Newsletter Editorials

With Record Crowd, Mobile World Congress Market Emphasis Shifts

March 8, 2011By

The recent Mobile World Congress in Barcelona had a record 60,000 attendees. Many industry companies were either exhibiting or attending to kick tires to see how the international location-based services market is faring. Industry observers are saying the focus of the trade show has gone from European-centric markets to a broader view, particularly as new technology and standards evolve and mature. read more

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LightSquared Saga, and Recent Solar Activity

March 2, 2011By

This week I'm following up on my article from a couple of weeks ago about the potential effects of LightSquared's plans. As a user of high-precision GPS receivers (particularly GPS L1 sub-meter, but also dual-frequency), you should be particularly concerned about this issue. I'll tell you why. Also, I have a note on recent the solar activity. read more

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Raytheon Interview: GPS OCX Program Status

February 16, 2011By

Don Jewell, our intrepid Defense editor, finally stopped traveling long enough to catch up with Robert "Bob" Canty, the Raytheon vice president and program manager for the GPS OCX program. They managed to find time for a very interesting and uplifting conversation concerning the history, current status, and way ahead for the next-generation GPS operational ground control segment. Uplifting because, incredibly, this critical space program is actually on schedule and on budget. Alert the media and roll the presses! read more

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Smartphones Take on PCs: Significant Historical Moment

February 16, 2011By

It is a significant first, an iconic moment, a big deal. You will want to remember where you were when you heard that smartphones started to outsell personal computers. According to a report by market research company IDC, consumer electronics makers shipped 100.9 million smartphones worldwide in the last three months of 2010, an 87 percent jump from a year earlier. PC shipments didn’t do as well, edging up just three percent to 92.1 million. read more

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Companies Finding TRB Enterprise and Government Market Haven

February 9, 2011By

Sometimes a market niche appears to be heading toward better things — even if the economy is not. This year’s Transportation Research Board’s Annual Meeting had its highest attendance ever. While intelligent transportation systems meetings have been shunned in the last few years as being too government-focused, some forward-thinking companies are using the Washington, D.C.-based meeting as a springboard for their enterprise location-based services offerings. read more

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Webinar Follow-up Q&A: SBAS, DGPS or Post-processing? Which Should You Use?

January 31, 2011By

Last week, I conducted a webinar along with Dr. Michael Whitehead titled "SBAS, DGPS or Post-processing? Which Should You Use?" It was one of the best webinars I've conducted to date. We barely squeezed it into 65 minutes and could have kept going for the better part of two hours, given the subject matter to cover and the number of questions we received before and during the webinar. read more

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January Is Off to a Mad Start

January 19, 2011By

Join me on January 29 at 1:00 ET for a free webinar on location-enabled networking applications. I will talk with my guests from Pelago’s Whrrl and Booyah!’s MyTown about the state of the market, monetization and the future. January is off to a mad start. iPhones users are no longer hostage to AT&T. CES was cooking with navigation announcements from car makers and more connected personal navigation devices. Garmin took a radical step. Location-based social networks applications are getting hotter with a new entry from Qualcomm. AT&T has a new location service for enterprises. And Groupon is sitting on a mattress stuffed with money. read more

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