Newsletter Editorials

Google Rolls out Maps Engine Pro for Small Businesses

October 25, 2013By
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Google Maps aren’t just for finding directions for consumers. The company is courting small businesses to grab a greater market share and provide differentiation from its competitors. In a slow news month, it appears Google, the 800-pound gorilla in the location industry, has a strong start in business markets. read more

New Ways to Track Mobile Users

October 25, 2013By
Companies like Drawbridge indentify a user's devices across platforms.

In the location business, we used to talk about tracking — namely, vehicle tracking.  We stopped using the term as it sounded too close to Big Brotherism. Vehicle and employee tracking is much more prevalent today, but we have delicately renamed it “mobile resource management.” Tracking is back in the news, and it is rightfully being called what it is,... read more

Decisions, Decisions: GeoGathering and ION GNSS

October 9, 2013By
Don Jewell visits the Exelis table at the GPS World Leadership Dinner.

Many may consider it a distinction without a difference, but quality matters, whether it concerns a life-changing decision or something as simple as which conference to attend. When resources are scarce, making the right decision, or sometimes just making any decision, matters — for many in our government this paradigm should reign supreme. Over the past 24 months, it seems... read more

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Seven Free Alternatives to OPUS GPS Post-Processing During U.S. Federal Government Shutdown

October 2, 2013By
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On October 1, 2013, the U.S. federal government shut down and furloughed 800,000 non-essential workers. While services considered essential remained active, those considered non-essential services, like the National Geodetic Survey’s Online Positioning User Service (OPUS), were shutdown. OPUS is a free, online GPS post-processing service. If you try to access www.ngs.noaa.gov, the following screen will be displayed: For those of... read more

New GLONASS Navigation Message Proposed

September 30, 2013By

Russian scientists and engineers are at work on a new code-division multiple-access signal format to be broadcast on a new GLONASS L3 signal. Taking an approach similar to that implemented on the newly designed GPS L5 signal, this will, once implemented across the constellation by new satellite launches, facilitate interoperability with and even eventually interchangeability among other GNSS signals, including... read more

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Watershed Moment Approaching for the Connected Vehicle

September 25, 2013By
Connected vehicles can help to mitigate crashes on busy urban streets.

A watershed moment may be approaching for the connected vehicle market. The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) is about to start on the path towards mandating connected vehicle technology. Interest in the market is not limited to a few countries; last week I moderated a GPS World webinar on the connected vehicle that drew registrants from 40 countries.... read more

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LBS Blog: Nokia’s Mapping Business Has Options, Issues

September 25, 2013By

In the wake of Microsoft’s recent purchase of Nokia’s mobile phone business, the Nokia unit formerly known as Navteq, and now know as HERE, has opportunities, but also a hard-to-guess future. At least one industry analyst believes that Navteq/HERE was not included in the Microsoft deal because it was too expensive. “While much ado has been made of the Nokia/Microsoft... read more

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