Opinions

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

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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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MWC: Is the Connected Car the New Mobile Phone?

March 27, 2013By
General Motors and AT&T display at Mobile World Congress' Connected City.

This year’s Mobile World Congress, held late last month in Barcelona, featured the world’s largest mobility conference. While there was not a lot of strictly location-based services news, connected vehicles seemed to be the big deal. Ford and GM both made important announcements, sending a signal that wireless information and connectivity is here to stay in a vehicle — and... 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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Connected Car Biggest MWC News, 2G to Retire

March 13, 2013By

It’s a streak. The Connected Car was yet again the most exciting emerging technology in the room, this time at the Mobile World Congress (MWC). The connected car service includes navigation, infotainment and location offerings. The big news in this sphere has come from General Motors, but more about that later. Do you remember the death of cellular digital packet... read more