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Is innovation of geospatial technology destined to always be driven by military budgets?
Sensors & Systems
Many of the roots of innovation in the geospatial toolbox come from military initiatives, including the Global Positioning System, many earth observation satellites and sensors, unmanned aerial vehicles, and a phenomenal push in the last decade away from paper-based maps and toward global map databases. Innovation follows investment, and the budget and market for military geospatial technology has been leading in procurements for quite some time, if not always.
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Changing Mobile GIS Requirements
When: Wednesday, April 9
Time: 2:00 PM CDT
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The number of mobile devices in circulation has now surpassed the world's population. A rapid acceleration in iOS, Android and Windows 8 consumer device up-take has resulted in tablets becoming popular for Utility and Telco field use. MIL-STD-810 certified cases transform consumer class tablets into fully ruggedized, yet lightweight tablets at 10 percent of the legacy ruggedized laptop cost. The new benchmark requirements for Mobile GIS are data interoperability, hosting flexibility, client choice and on-/off-line omnipresence. Mobile GIS are not "just mapping" anymore — complex business use cases require a powerful geo-centric mobile integration platform to any other enterprise information system such as ERP/CIS/OMS/DMS/SmartGrid/B2B — enabling the Spatial Enterprise. The presentation concentrates on educational business and technology benefits over commercial considerations.

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Why GPS will continue to dominate consumer GNSS
Inside GNSS
In this article, we will take a look at the various GNSS signals from the perspective of their cost-benefit tradeoffs. First, we'll look at the evolution of consumer GPS architecture to date — where acquisition speed and sensitivity have been the main drivers of receiver architecture. That architecture has evolved rapidly to take full advantage of the characteristics of the GPS C/A code.
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A low-cost way to make grid communications more resilient: traffic duplication
Smart Grid News
As power utilities migrate their communications network infrastructure to newer packet-switched architectures, they have to accommodate mission-critical applications. This means the newer networks must have the same high levels of reliability they enjoyed in their legacy networks. Because communications is essential to the operation of the electrical grid, the operational network requires the highest level of resiliency.
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A mass-market Galileo receiver
GPS World
The two main GNSS receiver market segments, professional high-precision receivers and mass-market/consumer receivers, have very different structure, objectives, features, architecture and cost.

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Changing Mobile GIS Requirements: The number of mobile devices in circulation has now surpassed the world's population. A rapid acceleration in iOS, Android and Windows 8 consumer device up-take has resulted in tablets becoming popular for Utility and Telco field use.

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Open Geospatial Consortium's vision for future
Directions Magazine
At the celebration of the Open Geospatial Consortium's 20th anniversary banquet, numerous remembrances were delivered on behalf of founders and benefactors such as David Schell and many others.

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OGC-led team demonstrates global/local water data resource at GEO Ministerial Summit
Directions Magazine
In mid-January 2014, results of phase 6 of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems Architecture Implementation Pilot were presented at the 10th Summit of the Group on Earth Observation in Geneva. Author, Dr. David Arcture managed a yearlong project within AIP-6, to advance the Water Societal Benefit Area of GEOSS.
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New Earth observation satellites and a rush to video imagery from space
Directions Magazine
Ever since the first remote sensing earth observation satellite was put into space and allowed geoscientists to peer at the surface there's been a call to get the data faster. With the release of the first imagery today from UrthCast and before that from Skybox's SkySat-1 last December 27th, high definitation video is coming closer to reality. While today's UrthCast data is only a multispectral, 6-meter spatial resolution image, it was a precursor to the company's ultimate goal of delivering Ultra High-Definition video.
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Infographic: Men and women use their mobiles and social media differently
GIS User
No huge surprise here, I guess, as research has shown that men and women differ in their use of mobile social media. For example, 38 percent of women play games on their smartphones and they outnumber men by 10 percent, 13 percent of men use social media for dating in comparison to only 7 percent of women, and 71 percent of women on Facebook are willing to "like" a brand for deals. Only 18 percent of men do that.
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Second of seven satellites for IRNSS launched
GPS World
India's Indian Space Research Organisation launched its second navigation satellite April 4 at 11:44 UTC. A Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle rocket launched the IRNSS-1B spacecraft in a mission originating from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre. Liftoff was on schedule. IRNSS-1B is the second of seven satellites that comprise the first-generation Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System.
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Better ocean maps could benefit Australia's economy, improve shipping safety, scientist says
ABC News
A senior marine geoscientist says Australia would benefit from more detailed maps of oceans to help locate more economic resources and improve safety for boats. Scientists, surveyors and spatial industry experts are meeting in Canberra to discuss the latest in mapping technology. Australia has the world's third largest marine Exclusive Economic Zone but the CSIRO estimates only 12 percent of it has been mapped.
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