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From LightSquared to Narrowbanding: What’s Coming in 2013

January 22, 2013By

After a four-month sabbatical and the GPS World servers back in order, I’m back writing on a regular basis. I’ve been super busy on different GPS/GNSS-related products, conferences and various GPS/GNSS applications. Let’s take a look at some of the technologies and events that were significant in 2012 and some that will be significant in 2013 for high-precision GNSS users.... read more

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Thoughts on GPS/GNSS from the CGSIC Meeting Held Earlier this Week

August 17, 2012By

I attended the CGSIC (Civil GPS Service Interface Committee) State and Local Government subcommittee meeting in Seattle earlier this week Following are some interesting observations you might be interested in. read more

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Esri’s Survey Summit Showcases UAVs, 3D, the Cloud

July 30, 2012By

The Esri Survey Summit reeled in only ~250 people this year along with a roomful of exhibitors. That's not to say the content wasn't good. On the contrary, the content was very good, as it usually is, with new developments in unmanned aerial vehicles for mapping, 3D rendering technology, and cloud-based apps. read more

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Expert Advice: Mobile Computing on the Rise

July 1, 2012By

This discussion of current trends in location-enabled mobile devices takes as its foundation the different operating systems (OSs) for those devices. Why? For GPS/GNSS hardware units to be useful, there have to be software applications — apps — also riding on those units. Apps are totally dependent on the operating system. An analogy is that the operating system is the foundation of a house and the app is the house itself. The type of foundation you have drives what type of house you can build. read more

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LightSquared and Another FCC Issue You Should Be Aware of

June 29, 2012By

Although the LightSquared issue seems to have waned, it's like a virus in that it's really difficult to erradicate it completely. However, Harbinger Capital Partners (LightSquared's primary financial backer) and LightSquared are facing tougher problems than they have since they've started this adventure, not only from their technical foes but now from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). read more

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How GLONASS, Galileo, and Compass Will Affect High-Precision Users

March 6, 2012By

Join GPS World's Survey and GIS Editor Eric Gakstatter March 15 for the webinar, "Everything Else but GPS: How GLONASS, Galileo, and Compass Will Affect High-Precision Users." The webinar will be held at 10 a.m. Pacific (1 p.m. ET/6 pm. GMT); registration is free. read more

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LightSquared: CEO, Executive VP Over and Out

March 5, 2012By

The LightSquared machine continues to implode as CEO Sanjiv Ahuja and Executive Vice President Martin Harriman resigned last week in the wake of the NTIA recommendations against LightSquared rolling out their system. This week, Bloomberg reported that Sprint will end its infrastructure sharing deal with LightSquared. Meanwhile, the FCC is accepting public comments on the NTIA's recommendations. read more

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Expert Advice: Thank Your Lucky Stars

March 1, 2012By

In my 20-plus years of involvement in the GPS/GNSS industry, nothing has come close to the LightSquared debate for technical and political complexity, nor for potential effects on nearly every high-precision GPS/GNSS user in the United States. The industry’s destiny is somewhat controlled by a federal agency that is not very knowledgeable about how, when, and where GPS is used — although I’m sure they’ve learned a lot in the last 14 months. read more