Opinions

License Plate Geo-Tracking: We Know Where You’ve Been

November 14, 2012By

It’s all about knowing where people are located. The government and private companies are taking hundreds of millions of geo-coded photos of license plates creating huge databases of where you’ve been. Meanwhile, hyper local mobile ads don’t work when ad networks sometimes receive grossly inaccurate locations of targeted consumers. Xad has developed a way to evaluate and score the accuracy... read more

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Waze to Offer Location-Based Ads

November 13, 2012By

The month of October and now into November was filled with several conferences, but not a lot of location news. A few news snippets, while not blockbusters, were important. One was Waze’s decision to offer its own location-based advertising. Another was a milestone for Ford, which said its Sync information system is now in five million vehicles.  On an end-of-an-era... read more

Good News and Plenty of It

November 2, 2012By
GPS IIF

Firing on all cylinders — to use a slightly outmoded technological metaphor — GNSS moved forward on virtually every front in the past month. GPS made major advances both on the ground and in space, Galileo took a giant step, Compass continued on its roll, GLONASS has good news pending in only a day or two (knock on wood), and... read more

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Out in Front: Happy Birthday, GNSS

November 1, 2012By
PepperBand

  By Alan Cameron.   It was thirty years ago today, Cheremisin taught the band to play. They’ve been going in and out of style, but they’re guaranteed to raise a smile. So may I introduce to you the constellation here for years, Vladimir Putin’s GLObal NAv Sat System! While in our booth at INTERGEO in Hanover last month, I... read more

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Indoor Location Tests Ahead, Mapping under Scrutiny

October 22, 2012By

October was a month of shows, rumors and announcements. Testing of competing indoor location positioning technologies is being planned by the FCC; prospects for some companies will ride on the public results. Apple may be turning to TomTom to save it from its mapping inaccuracy issues, dubbed Mapplegate. This month’s CTIA show was flat; attendees were wondering if it was... read more

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ION, LightSquared, and GPS IIF-3

October 10, 2012By
Stained-glass

By Don Jewell It had to happen sometime. I just thought or hoped it might take a few more years. But I guess I should not be surprised since I experienced a wonderful 30-year U.S. Air Force (USAF) career and that has been over for more than a decade. I have been working GPS issues since 1978. So I guess... read more

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Mapplegate Causes Apple CEO to Suggest Alternatives

October 10, 2012By

The uproar caused by glitches in turn-by-turn and other features from Apple’s new Maps feature has forced CEO Tim Cook to make a public apology. It also has made some in the industry wonder why Apple decided to drop Google Maps in the first place — though many say it was the smart thing to do in the long run.... read more

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