GPS World Webinars

2014 Market Insights Webinar Series


Data Capture for GeoIntelligence

Date: Thursday, May 8, 2014
Time: 10 a.m. PDT/ 1 p.m. EDT/ 5 p.m. GMT

NAVCOM_ logo_sponsorA steep-curve learning session on the current explosion of capture systems, made possible with cheap, small GPS and inertial measurement units.  New oblique capture systems, improvements in 3D model capture, very accurate ground capture (see the Februrary GeoIntelligence newsletter column on Cyclomedia), high-resolution drifting balloons (, cheap silent aerostats, unmanned autonomous air vehicles (UAVs), disposable UAVs, a new manned parafoil all-terrain vehicle (ATV) — yes, flying ATVs! — and more. Look into the future of data capture, because it’s coming at you fast, right now!

Host/Moderator:  Art Kalinski, GPS World/Geospatial Solutions contributing editor for GeoIntelligence

Art_Kalinski_120A career Naval Officer, Art Kalinski established the Navy’s first geographic information system (GIS) in the mid-1980s. Completing a post-graduate degree in GIS at the University of North Carolina, he was the Atlanta Regional Commission GIS manager from 1993 to 2007. He pioneered the use of oblique imagery for public safety and participated in numerous disaster-response actions including GIS/imagery support of the National Guard during Hurricane Katrina; the Urban Area Security Initiative, a NIMS-based field exercise in Atlanta; and a fully manned hardware-equipped joint disaster response exercise in New York City. Kalinski retired early from ARC to join Pictometry International to direct military projects using oblique imagery, which led to him joining Soft Power Solutions, LLC. He has written articles for numerous geospatial publications, and authors a monthly column for the GeoIntelligence Insider newsletter aimed at federal GIS users.

More speakers to be announced soon!



2014 Custom Market Webinars


GNSS Interference Detection and Mitigation for UAV Navigation

Date: Thursday, May 22, 2014
Time: 10 a.m. PDT/ 1 p.m. EDT/ 5 p.m. GMT

loctonix_logo_sponsoredThe need for robust, highly-reliable, navigation information in GNSS-denied environments is fast becoming a critical issue for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) / unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in both commercial and military applications.  Total reliance on GNSS can lead to disastrous consequences when signals are interfered with or obstructed. Low-cost, non-SAASM, GPS sensors are particularly vulnerable to jamming and interference.

Attendees will learn how robust, cost-effective Hybrid GNSS Technologies (HGT) offer unique capabilities for UAV navigation in environments where traditional GPS receivers may fail.  Combining signals of opportunity (SoOps), inertial sensing, and multi-frequency GNSS using Spectral Compression Positioning, assures continuous navigation by detecting typical GNSS interference and mitigating their effects through alternative navigation means.


m_mathewsDr. Michael B. Mathews, CEO / Founder, Loctronix Corporation

Mathews has worked more than 20 years developing alternative GPS/GNSS solutions for both commercial and government applications. Mathews has created and been involved with several GPS and navigation related start-ups since the late 1990s, serving in senior management and principal technologist roles where he has specialized in GPS/GNSS, alternative RF navigation, sensor fusion, digital signal processing, and navigation filtering. He holds several patents in alternative GPS and navigation systems and methods.


p_macdoranPeter F. MacDoran, Chief Scientist, Loctronix Corporation

With more than 30 years of technology development and integration experience in GPS and communications technologies, MacDoran is the principal inventor of Codeless GPS (a precursor to Loctronix’ SCP Technology). In addition, he is an entrepreneur, and was the founder of ISTAC, Inc. and a co-founder of CyberLocator, Inc. to further the development of codeless GPS and related technologies in cyber security. MacDoran was awarded the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement, and later also awarded the NASA Medal for Exceptional Engineering Achievement and became the first person in NASA history to have been the recipient of medals for both science and engineering.


m_daviesMichael O. Davies, Senior Engineer, Loctronix Corporation

Davies has tested and designed GPS receivers for spacecraft applications for a variety of U.S. government and commercial groups. His technical interests include software defined radio navigation for UAVs, spacecraft, and indoor applications. He now specializes in augmenting traditional code-correlating GPS receivers with codeless digital signal processing techniques. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.


f_boyntonFranck Boynton, Vice President and CTO, NavtechGPS

Boynton has been with NavtechGPS since 1988, helping the company grow to its current status as a highly respected GPS reseller and solutions provider and spearheading the company’s involvement in numerous projects for U.S. military organizations, private corporations and educational institutions. Boynton’s primary focus is on high-accuracy GPS/GNSS, real-time, centimeter-level applications. He has been personally involved in choosing and assisting with integrating GPS solutions into many of the top unmanned UAVsand UGVs used by the U.S. military.


