Opinions

Expert Advice: Get Sporty

October 1, 2013By
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By Mark Sampson In recent years, the sporting world has seen an explosion in the use of GPS. You will rarely spot a runner or cyclist on the road without either a smartphone strapped to their arm or a dedicated GPS device clamped to their handlebars, tracking their every move. The amount of information that the modern sportsperson — from... read more

Out in Front: Virtuosos

October 1, 2013By
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An occasional reader of these pages forwarded a clipping from a summer Wall Street Journal, a book review of the new title, Curiosity: How Science Became Interested in Everything, by Philip Ball (University of Chicago Press, 465 pages, $35). The book covers scientific advances logged in the 1600s, a century that “began with an essentially medieval outlook and ended looking... read more

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New GLONASS Navigation Message Proposed

September 30, 2013By

Russian scientists and engineers are at work on a new code-division multiple-access signal format to be broadcast on a new GLONASS L3 signal. Taking an approach similar to that implemented on the newly designed GPS L5 signal, this will, once implemented across the constellation by new satellite launches, facilitate interoperability with and even eventually interchangeability among other GNSS signals, including... read more

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Watershed Moment Approaching for the Connected Vehicle

September 25, 2013By
Connected vehicles can help to mitigate crashes on busy urban streets.

A watershed moment may be approaching for the connected vehicle market. The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) is about to start on the path towards mandating connected vehicle technology. Interest in the market is not limited to a few countries; last week I moderated a GPS World webinar on the connected vehicle that drew registrants from 40 countries.... read more

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LBS Blog: Nokia’s Mapping Business Has Options, Issues

September 25, 2013By

In the wake of Microsoft’s recent purchase of Nokia’s mobile phone business, the Nokia unit formerly known as Navteq, and now know as HERE, has opportunities, but also a hard-to-guess future. At least one industry analyst believes that Navteq/HERE was not included in the Microsoft deal because it was too expensive. “While much ado has been made of the Nokia/Microsoft... read more

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When All Else Fails: Read the Manual, It May Save Your Life

September 10, 2013By
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It was a dark and stormy night. The winds gusting to over 70 miles per hour drove the snow horizontally, straight into Lynn’s headlights, making it almost impossible to see the road. The outside temperature was -20 degrees Fahrenheit and the roads were treacherous. Lynn wondered for about the hundredth time what he was doing in the foothills of the... read more

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Expert Advice: Laser Reflectors to Ride on Board GPS III

September 1, 2013By
Figure 2. Structure and products of the Global Geodetic Observing System related to GPS performance.

By James J. Miller and John LaBrecque, NASA Headquarters, and A.J. Oria, Overlook Systems Technologies, Inc. Satellite laser ranging (SLR) and the results of combining SLR with GPS in the future will translate into significant performance advancements for generations to come, once it is fully implemented as part of the GPS III architecture. Simply put, SLR techniques will improve GPS... read more