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GPS III prototype proves compatibility with existing constellation
GPS World
The Lockheed Martin prototype of the next-generation GPS satellite, the GPS III, has proven that it is backwardly compatible with the existing GPS satellite constellation in orbit. During tests that concluded on Oct. 17, Lockheed Martin's GPS III testbed successfully communicated via cross-links to Air Force simulators of the current GPS constellation in orbit. The current GPS constellation includes GPS IIR, GPS IIR-M, and GPS IIF satellites.
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Geospatial data project lets anyone put almost anything on a map
Sensors & Systems
A powerful Web-based system enabling people worldwide to better predict such things as damaging floods and potential effects of climate change is the goal of a $4.5 million, four-year project begun by Purdue University researchers. The project, funded by the National Science Foundation, will add geospatial data hosting, processing and sharing capabilities to Purdue's HUBzero, a platform for building feature-rich websites enabling research and education.
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Skybox Imaging launches SkySat-1
Satnews
After much anticipation, Skybox Imaging of Mountain View, Calif., launched the company's first satellite into orbit. The success of this launch on a Russian Dnepr vehicle led NSG Analysts to improve Skybox's ranking from No. 12 to No. 7 on the NSG 100 index. With SkySat-1 achieving correct orbit, SKYB returned to the top 10 privately held companies on NSG's core index.
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Network Real Time Kinematic GPS
Inside GNSS
Q: What is the effect of user and CORS height on NRTK performance?

A: Network Real Time Kinematic positioning is nowadays a very common practice in many parts of the world. The benefits of NRTK positioning and the details of network products have been previously discussed in this column, as has the positioning performance as function of the inter-station distances of the network's continuously operating reference stations.

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EU Parliament approves €7 billion to complete GPS projects
PCWorld
The European Parliament approved €7 billion (U.S. $9.5 billion) in funding to further develop and complete Europe's satellite navigation programs, including the Galileo and EGNOS projects. The funding will cover the projects from 2014 to 2020 and will be spent on completion of the satellite navigation infrastructure as well as the development of fundamental components such as Galileo-enabled chipsets or receivers in smartphones.
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Smart energy as a smart city driver
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How to locate and track your lost or stolen Android or iOS mobile device
GIS User
Here's the scenario: You frantically go into a pocket pat-down dance searching for your shiny, new smartphone. Sadly, the device is gone. What's even worse is that you just got the device thanks to your once-every-two-years upgrade from your carrier, and you still owe about $500 on your tab!

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1 billion smartphones with location-based sensor fusion expected by 2016
GPS World
As smartphones embrace always-on, ubiquitous location, location-based sensor fusion will become a standard feature. ABI Research's report, "Location-based Sensor Fusion: Companies, Technologies, and Revenue Opportunities," outlines how sensor fusion will evolve to support indoor location and the companies best placed to succeed in this space.

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Brazilian state opens data visualization tool
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The Brazilian state Minas Gerais has launched a new data visualization tool called DataViva, which is meant to help government officials, the private sector and Brazilian citizens understand big data. Although it is the product of a state government, DataViva covers the formal economy of all of Brazil. According to the a video introduction to DataViva, the tool contains more than 100 million interactive visualizations.
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Brisbane celebrates GIS Day
Spatial Source
Nov. 20 marked this year's International GIS Day 2013, and Brisbane, Australia, celebrated in style with a massive open day showcasing the best and latest geospatial technologies. With nearly 30 exhibitors demonstrating the real-world benefits of GIS, the event attracted more than 2,000 visitors, including interested members of the public, school students and local business owners.
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