Opinions

Drones: Registration and regulation move forward amid near misses

April 20, 2016By
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As the popularity of drones for personal use continues to increase, most of the people who have bought them are sensible folks who have registered their vehicles with the FAA (in the U.S.) and other authorities elsewhere. They respect the rules that have been laid down for them to operate — fly below 400 feet (recently increased by the FAA from 200 feet), don’t fly... read more

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Don Jewell reports from 32nd annual Space Symposium

April 11, 2016By
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Opening Day, April 11 It never fails. Invite 11,000-plus of your closest acquaintances for a week in the Rocky Mountains in April, and you have one — make that several — weather related events. I have attended 30 of the 32 Space Symposiums and it always rains buckets, snows a blizzard, hails in biblical amounts or is a combination of all three interspersed with incredible... read more

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Expert Opinions: Apps for drones, UAV market sector and new regulations

April 7, 2016By

Q: What is the “killer app” for professional use of drones? What UAV market sector will most powerfully drive adoption and influence new regulations?   A: The mapping market is opening up. On construction and mining sites, surveyors walk between dozers and dump trucks to create digital terrain models, a time-consuming and dangerous job, which drones can do more efficiently... read more

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Mining the magic ‘More’ menu

March 30, 2016By
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By Tracy Cozzens Managing Editor In our redesign of the GPS World website, which coincided with our magazine redesign in November 2015, we endeavored to make the website even easier to use. Part of that effort consolidated some of our most popular features under the More dropdown menu. The little word appears at the far right of the menu row... read more

The year of UAVs for Europe

March 28, 2016By
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The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAVs) sector is a dynamic GNSS-enabled sector globally and Europe is no exception. In January I attended a UAV event at the Royal Military Academy in Brussels. The focus of the two-day meeting was on small commercial and recreational remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) that are rapidly populating Europe’s airspace. Currently, there is no European legislation... read more

Driverless Conference sparks autonomous car development analysis

March 24, 2016By
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GPS and GNSS have changed the world. Of that there can be no doubt. But in terms of sheer change, both qualitative and quantitative — we ain’t seen nothing yet. We now witness the creation of an industry. This will be very disruptive. We’ve had change instituted by GNSS; we know what that looks like. We haven’t yet seen a... read more

Location technologies prominently featured at MWC

March 18, 2016By
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When more than 50 companies ask for interviews during the Mobile World Congress, which has grown to more than 100,000 attendees, you have to jot down what the product, service or strategy is — and then move on. So, here’s a wrap up of my four days in Barcelona. BARCELONA, Spain — Location technologies are playing a prominent role in... read more

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Hot research: Improved car nav downtown, indoor mapping with drones

March 16, 2016By

While most Western car-nav systems use only GPS, a new study clearly shows an advantage to embedding multi-constellation receivers in these systems. Plus: A step closer to using UAVs for indoor mapping. read more

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