for GPS that could... Read more»

Altus Positioning Systems Pinpoints Cause for GLONASS Default Posted on 04 Apr 2014 in the GLONASS & GNSS & GNSS News & Latest News & Survey & Survey News & System and Business News & The System categories.

Regarding the April 1–2 11-hour downtime for the full GLONASS constellation, president and CEO Neil Vancans of Altus Positioning Systems provides this additional information: “From the reports on GLONASS problems,... Read more»

How to Survive a Total Constellation Outage Posted on 03 Apr 2014 in the Featured Stories & GLONASS & GNSS & Latest News & LBS/Wireless News & Personal Navigation & Receiver Design & The System & Uncategorized & Wireless Infrastructure categories.

Yesterday we posted news of an 11-hour downtime for the full GLONASS constellation, due to an upload of bad ephemerides. Coincidentally, during that 11-hour period, the mass-market chip company Broadcom... Read more»

GLONASS Gone . . . Then Back Posted on 02 Apr 2014 in the Featured Stories & GLONASS & GNSS & GNSS News & Latest News & System and Business News & The System categories.

In an unprecedented total disruption of a fully operational GNSS constellation, all satellites in the Russian GLONASS broadcast corrupt information for 11 hours, from just past midnight until noon Russian... Read more»

More Airports Across Europe Add EGNOS Approaches Posted on 28 Mar 2014 in the Aviation & Aviation & Space & Galileo & Latest News categories.

Flight operators can now use EGNOS approach procedures at airports in the Czech Republic, Austria, Finland, and Tunisia, all part of a growing list of airports across Europe that have... Read more»

GPS CNAV Debate, and GNSS Interoperability Moves Forward Posted on 27 Mar 2014 in the GNSS Opinions & Newsletter Editorials categories.

The most modernized GPS satellites on orbit will broadcast a new civil navigation message (CNAV) on the L2C and L5 signals in April. That's the plan, at least. An update on the CNAV debate in the United States. Also, summaries of key presentations from the international committee charged with inter-GNSS compatibility and interoperability. Read more»

Out in Front: Who’s Been Mining My Location? Posted on 27 Feb 2014 in the From the Editor categories.

Conventional wisdom holds that smartphone users will tolerate diluted privacy — specifically, privacy of their own location — in return for the many advantages delivered by the location-based services on... Read more»