Opinions

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
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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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Considering GPS III in light of a PNT wager

August 10, 2016By
SV 01 in testing at Lockheed Martin's Denver facility. (Photo: LMCO)

It was not a big wager as wagers go, but the underlying premise spoke volumes. It all began innocently enough in 2005 when the first test, or proof of concept, Galileo satellite known as GIOVE-A was launched. Who won the wager, and what can that tell us about GPS III? read more

Expert Opinions: OEM R&D budget for mitigation of jamming

August 8, 2016By

Q: What percent of a GNSS designer or manufacturer’s R&D budget should be devoted to mitigation of jamming? A: Solving for jamming, intentional or unintentional, in the design of any GNSS technology platform is no longer an option. How much any one company spends is largely a function of how much is spent on engineering overall and of how much... read more

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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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