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Handheld CEO Predicts Mobile Computing Trends for 2015

November 24, 2014By
Jerker Hellström, founder and CEO of Handheld Group.

Jerker Hellström, founder and CEO of Handheld Group, has identified three key trends in mobile computing in 2015. Handheld is a maker of rugged computers for professionals. His predictions: 1.    Larger displays even for rugged mobile computers.  “Rugged laptops, tablets, PDAs and smartphones continue to be the fastest growing market mobile computer segment, and just like the screen size of smartphones for the... read more

Connected Car Show: Issues Arise as Automakers Look to Autonomous Vehicles

November 21, 2014By
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Hacking, Privacy, and Consumer Acceptance Top the List
Vehicle styling, speed and looks took the back seat while capabilities driven by GPS, sensors and data were up front at this week's Los Angeles Auto Show’s Connected Car Expo. Privacy and security, distractibility and safety, and human interfaces were all hot issues. read more

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Autonomous Vehicles Are Coming…But When?

November 20, 2014By
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The autonomous, or driverless, vehicle market seems to be a big side topic at connected car conferences. Location technology will continue to play a role in the development of autonomous vehicle markets. However, many view a fully autonomous vehicle to be more than 10 years away — these are usually folks from the auto industry or academia. Others, those who lurk around Silicon Valley, believe that driverless cars will be on the road in half that time...and once again, if Detroit doesn’t move on it, they will. read more

Professors That Make a Difference

November 12, 2014By
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Despite being an avowed Anglophile since my first visit to the United Kingdom, somewhere around 50+ years ago, I just could not help myself. Professor David Last, Professor Emeritus at the University of Wales (Bangor) and former president of the Royal Institute of Navigation (RIN) was holding forth, with that wonderful, attention-arresting public school accent, on weighty PNT (position, navigation and timing) matters before an awestruck audience. read more

Trimble Dimensions Provides Focus on Range of Satellite-Based Correction Services

November 5, 2014By

With more than 4,000 attendees, this year’s Trimble Dimensions User Conference was the largest ever and, I must say, a well-organized event chock full of technical content — enough to squelch the most intense geospatial hunger pangs you might have. One could write a book on all the technology and market segments that Trimble is pursuing and offering solutions for. In... read more

Out in Front: Of Rats, the Mind, World Series, and Truth

November 1, 2014By

My colleague Janice Partyka wrote a provocative blog in the Wireless/LBS Insider on discovery of the brain’s inner GPS, which won three scientists a Nobel Prize for medicine. The piece struck me so forcefully in the hippocampus, locus of my location sensibility, that I was tempted to place it here verbatim. That would not justify me, however, in drawing my pay,... read more

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Galileo: A Constellation of One?

October 29, 2014By

Matters sit not well with Galileo, the European GNSS. Only one of six currently orbiting satellites can be said to be truly and fully operational. With these troubles augmented by persistent uncertainties regarding the fitness of Soyuz rockets, despite a recent inquiry panel that identified a root cause of the August launch failure, the European Commission has nixed an upcoming... read more

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