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July 5, 2011

UAV-g 2011: Unmanned Aerial Vehicle in Geomatics

ETH Hönggerberg from the south (Hannes Röst photo)

The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) sponsors this conference and exhibition on UAVs and geomatics at Campus Science City (Hoenggerberg) in Zurich, Switzerland from September 14 through 16, 2011.

UAV-g 2011 will bring together experts in photogrammetry, surveying, robotics, computer vision, artificial intelligence and aerospace engineering.

Researchers, developers, service and systems providers and users are invited to exhibit and demonstrate their UAV systems in geomatics at at the Birrfeld airfield on Thursday, September 15.

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May 13, 2011

APEC-GIT/15: Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation-GNSS Implementation Team Meeting

Brisbane City Botanic Gardens facing Alice Street

(See Glen Gibbons’ report from APEC/GIT-14 in Seattle, June 2010)

The fifteenth meeting of APEC’s GNSS Implementation Team will be held June 13-16 at Sofitel Brisbane Central, All Saints Convention Center in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Online pre-registration is required and is limited to 50 delegates. Please contact either of the co-chairs if your password is not accepted on the GIT webpage registration screen.

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By Inside GNSS
May 5, 2011

2012 European Navigation Conference to Take Place in Poland

In 2012, for the first time, the annual European Navigation Conference will take place in Gdańsk, Poland.

It will be held at April 25-27 in the Filharmonia convention hall on Olowianka Island. It is at the center of the one of the oldest Baltic cities, near many of the historical attractions of Gdańsk (Danzig).

The theme is "Navigation for the People." The conference will be held in English.

The event will also feature a technical exhbition for companies, institutes and others to demonstrate their products.

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By Inside GNSS
April 30, 2011

Air Traffic Control Modernization: FAA, NextGen, GNSS, and Avionics Equipage

Mike Dyment, General Partner, NextGen Equipage Fund LLC

» Air Traffic Control Modernization (PDF)

In between partisan confrontations around the 2011 federal budget and raising the U.S. debt limit, prospects are improving for federal legislation that would provide the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with a regular full-year budget for the first time since Fiscal Year 2007 — including support for completing the transition to a GNSS-driven air traffic control (ATC) system known as NextGen and a “public-private partnership” to equip aircraft with the needed avionics.

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New Senate Subcommittee Addresses Mobile Technologies and Privacy: Apple, Google to Appear

Funny thing about the U.S. Constitution: it address the activities of government officials and agencies — including restraints on those activities — but not the activities of commercial business and individuals. The latter are left to federal, state, and local laws.

So, when the government conducts warrantless surveillance using GPS, the issue may come before the U.S. Supreme Court or state and federal judges at other levels. If private companies do it, they may end up at a congressional hearing.

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FY11 Budget Battle Over, GPS Looks Ahead to FY12

Resolution of the between Congressional Republicans and Democrats that threatened a shutdown of the federal government has clarified the picture for military GPS programs in the coming year, although prospects for the civil side remain uncertain.

On April 15, 2011, President Obama signed the Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011 (H.R. 1473, Public Law 112-10), the last in a series of government-wide funding measures for Fiscal Year 2011 (FY11).

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By Inside GNSS
March 16, 2011

EGNOS Activates Safety of Life Service

EGNOS-equipped cockpit

On March 2, ESSP (the European Satellite Services Provider) declared the safety-of-life (SoL) signal from the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) officially available for use by aviation, following European Commission (EC) authorization to provide the service.

Similar to the U.S. Federal Aviation (FAA) Administration’s Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS), EGNOS transmits real-time corrections to GPS signals over a large expanse of Europe and north Africa.

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By Inside GNSS
March 14, 2011

The Civilian Battlefield

Figures 1 & 2

For the complete story, including figures, graphs, and images, please download the PDF of the article, above.

Growing dependence on GNSS for positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) has raised a parallel concern about the potential risks of signal interference. The popular press has recently highlighted accounts of car thieves using GPS jammers, solar flares pumping out L-band radiation, and faulty television sets causing havoc to GPS receivers across an entire harbor.

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March 11, 2011

ASCE -SPAR Geomatics Continuing Education Seminar

Marriott Convention Center

The American Society of Civil Engineers will offer a day-long program on Monday, March 21 at SPAR International 2011 that will focus on real-time GNSS positioning and using the 3D Global Spatial Data Model

Bill Henning, senior geodesist for the National Geodetic Survey, will lead  the morning session. With more than 43 years of experience in all phases of surveying technology, he is helping to develop guidelines and support methodology for real time GNSS position with state, national, and international organizations.

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November 14, 2010

GeoForm+ 2011

The 8th GeoForm+  trade fair will take place at EcoCentre Sokoniki in Moscow, Russia from March 15 through March 18, 2011.

It includes these specialized exhibitions of interest to Inside GNSS readers:

GeoMap covers geodesy, cartography and geographic information management systems.

GeoWAY covers GLONASS and GPS, intelligent transporation systems on land and sea, AUTOSPUTNIK and navigation using the GPS system.

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By Inside GNSS
November 13, 2010

AUVSI Unmanned Systems North America 2011

The annual AUVSI Unmanned Systems North America conference and exhibition will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C. from August 16 through 19 2011.

It features 100 technical panels and presentations, workshops and poster session on the state of the unmanned systems market. It covers military, civil and commercial applications for air, ground and maritime vehicles

The industry exhibition includes more than 450 companies.

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