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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 Design & Test e-Newsletter and the Wide Awake blog.

Posts by Alan Cameron

More, More, More. Accuracy, Accuracy, Accuracy. Posted on 02 Sep 2015 in the Opinions & Survey categories.

Reliable, consistent positioning accuracy has always driven new product development in the survey and mapping sector of the GPS/GNSS market. It’s remarkable how quickly the provided accuracy in successive new... Read more»

Out in Front: Addiction on the Rise Posted on 01 Sep 2015 in the Design & Test & Opinions categories.

Memory fails as to who first said “Accuracy is addictive.” Or perhaps it’s my knowledge base that is deficient. At any rate, I’ll gladly publish documented evidence from anyone who... Read more»

NDGPS Destined for the Technological Boneyard Posted on 26 Aug 2015 in the GNSS & Opinions categories.

Let us not exaggerate — nor prematurely announce — the death of a subsystem. However, the demise of the U.S. Nationwide Differential GPS (NDGPS) network can be confidently foretold. Although... Read more»

Out in Front: Oh, the Wonder Posted on 06 Aug 2015 in the Opinions categories.

Of it all. Of the broad expanse of the world and all its inhabitants, its layers, its depths and heights, the atmospheric mantle in which it wraps itself, its floating mountains of ice and its solid soaring peaks of rock and snow, its savage predators, and all its shades of human endeavor. Every August we marvel at the many applications of global positioning science, at real-world instances of hardware and software in the service of humankind and of Gaia itself. Read more»

To L2C or Not to L2C? That Is the Operational Question. Posted on 22 Jul 2015 in the GNSS & Opinions categories.

Half of the GPS constellation now transmits the new civil signal, L2C. In a matter of weeks, that number will crest into the majority of the constellation when IIF-10 is... Read more»

New LightSquared, Same Agenda, Billions at Stake Posted on 22 Jul 2015 in the GNSS & Latest News categories.

In a late June filing with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Lightsquared asked the agency to reassign its spectrum licenses — which were at the root of a prolonged dispute... Read more»

Out in Front: The State of Our Union, 2015 Posted on 01 Jul 2015 in the Opinions categories.

Sometimes you have to stop and, yes, smell the roses, but also survey just how far you’ve come, where you stand at this actual moment, and what directions hold the... Read more»

eLoran Progresses Toward GPS Back-Up Role in U.S., Europe Posted on 25 Jun 2015 in the GNSS & Opinions & UAV/UGV categories.

As of June 19, eLoran is on the air in the United States. The low-frequency signal emanates from a former U.S. Coast Guard Loran Unit in Wildwood, N.J., which sports a 625-foot signal mast that has been out of action for five years. The signal is receivable at distances of up to 1,000 miles. The eLoran navigation and communications signal is difficult to disrupt; further, it could be an important part of enabling UAVs to fly safely in our airspace. Read more»