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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

When Am I?: The Importance of Time in Navigation

March 12, 2013By

A few months ago, many of you may remember that I wrote about an encounter with a rather well-known female journalist who, after listening to one of my GPS presentations, said something like this, “I came here today to learn more about GPS and so far all you have talked about is atomic reference systems…what the heck do those *&@#... read more

Expert Advice: Location Privacy Rights Upheld

March 1, 2013By

But Google and Facebook Signal Their Intent to Capture Users’ Location The biggest international mobile-phone show ever, Mobile World Congress 2013, took place early this month in Barcelona, Spain. It came at an interesting time. Attendees learned it no longer makes sense to think about which device, or screen, is of primary importance to users. Google reports findings that 90... read more

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Out in Front: The Semi-Private Life of Waldorf Twitty

March 1, 2013By

We’re going through!” The Captain’s voice was like thin slate breaking. He wore combat fatigues with a dusty beret. “We can’t make it, sir. They’re laying down fire too heavy, if you ask me.” “I’m not asking you, lieutenant,” said the Captain. “Go to overdrive!” The throb of the diesel Stryker increased: cha-rugga-rugga-rugga. He surveyed the rocky defile ahead. “Throw... read more

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BYO What?

February 26, 2013By

Every time I see a headline or read an article concerning BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) from a government source, where that source details only the risk associated with BYOD, especially where GPS/PNT (position, navigation and timing) is concerned, I am incredulous. Consider these recent BYOD headlines: BYOD – Disaster Waiting for Government Networks BYOD – Bring Your Own Disaster... read more

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