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Most Railroads Will Miss Positive Train Control Deadline

August 13, 2015By

Most railroads will miss the Dec. 31, 2015, deadline for implementing positive train control (PTC), according to a report submitted to the U.S. Congress by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). Congress established the deadline in 2008. An automatic train control system — many of which use GPS — was not installed on the commuter rail route where an Amtrak train left... read more

UAV Interference with Aircraft Much Higher in 2015

August 13, 2015By
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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) wants to send out a clear message that operating drones around airplanes and helicopters is dangerous and illegal. Pilot reports of unmanned aircraft have increased dramatically over the past year, from a total of 238 sightings in all of 2014, to more than 650 by Aug. 9 of this year. Unauthorized operators may be subject... read more

Satel Joins with Antenna Maker Welotec at INTERGEO

August 12, 2015By
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Finnish radio data communication specialist Satel will present innovative new products for mission-critical radio data networks at INTERGEO, being held in Stuttgart, Germany, Sept. 15-17. In Germany, radio data communication solutions from Satel are distributed by the full-range and systems provider Welotec. At the trade fair in Stuttgart, the partners will present their products at adjacent stands. Both Satel as a radio... read more

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Fugro Expands Survey Services and Satellite Imagery Capabilities

August 12, 2015By

Fugro has extended its integrated survey services to help improve efficiency in coastal management and enable more informed decision-making. A new agreement with global specialist EOMAP enables the creation of integrated bathymetric survey products that comprise elements from Satellite Derived Bathymetry (SDB), Airborne LiDAR Bathymetry (ALB) and traditional acoustic survey technologies. The integrated data and product solutions will provide clients... read more

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Google Reorganizes with New Parent Company — Alphabet

August 11, 2015By
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Google is reorganizing under a new name, Alphabet, separating its moneymaking businesses from its cutting-edge ventures such as the self-driving car and drone delivery service. The move is being made because Google’s penchant for experimentation made traditional investors nervous, according to the New  York Times. Alphabet would be the parent entity, housing several companies, with Google the biggest among them. Alphabet Inc. will replace... read more

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Rohde & Schwarz Offers Fast Production Testing for GNSS Receivers

August 11, 2015By
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Rohde & Schwarz now offers a new, speed-optimized production tester — the R&S SMBV100A vector signal generator equipped with the R&S SMBV-P101 package. During production testing of modules and receivers for satellite-based communications, the basic GNSS signal reception and the connection between the antenna and GNSS chipset need to be checked. The GNSS production tester simulates separate satellites for the GPS, GLONASS,... read more

Trimble Launches VRS Now Service in New Mexico

August 11, 2015By

Trimble has launched its Trimble VRS Now correction service in New Mexico. The commercial subscription service provides surveyors, civil engineers and geospatial professionals in the region with instant access to real-time kinematic (RTK) GNSS corrections without the need for a base station. Using both the GPS and GLONASS constellations, the Trimble service delivers centimeter-level RTK corrections customized for each GNSS receiver’s... read more

Inexpensive Hack Spoofs GPS in Smartphones, Drones

August 10, 2015By

Researchers at Qihoo 360, a Chinese Internet security firm, say they have found a way to make a GPS emulator that can falsify the location of smartphones and in-car navigation systems, reports Forbes. The system is inexpensive compared to expensive, sophisticated GPS emulators that can cost thousands of dollars. Qihoo’s researchers hacked a Tesla Model S in 2014, taking control of the... read more

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