August 14, 2013

Homeland Security Opens New Round of Small UAS Evaluations

[SIGNALS Exclusive] 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. (more)

European Commission to Monitor GNSS Patents Worldwide

[SIGNALS Exclusive] 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. (more)

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LightSquared Investors Sue GPS Industry

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. (more)

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. (more)


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Naval Observatory Rebuts Wall Street Journal Comments on Navy, Air Force Dispute over DoD Time-Keeping Role

A series of assertions in a recent Wall Street Journal (WSJ) article regarding putative dissension between the Air Force and Navy over responsibilities for precise timing - a key element in GPS operations - has drawn a pointed rebuttal from the superintendent of the U.S. Naval Observatory (USNO). (more)

Trimble Launches UAS-Oriented Modules at AUVSI 2013

On Tuesday (August 13, 2013), Trimble used the forum of the AUVSI 2013 conference in Washington, D.C., to introduce new OEM GNSS products aimed at third-party manufacturers and system integrators. (more)

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