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July 25, 2013

Safety Board Says Connected Vehicle Technology Should Be Required to Prevent Collisions

In a Tuesday (July 23, 2013) hearing on two fatal school bus/truck collisions, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommended adoption of “connected vehicle technology” on all newly manufactured highway vehicles as a way to reduce such accidents.

Such collision-avoidance systems — similar to those used in civil aviation — would typically depend on real-time transmissions of the GNSS-derived locations of nearby vehicles to provide enhanced “situational awareness” to drivers.

July 22, 2013

GPS III Prototype Arrives at Cape Canaveral

Lockheed Martin has delivered a full-sized, functional prototype of the next generation GPS satellite to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

The GPS III Non-Flight Satellite Testbed (GNST) arrived at the Cape on July 19 where it will be used to test facilities and pre-launch processes in advance of the arrival of the first GPS III flight satellites, which will undergo similar testing. The first flight GPS III satellite is expected to arrive at Cape Canaveral in 2014, ready for launch by the U.S. Air Force in 2015.

Inside GNSS • July/August 2013


Sometimes GNSS spoofing seems a bit like UFOs: much speculation, occasional alarms at suspected instances, but little real-world evidence of its existence.

As far back as 2001, a U.S. Department of Transportation Volpe Center report suggested that as GPS further penetrates into the civil infrastructure, “it becomes a tempting target that could be exploited by individuals, groups or countries”.

Inside GNSS • July/August 2013

Location, Location, Location

In a part of the world where frustrated drivers will park anywhere, including squarely on a sidewalk, a local newspaper is using location data to shame car owners into shaping up.

The Village, a Russian online publication serving Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kiev; created a free app that notes a badly parked vehicle’s make, color, and license plate information when users snap its picture.

Inside GNSS • July/August 2013

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Thinking Aloud • July/August 2013

Phones, Drones and Privacy

Every breath you take . . .
Every move you make
Every step you take
I’ll be watching you

I originally planned on titling this column, “Waiting to Inhale,” recalling these lyrics and an editorial I wrote more than four years ago about my sense of relief at the departure of the second Bush administration.

I called that one, “Waiting to Exhale.”

July 17, 2013

FAA and Defense Department Work to Fix Civil GPS Funding

Federal officials are working to fill a funding shortfall nearly certain to occur next year given that both the House and Senate have cut an already halved budget request for GPS civil funding.

Sources confirm the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Department of Defense (DoD) are in talks about finding money to make up for the dramatic reduction. One source familiar with the situation said the FAA was searching its accounts for resources to address the loss.

July 17, 2013

GPS-Based Vehicle Crash-Prevention System Crafted to Protect Privacy

A new GPS-based technology designed to warn drivers in time to avoid collisions has anonymizing elements in its design to keep the location of vehicles private, according to the Department of Transportation (DoT).

DoT has focused a lot of effort on reducing motor vehicle accidents — a leading cause of death in the United States. Nearly 34,000 people died in collisions in 2010, the latest year for which data is available, according to the Centers for Disease Control. CDC estimates the lifetime costs of crash-related deaths and injuries in 2005 alone were $70 billion.

July 16, 2013

NovAtel Bolsters Multi-GNSS Product Line

NovAtel Inc. has announced the addition of the two receivers and two antennas to its GNSS product lines: the OEM638 GNSS receiver card, ProPak6 enclosure, SMART6 integrated antenna, and AG-STAR antenna.

Inside GNSS • July/August 2013

Adding Intelligence to Receivers

GNSS receivers and users, along with the critical infrastructures and services they support, face a growing threat from jamming, spoofing, and meaconing (JSM) events.

Several proposals for GNSS spoofing detection and signal authentication have been proposed over in recent years. These have focused mainly on adding cryptography elements to the GNSS signals and detecting RF characteristics of undesired signals.

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