The Evolution of Spirent GNSS Simulation

May 8, 2012By

Spirent’s simulation systems have changed significantly from their technology beginnings, which can be traced back to World War II radars. The company and its technology have evolved to keep pace with today’s growing population of GNSS constellations and to meet the challenges that receiver manufacturers and users encounter in an ever-complex integrated GNSS environment. read more

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Letter to the Editor: Suggestion to Protect Bandwidth

May 7, 2012By

In your March editorial, “The Fire Next Time,” you ask for suggestions to protect against another LightSquared encroachment. The solution is remarkably simple. Just let the same bandwidth be used for space downlink as it was originally intended. That would be both innocuous to GPS receivers and, more importantly, stake the ground against future challenges like LightSquared. — Alan Browne Lorraine, Quebec read more

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Out in Front: That’s Denial

May 1, 2012By

‘We have virtually no defense against the cyberattacks that are targeting us now, and will be in the future.” Richard Clarke served three U.S. presidents as counterterrorism czar. He wrote a fascinating — and terrorizing — article in the April issue of Smithsonian magazine, from which comes that quote. I posted it on my LinkedIn page and asked for input for this editorial. read more

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Expert Advice: What You Need to Know about Testing

May 1, 2012By

Five experts share what original equipment manufacturers need to know about testing their GNSS devices during product development. read more

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Our Man in the Baltic: Report from the European Navigation Conference

April 25, 2012By

GDANSK, POLAND — Poland has emerged as a regional leader for Eastern Europe. Among all European countries, it ranks fourth in population and ninth in the size of its national economy. This year, the European Navigation Conference (ENC), which rotates each year to a different host country, has convened in Gdansk, Poland — its first time in Eastern Europe. read more

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Stonewalling, Mapping, Google, and Fines

April 18, 2012By

After a long investigation, the FCC hit Google with a resoundingly soft penalty for stonewalling the FCC inquiry into its controversial street-mapping program. Google was picking up a payload of sensitive information from home wireless networks from 2007 through 2010. This included emails, passwords, and Internet usage history. The FCC declared that the data collection was technically legal because the information gathered was unencrypted. However, the FCC stated that, “for many months Google deliberately impeded and delayed the bureau’s investigation” and fined Google a paltry $25,000 for their behavior. read more

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Grand Setting for a Grand Summit

April 11, 2012By

Most of Munich is an ultra-modern German city, albeit one of the most expensive cities in Europe, where you can travel anywhere by tram, automobile, S-Bahn, rail or taxi. But why bother when you have the opportunity and thrill of walking through the old city center and have Bavarians greet you with "May God greet you" or "God bless­"? — what a way to say hello. That experience, which brings back fond memories — more on that in my main column — combined with the wonderful aromas from bakeries and early morning baristas hard at work, which are hard to pass by, made the short walk to the Residenz München seem all too short; and then you are there — greeted with the magnificence of the Munich Satellite Summit venue. read more

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