Establishing Orthometric Heights Using GNSS — Part 1

June 3, 2015By
David B. Zilkoski

Editor’s Note: This month, we introduce a column by David B. Zilkoski, one of our two new Survey Scene editors. Zilkoski has worked in the fields of geodesy and surveying for more than 40 years, including serving as director of the National Geodetic Survey. See his full bio at the end of this article. He is joined by coeditor David Doyle, who contributed the May column. The Three Types of... read more

Expert Advice: Low-End Jam Resilience May Not Be Desirable

May 29, 2015By
Jan Wendel

At the European Navigation Conference held in Bordeaux, France, April 7–10, a keynote session and ensuing panel discussion addressed the issue of “GNSS Resilience for Terrestrial and Naval Applications.” During the discussion, two questions from the floor drew these responses from panelist Jan Wendel of Airbus Defence & Space GmbH, a leading European aerospace company. read more

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New Expectations Accompany Galileo Viability

May 28, 2015By
Slide from Benoit Roturier's presentation on behalf of the French air traffic control agency. (Courtesy of Benoit Roturier)

It is heartening to see a burgeoning constellation and its operators move on from doubt to certainty, as Galileo prepares for fuller operational capability and the expectations that scope elicits. To pick up the thread from last month’s column covering keynote speeches at the European Navigation Conference: plenaries subsequent to the opening session focused respectively on “GNSS for Aeronautical Applications:... read more

Crowdsourcing Indoor Positioning, Connected Vehicle News

May 27, 2015By

One of the marvels of the decade is crowdsourcing. This month I look at crowdsourcing for indoor-location positioning and report findings on GPS in smartphones that provide reliable earthquake warnings. Google has had some issues with mapping crowdsourcing, leading to the temporary suspension of Map Maker. If Google can’t block inappropriate content, it does give pause. Next, I look at... read more

Autonomous Vehicle Ambitions Behind HERE Suitors?

May 27, 2015By
Kevin Dennehy

A number of large companies are making bids to acquire Nokia’s HERE digital mapping company. At least one analyst believes the interest is fueled by future autonomous ambitions. In other location industry news, a new location-based analytics product hits the market. read more

Encouraging Signs for Commercial UAVs

May 20, 2015By
Amazon’s Prime Air "Delivery Drone.”

The AUVSI show in Atlanta, held May 4-7, drew significantly more attention from TV media this year, as several of the major networks provided live coverage from the show floor. NBC’s Today morning show opened with a live shot of a drone hovering in front of an opening house door, as if patiently waiting to deliver a package from Google or... read more

Tim Tebow, GPS, Space Acquisition, 60 Minutes and the GAO

May 13, 2015By

The U.S. government acquisition cadre seems to have a problem when it comes to recognizing the critical importance of small businesses. Sometimes the government fails to realize the true potential and the true domain expertise provided by small expert companies. Problems typically come about because both the government and the prime contractors lose sight of why the small, domain expert company is on the team in the first place. And yes, a lesson can be learned from Tim Tebow. read more