Opinions

ANGELS, GSSAP, CNAV, and GPS: Guidance From Above

March 13, 2014By
A still from the movie Gravity, where space real estate feels really small. (credit: Warner Bros. Pictures)

Wow, what a bevy of acronyms. If you already know what they mean, great. If you don’t, just hang in and all will be made clear. E. L. Doctorow once wrote, “Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.” Now, I am not sure how I feel about that or how my daughter who is a practicing Clinical Psychologist (PsyD) would interpret... read more

This article is tagged with and posted in Defense PNT Newsletter, Newsletter Editorials

Do You Know OPUS Can Do This?

March 7, 2014By
GNSS Choke-ring antenna used

I recently was involved in a project outside of the United States. Part of the project involved setting up a couple of RTK base stations. Of course, I wanted the antenna surveyed with reasonable accuracy with respect to ITRF. Even though supporting OPUS outside of the U.S. is out of the scope of the NGS mission (I assume), it works... read more

This article is tagged with and posted in Newsletter Editorials, Survey Scene

Out in Front: Who’s Been Mining My Location?

February 27, 2014By
Steve Copley, GPS World publisher.

Conventional wisdom holds that smartphone users will tolerate diluted privacy — specifically, privacy of their own location — in return for the many advantages delivered by the location-based services on their devices. This conventional wisdom, I put it to you, has been disseminated over the years by conventional wise men, that is, those selling the services and the devices. Users... read more

This article is tagged with , , , and posted in From the Editor

Mobile World Congress Features Connected Cars, Indoor Positioning

February 27, 2014By
Mobile World Congress 2014.

The Mobile World Congress in Barcelona has turned into a mini Consumer Electronics Show. The term “Internet of Things” is the new hot buzz word this year. The show had an estimated 75,000 attendees spread across two sites and eight football-field-sized exhibit halls. While the connected car continued to have high visibility, other technology such as location-enabled advertising and indoor positioning received buzz. read more

This article is tagged with and posted in Newsletter Editorials, Wireless LBS Insider

FCC Ready for Indoor Location Rules for 911 Calls

February 26, 2014By
Janice Partyka

Last week, the FCC proposed to update 911 regulations to require carriers to be able to locate 911 calls that are made indoors. The current rules were made in 1996 and only required carriers to locate outdoor calls. Then, the outdoor-only rule made sense. We used wireline indoors, and complex indoor technology wasn’t in sight. That is no longer the... read more

This article is tagged with , and posted in All Blogs, Newsletter Editorials, Wireless LBS Insider

Europe’s Spring Season for GNSS

February 26, 2014By
EUResidencePermit-W

The hounds of spring are on winter’s traces. As Galileo emerges from its long, cold slumber, the energy of a new constellation radiates through the skies to encourage blossoms across Europe. ESA’s recent declaration of in-orbit validation means the downstream satnav market can now truly get going. If a lot of demand has yet to be demonstrated, certainly a lot... read more

The Gold Standard: What’s in a Name?

February 12, 2014By
Don Jewell

Our esteemed editor-in-chief and publisher at GPS World, Alan Cameron, penned an editorial in January concerning claims made by the People’s Republic of China regarding the Gold Standard for PNT (position, navigation and timing). The Chinese recently claimed that its BeiDou system averaged a user range error (URE) of 2.5 meters using zero age of data (ZAOD), 95% of the... read more