Esri Survey Summit, User Conference, and GIS Lessons from Will.I.Am

August 6, 2013By

The Esri Survey Summit and Esri International User Conference (UC) were held in July in San Diego, California (they’re held San Diego every year). As always, these events are a whirlwind of spatial data technology, covering surveying software to handhelds/tablets, GNSS/GPS units, UAVs, handhelds/tablets, and plotters. There are only two conferences in the world where you will experience such a... read more

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Out in Front: A Star Is Born

August 1, 2013By

Welcome to the club, India, and happy Birth Day. With the July 1 launch of IRNSS-1A, India and the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System have officially joined the GNSSS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems Society). With full membership, however, come some society duties and responsibilities. Chief and first among these is to provide all other society members and interested parties with... read more

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Expert Advice: The Chip-Scale Combinatorial Atomic Navigator

August 1, 2013By
Figure 1. C-SCAN conceptual implementation.

By Andrei Shkel, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Future breakthroughs in microtechnology for positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) will likely rely on yet-to-be-exploited physics, new materials, highly specialized fabrication technologies, batch assembly techniques, selective wafer-level trimming and polishing, a combination of passive and active calibration techniques strategically implemented right on-chip, and introduction of innovative test technologies. Such microtechnology advances... read more

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Google Disappoints with Mobile Ad Revenue, Apple Shines

July 30, 2013By

It has been a busy month. Apple is getting help turning around its embarrassing mapping debacle with an acquisition of HopStop and Locationary. Latitude, which enables location sharing and check-ins, is being sunsetted by Google, as it adds that functionality to Google Plus. Twitter acquired Spindle to enable real-time location recommendations. Nokia, leading the charge in augmented reality, added LiveSight... read more

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Enter to Win a Handheld GPS Computer

July 30, 2013By

Real-time 1-2 meter GPS accuracy in the palm of your hand — a spanking new June  T41 rugged handheld computer from Trimble is up for grabs. One lucky winner of the drawing among all entrants who complete the 2013 State of the GNSS Industry Survey will take it home. Other raffle prizes also offered. In addition to a handheld computer... read more

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Apple Maps Another Foray, Still Needs Google

July 29, 2013By

By Kevin Dennehy Trying to shake off last year’s mapping debacle, Apple recently bought two companies, HopStop and Locationary.  The purchases, whose financial details were not disclosed, get Apple rooted once more in the location business; how firmly those roots prove to be, and how well they serve the company against arch-rival Google, time will tell. Apple has been stockpiling... read more

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Get Back, Loretta: DARPA Seeks to Eliminate GPS Dependence

July 24, 2013By

By Alan Cameron Call it irony, poetic justice, or just the nature of the beast. The same impulse that led to the invention of GPS now has engendered a drive to beget non-GPS. In the 1970s, the U.S. military began putting together a program “to drop five bombs in the same hole.” The program office, to the wall of which... read more

Accuracy, Datums, and Geospatial Data and other Updates

July 17, 2013By

Plus GLONASS Update If you were able to attend the webinar “Nightmare on GIS Street: GNSS Accuracy, Datums and Geospatial Data” held on June 20, thanks for attending. If not, you can view the webinar here. We had a world-class panel of experts discussing the nightmare of accurately combining different sources of geospatial data as well as on-the-fly datum transformations... read more

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