Previous Webinars Available on Demand

You can download the following webinars that have already taken place. Simply follow the link in the headline to the registration form. Once filled out, you will be able to launch the presentation. Webinars older than six months are available on our YouTube channel.

Detect and Locate GPS Jamming:
Provide Actionable Intelligence
Sponsored by:
Broadcast Date: Thursday, December 5, 2013
On-Demand Available Until:
Wednesday, June 5, 2014 at 6:30 PM EST
Moderator: Don Jewell,
Editor, Defense PNT Newsletter
Speakers: Jeff Coffed, 
Product Marketing Manager, Exelis Inc.; Carl Slutsky, Product Manager for Signal Sentry 1000, Exelis
Panelists: Joseph Rolli, Signal Sentry Business Manager, Exelis; Jon Schnabel, Chief Scientist, Geospatial Systems, Exelis
Summary: The Global Positioning System—GPS—is an essential element of the global information infrastructure and supports nearly every facet of modern life. However, the availability and usage of low-cost GPS jamming devices has resulted in the increased threat of intentional and unintentional disruption to commercial and industrial systems that rely on precise GPS data. That is why Exelis developed Signal Sentry 1000, a solution that enables authorities to locate with pin-point accuracy the sources of interference thereby assuring safety, efficiency, and revenue. This webinar will discuss the threat and Signal Sentry. This webcast will be of interest to anyone whose organization relies on GPS for information or commerce.

Download the White Paper by Exelis

Previous Webinar Recordings Available on YouTube


Unmanned Aircraft Navigation
Sponsored by:
Hemisphere GNSS
Original Broadcast Date: Thursday, November 21, 2013
Tony Murfin, Editor, Professional OEM newsletter
Speakers: Olivier Casabianca,
Business Area Manager, Trimble GNSS OEM; Hal Adams, Co-founder/Chief Operating Officer, Accord Technology; Neil Gerein, Defense Product Manager, NovAtel; Eric Brewer, Senior Systems Engineer, Rockwell Collins; and Howard William Loewen, President, MicroPilot, Inc.
In recent years, there has been explosive growth in the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) market segment, with most on-board navigation systems relying on GNSS or GNSS with inertial aiding. As military budgets decline, interest in civilian commercial applications is growing rapidly.  The FAA recently awarded special type certification to two UAVs for commercial Arctic operations, and the industry is now poised for the opening of the regulation floodgates to address a growing commercial demand. In this webcast, we will hear from some of the industry leaders in GNSS-based navigation for UAVs, in both the military and civilian sectors: they will tell us what they are doing in UAV navigation and where they see this exciting market going.

What’s the Latest & Greatest? GNSS Products for 2014 and Beyond
New Frontiers in Product Development from ION & Intergeo
Sponsored by: Hemisphere GNSS
Broadcast Date: Thursday, October 17, 2013
Speakers: Frank van Diggelen, Senior Technical Director for GNSS/Chief Navigation Officer, Broadcom Corp.; Ron Ramsaran, Senior Product Marketing Manager marine products, Hemisphere GNSS; Kirk Burnell, Product Marketing Manager OEM boards, Hemisphere GNSS; Eric Gakstatter, Editor, Survey Scene Newsletter
Summary: A report on new product introductions as seen at ION-GNSS+ and at Intergeo, along with perspective on trends in two major sectors, high precision and smartphone/consumer electronics, with experts from both fields. 

The Connected Vehicle 
Sponsored by: Hemisphere GNSS
Broadcast Date: 
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Moderator: Janice Partyka, Wireless LBS Insider editor
Speakers: David Jumpa, Chief Revenue Officer, Airbiquity; Scott McCormick, President, Connected Vehicle Trade Association; Andrew Maliszewski, Executive VP, Micronet; Scott Sedlik, VP Product and Marketing, Inrix
The biggest announcements and the most interesting news at the three big wireless/electronics shows in 2013 have all concerned the connected car. Location is a core technology. How will the connected vehicle market evolve? Will there be similarities to the more advanced fleet market? Providers of navigation, mapping, traffic, middleware, search, points of interest and mobile advertising all have key roles to play. How will the complexity of personalization and extras make it difficult to deliver products and service? The pace will only accelerate. Sort through the multiple issues and get your roadmap to the future with Janice Partyka and a panel of industry experts.

GNSS Industry Outlook for 2014
Sponsored by: Hemisphere GNSS
Broadcast Date:
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Alan Cameron, Editor & Publisher, GPS World
Speakers: Len Jacobson – GPS consultant, John Pottle Marketing Director, Positioning and Navigation division, Spirent
Summary: Immediately after the GNSS State of the Industry online survey closes on August 12, our analysts provide running commentary on the polling results. We’ll look at a broad spectrum  of responses (more than 700 to date, and still counting!) to questions about the GNSS economic outlook for 2013-2014, the industry’s Issue of the Year, the anticipated winners of the indoor navigation technology battle, alternate funding sources, the next evolutionary leap for commercial GNSS devices, and more. Also, sector-specific questions with responses from survey and high-precision; machine control and UAVs; wireless and consumer; satellites, signals, and simulators; defense, security, and government.

