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GeoComm eBook Focuses on Assessing GIS Data for NG911

August 21, 2015By

GeoComm has released an ebook focusing on assessing GIS data for an NG911 system (next-generation 911). In an NG911 system, GIS data development, accuracy, and maintenance are vital, and GeoComm approaches NG911 readiness in three steps: assess, improve and maintain. The ebook, Key Steps for Assessing Mission Critical Data for 9-1-1, focuses on the assess step. GeoComm approaches GIS data assessment by first... read more

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Omnitracs Partners with Mack Trucks, Volvo for Fleets

August 21, 2015By

Fleet management company Omnitracs LLC will develop telematics software for Volvo Trucks North America and Mack Fleet Management Services for Mack Trucks. The two separate memorandums of understanding will provide customers of both Volvo and Mack Trucks with fleet management services such as routing and predictive analytics solutions. According to Omnitracs, the agreements represent a move toward standardization in the trucking industry, making it easier for fleets... read more

First Signals of BeiDou Phase 3 Acquired at Ispra, Italy

August 21, 2015By
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Editor’s Note: The article below has been greatly revised and expanded from the original version published Aug. 10. By Michele Bavaro, James Curran and Joaquim Fortuny On July 25, 2015, China launched two modernized BeiDou satellites. Although the nomenclature is still uncertain, the Joint Space Operations Centre / North American Aerospace Defense Command identifiers for the satellites are BEIDOU-3 M1 and... read more

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OPUS Unavailable this Weekend for Station Upgrade

August 20, 2015By

The Continuously Operating Reference Station network’s Silver Spring facility will be go offline starting at about 2 p.m. Eastern time Friday, but is expected to be back online by noon Sunday. “Our alternate facility will have full data holdings,” the National Geodetic Survey says on its CORS website. The shutdown is for a building-wide upgrade. The Online Positioning User Service... read more

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Tallysman Launches Higher Gain Dual-Frequency Antenna

August 19, 2015By

Tallysman, a manufacturer of high-performance GNSS antennas, has launched a higher gain dual-frequency embedded antenna: the TW3870E. The TW3870E antenna has a typical gain of 35 dB which is required by some GNSS receivers, such as Trimble’s BD9xx family of receivers. The antenna is capable of receiving GPS L1/L2 and GLONASS G1/G2 signals. It employs Tallysman’s Accutenna technology, which can... read more

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Ohio State Fans ‘Spell Out’ with GPS — and Dot the I

August 19, 2015By

Four Ohio State University football fans trekked 19 miles to create the script “Ohio” logo on a GPS tracker. Even more impressive, they used Ohio Stadium as the dot on the “i,” similar to how the tuba player dots the “i” when the Ohio State marching band performs its famous “spell out” half-time routine. Reddit user Orweezy and his friends used Google... read more

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Nationwide Differential GPS Shutdown Proposed, Comments Sought

August 18, 2015By
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An Aug. 18 Federal Register notice proposes shutting down the Nationwide Differential Global Positioning System (NDGPS) in January 2016 because of a decline in its use, except for sites in coastal areas. The notice, issued by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), Transportation Department (DOT) and Corps of Engineers (USACE), reads: The Nationwide Differential Global Positioning System (NDGPS) service augments GPS... read more

New GNSS Market Report Assesses 2020 Outlook

August 17, 2015By

A new GNSS market research report by research firm RNCOS forecasts the global core GNSS market to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 9 percent during 2015-2020. The GNSS industry includes technology that allows any user having a compatible device to determine their position, velocity and local time by processing signals from satellites in space. Signals include GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, BeiDou... read more

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