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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

Which Industry Will Be the Largest Consumer of RTK Technology?

October 2, 2014By
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High Precision GNSS - What will it Look Like in 2020?

In September, I attended the Institute of Navigation (ION) GNSS+ conference in Tampa, Florida. The ION GNSS+ conference is a gathering where many of the GNSS scientists from around the world come to share their successes, trials and tribulations. It gives one a view into the future of where GNSS positioning might go. Granted, most of the ideas and concepts... read more

All Eyes on Galileo

September 3, 2014By

The year 2014 is most certainly the Year of Galileo. After rising up from near elimination in 2008 due to much confusion about how to fund it, the European Union, that same year, decided to allocate 3.4 billion euros to fund the ground infrastructure and the initial satellites. Unlike the U.S. GPS and Russian GLONASS systems, Galileo is civilian-funded as opposed to being funded primarily from defense budgets, which makes it politically much more difficult to gain funding. But, they did it. That was six years ago. read more

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Live Event Webinar Follow-up: Answering Your Questions from the 2014 Esri Conference

August 6, 2014By
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A few weeks ago at the Esri 2014 International User conference in San Diego, California, we conducted our first live event webinar from a Plexiglas booth sitting among many of the 14,000+ attendees buzzing around inside the San Diego Convention Center. The webinar focused on high-precision GNSS on mobile devices (iOS/Android/Windows), unmanned aerial systems (UAS), and real-time GIS transactions. These... read more

FAA Issues First Commercial UAS Authorization over Land

July 2, 2014By
American Aerospace RS-16 UAS. 12'11" Wingspan. 85 lbs.

Like it or not, as a person who works with geospatial data, UAS (unmanned aerial systems such as drones and UAVs) are in your future. The upside of said technology for “quick and dirty” mapping is undeniable. GNSS plays a key role with UAS, just like it plays a key role in classical photogrammetry. In fact, UAS may even push GNSS technology... read more

Intel’s Mini-PC: A Cheap Server for an RTK Base

June 23, 2014By

I’ve written this many, many times in the past eight years that I’ve written for GPS World magazine, but I have to write it again — this is an exciting time for GNSS! For me, high-precision GNSS is particularly exciting. I’ve been traveling like crazy, and involved in a number of really fun projects that incorporate high-precision GNSS. Of course,... read more

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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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RTK on a Smartphone Running AutoCAD: I Did It Last Week

April 10, 2014By
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Last week was spring break (for high school and college) for my kids. We decided to drive to San Francisco and the surrounding area to do a little sightseeing. It’s a beautiful place. This is a view from our 3rd floor room in the hotel, looking over the bay. Here’s a view from the Marin Headlands overlooking San Francisco Bay and... read more

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