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FCC establishes a Pleading cycle for Lightsquared Petition
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Pursuant to Rule 1.2(b), the International Bureau of the FCC established a pleading cycle for LightSquared Petition for Declaratory Ruling on the "regulatory status" of GPS receivers and as "to the extent their operations may be impaired by the ancillary terrestrial component of LightSquared's licensed operations in the 1524-1559 MHx Mobile-Satellite Service band." 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

The LightSquared battle is heating up
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The fight for interference-free GPS has not abated; on the contrary. On Dec. 20, LightSquared fired with a Petition for Declaratory Ruling, and ACSM/NSPS sent a letter to the FCC on Jan. 16. On Jan. 26, FCC established a pleading cycle for the petition. Make your voice heard by filing your own comments on LightSquared's petition by Feb. 27. The salient points of the petition and details about FCC's electronic filing system are in the attached report in the forthcoming issue of ACSM Bulletin. More

Coalition to Save Our GPS Clips
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According to Communications Daily, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said in a press conference that the FCC is waiting for NTIA recommendations on LightSquared before taking its own next step. More

Are professions elites?
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Can professions be considered elites, and are they elitist? Since the nature of professions is an important topic for the surveying community, we should define what we mean by these words and see if they apply to surveying, and what are the consequences of using these terms. More

Supreme Court: Warrant compulsory for GPS tracking

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Police need a warrant before tracking a suspect with a GPS device, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously in late January. More

GPS, smartphones and the dumbing down of personal navigation
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Let's get one thing straight: Microsoft wasn't actually stupid enough to call its new GPS feature the "avoid ghetto" app when it applied for a patent. That term was apparently coined by a Seattle TV station. But it immediately became the name of choice for a smartphone function that mines violent crime stats to help users avoid an "unsafe neighborhood." The app isn't on the market yet, but it didn't take long for the Internet to come down hard on Microsoft. More

Geomatica 2012 released
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The latest version of PCI Geomatics' integrated desktop image processing software — Geomatica 2012 (32-bit version) — features tools for remote sensing, digital photogrammetry, geospatial analysis, map production and mosaicking. More

NOAA Marine Operations Center in the Pacific open for business
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Envisaged as a vital part of the nation's research infrastructure, the new research facility built in Newport, Ore., will enable NOAA to "continue providing the highest level of science, service and stewardship to the American people," while positively affecting job growth in the area around Newport. More

Social Email
By Gregg Marshall    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
I live in my email client. Probably 85 percent of my written communications with the outside world are done with email. I'd bet it's the same for you. I also do a little bit on social media, mostly LinkedIn, with a little Facebook and Twitter thrown in. But I have many business contacts who are much more active on social media.

The Budget and Economic Outlook: Fiscal Years 2012 to 2022

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The Congressional Budget Office released its new budget outlook Tuesday morning, and it says what it always says: Deficits are huge, but projected to shrink dramatically in the next few years. Congress could sit back, do nothing, and deficits would fall from 7 percent of GDP to 1.5 percent of GDP. More

The cost drivers of a cheaper government
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Based on Ken Miller's book, "Extreme Government Makeover," this four-part blog described how to improve the performance of government in terms of five cost drivers. More

Points of progress: Growth through diversity
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Even before the recession struck in 2008 and 2009, management at Bowman Consulting Group knew the firm needed to diversify. Based in Chantilly, Va., Bowman had largely depended on residential work to propel revenues to a peak of $38.4 million in 2006. When the economy went south, the firm's gross revenues dropped to $24.6 million in 2009. That year the firm had 163 employees, but it was already working toward a plan put in place in 2004. More

Planned updates to the NGS datasheet format
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The National Geodetic Survey is always interested in updating its products to better serve the needs of our stakeholders. Recently, NGS developed several modifications to the NGS datasheet — the primary method for accessing the passive control network of the National Spatial Reference System. Many developers use NGS datasheets in their products, and NGS recognizes the importance of keeping the public informed of datasheet format changes. More

Geospatial: Growth is the best policy
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Geospatial information and technology have great potential to be a public commodity and a panacea to the larger challenges facing global economic and social well-being. It therefore becomes imperative to have enabling, market -oriented policy frameworks in place to give impetus to the geospatial ecosystem. Here's a look at some government policies across the world and their impact on the utility of geospatial technology. More

The return of SVN49
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In the U.S. Air Force's effort to bring GPS SVN-49 back online, the satellite will resume transmitting an L-band signal to continue exploring options for its regular operation. However, the signal will not be considered usable or "healthy," nor will it be included in the broadcast almanac. More

The online map wars
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Getting a map and directions in your car used to require a several-hundred-dollar investment in a GPS device. The popularity of this equipment led to fast growth for companies like TomTom and Garmin, the dominant makers of "personal navigation devices," as well as profits for companies that supplied digital street maps, like Navteq and Tele Atlas. More

GPS in phones, high power user
Times of India / Geospatial World    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Research at the University of Texas at Austin and the Australian National University to compute power profiles of microprocessors found that "in terms of energy, GPS is one of the most expensive functions on phones." More

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