March 30, 2012

LightSquared Fallout May Energize Push for GPS Receiver Standards

[SIGNALS Preview] The firefight between LightSquared and the GPS community has sparked regulatory brush fires around Washington with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Congress, a half dozen executive agencies, and numerous companies moving to address a new and likely larger battle over receiver standards, radio frequency spectrum efficiency, and RF spectrum protection. (more)

LightSquared Lessons Learned

[SIGNALS Preview] The regulatory phase of the GPS/LightSquared controversy appears to be winding down, and the litigation phase warming up. Responses to comments on the Federal Communications Commission's move to pull the plug on the terrestrial wireless broadband network were due March 30. It was either the final curtain in a prolonged drama or the opening scene of a messy second act. During this interlude, what can we say we have learned? (more)

Privacy vs. GNSS Integrity: The GPS Dot and Its Discontents

[SIGNALS Preview] Receivers get smaller, cheaper and more sensitive - where will it all end? At the GPS dot: a miniature GPS tracking device that we'll buy in bulk and stick on almost everything of value that we own. But the dot has a dark side: we'll be able to track anything and anybody and we'll want to protect ourselves from just that. The result: A looming showdown between privacy and GPS integrity. (more)

All 4 GNSSes Hail Progress at 10th Munich Summit

[Expanded Version] This year, perhaps for the first time, all four major providers had reason to celebrate as the Munich Satellite Navigation Summit cut the cake at its 10th birthday party in March. Speakers described budgets, launches and modernization for GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou and Japan's and India's augmentation systems.

UrsaNav Tests eLoran, LF Timing Potential

Virginia-based engineering firm UrsaNav Inc. has begun transmitting a variety of low frequency (LF) test signals, including enhanced Loran (eLORAN), a part of a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG). (more)

2012 SatNav Applications Competition Begins April 1

The world's innovative ideas compete for a prize pool of €1 million ($1.4 million) in cash and services plus €20,000 more for the top winner. (more)
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