Expert Advice & Leadership Talks

‘Flying for GPS’: Memoir of a Pioneer Era — Excerpt

July 1, 2014By

Flying for GPS, a chronicle of Len Jacobson’s role in the development and promotion of the Global Positioning System, has just been published. The book spans a 50-year career, during which Jacobson flew 2.5 million miles as a missionary for GPS and as a developer of user equipment. He kept an extensive log of all of his flights, and it... read more

Expert Advice: Tigers, Tycoons on View at China SatNav

July 1, 2014By
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  I attended the China Satellite Navigation Conference in Nanjing in May, the fifth year of CSNC and my third time attending. Tremendous progress was evident this year in terms of BeiDou (BDS) deployment and China’s general openness and willingness to collaborate over those years. I have also seen a slowly growing international presence at the show and expect that... read more

Expert Advice: The Range of UAVs Across Civil Applications

May 1, 2014By
Peter Cosyn, Trimble

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or as most civil aviation authorities now call them, unmanned aircraft systems (UASs), are attracting a lot of attention lately from geospatial professionals. Common questions in their minds are: What applications can I use it in? What benefits can it provide to my organization or my clients (or data users)? How do I implement such a system in my organization? This article will cover the first two questions, while addressing some of the third as well. read more

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Leadership Talks: OEM Perspective on UAV Trends, Challenges

May 1, 2014By
Graham Purves, NovAtel

Interview with Graham Purves, Executive Vice President, NovAtel   GPS World (GPSW): In the regulatory picture for unmanned autonomous vehicles (UAVs), what are the concerns for the GNSS research, design, and manufacturing community regarding air-space regulation? Graham Purves (GP): The main concern is the scope and impact of certification requirements for UAV navigation systems in the National Air Space. Certification... read more

Expert Advice: Galileo, EGNOS Open Europe’s Road Ahead

April 2, 2014By
Tim Reynolds

This spring, two Brussels conferences focused on new possibilities and modes of transport enabled by satellite navigation, showing the added value delivered by current and future European GNSS solutions. read more

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Expert Advice: Common Standards for GPS Workflows

April 2, 2014By
Mike Botts

In the mass market, individuals around the world are creating vast quantities of location data and GPS traces using not only GPS, but also Russia’s GLONASS, Europe’s Galileo, China’s Compass, and India’s Regional Navigational Satellite System. The value of this data and the value chains that produce it will increase significantly with an increase in interoperability of these satnav systems. Currently, non-interoperability represents a serious obstacle to the growth of the GPS market. read more

Expert Advice: The Low Cost of Protecting America

January 1, 2014By

By Dana A. Goward Highly precise and free for use by anyone with an inexpensive receiver, GPS and other GNSS are great. Their navigation and timing signals have been incorporated into nearly every aspect of modern life, from synchronizing power grids to financial systems, the Internet, telecommunications, and transportation. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security estimates that these signals are... read more

Directions 2014: Great Expectations

December 1, 2013By
Peter Large

By Peter O. Large, Vice President, Trimble November 29, 2013, marks the 210th anniversary of the birth of Christian Doppler. His work laid down the fundamental concepts that enabled researchers at Johns Hopkins University in the United States to make observations on the signals of Sputnik I during the International Geophysical Year of 1957. From those observations more than 60... read more