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eDLoran Surprise: European Navigation Conference 2014

May 14, 2014By
Shipboard DLORAN receiver installation (orange boxes on rails).

At the ENC-GNSS Conference in Rotterdam, we delved into actions necessary to officially use EGNOS (giving me déjà vu from WAAS’s early days), heard sage words from Brad Parkinson, the father of GPS, and, on the last day, saw amazing proof of a claim many of us initially thought was outrageous —that differential (DLoran) with modern monitoring can result in consistent horizontal accuracies approaching five meters on a moving platform. 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

Out in Front: How Much Farther?

May 1, 2014By

For some years now, we have been talking about GNSS interoperability. The concept has received so much careful attention at conferences, in R&D laboratories, in international working group forums, and behind closed high-level government and military doors, that one might understandably conclude that we have talked interoperability into existence. Not quite. Not nearly. Not by the farthest, if measuring into... read more

GNSS Backup Delivers 5-Meter Accuracy

April 30, 2014By

The North Sea fairly boils with GNSS activity recently. Trials of the eLoran back-up for GNSS, Galileo maritime trials, Brad Parkinson’s Protect, Toughen, and Augment sermon at the European Navigation Conference in Rotterdam, and also at that conference, the dramatic release of news concerning an even newer Loran system, enhanced differential Loran, that not only backs up GNSS in the... read more

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Facebook Rolls out LBS Friend Finder

April 24, 2014By
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While Facebook has made big news buying companies for billions of dollars, it hasn’t been making many location-based services headlines. The recent announcement that it is rolling out a friend finder is interesting news, not only for social applications, but the potential indoor positioning markets. The news is also interesting because as many as half of Facebook users access the social media network through mobile devices. read more

Why Data from Automated Vehicles Needs Serious Protection

April 24, 2014By

Concerns about data privacy aren’t going away and, in fact, are growing. Many retailers that have adopted in-store tracking technology to enhance shopping experiences and gather information on customer behavior have met with backlash. Increasingly, people are turning to a new crop of apps to safeguard how personal information is used in other apps. We have apps to guard other... read more