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July 19, 2011

To solve LightSquared issue, Javad calls for end to P-code encryption
GPS World
To solve the LightSquared versus GPS controversy, Javad Ashjaee, president and CEO of JAVAD GNSS, has appealed directly to President Obama to discontinue the encryption of P-code, the restricted military GPS signal. His comments came in the context of the LightSquared/GPS interference imbroglio, as part of his solution to the conflict over spectrum. "This policy is not helping national security. It is hurting both precision users and the broadband project."More

NGAC RECAP: National Geospatial Advisory Committee meeting June 8-9 2011
Boundary Solutions Inc.
NGAC RECAP is a regular feature of the Boundary Solutions, Inc., Newsletter. NGAC was formed by the Federal Geographic Data Committee as a forum that acts in the interests of the non-federal geospatial community regarding implementation of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure, OMB Circular A-16 and other federal geospatial operations.

With this description being snippets for the NGAC Charter, its content is likewise snippets from the 12 to 15 most excellent NGAC hosted slide show proceedings, compressed into just three pages, selected according to appeal to private sector interests and local government NPL content sponsors. This meeting was as well conducted and as full of drama and content as any other to date, as the National Map gets done.More

LightSquared 1, high-precision GPS 0
GPS World
At stake is the high-precision GPS industry as we know it. If LightSquared's current proposal is approved by the FCC, it will render tens of thousands, and possibly hundreds of thousands of GPS receivers obsolete starting as early as next year. The FCC is accepting public comments until July 30 and replies to those comments until Aug. 15. After the public comment period is closed, the FCC can render a decision at any time. More

From around the world: 5 groundbreaking smart grid projects
Smart Grid News
The smart grid is a global phenomenon and we can learn from pioneers wherever they are. (Even the nation-state of California!) Here is a globe-trotting roundup of five projects that are charting new territories. More

Innovations in Telecom FTTX Planning: Case Studies from the Field
Webinar by Directions Media sponsored by Infotech

Directions Media
Learn how spatial information is being applied as a primary planning tool to dramatically cut development costs during the build-out of telecommunications infrastructure. Join personnel from Infotech and their client organizations to hear about using geospatial technology to build better fiber-optic telecommunications networks. The focus will be on GIS as an innovative tool that makes FTTX planning a smarter process.

This webinar will appeal to management and technical personnel at any telecommunications organization, cable company or public/private utility who want to cut planning costs and improve quality.More

Senators ask intelligence agencies about location tracking of Americans
The Wall Street Journal (blog)
Are U.S. intelligence agencies tracking American citizens' locations through cellphones and GPS devices? Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Mark Udall, D-Colo., are raising questions about whether the government might be doing just that. In a letter to the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, the senators demand information on whether the NSA and the CIA, "have the authority to collect the geolocation information of American citizens for intelligence purposes."More

Developing a targeted water conservation strategy using geospatial techniques
Vector 1 Magazine
In recent years, EPCOR Water Services of Edmonton, Alberta, has run highly visible city-wide water conservation campaigns. EPCOR Water serves 1 million customers with 240,000 fully metered service connections, two water treatment plants, and 3,500 km of pipeline. Along with raising water conservation awareness, the campaigns were specifically designed to reduce summer demand.More

5 real-world uses of big data
In the past year, big data has emerged as one of the most closely watched trends in IT. Organizations today are generating more data in a single day than that the entire Internet generated as recently as 2000. The explosion of "big data" — much of it in complex and unstructured formats — has presented companies with a tremendous opportunity to leverage their data for better business insights through analytics.More

EV battery market: Strong partnerships crucial for survival
Smart Grid News
Transportation and the electric grid are loosely coupled in that advances in batteries in one area are often applicable to the other sector. By watching and understanding what's going on in transportation, you get glimmers of things that may be coming for the grid.More

Esri announces winners of Storytelling with Maps
Esri heralded the winners of the Storytelling with Maps competition at the 2011 Esri International User Conference. Chih Cheng Chang, director of the application system division at RiChi in New Taipei City, Taiwan, won first place for Best Web Map. Dr. Thanos Doganis, director of R&D at Terra Ltd., with Terra Mapping The Globe Ltd. in Athens, Greece, won first place for Best Mobile App.More

Job opening: Sales professional
QC Data Inc.
QC Data Inc., headquartered in Greenwood Village, Colo., is looking to hire a seasoned sales professional specializing in GIS, mapping and records maintenance services for telecommunications and gas and electric distribution and transmission companies. A track record of developing successful sales strategies and proposals in this industry is required.

Please send your resume and cover letter to No phone calls or recruiters please.More