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April 28, 2011

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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By Inside GNSS
April 7, 2011

Hexagon 2011 International Conference

A number of user conferences for customers of Hexagon AB’s precise measurement brands and products will be combined in the Swedish corporation’s first international conference this summer.

It will take place at Orlando World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, Florida from June 6 through June 9, 2011.

The theme is "Building a Smarter World," and will include 200 technical and training sessions and an industry exhibition.

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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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By Inside GNSS
March 12, 2011

Registration opens for 2011 GPS Partnership Council Meeting at Los Angeles AFB

A Coast Guard search and rescue helicopter demonstrates the use of GPS technology at a previous GPS Partnership Council meeting. (Photo: Joe Juarez)

Registration is now open for the 2011 GPS Partnership Council meeting on Tuesday, May 3 and Wednesday, May 4 at the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) at Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo, California. 

These military and industry networking meetings, now in their 11th year, are sponsored by the Los Angeles chapter of AFCEA (Armed Forces Communications Electronics Association) and the USAF GPS Directorate, formerly the GPS Wing. 

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By Inside GNSS
February 26, 2011

GPS Partnership Council Meeting 2011

Space and Missile Systems Center (LA AFB photo)

The 11th GPS Partnership Council meeting will take place on May 3 and 4, 2011 at the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) at Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo, California. It is located about four miles south of the Los Angeles Airport.

These military and industry networking meetings are sponsored by the Los Angeles chapter of AFCEA (Armed Forces Communications Electronics Association) and the USAF GPS Wing. 

This year’s theme is T "Executing Modernization… Enabling New Paths and Beyond."

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By Inside GNSS
January 11, 2011

Topcon and DICKEY-john Form Alliance Around Ag System Development

Topcon X30 controller

Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS) and DICKEY-john Corporation, an agricultural systems and machine control manufacturer based in Auburn, Illinois, have formed a strategic relationship in the agriculture industry.

Headquartered in Livermore, California, TPS recently unveiled its System 350 machine control system, which employs the company’s new X30 control console and its AGI-3 receiver for autosteering.

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By Inside GNSS
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

GSMA Mobile World Congress 2011

The mobile industry’s largest exhibition takes place at Fira Montjuïc in the center of Barcelona, Spain on February 14-17 2011.

This year’s keynote speakers include Eric Schmidt, chairman/CEO of
Google; Microsoft CEO Steve Balmer; Jack Dorsey, CEO of Square; Dick
Costolo, CEO of Twitter; and Carol Bartz, CEO of Yahoo! and other corporate leaders.

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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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By Inside GNSS
July 27, 2010

Help from Above

During flight testing, Boeing technical personnel have historically used a differential GPS (DGPS) system as the position truth reference for validating various production systems on the airplane. The majority of those tests occur on or near remote runways to capture specific environmental conditions.

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By Inside GNSS