ION’s Big Year! GNSS 2012 Plus a New Pacific Rim Conference

ION's Big Year! GNSS 2012 Plus a New Pacific Rim Conference
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It’s a big year for the Institute of Navigation, with the venerable ION GNSS 2012 happening this September in Nashville and the new and highly anticipated Pacific PNT conference opening for the first time next April in Honolulu.

ION GNSS 2012, the granddaddy of all GNSS events, begins shortly in Music City, USA: Nashville, Tennessee.

It’s scheduled during the third week of September at the downtown Nashville Convention Center, a five minute walk to the Country Music Hall of Fame and other attractions.

It’s a big year for the Institute of Navigation, with the venerable ION GNSS 2012 happening this September in Nashville and the new and highly anticipated Pacific PNT conference opening for the first time next April in Honolulu.

ION GNSS 2012, the granddaddy of all GNSS events, begins shortly in Music City, USA: Nashville, Tennessee.

It’s scheduled during the third week of September at the downtown Nashville Convention Center, a five minute walk to the Country Music Hall of Fame and other attractions.

Two days of tutorials and CGSIC meetings (Civil GPS Service Interface Committee) will take place on Monday and Tuesday (September 17 and 18), with the conference, exhibition, demonstrations and social events on Wednesday through Friday ( September 19-21).

ION added a few new items this year to tempt your intellectual palates, including GNSS systems updates and workshops covering Compass/Beidou, Galileo, QZSS and GLONASS.

And, for those marketing, sales and administrative participants, Stanford’s Per Enge and Broadcom’s Frank van Diggelen will offer a tutorial for non-engineers, an opportunity not to be missed.

This year’s plenary session on Tuesday night features four speakers from unlike sectors covering new developments on the theme of how modern navigation serves the information society.

David Last, British GPS and radionavigation expert, will examine how GPS influences crime and punishment.

David Whelan of Boeing’s Phantom Works, will discuss the company’s proprietary technology for indoor geolocation.

Stanford physicist Mark Kasevich will introduce navigation sensors based on ultra-cold atom interferometers as an alternative to GPS and John Deere’s business development executive Tony Thelan will speak on DGPS and new integrated solutions that make farming an ever more precise activity.

The plenary is just a taste of the 288 papers to be delivered at 59 technical sessions.

PACIFIC Positioning, Navigation, Timing
ION’s brand new event, PACIFIC PNT, brings together brings together policy and technical leaders from the Pacific Rim for policy updates, program status and technical exchanges.

Tutorials, conference and table-top exhibition will be held from Monday, April 22 through Wednesday, April 25 at the Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa in Honolulu.

Abstract submissions will be accepted through November 15.

Among the many subjects to be discussed are GNSS agricultural, construction and mining applications, emergency management, UAVs, earthquake and tsunami prediction and monitoring, terrestrial and low frequency navigation, signals of opportunity and UAS integration into international airspace as well as multi-GNSS policy issues.

The conference PNT international advisory board includes experts and officials from Australia, China, Hong Kong (PRC), Japan, Singapore, South Korea and the United States.

The conference website is www.ion.org.pnt.

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