Opinions

5G and IoT: Big winners of CTIA Super Mobility 2016

September 12, 2016By
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This year’s CTIA Super Mobility show, held Sept. 7-9 in Las Vegas, Nevada, shone the spotlight most brightly on 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT). The killer app use case for 5G is IoT and, symbiotically, IoT cannot be fully realized without the higher capacity of 5G. IoT is the world of interconnected devices and includes smart cities, connected... read more

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GNSS coordinates as survey evidence — friend or foe?

September 7, 2016By
First-order horizontal monument, U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, 1931.

In my last column in July, I shared the situation with U.S. federal lands in Alaska being surveyed with GNSS and subdivided by coordinates, instead of subdivided by traditional methods of setting monuments. The topic drew a varied range of responses and opinions. While some felt the article was on point with setting bad precedents, others added that it was time for technology... read more

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Multi-GNSS, multi-PNT testing: Q&A from our signal simulation webinar

September 6, 2016By

The “Signal Simulation and Testing: Fundamentals and New Frontiers” webinar, held March 10, generated in-depth Q&A, printed in part here. Inertial positioning can be tested with GNSS. Download full webinar free. Question: What is the toughest multi-constellation performance parameter to meet? John Fischer, Spectracom. In the multi-constellation environment, having to test for synchronization between the different constellation presents a challenge.... read more

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GNSS, radars assist in all-weather vehicle positioning

September 6, 2016By
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Everyone talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it — right? Our lead authors this month are doing something about it. The July cover story of GPS World magazine was titled “See into the Smoke with Inertial.” This month’s feature could have been called “See into the Fog with CDGNSS,” but we just didn’t have room in the... read more

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Expert Opinions: Buyers’ need for GNSS receiver testing, certification

August 29, 2016By
Dana-Goward

Q: Buyers get little guidance as to how specific receivers react to interference, particularly in critical infrastructure. Is there a need for receiver testing and certification along the lines of Underwriters Laboratories to guide purchase and acquisition? A: Exhaustive “seven-nines” testing and verification is expensive, takes a long time and stymies innovation. Yet simple and pragmatic testing can reveal faults... read more

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GPS anti-jam increasingly big business

August 29, 2016By

It’s getting bigger all the time, GPS/GNSS business. And coming along in its wake, starting to grow like a sproutly little brother, is GPS anti-jamming, to safeguard the signal in various scenarios. The anti-jamming market for GPS is expected to reach US$4.8 billion in value and 309.2 thousand units in volume by 2022, according to a newly released report by... read more

Rio Olympics reflected technology advances

August 22, 2016By
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The Olympics are great for technology. Yes, the competition held every four years highlights amazing athletes. But its vast support network relies on numerous technologies, including GNSS. GNSS technology helped fans follow the canoe sprint and rowing events in Rio in more detail than before. With GPS devices attached to every vessel, spectators were able to see key data such as... read more

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Unmanned update: Government and industry join to resolve issues

August 17, 2016By
Google tests delivery drones in Australia.

The White House has joined in to support continued growth of the emerging unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) industry. Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) technologies are powering a revolution in unmanned flight. Already used by government, by research organizations, and by industry for more efficient and safe applications, drones are now becoming a developing part of the United States economy. A new... read more

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