Opinions

Pokémon GO: Location-based app leads to accidents

August 5, 2016By
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Common sense tells us not to hold a smartphone while driving. But a new game is so addicting, it’s causing people to forget that rule. Released July 6 for both Android and iOS, Pokémon GO instantly became the top free app and the top grossing app on Apple’s App Store, shattering social media records and shooting Nintendo stock through the roof. read more

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Establishing orthometric heights using GNSS — Part 8

August 3, 2016By
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Upcoming Survey Scene newsletters will carry additional columns in this series. Basic procedures and tools for determining valid published NAVD 88 GNSS-derived orthometric heights for constraints These columns have provided the reader with basic concepts, routines and procedures for understanding, analyzing, evaluating and estimating GNSS-derived ellipsoid and orthometric heights. In my last column, Part 7 (June 2016), we analyzed the changes in adjusted heights... read more

Navigation progress for indoors and UAVs

July 19, 2016By
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I didn’t get to this year’s IEEE/ION PLANS meeting in Savannah, Georgia, in April, but I did find a few papers that interested me. You might have read past articles of mine that looked at the challenges of indoor navigation. And, of course, unmanned vehicles technology also is one of my favorites. So, I was pleased to find papers that addressed a few key... read more

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Naval Academy brings back celestial navigation courses

July 18, 2016By

The Naval Academy has brought back celestial navigation courses, recognizing the importance of giving future naval officers the ability to find their position out at sea in case GPS is unavailable through jamming or hacking. read more

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The GPS Update Syndrome

July 13, 2016By
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The I-want-free-advice syndrome was once called the “Doctor Syndrome” or “Expert Syndrome.” I have recently heard it referred to as the “unsolicited advice” syndrome, because there is a new version that involves shaming the expert in to giving free advice. Occasionally those of us with expertise in an area of interest, which certainly include doctors and lawyers, are faced with... read more

Movie preview: ‘The Night GPS Failed’

July 13, 2016By
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Editor-in-Chief and Group Publisher Alan Cameron gives a preview for a fictitious movie he devised called "The Night GPS Failed," based on the true story "What Happens If GPS Fails." read more

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BLM’s new GNSS protocols may set undesirable precedent

July 8, 2016By
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Alaska. “The Last Frontier” is a fitting slogan for this great land. The rugged terrain and harsh winters make an environment that only the bravest inhabitants can stand. Here, one of the latest surveying battles is being fought; not between land owners, but within the professional surveying community itself and pitting technology against historical tradition. In the beginning… The United... read more

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User location data could support satellite launches

June 23, 2016By
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Let’s look through the other end of the telescope this month. The satellites are nattering along, lining up in orderly fashion at the rocket pad, extending their solar arms smoothly in space once they arrive on orbit. The constellations accrue and new signals inch closer to maturity. The only blips on the horizon come from Ligado’s terrestrial impulse and a... read more