Opinions

Galileo: A Constellation of One?

October 29, 2014By

Matters sit not well with Galileo, the European GNSS. Only one of six currently orbiting satellites can be said to be truly and fully operational. With these troubles augmented by persistent uncertainties regarding the fitness of Soyuz rockets, despite a recent inquiry panel that identified a root cause of the August launch failure, the European Commission has nixed an upcoming... read more

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Fleet Remains Strong Worldwide Location Market

October 23, 2014By
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Because of nonstop government regulation, which can help and hinder the trucking industry, the mobile resource management market will continue to be one of the strongest location segments. In other news this month, while it doesn’t get much bigger a deal in the location industry than a $2.5 billion purchase, as in the case of Qualcomm buying CSR, one smaller... read more

Mapping Our Inner GPS

October 22, 2014By
Photo credit: Jason Snyder from Washington, D.C., United States, Wikimedia Commons.

How does our brain understand where our body is in space, and navigate us from home to work? The components of Google Maps are easy for us to discern. We readily understand the mix of GPS location, an extensive map and a sophisticated way-finding algorithm. Our ability to understand our body’s innate relationship to location is far more complex. Discovery... read more

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Danger, Will Robinson! Beware the IMES of Japan

October 8, 2014By
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In May 2011, Dinesh Manandhar and Hideyuki Torimoto of GNSS Technologies, Inc., Japan, penned a very interesting article in GPS World titled – Opening Up Indoors: Japan’s Indoor Messaging System, IMES. The opening paragraph of their lengthy article seemingly describes the Holy Grail for the indoor positioning lobby: “An indoor messaging system (IMES) has been developed to meet the challenges of indoor... read more

Which Industry Will Be the Largest Consumer of RTK Technology?

October 2, 2014By
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High Precision GNSS - What will it Look Like in 2020?

In September, I attended the Institute of Navigation (ION) GNSS+ conference in Tampa, Florida. The ION GNSS+ conference is a gathering where many of the GNSS scientists from around the world come to share their successes, trials and tribulations. It gives one a view into the future of where GNSS positioning might go. Granted, most of the ideas and concepts... read more

Out in Front: Curing Cancer

October 1, 2014By
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As in, “It’s not like you’re curing cancer,” a refrain I hear sometimes when I get a bit over-inflated on GPS/GNSS and the wonders they can do in many fields of human endeavor. The intent of that remark is to remind me that on the one hand, there is technology. On the other hand, there is life, and there is... read more

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Summer — and the Living Ain’t Easy

September 29, 2014By

Summer 2014 will be one that the €6.3 billion (US$8.2 billion) Galileo GNSS programme will need to chalk down to experience and hope to move on from. At the time of my last EAGER column, we were starting to get a hint that one of the four in-orbit Galileo IOV satellites was not functioning. We now know that it has... read more