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FY 2017 budget request includes $857 million for GPS

February 19, 2016By

The President’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2017 includes $847.362 million in Department of Defense funds and $10 million in Department of Transportation funds to sustain and modernize the Global Positioning System (GPS). Funds will go toward the GPS III program, including the new ground system (OCX), military user equipment, and wide-area augmentation through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). FY 2017... read more

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Pole Star, MOCA provide MWC 2016 with geolocation

February 19, 2016By

Pole Star, with its end-to-end scalable indoor solution, and MOCA, with its location-based mobile engagement platform, are the official providers for the GSMA Mobile World Congress 2016, being held Feb. 22-25 in Barcelona, Spain. Pole Star’s technology integrated with the MOCA solution provides visitors, exhibitors and organizers with geolocation and context-aware marketing services. The joint solution is based on three service levels that combine users’ geolocation with other data to expand the... read more

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CartoDB acquires Nutiteq to bring location intelligence to mobile devices

February 19, 2016By
GINA Software from Czech Republic used Nutiteq Maps SDK to build a system enabling professional and volunteer firefighters to respond faster. (Photo: Nutiteq)

CartoDB is acquiring Nutiteq, a mobile mapping software development company with more than 15 million unique installations of its software development kit (SDK). CartoDB is a location intelligence, data analysis and visualization company. Nutiteq’s clients include SeatGeek, LonelyPlanet, iRobot and Accenture, among others. The acquisition will allow CartoDB to offer a cross-platform mobile mapping SDK, with a core rendering engine that complements its... read more

New Garmin smartwatch combines GPS, heart-rate monitor

February 19, 2016By

Garmin will introduce a new GPS smartwatch at Mobile World Congress, being held Feb. 22-25 in Barcelona, Spain. The vívoactive HR includes Garmin Elevate wrist heart-rate technology. The vívoactive HR helps keep track of active moments throughout the day, counting steps and floors climbed, intensity minutes, monitoring sleep and featuring built-in GPS-enabled sports apps for walking, running, biking, swimming, golfing, paddle boarding, rowing, skiing and... read more

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Anti-drone system for airports passes tests

February 18, 2016By

Each month, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) receives more than 100 reports from pilots and others who spot what appears to be an unmanned aircraft (UAS) flying close to an airport or a manned airplane. It’s become a serious safety concern for the agency, and a potential security issue for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In addition to the... read more

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Australia enacts new GNSS requirements for aviation

February 18, 2016By

Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has implemented a GNSS equipment mandate for all aircraft flying in the country, regardless of state of registry. The mandate is designed to align Australian operations with global standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for Communications, Navigation, Surveillance and Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM). The changes include the requirement that all aircraft operating under instrument... read more

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Topcon releases 3D dozer machine control system

February 16, 2016By

Topcon Positioning Group has released a new 3D dozer machine control system — 3D-MCMAX. The system is driven by dual IMUs (inertial measurement unit) designed to increase on-grade performance where speed and blade response is maximized, while eliminating the need for a mast on the blade. The system uses Topcon 3D-MC2 technology with the dual IMU sensors and new, unique algorithms... read more

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Final GPS IIF satellite joins constellation

February 16, 2016By
SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Col. Stephen Slade, 50th Space Wing IMA, assumes control of SVN-70, a GPS IIF-12 satellite, from 14th Air Force in a short ceremony here, today.  This transfer of control marks the end of an era for the IIF series satellites as SVN-70 was the final model to be launched, giving the 2nd Space Operations Squadron a total of 41 satellites under their control.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

The 50th Space Wing accepted satellite control authority of the final Global Positioning System GPS IIF satellite from the GPS Directorate during a ceremony held Feb. 12 at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. Following its launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, Feb. 5, operators from the 50th and 310th Space Wings completed an extensive checkout of the satellite... read more

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