TAG: ION GNSS

UC Riverside team developing non-GPS nav system for autonomous vehicles

October 13, 2016By

A team of researchers at the University of California, Riverside has developed a highly reliable and accurate navigation system that exploits existing environmental signals such as cellular and Wi-Fi, rather than GPS. The technology can be used as a standalone alternative to GPS, or complement current GPS-based systems to enable highly reliable, consistent, and tamper-proof navigation. The technology could be... read more

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High plains PNT: Awareness and sense of place

October 7, 2016By

The plenary talk by John O’Keefe at ION GNSS+ stimulated a lot of neuron firing inside this old noggin. For a synopsis of “The Positioning System of the Brain,” see this column by Managing Editor Tracy Cozzens. I had the difficult task of following this brilliant scientist to the podium and introducing ION’s track chairs for previews of the conference’s... read more

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Discover your inner GPS

October 3, 2016By
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The Institute of Navigation Satellite Division looked deeply inward for its keynote speaker at this year’s ION GNSS+ conference, held Sept. 12–16 in Portland, Oregon. Nobel Laureate John O’Keefe provided insight into how our brains determine position. In 1971, O’Keefe recorded signals from individual nerve cells in the hippocampus of rats roaming about a room. He found that a type... read more

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What does ION GNSS+ reveal about the GNSS industry?

September 21, 2016By
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Back again in Portland, Oregon, the 2016 Institute of Navigation’s ION GNSS+ conference was a great opportunity for the GNSS community to catch up on what’s been cooking in the industry, and of course who’s been doing what in the research community. The attendees eagerly took to a wide range of technical paper presentation sessions, and from time to time came to... read more

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ION GNSS+ early bird registration closes Aug. 12

August 9, 2016By

To save on registration rates for ION GNSS+ 2016, the 29th annual meeting of the Institute of Navigation Satellite Division, complete your early bird registration by Friday, Aug. 12. If you book your hotel room for ION GNSS+ 2016 before you register, you will receive $200 off your conference registration. To qualify for the discount, enter your hotel confirmation number from... read more

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OS providers: 800-pound gorillas in PNT jungle

June 7, 2016By

It’s funny sometimes how things work out. I had just been preparing to take up in this column an issue raised last September at the ION-GNSS+ Plenary Session. Literally at the very moment I set pen to paper, notice of an extremely positive response to the problem arrived in my inbox. Hypercoincidental as it may be, market forces can and... read more

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Taking Position: Women in PNT extend a hand

January 12, 2016By
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A first-time gathering at ION GNSS+ gives mentors in the GNSS field an opportunity to help newcomers. By Tracy Cozzens Managing Editor I had the privilege of attending a unique and special gathering at ION GNSS+ this past September. The meet-and-greet event was Women in PNT, sponsored by the Institute of Navigation (ION), Spirent Federal Systems and NovAtel. “The idea... read more

PNT Roundup: STOIC technology to augment or substitute for GPS

November 11, 2015By
The X-47B unmanned combat aircraft receives fuel from an Omega K-707 tanker on April 22 while operating in the Atlantic Test Ranges over the Chesapeake Bay. This test marked the first time an unmanned aircraft refueled in flight. The X-47B is a tailless, jet-powered, blended-wing-body aircraft capable of semi-autonomous operation and aerial refueling.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) selected Rockwell Collins to develop technologies that could serve as a backup to GPS. The research, being conducted as part of DARPA’s Spatial, Temporal and Orientation Information in Contested Environments (STOIC) program, aims to reduce warfighter dependence on GPS for modern military operations. read more

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