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May. 14, 2013

White House moves to harden infrastructure against GPS disruption
Inside GNSS
System engineers across the country may soon be planning, in some cases perhaps for the first time, what they would do if they could not use the GPS service. The effort is part of an expanded White House initiative to protect the nation's critical infrastructure. Alhough infrastructure protection programs have been under way for some time, they did not necessarily address GPS vulnerabilities explicitly.More

Water utilities to spend $2 billion on smart meters through 2020
U.S. water utilities will spend $2 billion on smart meters in infrastructure upgrades this year through 2020, almost matching all previous investment in the leak-finding devices, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Water utilities until this year had spent $2.4 billion on smart meters, according to data compiled by the London-based research firm. Investment peaked at $395 million in 2010 as companies took advantage of stimulus funding allocated for clean-energy and water projects.More

What does Google's Timelapse effort say about the geospatial big data challenge?
Sensors & Systems
Google gave the world a gift with the release of the global timelapse viewer that aggregates Landsat imagery from 1984 through 2012. While this effort isn't unique, it is high-profile with its exclusive media alliance with TIME magazine, and it simultaneously illustrates the impact of humans while also showing the difficulty of aggregating our knowledge about global change.More

What's new in GNSS simulation?
GPS World
It used to be that if you were going to build an RF navigation receiver, you had to also build your own simulation system to test it. I remember working with a couple of "home-built" RF simulation systems myself, way back when. We experience a lot of maintenance and support issues. And, of course, if you build something and also build something to test it, it's likely that incorrect assumptions will end up in both systems.More

When government shuts down open government
GIS User
An interesting issue is unfolding in Canada and quite frankly its darned amazing! Imagine this, you have a website and offer some kind of product or service. You also use a map so users can search your product by Postal Code ... uh oh, now you get a letter from Canada Post stating that they are suing you!More

Finally, some good news for LightSquared and its 4G hopes
Things might finally be looking up for LightSquared, the much ballyhooed wireless startup with big plans to blanket the U.S. with 4G LTE service. The company, which seemed doomed a year ago after the GPS industry successfully lobbied against its efforts to use 40MHz of unused satellite spectrum for terrestrial wireless broadband, may be getting a second chance after all.More

Privatizing national mapping technology
Directions Magazine
AudioBrief Google has not only become the de facto mapping app, the de facto navigation app, the de facto remote sensing app; the de facto change detection app, etc. It's the de facto National Map as well. The USGS collected the data (imagery, topo, etc.) but Google monetized it. Is this an acceptable model where the government invests but the private sector monetizes data? What is the future of privatization of national geodata?More

Smart grid challenges: Annual survey reveals a worried industry
Smart Grid News
Black & Veatch is out with its annual survey of utility executives. As you read through the release on Page 2 of this article, I predict you'll find few surprises. But even though you know most of this already, it's nice to see it confirmed and validated. You're not in this alone — your fellow utility professionals are feeling the same pain.More

Celebrating a true pioneer of computerized geography: Kenneth Appel
I recently read an interesting obituary in The Economist about Kenneth Appel. Perhaps I should've known about him, but I admit that I was unfamiliar with his name. But his famous accomplishment was a major one in the world of geotechnology — a true pioneer. The story starts in 1852 when math-student Francis Guthrie wondered how many colors it would take to ensure that, no matter how complex a map, no adjacent countries would be the same color. More

Facebook, Waze and the falling cost of mapping technology
Street Fight
Facebook is reportedly in serious talks to buy social mapping app Waze for a whopping $1 billion in cash and stock, an acquisition that would underscore the growing importance of mapping and navigation functionality to the Web’s major players. A lot of digital ink has been spilled about why Facebook would want to snap up Waze — namely, the company's 40 million mobile users. But the discussions also verify the once-unthinkable reality that a startup could scale a navigation and mapping service into a billion-dollar business in five years. More

The geography of hate maps geotagged hateful tweets
GIS User
A few days ago I sent out a tweet about some Interesting research from Humboldt State University on the geography of hate and the Hate Map of racist and homophobic tweets — interesting to see that today the maps seems to be going viral on Twitter. The map from Humboldt State shows what they have termed the Geography of Hate, an interesting look at data from Twitter (scraping geotagged tweets) that report to tweet out racist, homophobic and other terms that one may include in a group of "hate tweets."More