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C-SPAN's The Communicators features LightSquared debate
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C-SPAN's The Communicators has focused on LightSquared, with interviews with Rep. Paul Broun, R-Ga., of the House Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee; Jim Kirkland, founding member of the Coalition to Save our GPS; and Fred Schulte, senior reporter of iWatch News. A video clip of the show is available on C-SPAN's website here.

On The Communicators, this was the second part of a look at LightSquared, a company building a national wireless broadband network. Rep. Broun and Kirkland are critical of LightSquared's goals and business practices. Also joining the discussion was Fred Schulte, senior reporter for iwatch news, who has followed the LightSquared story and reported on email exchanges between the White House and company officials.

In Part 1 of this series, LightSquared's CEO, Sanjiv Ahuja, was on the program defending his business and his network, which might interfere with GPS global positioning equipment, including some used by the military.

The Communicators airs Saturday at 6:30 p.m. ET on C-SPAN and Monday at 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET on C-SPAN2.

LightSquared's impact on small business being explored
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The House Committee on Small Business is conducting a hearing titled "LightSquared: The Impact to Small Business GPS Users." The purpose of the hearing is to examine the impact on small businesses that may result from LightSquared's use of its spectrum to provide broadband service near the GPS, said the House Committee on Small Business. More

JAVAD GNSS offers to upgrade other receivers to LightSquared compatibility
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JAVAD GNSS announced an offer via its website to "to make GNSS receivers made by other manufacturers LightSquared Compatible, too," at a cost depending on receiver age and model, and on a case-by-case basis. The company had previously stated that it has taken its own flagship receivers and reconfigured the filters and linear amplifiers to make them completely compatible with LightSquared's bottom 10 MHz of spectrum. More

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The thrill of the ride
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In today's rapidly changing world, using the right technology can give surveyors a competitive edge. Jerry Rinnert, owner of JMR Surveying Group, shares how the use of 3D laser scanning has led him to success in theme park construction and other applications. More

The National Museum of Surveying honored
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The National Museum of Surveying won the 2011 Mayor's Historic Preservation Award for Education Efforts that Advance the Preservation and Understanding of Our Historic Heritage. On behalf of the museum's management and staff, thank you for all of your support and help to make this possible.

Want to keep in touch with what's going on at the Museum? Visit our website at We also have a blog where you can share your thoughts on anything connected to surveying.

Monitoring on a massive scale
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In 2009, the U.S. General Services Administration awarded Clark Construction Group, LLC, the $435-million design-build contract for the U.S. Coast Guard headquarters building in Washington. As the first step of the Department of Homeland Security's consolidation efforts, the new headquarters facility is being constructed on the grounds of the St. Elizabeth's West Campus, a designated national historic landmark. More

GIS software helps Philadelphia replace traffic lights in public works project
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Philadelphia's city administration is using ArcGIS software from Redlands, Calif.-based Esri to implement its LED Traffic Lights Project, a massive traffic light replacement program. The project is funded in part by an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 public works grant. More

What's the next big technology?
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Last year at INTERGEO, FARO rocked the scanning world with its debut of the low-cost Focus3D; Gatewing gave everyone a new perspective on the future of photogrammetry with its launch of the X100 UAV; and Leica Geosystems drew nods of approval for its introduction of the Leica Viva TS15 Robotic Imaging Total Station. It would have been difficult to top these advances a mere 12 months later. Still exhibitors at INTERGEO 2011 in Nuremburg gave it their best shot. More

GIS tools offer insurers help from above
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From Sendai, Japan, to the burned-out streets of London, the insurance industry has had to deal with a variety of natural and man-made disasters this year. A new report from Celent examines how insurers can employ GIS to support underwriting, claims and post-event analysis. The report, "Location Intelligence Solutions for Insurance: A Solution Spectrum," also profiles seven GIS vendors that have multiple insurance clients in Europe or the United States. More

GIS application improves stadium security at football games
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A new GIS application for event management was tested during the Virginia Tech Hokies home opener against Appalachian State, and after only minor tweaks and adjustments, the application is now being used at all the school's home games. The application allows police and emergency responders to track and view security and safety activities digitally using a Web-enabled, spatial platform. More

Sprint's LTE plans reveal high-stakes leverage game with Clearwire
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Sprint Nextel's announcement that it will forge ahead with a go-it-alone strategy when it comes to LTE, left Clearwire reeling. The move points to a high stakes leverage game between the two companies that may very well push Clearwire to the edge of the bankruptcy cliff. More

Construction unemployment rate edges down to 13.3 percent
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Despite a stagnant national unemployment rate, the construction industry added 26,000 jobs in September and the unemployment rate improved to 13.3 percent for the month, according to the Department of Labor's Oct. 7 jobs report. The unemployment rate is down from 13.5 percent in August, and much improved from 17.2 percent the same time last year. More

Save the date: The 2012 Salina Seminar
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The 17th annual Salina Seminar Series will be held Jan. 12-14 at Webster Conference Center in Salina, Kan. The 2012 seminar will feature guest speaker Gary Kent, LS, who is the chair of the NSPS committee on the ALTA/ACSM standards and the NSPS liaison with the American Land Title Association.

Gary's topics at the Seminar will be "Easements and Rights of Way" and "Preparing a Surveyor’s Report." The Seminar offers surveyors the opportunity to earn up to 16 professional development hours, including Minimum Standards. A variety of topics will be covered, including Center of Sections, GPS, Traffic Control, RLS Prep, Math and Survey Administration.

This year, the seminar has been approved to offer up to 14 continuing education credits to floodplain managers. Courses offered for CEC credit include Elevation Certificates and LOMA. An "Early Bird" special is available until Dec. 19, so register now. A brochure is posted on the website and on-line registration is available. If you register on-line, you will be eligible for a special drawing for a hand-held GPS. Visit us at "Like" us on Facebook (Salina Seminar Series) and "Follow" us on Twitter (@Salinaseminar).

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