Opinions

Will Fragmentation Hurt Location Business?

December 12, 2012By

Get out of the way, GPS. Wi-Fi is elbowing in on the location game. Wi-Fi operators are tracking people and offering retailers and marketers access to customers’ behavior and location. Traffic patterns emitted by smartphone Wi-Fi signals let network operators keep tabs on what shoppers are doing. Heat maps are being created with data from Wi-Fi points to map out... read more

PHGPST Resurrected: Seeking the Perfect Device

December 11, 2012By

By Don Jewell Cards and Letters It happens every year and it is an emotional rollercoaster.  It generally starts a couple of weeks before Thanksgiving and continues until just after New Years – and it is simply heartbreaking. The letters and emails start arriving just like clockwork before the holidays and they all ask the same question – where can... read more

Apple Maps Debacle Top Location Story of 2012

December 11, 2012By

Looking back at 2012, and this is our last column of the year, a number of stories in the location industry spring to the front. The rise of indoor positioning as a potential lucrative market is one. Another is perhaps Samsung’s purchase of CSR to give a major consumer electronics manufacturer even more location capability. Or the continued story of... read more

What Do You Know? What’s Your CEP?

December 3, 2012By

Here is the accuracy and estimation game played by 208 guests at GPS World’s Leadership Dinner in Nashville, Tennessee, on Thursday evening, September 20. Take a gander at the rules that follow, and then try your skill at the nine questions. To play fair, do not use Google or any other research, reference, or resource. Dinner guests were honor-bound not... read more

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Directions 2013: The Future of GNSS Security

December 1, 2012By

The GNSS interference session this year at the ION-GNSS conference in Nashville was one of the most crowded, confirming the need of all sectors of the community to understand the threats in GNSS and how they can be mitigated. In that context I received one of the most challenging questions of my career: “Can we predict the future of GNSS security?” What is the status of civil and commercial GNSS security today? Which are the threats and risks and how they are mitigated? Where are we going and what shall we expect from the future? read more

Directions 2013: Doing More with Less to Advance GNSS

December 1, 2012By

The history of GNSS shows each year has always been more successful than the year prior, and in 2013 we expect the trend to continue. In the United States, the role of GPS will continue to expand, and the applications for our technology will reach sectors we never imagined. As our international partner countries continue to launch GNSS satellites, and user equipment develops further, our community will increase its globalization, and international cooperation will reach new heights. read more

Letter to the Editor: Our First Mistake

December 1, 2012By

Our first mistake is to presume an environment of perfection and security. Nothing is foolproof and spoof-free. Every product or service is an envelope of packaging that can be opened, peeled back, reversed engineered, and replicated. I have seen “ultimate security” defeated repeatedly. GPS is no exception, of course. We put our signatures and seals on these things; enterprising competitors,... read more

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