Opinions

Out in Front: GLAC issues BeiDou market projections

December 8, 2015By
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We have grown accustomed to seeing market projections for some GNSS, notably Galileo. European GNSS Agency economists have done a remarkable job analyzing and predicting the global market over the past five years. Business intelligence firms in the U.S. periodically report on the power of GPS driving, or participating in, significant portions of the U.S. economy. Figures from Russia are... read more

Establishing orthometric heights using GNSS — Part 4

December 2, 2015By

Part 1 of this series appeared in the June Survey Scene newsletter, Part 2 appeared in the August newsletter, and Part 3 appeared in the October newsletter. Upcoming Survey Scene newsletters will carry additional columns in this series. Basic Procedures and Tools for Ensuring GNNS-Derived Ellipsoid Heights Meet the Project’s Desired Accuracy In Part 1 of this series, I discussed the basic concepts of GNSS-derived... read more

Experienced leader returns to Galileo helm, now within ESA

November 24, 2015By

The European Space Agency (ESA) has unexpectedly announced a new leadership team. The naming of eight senior leaders to the heads of various departments brings back one figure very well-versed in Galileo matters to head the Galileo program and navigation-related activities: Paul Verhoef. Verhoef was the European Commission coordinator for Galileo activities from 2005 to 2011. In a rare weekend... read more

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Detroit and Silicon Valley Tech showcased at LA Auto Show

November 23, 2015By
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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Auto Show’s Connected Car Expo, held Nov. 20-29, puts LA at the intersection of Detroit and Silicon Valley. Cybersecurity garnered attention, as did the impact of the sharing economy on connected features. Caution was urged that these new technologies be carefully vetted for safety and reliability, as failures will impede market acceptance. And research shows safety to be one of consumers’ highest valued attributes that connected vehicles can offer. read more

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Uber’s recent deals expand its autonomous vehicle strategy

November 23, 2015By
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Uber has made big moves implementing location technology by signing a deal with TomTom, buying Microsoft’s mapping technology, and outright purchasing deCarta this year. The company is working with Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburg to develop autonomous vehicle technology. In other location news, distinct technology is cropping up in the indoor location market to make widespread implementation possible. read more

Alternative GPS/GNSS test method plus simulation updates

November 19, 2015By
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Note: In May 2013 this newsletter published a column on “What’s New in GNSS Simulation.” This month, Editor Tony Murfin takes a brief look at a new start-up in GNSS simulation, Skydel, and its software signal simulator. We also provide quick updates on the latest from those simulation companies and others. Skydel Software-defined simulator Skydel provides a software-defined simulator using... read more

Out in Front: Readers, marketing partners co-engineer GPS World redesign

November 15, 2015By
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GPS to the power of PNT. Or, as I like to think of it, GPSPNT. We are rapidly entering — or we have already entered — the era in which we say “GPS” but we really mean so much more. We mean GNSS: GPS + GLONASS + Galileo + BeiDou. We mean all of the above plus satellite-based augmentation systems (SBAS), now... read more

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Taking Position: Solving PNT problems on Mars

November 13, 2015By
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In the novel The Martian, an astronaut must navigate around a duststorm using his wits. By Tracy Cozzens Managing Editor Last year on my way home from ION  GNSS+, I spotted a bright orange book in the San Francisco airport. The Martian, by Andy Weir, is now a major motion picture — a wonderful movie, but one that left out a... read more

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