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Indoor Trial Results, Next FCC Chief

April 10, 2013By

The long awaited results from the independent field trial of indoor wireless location technologies are here. The FCC-chartered Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC) tested NextNav, Qualcomm and Polaris. NextNav bested the others. Speakers from NextNav and Polaris, as well as test adminstrator Technocom, will take part in a GPS World webinar on April 18. Registration is free. Also,... read more

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Sources of Public, Real-Time, High-Precision Corrections

April 5, 2013By
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I probably reminisce a bit too much at times, but I can’t help but think back to the ’90s, when obtaining three-meter accuracy via post-processing took a bit of planning. You either had to operate your own GPS base station, or you had to find a publicly available one before you went to the field to make sure you had... read more

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Out in Front: Galileo’s World

April 1, 2013By
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It’s been a long time coming. With the capability to make a position fix from four signal-broadcasting satellites, we can now say that Galileo has truly arrived. Of course, this is only one of many milestones (excuse me, kilometer markers) along the way, a trajectory that could be bounded at 23 years and counting, or possibly longer. Let’s not forget,... read more

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Expert Advice: Setting Standards for Indoor Position

April 1, 2013By

Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council (CSRIC) Update By Greg Turetsky Many of us remember way back in 2001 when the FCC first announced E911 position reporting requirements for cell phones. That was a long time ago in many significant ways. Everyone had 2G phones and anxiously anticipated the arrival of 3G, and with it, data. Most people still had... read more

Here’s Your Chance to Shape a Signal

March 28, 2013By
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It’s an interesting and perhaps unanswerable question, whether governments ever truly listen to the voice of the people, and act accordingly. That premise gets another test in a GNSS setting, in Hawaii next month. An April 26 full-day session of the International Committee on GNSS (ICG) Interoperability Workshop will give those who design and build GNSS receivers a forum to... read more

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Expert Advice: Galileo Looking Forward — An Interview with Paul Flament

March 28, 2013By

A Constellation of 18 by 2015, Rising to 26 by the End of That Year An Interview with Paul Flament Paul Flament is the European Commission Programme Manager and Head of the EU Satellite Navigation Programme Unit. A Belgian civil engineer specialized in telecommunications, he previously worked  for 11 years in the European Space Agency, for space missions control centers... read more

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RTK GNSS Receivers: A Flooded Market?

March 21, 2013By

Wow, if one counts the number of new RTK GNSS receivers introduced in the past ~six months, it’s impressive. If you’re in the market for such a GNSS receiver, this is good news for you. More competition in the product and distribution side of the equation usually means better products and better service for the consumer. While Trimble, Leica and... read more

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