Newsletter Editorials

Space Symposium, Partnership Council Offer Valuable Information

May 11, 2011By

As it happens April, May, and June are watershed months for space and PNT geeks every year. In April I was honored to attend the National Space Foundation sponsored 27th annual National Space Symposium (NSS) held at the incomparable five-star Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and in May, just last week, I attended the 10th GPS Partnership Council at SMC (Space and Missile Systems Center) in Los Angeles, California. Currently I am planning my strategy and greasing the chain on the mountain bike for the 6th annual Space and Cyberwarfare Symposium in the beautiful mountain village of Keystone, Colorado, which is followed later in June by the Joint Navigation Conference, also in Colorado Springs. I know this is really an incredibly tough June schedule but somehow I will manage. read more

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Location Privacy: Will It Derail Mass Market LBS?

May 11, 2011By

This column rarely covers privacy as a critical issue to build location-based services markets. Why? It was our contention that most LBS are opt-in — or opt out — at the discretion of the consumer, making privacy an important issue, but not a market stopper. Frankly, many privacy panels at location conferences either bordered on hysteria, or were not relevant to market growth. However, since the recent Where 2.0 conference, which revealed that some entities were storing location information without users’ permission, the privacy issue has the potential of suppressing products and markets before they even start. Some are dubbing this new privacy concern Locationgate. read more

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Q&A from L5 and LightSquared Webinars

May 5, 2011By

In late March, I conducted a webinar titled "A Closer Look at L5: The Future of High-Precision GNSS," in which I discussed the impact that the new GPS L5 signal/frequency may have on high-precision users. Then, in April I was part of a discussion panel-format webinar titled "LightSquared: Our Story So Far." Many questions and comments arose from both webinars, and I'll attempt to address those in this column. read more

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Indoor Location on the Move

April 20, 2011By

It’s coming. Indoor location, which has been stymied by the limitations of GPS and lack of mapping, is finally getting some legs and is heading us towards seamless navigation. A shopper is guided from home to an empty parking space at the mall, and the navigation doesn’t miss a beat as he heads inside and gets directions to a particular store, and perhaps to a given shelf. Today, the location of a wireless device usually cannot be determined more precisely than the building it is within. In tall or sprawling venues like arenas, malls, dormitories, or apartments this is a critical problem for emergency personnel trying to locate a person who has dialed 911. Mobile marketing and social network applications have also been constrained by problems in obtaining indoor location. read more

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Mobile Epiphany – Round Two

April 13, 2011By

Many of you may remember my one and only software review of a product called Touch Inspect back in December 2009, by a Denver, Colorado (Aurora)-based company called Mobile Epiphany. At the time I promised an in-depth review the software “real soon.” Well, real soon has turned into 16 months, and not a single week has gone by that I have not received several e-mails wanting to know more about the software and asking when the next review would be published. So for all of you who have been waiting, this is the promised in-depth review of Touch Inspect version 2.0, which the company now promotes as customizable software tools under the more apt heading of “Mobile Business Process Software.” But the base program is still known as Touch Inspect. read more

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How Does the Potential AT&T Acquisition of T-Mobile Affect the Location Industry?

April 12, 2011By

Now that CTIA is over, and without a lot of location-based services news at the Orlando show, the time is ripe to examine the potential blockbuster AT&T acquisition of T-Mobile and how it affects the location industry. In the meantime, is Apple trying to get its mapping initiatives stronger to compete with other heavyweights? Does this include trying to be its own map database provider? read more

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GPS Surveying/Mapping Current Events

April 6, 2011By

The first few months of 2011 have been ripe with technical challenges (LightSquared), technical innovations (Galileo/Compass), and business activity (who is Trimble buying next?). read more

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