Assuring Continuous High-Performance PNT:  Solutions for GNSS Challenged/Denied Environments
Sponsored by: Loctronix Corporation
Broadcast Date: Thursday, August 1, 2013
Moderator: Alan Cameron, Editor & Publisher, GPS World
Speakers: Dr. Michael B. MathewsCEO / Founder, Loctronix Corporation, Peter F. MacDoranChief Scientist, Loctronix Corporation, John TaylorPresident, Mercury Data Systems, Tsega Emmanuel –  Product Manager, TeleCommunications Systems
Summary: Learn how combining signals of opportunity GNSS, and inertial sensors provides high-performance positioning and navigation information in a variety of GNSS-challenged applications. Topics present an overview of latest solutions using software defined radio techniques to deliver continuous, critical PNT data in a flexible implementation ideal for applications including soldier navigation, spacecraft PNT, commercial indoor/outdoor asset tracking, GNSS signal assurance and interference detection.
Download the White Paper by Loctronix

Mobile Means Business
Sponsored by: Hemisphere GNSS
Broadcast Date: Thursday, July 18, 2013
Moderator: Alan Cameron, Editor & Publisher, GPS World
Speakers: Cary Kiest, director of engineering, Trimble Mobile Computing Solutions; David Krebs, vice president, VDC Research & author of a market research study on mobile computing adoption and use by large enterprise and small-to-medium businesses.
Summary: Organizations across business and public sectors, and including the military, now expect a high degree and broad range of functionality in the palms of workers’ hands, wherever those workers may go, under any kind of hazardous, chaotic, demanding environments. Requirements for location accuracy rise consistently across the board. In the future — in other words, now — developers will be asked to write mobile software applications first, and desktop applications second. Find out what this means for you, whether you are involved in GPS/GNSS product design, integration, marketing, sales, disribution, workforce management, or field use.
Webinar Transcript: Mobile Means Business

Indoor Navigation: Results of the FCC’s CSRIC Bay Area Trials
Sponsored by: Hemisphere GNSS
Broadcast Date: Thursday, April 18, 2013
Moderator: Alan Cameron, Editor & Publisher, GPS World
Speakers: Khaled Dessouky,Ph.D,Founder and Executive Vice President, TechnoCom Corporation; Ganesh Pattabiraman, Co-Founder, President and COO, NextNav; Norm Shaw, Executive Director, Government Affairs and Business Development, Polaris Wireless; Greg Turetzky, Senior Marketing Director, Location Strategy, CSR, plc
Summary: The Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council (CSRIC) of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently released results of intensive indoor location trials of various technology solutions. Conducted by Working Group 3, the tests trialled thousands of attempted location fixes in four representative morphologies (dense urban, urban, suburban, rural) and various building types. The CSRIC results will shape FCC-mandated position-reporting requirements for cell phones – and will drive future development of all indoor positioning applications. Four key participants, closely involved in the months-long CSRIC trials, provide critical information, insight, and perspective on this groundbreaking study.

Nightmare on GIS Street: GNSS Accuracy, Datums and Geospatial Data
Sponsored by: Hemisphere GNSS
Broadcast Date: Thursday, June 20, 2013
Moderator: Eric Gakstatter, Survey Scene Newsletter Editor
Speakers: Kevin Kelly, Geodesist, ESRI, Inc.; Craig Greenwald, Technical Director, GeoMobile Innovations; Michael L. Dennis, RLS, PE, Geodesist, NOAA
Summary: A look at the challenge of dealing with horizontal datums in your GIS. We are moving into a new era in dealing with datum transformations. Geodata 2.0 is coming, and it can create big headaches when attempting to combine disparate geospatial databases. Sensors such as GPS receivers, remote sensing imagery, and 3D scanning provide much more accurate data, setting up a collision with outdated and mismatched legacy horizontal datums.

Designing for the Future: Signal Simulation for Expanding GNSS
Sponsored by: Hemisphere GNSS
Broadcast Date: Thursday, May 16, 2013
Moderator: Alan Cameron, Editor & Publisher, GPS World
Speakers: Mark Sampson, LabSat Product Manager, RaceLogic; John Fischer, Chief Technology Officer, Spectracom; Markus Lörner, Product Manager, Rohde & Schwarz; Steve Hickling, Lead Product Manager, Spirent Communications; Mark Wilson, Vice President of Sales, IfEN GmbH
Summary: Simulation and testing experts offer key technical insights on the intricacies and importance of product and signal testing, whether by simulator, record-and-replay, or in the field, in the increasingly complex environment of multiple modernizing and expanding GNSS signals, from GPS III to BeiDou, with Galileo coming on strong and GLONASS a perennial standby.

