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7-Eleven, Flirtey make first FAA-approved drone delivery to home

August 2, 2016By
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Convenience retailer 7-Eleven and Flirtey, an independent drone delivery service, completed the first fully autonomous drone delivery to a customer’s residence to advance research toward integrating drones into the National Airspace System. The July 22 delivery to a Reno, Nevada, home is the first time a U.S. customer has received a package to a residence via drone — a historic milestone... read more

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Elliptically orbiting Galileo satellites to start broadcasting navigation messages

August 2, 2016By

News courtesy of CANSPACE Listserv. According to two Notice Advisories to Galileo Users (NAGUs), the two Galileo satellites launched into elliptical orbits in August 2014, GSAT0201 using PRN code E18 and GSAT0202 using PRN code E14, will start transmitting navigation messages for test purposes this Friday, Aug. 5. The Signal Health Status (SHS) flags will be set to “Test” and... read more

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Australia drifts away from GNSS measurements

August 2, 2016By
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Australia is moving north at the rate of approximately 2.75 inches per year, causing it to be out of sync with GNSS positioning by nearly five feet, reports the BBC. Scientists are working to correct the measurement problems this situation creates. The shift, caused by normal tectonic movement, is causing a discrepancy that would interfere in the future use of self-driving cars.... read more

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Verizon to acquire fleet management company Fleetmatics

August 1, 2016By
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Transaction to accelerate Verizon’s position as a provider of fleet and mobile workforce management solutions, companies say Verizon Communications Inc. and Fleetmatics Group PLC have entered into a definitive agreement under which Verizon will acquire Fleetmatics, a global provider of fleet and mobile workforce management solutions, for $60 per share in cash — representing a value of approximately $2.4 billion. In... read more

Spirent presented with RIN award for technical achievement

August 1, 2016By

Spirent Communications plc’s Positioning Technology Unit, a company that provides solutions for improving positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) system performance, was yesterday presented with the Royal Institute of Navigation (RIN) Duke of Edinburgh Navigation Award for Technical Achievement. The award was presented at the Institute’s Annual Meeting, held at the Royal Geographical Society in London Jul.y 21, by the Institute’s Patron,... read more

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Esri and Leica partner to offer GIS/GPS grants to governments

August 1, 2016By

Geographic information system (GIS) provider Esri has partnered with Swiss-based spatial measurement instrument manufacturer Leica Geosystems to encourage innovation of mobile field data collection in government by offering grants totaling $143,250 in goods and services. Projects should combine GIS and GPS. Known as the Smart Communities Innovation Challenge, 10 governments that submit detailed project proposals demonstrating increased efficiencies in collecting data for decision support or improved productivity... read more

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Trimble acquires Axio-Net GmbH to reinforce European presence

August 1, 2016By
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Trimble has acquired Axio-Net GmbH from Airbus Defence and Space. Based in Hannover, Germany, Axio-Net is a provider of GNSS corrections and professional data services serving Germany, the United Kingdom and Benelux. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Axio-Net, founded in 2008, delivers both real-time and post-processed network real-time kinematic (RTK) solutions to a broad range of users including surveyors,... read more

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Take part in our rewarding State of the Industry Survey

August 1, 2016By
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What are your challenges this year? How are you driving business in today’s economy? What issues are you concerned about? How much accuracy do you require? We want to know, and so does the rest of the industry. GPS World is asking PNT professionals about the state of their business, the economic climate for GNSS products and services, driving market factors, the effects of jamming, the... read more