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Trimble Updates Cloud-Based Software, App for Wastewater Management

December 3, 2013By

Trimble has introduced a new version of its smart water and wastewater management software — Trimble Connect version 1.5. The latest release of the cloud-based software includes a suite of applications that help water and wastewater utilities to deploy smart meters, repair leaks and reduce non-revenue water (NRW), locate and map critical infrastructure using geographic information system (GIS) technology, extend... read more

Directions 2014: Galileo IOV Passes with Flying Colors

December 1, 2013By

Following the second Galileo launch in October 2012, leading to four operational satellites in orbit, a progressive chain of events has taken place in 2013 encompassing all Galileo Services, starting from the first position fix on March 12 (Figure 1), when navigation message continuous broadcast began. read more

Directions 2014: Serve the World, Benefit Mankind — A System Matures

December 1, 2013By
Distribution of visible in-orbit BeiDou satellites.

By adhering to the principles of independence, openness, compatibility, and gradualness, China has steadily pushed forward the deployment of the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS), following a planned three-step strategy. In 2000, BeiDou Navigation Satellite Demonstration System was completed. By December 2012, five geostationary orbit (GEO) satellites, five inclined geosynchronous orbit (IGSO) satellites, and four medium-Earth orbit (MEO) satellites had been launched, forming the constellation, and formally beginning service provision to the Asia-Pacific region. read more

Directions 2014: Keeping Our Commitment to Civil Users

December 1, 2013By
Colonel William T. “Bill” Cooley.

The cliché “time flies when you’re having fun” accurately describes how quickly the past six months have passed for me. In a program as challenging, rewarding, and mission-critical as GPS, it is full-speed ahead all the time. As the GPS director, I am acutely aware of the importance of time — particularly high-accuracy time. Since declaring initial operational capability in December 1993, the extremely precise time service delivered by GPS has enabled numerous technological advances around the globe. read more

GPS III Prototype Proves Compatibility with Existing Constellation

November 21, 2013By
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The Lockheed Martin prototype of the next-generation GPS satellite, the GPS III, has proven that it is backwardly compatible with the existing GPS satellite constellation in orbit. During tests that concluded on October 17, Lockheed Martin’s GPS III testbed successfully communicated via cross-links to Air Force simulators of the current GPS constellation in orbit. The current GPS constellation includes GPS... read more

PCTEL to Showcase Antenna Products at MILCOM 2013

November 18, 2013By

PCTEL, Inc. will display its GPS, GNSS, mobile, and infrastructure communication antennas at the 2013 MILCOM Military Communications Conference. MILCOM is being held in the San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California, November 18-20. PCTEL Connected Solutions provides advanced military antenna designs. Its high-precision, ruggedized antennas enable reliable communications, timing, and location services in the field, while its site solutions... read more

GLONASS to Be Required for Phones Sold in Russia

November 12, 2013By

Phones sold in Russia will have to use GLONASS or GLONASS + GPS as of 2014, according to a report from the Voice of Russia. Phones with only GPS will be illegal in Russia, and any mobile devices imported will have to support GLONASS. A new bill claims that in order to guarantee stable operation of a unified telecom network in... read more

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