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Are microgrids ready for prime time? Not until they're standardized, ORNL says
Smart Grid News
DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has a microgrid sitting in its Distributed Energy Control and Communications lab. The reason? To simulate situations where a microgrid would be used so researchers can work on how to standardize real-world microgrids so they are compatible with the main grid and other microgrids.
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NSF geospatial data project puts major Issues on the map
Directions Magazine
Technology is putting complex topics like severe weather and climate change on the map — literally. Mapping data associated with specific geographic locations is a powerful way to glean new and improved knowledge from data collections and to explain the results to policymakers and the public. Particularly useful is the ability to layer different kinds of geospatial data on top of one another and see how they interact.
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Report looks at China, global GNSS industry over a decade
GPS World
A new market research report by WhaTech examines the global and Chinese GNSS industry, covering the decade 2009-2019. The report, "Discover latest trends in Global and Chinese GNSS system industry, 2009-2019" analyzes quantitatively the global and Chinese GNSS market of 2009-2014 by calculating the main economic parameters of each company. The data is broken down by company, country and application. The report also estimates future market development in the coming period of 2014-19.
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Will we recognize the meaning of the word 'map' in the years to come?
Sensors & Systems
Historically, a map is an abstract recording of reality that communicates information about our surroundings and the relationships of things to place. It incorporates direction and scale to allow us to navigate. In its traditional paper format, a map ranks with a book in its ability to capture knowledge in a compact and portable way. A map is also similar to paper money in its ability to capture and convey value as in defining property and assigning ownership.
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National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency narrows sites for move within St. Louis area
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency started with six possible locations to replace its existing Western Headquarters in St. Louis, and now they are down to four. The agency said on Monday that it has dropped two locations, the NorthPark development in north St. Louis County and the Weldon Spring location near Chesterfield, from consideration. The agency said after initial reviews neither of the sites meet NGA requirements.
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Augmented reality and contextual computing: Technologies with great potential but stil far off
Directions Magazine
I never bought into some of the early tourist apps for augmented reality. I could never see anyone holding up their small mobile device in front of their face walking down the street looking for the nearest coffee shop. Impractical and awkward. For the last two years while attending the Bentley Systems "Year in Infrastructure" event in London, the company demonstrated what I thought was very practical application that combined 3-D subsurface utility infrastructure maps with AR visualization.
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Misplaced Galileo satellite moving to new orbit
GPS World
The fifth Galileo navigation satellite, one of two left in the wrong orbit this summer, will make a series of maneuvers this month as a prelude to its health being confirmed. The aim is to raise the lowest point of its orbit — its perigee — to reduce the radiation exposure from the Van Allen radiation belts surrounding Earth, as well as to put it into a more useful orbit for navigation purposes.
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Even as we navigate the digital era, paper maps refuse to fold
The Wall Street Journal
Alan Grossman, a New York lawyer, is fond of his gleaming new iPhone 6 Plus. Seated at his favorite cafe on a recent morning, he conjures up a Google map of Memphis, Tennessee. Then, he pulls from his back pocket an illustrated map of Memphis printed on thick color paper. Unfolding it to its full, detailed, 18- by-27-inch grandeur, he places it next to the digital map.
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Kingfisher: Setting sail with GNSS-guided robotics
Inside GNSS
Ontario's Clearpath Robotics and sister company Echostream Environmental Data Systems are creating advanced autonomous vehicles with sensors and dual-frequency GNSS and inertial technologies for academic research and real-world bathymetry.
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