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Dec. 13, 2011

LightSquared update: Leaked test results, lawsuit expected
Directions Magazine
New government tests show wireless start-up LightSquared's network could knock out a "great majority" of GPS devices, according to a congressional aide who has seen a draft government report on the tests. Preliminary data from recent government and industry tests of LightSquared's network suggest that the start-up hasn't solved concerns that its network would knock out a large number of personal or military GPS devices, the report said, according to the aide.More

Utility uncertainty 'unprecedented' industry leaders warn
Smart Grid News
If the smart grid gets stalled in North America, it might be partly because utility executives are simply too busy with other issues. Electric power faces unprecedented uncertainty, warned industry leaders during the EUCG Fall Workshop in Indianapolis. EUCG, a global association of utility professionals, meets semiannually to discuss issues and share best practices.More

MSS misinformation, and 10 truths
GPS World
LightSquared is currently conducting a public campaign intended to persuade federal regulators to approve a nationwide broadband service that would be detrimental to users and applications that depend on GPS. The campaign relies on misinformation, revisionist history, half-truths, and clear misstatements of fact. To understand the effort to convince regulators and legislators that the experts are wrong, one must consider 10 basic truths.More

4 ways your phone could change how you travel in 2012
National Geographic
Already go-to travel companions, smartphones are poised to take travelers into a new reality — where little is lost in translation, the traffic lights are always green and much more. Back in the late 1980s, the Magellan Systems Corp introduced the first handheld satellite-navigation device for consumers, which tapped the U.S. Defense Department's Global Positioning System.More

Extreme weather events and climate change: Interactive map from NRDC
GIS User
Climate change increases the risk of record-breaking extreme weather events that threaten communities across the country. 2011 has been a year of unparalleled extremes: 14 disastrous weather events in the U.S. so far this year have resulted in over a billion dollars in property damage — an all-time record breaking number — and their estimated $53 billion price tag doesn't include health costs. More

How do asset management applications benefit through geospatial tools?
Vector 1 Magazine
Since the number and location of assets may be large and widely distributed, tools capable of supporting their management increase the possibility to more accurately managing them. Through geospatial technologies, owner-operators can see, understand and maintain their operations more effectively. These gains augment and support improved decision-making.More

3-D simulation in the cloud
Geoconnexion
VR-Cloud from Forum8 is the tool that users of its UC-win/Road package can now deploy to post their projects in the Cloud and allow others to drive, walk or fly through their real-time 3-D environments or run interactive scenarios in their Web browsers. Using the collaboration version of VR-Cloud, various presentation aides make remote meetings easier and more effective.More

Is Georgia shrinking? Census shows less land, more water
The Augusta Chronicle
A new Census Bureau analysis shows Georgia has lost a lot of ground in the past decade — literally. The Peach State's land area shrank by 393 square miles — more than four times the size of Fort Gordon — from 2000 to 2010, according to the newest data, which showed a decline from 57,906.14 square miles in 2000 to 57,513.49.More