Social Media and Big Data 101 for GIS Professionals
Broadcast Date: Thursday, March 28, 2013
Moderator: Art Kalinski, Editor, GeoIntelligence Insider Newsletter
Speakers: Eric Gakstatter, Editor,, Survey Scene Newsletter; Dr. Dan Tolley, CEO, Soft Power Solutions; Gen. Edwin “Skip” Vincent (USAF Ret.), Founder, Soft Power Solutions; Bob Dowling, Co-founder, GeoCOP; Steve Lutton, Director, Product Management, Geosemble Solutions.
Summary: Experts in this growing field will discuss the basics for those new to leveraging the technology in their GIS operation. Topics will include different kinds of social media, human geography, traits of each, other related public media, and several case studies and examples.

Precision Timekeeping with Chip-Scale Atomic Clocks
Sponsored by: Symmetricom
Broadcast Date: Thursday, March 7, 2013
Speaker: Steve Fossi, Director of New Business Development, Symmetricom
Panelist: Ravi Pragasam, Marketing Manager, Embedded Solutions, Symmetricom
Summary: Atomic clocks have enabled a world where ultra-precise timekeeping is now mandatory for communications, navigation, signal processing and many other applications critical to a modern functioning society. Symmetricom has utilized leading-edge technology and multiple innovations in various disciplines such as semiconductor laser technology, silicon processing, vacuum-packaging and firmware algorithms to deliver the Quantum SA.45c CSAC (Chip Scale Atomic Clock). Attend this webinar and learn how the CSAC can address your requirements for a precise clock without consuming excessive power or taking up too much space in your application.

All About GNSS Interferences: How to Defend, Monitor, and Report 
Sponsored by: JAVAD GNSS
Broadcast Date: Thursday, January 31, 2013
Moderator: Alan Cameron, publisher and editor-in-chief for GPS World
Speaker: Javad Ashjaee, President and CEO, JAVAD GNSS
Summary: Highway Patrols monitor highways and catch those who violate speed limits. There is no serious monitoring of GNSS bands. GNSS bands are routinely intentionally or un-intentionally violated. This webinar focuses on GNSS interference awareness and how to defend, monitor, and report such interferences.

Indoor Navigation
Broadcast Date: Thursday, December 13, 2012
Moderator: Alan Cameron, publisher for GPS World
Speakers: J. Blake Bullock (Samsung), Manikantan Parameswaran (Spirent), Chris Gates (NextNav), Dave Huntingford (CSR)
Summary: The senior product manager responsible for a new chip that fuses input from several sensors, using the best combination at any given time to maximize coverage and accuracy while keeping power draw to a minimum, joins us to describe the new frontiers in indoor navigation. He’ll be joined by other experts in the field, where difficult challenges meet user requirements for continuous position availability.

GNSS Constellation Update
Broadcast Date: Thursday, October 25, 2012
Speaker: Eric Gakstatter, contributing editor for survey and GIS
Summary: This month, a new GPS satellite was launched, India launched a new SBAS satellite, and two Galileo satellites are scheduled to launch. Last month, China launched two more BeiDou satellites. There’s a lot of activity of the satellite navigation industry. In the webinar, I will discuss what these new developments mean to the surveying/mapping user, as well as other current events.

Mobile GIS: What’s the New Normal? Windows, Android, iOS, Open Source?
Sponsored by: Hemisphere GPS
Broadcast Date:
June 21, 2012
Moderator: Eric Gakstatter,GPS World contributing editor for Survey & GIS
Speaker: Craig Greenwald, GeoMobile Innovations. Craig Greenwald is the technical director at GeoMobile Innovations and a Mobile Technology Specialist. He has worked in the Mobile GIS industry for over 10 years, including seven years for GIS software leader at Esri. He is a highly experienced software developer (C++, C#, JavaScript, VB, and VBScript), consultant, and trainer, specializing in Mobile GIS and field data collection applications and technology. Craig is well known for his work on the ESRI ArcPad team.
Summary: The market for mobile devices; smartphones, handhelds, and tablets is exploding. When Microsoft Windows Mobile used to be the dominant operating system on mobile devices, purchasing apps didn’t require a second thought. However, that isn’t the case any longer. Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS operating systems are now the dominate operating systems on mobile devices. This is a challenge because virtually all high-precision GPS/GIS/Surveying data collection apps are still written for Windows Mobile. Will vendors port their apps to Android and/or iOS? Will they use a cross-platform software environment like Java or HTML5?