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Out in Front: The State of Our Union

August 1, 2014By
JEFF FEHLBERG, winner of the drawing for a Trimble Juno T41, grand prize in the 2013 State of the Industry Survey. You, too, can be this lucky!

Like Olympic athletes, doctors without borders, and magicians, members of the GNSS community constitute an informal international group that gathers periodically, in different centers around the world, to share knowledge and advance their craft. It is due and fitting, perhaps even necessary, that we also try to summarize or collect our views about ourselves, our field, and our future. The... read more

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A Long Look at Advanced Multisensor Navigation and Positioning

July 30, 2014By

A modern-day fable related by Steven Covey tells of a civil engineer leading a crew engaged in building a road through a dense jungle. Each day the engineer’s adept management, the crew’s motivation and energy, and the high-tech equipment at their disposal pushed the new road well beyond scheduled targets. Midway through the allotted month, the engineer decided to climb... read more

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Who Will Win at Indoor Location?

July 28, 2014By

Where are bets on new technology being placed? Prominent venture capital (VC) firms are investing in companies with indoor location solutions. But with more than 50 companies to choose from and at least ten unique technologies, it is hard to judge who will make it into the winner’s circle. There is no early leader to put money on, and unlike... read more

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Indoor Positioning Gaining Retail, Advertising Agency Notice

July 28, 2014By

Proximity and indoor positioning will grow as technology gets better — and consumers value its benefits. Attendees at the recent Place conference in New York had the opportunity to hear from companies who advocated Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and even magnetic positioning technology. In addition, several advertising agencies and retailers attended, showing that the nascent proximity/indoor location niche could be a major... read more

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Year of the Generals

July 9, 2014By

Several pleasant surprises popped up at this year’s Institute of Navigation’s Joint Navigation Conference (ION JNC) in Orlando, Florida, and the best by far centered on the presenters and the attendees. In a change from recent years due to budget restrictions, better known as sequescastration, this year two senior Air Force generals attended and actively participated in several events. General... read more

FAA Issues First Commercial UAS Authorization over Land

July 2, 2014By
American Aerospace RS-16 UAS. 12'11" Wingspan. 85 lbs.

Like it or not, as a person who works with geospatial data, UAS (unmanned aerial systems such as drones and UAVs) are in your future. The upside of said technology for “quick and dirty” mapping is undeniable. GNSS plays a key role with UAS, just like it plays a key role in classical photogrammetry. In fact, UAS may even push GNSS technology... read more

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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