Newsletter Editorials

Gordon’s Positioning System, Circa 1970

December 10, 2013By
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One of my oldest and best friends died today – and he was just a kid, only 62. In the prime of his life, and yet I know he led a very full life and had no regrets when he passed on to that highway in the sky — somewhere where he will hopefully not have to ask directions, because neither one of us was very good at that. Indeed, in our youth, both Gordy and I were GPS-challenged long before GPS was a gleam in Dr. Parkinson’s eye. read more

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Reflecting on 2013, from Your Perspective

December 5, 2013By

As the end of the year approaches, I'd like to reflect on 2013. One of the new features of the GPS World website allows me to access webpage statistics so I can understand which articles and news items were “hot.” Following is a list of GPS World magazine's hot topics for 2013 with some commentary from me. read more

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A Glowing Report Doth Not a Golden Future Make

November 27, 2013By

The tech press and broad public media have both made much ado about a November market report from the European GNSS Agency (GSA). Most accounts have focused on a GSA prediction of an installed base of 7 billion GNSS-enabled devices worldwide by 2022, and nearly every account has replicated the GSA math to trumpet “almost one for every person on... read more

Public Geolocation Vault on the Horizon?

November 25, 2013By

Imagine a vault of highly accurate geolocation data that provides look-up service for any device, in any country, based on publicly sent signal data. It is an appealing idea. Mozilla, best known for its popular Firefox browser, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to openness on the web. No one is better positioned to create the very first public geolocation database. Mozilla wants to build the data service with the end goals of enabling innovation and improving location data privacy. The group makes the point that improving the privacy of user data is counter incentivizing for-profit companies that collect this data. Privacy continues to be a major industry issue that has gotten more than one company in trouble with regulators and customers. read more

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Companies Looking to Profit with Niche Fleet Markets

November 25, 2013By
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Niche markets for location companies are sometimes hit-and-miss. One real opportunity that is gaining more traction among location companies is towing. There are legions of Duck Dynasty-type of towing trade show attendees, but you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. There is tons of money in the towing industry as banks, insurance companies, motor clubs and other technology entities are flocking to these shows. Many times that scruffy-looking guy in a Duck Dynasty T-shirt is a multi-million-dollar owner of a big towing company. Such companies as Verizon are ramping up their fleet opportunities for more conventional markets, which again leads one to say, once again, that the fleet, mobile resource management market is still growing and lucrative. read more

Ubiquitous PNT and Sequestration: The World Runs on GPS Time

November 18, 2013By

A couple of years ago, wearing a different hat, I found myself on a guided tour of a key military C2 (Command and Control center) that was about as big as a football field and was to be deployed somewhere in Southwest Asia. My colleagues and I, who are all GPS SMEs (Global Positioning System Subject Matter Experts), asked the... read more

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