TAG: Brad Parkinson

Agricultural robot market impacted by urbanization, less land

February 12, 2017By

Robots are way cool. Anyone three or older knows that. And agricultural robots were among the first envisioned civilian applications of GPS. When Brad Parkinson went to Stanford in 1984, one of the earliest demonstrations he and his bright new students conducted was fully automatic GPS control of farm tractors on a rough field to an accuracy of 2 inches.... read more

Air Force jam-proof test range ready; Galileo teendom

July 7, 2016By

Provides high-accuracy PNT even when GNSS jammed A critical capability to predict for GNSS chips and receivers —and for devices using alternative or back-up PNT technologies — is how they will actually perform without GPS. Filling this need, the U.S. Air Force 746th Test Squadron has declared Initial Operational Capability (IOC) for its new truth reference, the Ultra High-Accuracy Reference... read more

Marconi Prize for 2016 goes to Brad Parkinson

May 31, 2016By

The Marconi Society has awarded its 2016 Marconi Prize to Bradford Parkinson. The $100,000 prize, given annually, recognizes major advances in the field of information and communication science which benefit humanity. Parkinson’s contributions to the development of GPS helped create the vast global utility that provides positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) information to the world and is a vital part... read more

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Registration Opens for International Symposium on GNSS

August 13, 2015By

Registration is now open for the International Symposium on GNSS (IS-GNSS 2015), which will be held Nov. 16-19 in Kyoto, Japan. The early bird registration deadline has been extended and closes Aug. 31, and regular registration is Sept. 1-Oct. 31. The International Symposium on GNSS is designed to bring together experts engaged in PNT and GNSS technologies — including industry professionals, practitioners,... read more

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Danger, Will Robinson! Beware the IMES of Japan

October 8, 2014By

In May 2011, Dinesh Manandhar and Hideyuki Torimoto of GNSS Technologies, Inc., Japan, penned a very interesting article in GPS World titled – Opening Up Indoors: Japan’s Indoor Messaging System, IMES. The opening paragraph of their lengthy article seemingly describes the Holy Grail for the indoor positioning lobby: “An indoor messaging system (IMES) has been developed to meet the challenges of indoor... read more

Assured PNT for Our Future: PTA

September 1, 2014By

Actions Necessary to Reduce Vulnerability and Ensure Availability By Brad Parkinson (From the 25th Anniversary GNSS History Special Supplement) Introduction About 40 years ago, we had a vision for positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT). That vision was more than successful, and became known as GPS. In some respects we have been almost too successful: PNT is frequently taken for granted.... read more

GNSS Backup Delivers 5-Meter Accuracy

April 30, 2014By

The North Sea fairly boils with GNSS activity recently. Trials of the eLoran back-up for GNSS, Galileo maritime trials, Brad Parkinson’s Protect, Toughen, and Augment sermon at the European Navigation Conference in Rotterdam, and also at that conference, the dramatic release of news concerning an even newer Loran system, enhanced differential Loran, that not only backs up GNSS in the... read more

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Protect, Toughen, Augment: Words to the Wise from GPS Founder

April 15, 2014By
Brad Parkinson

“What can we do to reduce the vulnerability [of GPS] and ensure that the expectations of the public are going to be met?” asked Dr. Bradford Parkinson as he opened his presentation this morning (Tuesday, April 15) at the European Navigation Conference, ENC-GNSS 2014 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Parkinson went through his 61-slide, 50-minute briefing on what he called “PTA”... read more