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August 30, 2013

Location Data Increasingly Used to Stop Fraud and Cyber Crooks

Establishing someone’s immediate whereabouts is emerging as a key element in preventing credit fraud and improving cyber security.

The technique uses location data, derived from GPS and other sources, to estimate the likelihood that the person making a request to enter a building, access a computer network, or use a credit card is actually who they say they are.

August 30, 2013

Predator UAV Provides Surveillance in Battle Against Yosemite Fire

Better known for supporting U.S. troops in firefights in Afghanistan firefights, a Predator drone has been deployed to help California National Guard firefighters battle wildfires raging around Yosemite National Park.

U.S. Department of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel approved the use of a GPS-guided MQ-1 Predator to support firefighters battling the Rim Fire that has expanded to more than 160,000 acres, accordeing to Air Force Lt. Col. Thomas Keegan, California National Guard public affairs officer.

August 30, 2013

Vote Nears for Weather Forecasting Bill That Could Boost GPS Radio Occultation Firms

Two companies angling to provide the government with cutting-edge, GPS-based weather data may get a boost this fall if a bill aiming to improve forecasting wins U.S. House approval.

The companies, Bethesda, Md.-based Planet IQ and GeoOptics, Inc., of Pasadena, California, hope to use GPS radio occultation or GPS-OR to provide the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Department of Defense with weather data.

Inside GNSS • September/October 2013

Cooperative GNSS Authentication

During the past two decades, the Global Positioning System, together with other GNSSes, has become an essential element of the global information infrastructure, with myriad applications in almost every facets of modern businesses and lifestyles, including communication, energy distribution, finance and insurance, and transportation. Ever-growing dependence on GNSS creates strong incentives to attack civil GNSS, for either an illegitimate advantage or a terrorism purpose.

Inside GNSS • September/October 2013

What’s Next for Practical Ubiquitous Navigation?

Navigation — if you are reading this magazine, you almost certainly have some level of interest in navigation technology, which has seen an incredible explosion in use within many different fields.

August 15, 2013

NAVAIR Tests GPS Anti-Jam Antennas for Use on Small UAVs

Recent tests of GPS anti-jam antennas on small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at a Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) facility at Patuxent River, Maryland, showed encouraging results for preventing interruption of mission-critical data.

August 14, 2013

European Commission to Monitor GNSS Patents Worldwide

With a key Galileo patent dispute now set to enter its third year the European Union (EU) is moving to monitor GNSS patents around the world — a move that should give it insight into the competitiveness of European positioning, navigation, and technology (PNT) companies and a heads-up about future intellectual property (IP) issues.

August 14, 2013

Homeland Security Opens New Round of Small UAS Evaluations

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will soon be taking new applications for its unmanned aircraft assessment program — a project that gives potential government customers at local, state, and federal levels an impartial evaluation of the strengths and costs of different systems.

August 14, 2013

State Officials Argue at AUVSI for Ban on Warrantless UAV Surveillance

Three key associations of state officials are recommending that states pass legislation banning the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for surveillance unless the person being tracked has given permission or a warrant has been issued.

The associations also recommended banning UAVs from carrying weapons and emphasizing in state laws that both UAVs and their smaller cousins, model aircraft, be operated in ways that do not “present a nuisance to people or property.”

August 10, 2013

LightSquared Investors Sue GPS Industry

[Updated August 15, 2013] Investors led by Harbinger Capital Partners have filed a $1.9 billion lawsuit against a trio of GPS receiver manufacturers  over LightSquared, a now bankrupt firm that still hopes to build a wireless broadband network across the United States.

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