Eric Gakstatter

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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 contributing editor to GPS World magazine,writing a monthly newsletter on high-precision GPS/GNSS
technology. He is also editor of Geospatial Solutions, a weekly newsletter focused on geospatial technologies.

Posts by Eric Gakstatter

What Exactly Is GPS NMEA Data? Posted on 04 Feb 2015 in the Opinions & Survey categories.

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»

GNSS: The New GPS Posted on 07 Jan 2015 in the Opinions & Survey categories.

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»

What Happened to Piksi, the $995 RTK GNSS Receiver on Kickstarter? Posted on 03 Dec 2014 in the Machine Control/Ag & Opinions & Survey categories.

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»

Trimble Dimensions Provides Focus on Range of Satellite-Based Correction Services Posted on 05 Nov 2014 in the Opinions & Survey categories.

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»

Which Industry Will Be the Largest Consumer of RTK Technology? Posted on 02 Oct 2014 in the Opinions & Survey categories.

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»

All Eyes on Galileo Posted on 03 Sep 2014 in the Opinions & Survey categories.

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»

Live Event Webinar Follow-up: Answering Your Questions from the 2014 Esri Conference Posted on 06 Aug 2014 in the Opinions & Survey categories.

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»

FAA Issues First Commercial UAS Authorization over Land Posted on 02 Jul 2014 in the Autonomous Vehicles/UAVs & Opinions & Survey categories.

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»