Opinions

Expanding Our System of Systems

May 30, 2014By

Putting GNSS into use within much larger aggregates of systems shows the greatest promise yet for earthly good. Goodness knows, we have experienced plenty of benefit from GPS applied over 25+ years, from back-up and fill-in provided by GLONASS, and with further synergy anticipated from Galileo and BeiDou.  But we ain’t seen nothing yet. Two presentations this month at the... read more

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European Court Rules on Privacy — Is Location Next?

May 29, 2014By
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The highest court in the European Union has granted the right to be forgotten by a search engine. Will location privacy be next on the docket? We are seeing the beginnings of the in-car smartphone-type apps market and are watching for approaching hockey-stick style growth that is a year or two away. Google has added rich, engaging features to maps.... read more

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GPS/GLONASS Dispute: CEO Clarifies Misunderstandings

May 23, 2014By
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“Use any opportunity to create friendship and peace,” urged Javad Ashjaee, president and CEO of JAVAD GNSS, in a May 23 conversation with journalists. He decried the recent controversy about monitoring stations on both U.S. and Russian soil, saying it was based in misinformation and misinterpretations, inflated by a political crisis in a completely different area. “This [GNSS] is a... read more

New Signals, New Launches, and Faulty GPS Receivers

May 22, 2014By
The two Galileo satellites in the clean room.

There has been a lot of GNSS-related news in the past month, so I thought I’d do a quick review of the top stories, including L2C and L5 CNAV messages, launch of a new GPS IIF satellite, and Russian threats to disrupt GPS. read more

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Cyber Warfare: Report from the 30th Space Symposium

May 21, 2014By

Report from the 30th Annual Space Symposium, May 19-22, Broadmoor Resort, Colorado Springs, Colorado For the past five years, the first day of the National Space Symposium — now known simply as the Space Symposium, the largest symposium of its kind in the world — has started with an entire day dedicated to discussions of the cyber domain as it... read more

eDLoran Surprise: European Navigation Conference 2014

May 14, 2014By
Shipboard DLORAN receiver installation (orange boxes on rails).

At the ENC-GNSS Conference in Rotterdam, we delved into actions necessary to officially use EGNOS (giving me déjà vu from WAAS’s early days), heard sage words from Brad Parkinson, the father of GPS, and, on the last day, saw amazing proof of a claim many of us initially thought was outrageous —that differential (DLoran) with modern monitoring can result in consistent horizontal accuracies approaching five meters on a moving platform. read more

Expert Advice: The Range of UAVs Across Civil Applications

May 1, 2014By
Peter Cosyn, Trimble

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or as most civil aviation authorities now call them, unmanned aircraft systems (UASs), are attracting a lot of attention lately from geospatial professionals. Common questions in their minds are: What applications can I use it in? What benefits can it provide to my organization or my clients (or data users)? How do I implement such a system in my organization? This article will cover the first two questions, while addressing some of the third as well. read more

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