News and Views
Jul. 18, 2012

Come and visit us
NSPS
The National Society of Professional Surveyors' new office is at 5119 Pegasus Court, Suite Q, Frederick, MD 21704. Come and visit us, and if you can't make the trip right away but need to talk to us, here are our new phone and fax numbers and our emails. Phone: 240.439.4615. Fax: 240.439.4952. Staff emails:
curtis.sumner@nsps.us.com
trisha.milburn@nsps.us.com
sara.maggi@nsps.us.com
ilse.genovese@nsps.us.com
bob.jupin@nsps.us.com More

FIG looks to Surveyor 2.0
ACSM Bulletin
FIG's Working Week 2012 in Rome this May drew 1,200 geospatial professionals from a hundred countries. Represented in FIG by the U.S. FIG delegation, American surveyors were active participants in this largest surveyors' gathering each year. The Bulletin caught up with TEO CheeHai, president of FIG, during his visit to Washington, D.C., earlier this year. More

Coalition to Save Our GPS clips
Coalition to Save Our GPS
Forbes reports that the value of LightSquared's debt is defying gravity even during bankruptcy and myriad regulatory issues, noting that its $1.43 billion in term loan debt is currently quoted near 70 cents on the dollar in the secondary market, according to sources. The article also notes that investors believe moving forward with a business would be easier without Philip Falcone in charge.More

NGS releases 3 improvements to NSRS
NGS
In the first week of July, NOAA's National Geodetic Survey (NGS) released the results of three major improvements to the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS). More

GeoEye signs 2 new imagery contracts
GeoEye
Partners in Middle East and Asia both signed up with GeoEye for access to the world's highest resolution commercial earth-imaging satellite. More

'Topcon is Everywhere' photo contest
Topcon
Surveyors from around the world are invited to share a look at where and how Topcon products are being used. More

SAVE THE DATE
Trimble Dimensions 2012

NSPS
Nov. 5-7, 2012
The Mirage
Las Vegas

Register now at www.trimbledimensions.com and save $100!More

A defensible GIS
Point of Beginning
The U.S. Department of Defense manages 30 million acres of land and 600,000 buildings and structures worldwide. Understanding and accurately tracking these assets is essential to the successful accomplishment of most defense missions. It's a complex endeavor that requires a sophisticated GIS. A comprehensive assessment in 2001 found that the DoD's real property inventory contained inaccurate information and was supported by redundant technology systems and inefficient processes. More

How not to plan a data center
Information Week
An entire floor at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's new Technology Center has sat vacant for the past three years, the result of poor planning and communications and the challenge of forecasting an intelligence agency's data storage needs. The project is getting rebooted with $54.6 million in defense funding, but it's anyone's guess how it will end up.More

UAVs vulnerable to civil GPS spoofing
Inside GNSS
In June, a research team from the University of Texas at Austin demonstrated for the first time that a civilian unmanned aerial vehicle can be commandeered in mid-flight by a civil GPS spoofing attack. The result will likely factor into the Federal Aviation Administration's plans to draw up rules for integrating UAVs into U.S. airspace by 2015. More

In-vehicle navigation sales will quadruple by 2019
msnbc
The number of cars, trucks and crossovers sold with in-vehicles navigation systems will quadruple in North America by 2019, according to a new study, growing to nearly 13 million new systems annually. But that may not be as good news as it might seem for traditional navi system suppliers, such as Denso, Harman or TomTom, cautions Boston-based Strategy Analytics, Inc. More