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ACSM/NSPS Expresses Concern to FCC re: LightSquared Subsidiary, LLC
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Writing on behalf of thousands of members across the United States, the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping and the National Society of Professional Surveyors sent a letter to the Secretary Marlene Dortch expressing their concern about LightSquared's MSS service and the effect that service will have on high-precision GPS receivers. More

U.S. Saws Break and Take Magnetic Manhole Removal Tool
Products’ Features: Use rare neodymium magnets that don’t wear out - Impact protection guards around the magnet - Durable aluminum handle assemblies - Storage tray for mobility during transportation; Affordable and long-lasting - Optional magnet offered for Little Lifter model for increased lifting capability - Range of models for various applications from light duty to grate removal to 500 pound lifting capacity. MORE

FEMA's Hazus Program
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When FEMA's Hazus-MH risk assessment methodology was upgraded in May to Hazus 2.0, users acquired a new storm surge model which can predict both the physical and economic impacts of hurricanes on coastal regions. Eric Berman,Hazus Program Manager, describes the program's activities and achievements. More

Have You Visited the National Museum of Surveying Yet?
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If you have not done so yet and would like to know what to expect, here is a link to a YouTube video which will give you a sneak peek at the treasure trove of knowledge and artifacts you will encounter on your visit. And even if you have already been to the Museum, the video is a good reminder that your Museum is there for you to cherish and support, even if this takes the form of a virtual visit. The link to the YouTube video. More

Coalition to Save Our GPS Clips
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Javad Ashjaee explained what he calls "confusions, wrong conclusions, and misleading reports in the media" regarding LightSquared and GPS interference for The American Surveyor, where he proposes questions for journalists to investigate. The same piece is excerpted on GPS World's website.

The Washington Business Journal reported that John Koskinen, a former deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget and an expert on public management, weighed in on the LightSquared debate to Federal News Radio:
  • "It's always an interesting challenge when you have an independent regulatory agency making a rule that affects the operations of federal agencies or the areas they're responsible for," said Koskinen. "But ultimately, the regulatory agency is in charge. They're independent for an important reason, which is to keep them free from outside influence."

Dish Pitches Revised LTE Plan
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In an article about a revised roll-out proposal by Dish Network for its planned broadband network, Wireless Week notes that the timing of the proposal came just days after officials said there were "no practical solutions" for the GPS interference problem caused by LightSquared, which, among other things, could give Dish the leverage it needs to move forward. The Dish proposal seems to be similar to that of LightSquared's. More

ASPRS Releases Draft Guidelines for the Procurement of Commercial Geospatial Products Released for Second Round of Comments
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A draft copy of the "Guidelines for Procurement of Commercial Geospatial Products" is available online at ASPRS' website. Interested parties are encouraged to submit comments by email to no later than Feb. 20. The current plan is to review all comments and finalize the document for ASPRS Board approval at its March 23 meeting. More

SOPA Action Delayed
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A House bill targeting online piracy was withdrawn Friday by its main sponsor Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, following fierce protests, blackouts from Internet sites and some rethinking among lawmakers. The action came a couple of hours after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said that he would delay a cloture vote on a similar Senate bill, the Protect IP (Intellectual Property) Act (PIPA). More

LiDAR network to study climate change in India
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The National Atmospheric Research Laboratory in India will set up a network of LiDAR with the help of indigenously developed sensor tools in 10 locations across the country in the first phase to study the aerosol distribution over the country, announced Dr. A Jayaraman, Director of NARL. at the 3rd international conference on Sensors and Related Networks organized by the School of Electronics Engineering and Center for Nano Technology Research at the Vellore Institute of Technology University. More

Topcon Unveils the ES, an Unconventional Total Station Series
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Topcon's ES sets new standards in performance, accuracy, and security. To learn more, keep reading. More

Satellites detect Arctic freshwater bulge
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European Space Agency satellites revealed that a large dome of fresh water has been building up in the Arctic Ocean over the last 15 years. Since 2002, the sea surface in the studied area has risen by about 15 cm, and the volume of fresh water has increased by some 8000 cubic km — around 10 percent of all the fresh water in the Arctic Ocean. More

IMF report: Global economy looks grim for 2012
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The world economy is slowing sharply, and the euro region headed for recession this year, the International Monetary Fund predicted in a bleak update of global conditions. More

Staying in lane
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A single-frequency precise point positioning technique can provide high-accuracy post-processed results in static applications. But can it bring the same benefits to kinematic applications, such as identifying which lane a vehicle is in? Based on the results of field trials in the Netherlands, researchers at Delft University of Technology demonstrate the ability to position a vehicle in real-time to within 1.75 meters — accurate enough for lane identification. More

Tech lessons from the Seattle snowstorm
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The Seattle area just went through a four day snow/ice storm event. The City of Seattle's emergency operations center was activated and coordinated the City government's response. That response received high marks from the public and media for a variety of reasons, including the leadership of Mayor Michael McGinn. Information technology materially contributed to the improved response. More

GIS technology vehicle supports asset mapping and public-safety operations
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In 2008, a suspected drug dealer fled into one of the many wooded wetland areas in Monroe County, N.Y. Winter snows covered the maze of frozen marshes and ponds, making it dangerous for law enforcement to follow in pursuit. The suspect's body was found in the marsh the next spring. Officials in the county's Department of Environmental Services believed the manhunt could have ended differently if their vast GIS and GNSS resources had been put into the hands of public-safety personnel onsite. More

Service-oriented visualization of virtual 3-D city models
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Virtual 3-D city models can effectively communicate complex 2-D and 3-D geospatial data. Myriad applications, from urban planning to solar potential of roof surfaces to noise pollution, can be modeled and visualized. However, massive amounts of data need to be processed. Authors Jan Klimke and Jürgen Döllner of the Hasso-Plattner-Institut, University of Potsdam, Germany detail a new, service-oriented approach that may solve some of the challenges of visualizing 3-D data. More

US government looking to lower Landsat costs
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U.S. government agencies are working together to look for ways to reduce the cost of future Landsat missions as a result of congressional direction included in the 2012 budget passed in December. "Although Congress has provided $2 million to the U.S. Geological Service for Landsat 9 program development, they have also requested that the Administration re-examine how to proceed with future Landsat missions," said Jon Campbell, spokesman for the Interior Department's U.S. Geological Survey. More

Changing directions
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Surveying and mapping companies operate in an environment that is technologically, economically, socially and politically more complex than any other period in history. This market energy can prompt reactionary responses from struggling firms — solutions that focus primarily on playing "catch up" to rivals in a fight for survival. Many hardworking, technically adept surveyors built their firms from the ground up after gaining experience, taking the exams and being professionally licensed by their respective states. More

Measure Your Website

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By Gregg Marshall
I've recently been asked to look at a couple of company's websites. The first thing I check, by looking at the home page sources, is whether they are doing any kind of analytics.

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