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Out in Front: Act Now to Protect GPS Signal

March 1, 2011By

GPS has become a key component of the U.S. national infrastructure, the driver of a significant part of the civilian economies of the world, and the enabler of millions of professional precision uses and consumer benefits. The viability of the GPS signal is now threatened — ironically by what appears to be a misguided attempt to increase accessibility to broadband by creating a needless zero-sum result for customers who want both services. The threat is real and immediate. read more

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Expert Advice: Positioning Protocol for Next-Gen Cell Phones

March 1, 2011By
Figure 3. Example of a typical LPP positioning session.

As cell phones move into the next generation called Long-Term Evolution (LTE), also sometimes called 4G, and the methods of wireless transmission change, so too must the methods of providing location information over those new wireless interfaces. LTE Positioning Protocol (LPP) and Secure User Plane Location (SUPL) 2.0 and 3.0 are the key players in this new picture. read more

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Raytheon Interview: GPS OCX Program Status

February 16, 2011By

Don Jewell, our intrepid Defense editor, finally stopped traveling long enough to catch up with Robert "Bob" Canty, the Raytheon vice president and program manager for the GPS OCX program. They managed to find time for a very interesting and uplifting conversation concerning the history, current status, and way ahead for the next-generation GPS operational ground control segment. Uplifting because, incredibly, this critical space program is actually on schedule and on budget. Alert the media and roll the presses! read more

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Smartphones Take on PCs: Significant Historical Moment

February 16, 2011By

It is a significant first, an iconic moment, a big deal. You will want to remember where you were when you heard that smartphones started to outsell personal computers. According to a report by market research company IDC, consumer electronics makers shipped 100.9 million smartphones worldwide in the last three months of 2010, an 87 percent jump from a year earlier. PC shipments didn’t do as well, edging up just three percent to 92.1 million. read more

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Companies Finding TRB Enterprise and Government Market Haven

February 9, 2011By

Sometimes a market niche appears to be heading toward better things — even if the economy is not. This year’s Transportation Research Board’s Annual Meeting had its highest attendance ever. While intelligent transportation systems meetings have been shunned in the last few years as being too government-focused, some forward-thinking companies are using the Washington, D.C.-based meeting as a springboard for their enterprise location-based services offerings. read more

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Out in Front: Tech and Techer

February 1, 2011By

Can the development and use of smart technologies actually render us dumber? Have we already lost a mental step or two, as we equip ourselves fearlessly for the future? Marshall McLuhan, the “medium is the message” guy from back when, preached that tools numb whatever part of the body they amplify. By extrapolation, location-enabling tools render us less aware of our actual place. read more

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Webinar Follow-up Q&A: SBAS, DGPS or Post-processing? Which Should You Use?

January 31, 2011By

Last week, I conducted a webinar along with Dr. Michael Whitehead titled "SBAS, DGPS or Post-processing? Which Should You Use?" It was one of the best webinars I've conducted to date. We barely squeezed it into 65 minutes and could have kept going for the better part of two hours, given the subject matter to cover and the number of questions we received before and during the webinar. read more

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