About Eric Gakstatter
Eric Gakstatter has been involved in the GPS/GNSS industry for more than 20 years. For 10 years, he held several product management positions in the GPS/GNSS industry, managing the development of several medium- and high-precision GNSS products along with associated data-collection and post-processing software.
Since 2000, he's been a power user of GPS/GNSS technology as well as consulted with capital management companies; federal, state and local government agencies; and private companies on the application and/or development of GPS technology.
Since 2006, he's been a contributor to GPS World magazine, serving as editor of the monthly Survey Scene newsletter until 2015, and as editor of Geospatial Solutions monthly newsletter for GPS World's sister site Geospatial Solutions, which focuses on GIS and geospatial technologies.
Posts by Eric Gakstatter
You may have heard about “NMEA data” with respect to GPS. NMEA existed well before GPS was invented, and today is a standard supported by all GPS manufacturers. NMEA gives equipment users the ability to mix and match hardware and software, and makes it easier for software developers to write software for a wide variety of GPS receivers. What makes NMEA confusing is that there are quite a few NMEA messages, not just one. This month, I break down the mysterious NMEA code. Read more»
First of all, on behalf of all of us here at GPS World magazine, allow me to welcome you to 2015. We wish you a healthy and prosperous new year!... Read more»
A little more than a year ago, Swift Navigation started a Kickstarter campaign for a $995 RTK GNSS receiver named Piksi. The goal was to raise $14,000 for the project.... Read more»
With more than 4,000 attendees, this year’s Trimble Dimensions User Conference was the largest ever and, I must say, a well-organized event chock full of technical content — enough to squelch... Read more»
In September, I attended the Institute of Navigation (ION) GNSS+ conference in Tampa, Florida. The ION GNSS+ conference is a gathering where many of the GNSS scientists from around the... Read more»
The year 2014 is most certainly the Year of Galileo. After rising up from near elimination in 2008 due to much confusion about how to fund it, the European Union, that same year, decided to allocate 3.4 billion euros to fund the ground infrastructure and the initial satellites. Unlike the U.S. GPS and Russian GLONASS systems, Galileo is civilian-funded as opposed to being funded primarily from defense budgets, which makes it politically much more difficult to gain funding. But, they did it. That was six years ago. Read more»
A few weeks ago at the Esri 2014 International User conference in San Diego, California, we conducted our first live event webinar from a Plexiglas booth sitting among many of... Read more»
Like it or not, as a person who works with geospatial data, UAS (unmanned aerial systems such as drones and UAVs) are in your future. The upside of said technology for “quick... Read more»