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Ventures • November 1, 2012

Explore Hurricane Sandy Impact Maps on ESRI website

ESRI, major supplier of geographical information system (GIS) software, features a number of maps and apps on Hurricane Sandy on its website.

These include FEMA, Red Cross, various municipal and state maps and social networking apps on many aspects of the storm and its effects, from power outages to demographic information. 

October 31, 2012

UK Revokes Key GNSS Patent That Sparked Dispute over Cooperation, Interoperability

Legal filings suggest the U.S and the United Kingdom may be well on their way to working through a heated dispute over patents that, if left unresolved, could scuttle efforts to make GPS and Galileo interoperable.

October 31, 2012

U.S. Naval Office Looks for Methods to Strengthen, Alternatives to GPS

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has issued a Broad Agency Announcement (ONRBAA13-002) seeking proposals from industry and academia for methods to mitigate the denial of positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) services to U.S. naval forces.

The BAA invitation reflects anxiety about the vulnerability of GPS and overreliance of U.S. military personnel and systems on the space-based system.

October 29, 2012

Navy Seeks Spoofing Solution from Rockwell Collins

The Office of Naval Research has awarded Rockwell Collins a contract to develop technology to locate and classify an adversary’s attempts to interfere with GPS signals and disrupt military operations.

“This program will help assure that essential high accuracy navigation and timekeeping services are available to weapons platforms and military users while enabling warfighters to identify potential threats,” said John Borghese, vice-president of the Rockwell Collins Advanced Technology Center.

Ventures • October 29, 2012

Indoor Navigation Smartphone App wins 2012 Galileo Masters Prize

Finding your way will be even easier with a new smartphone app from two Portuguese research institutes that augments GNSS with ultra-low magnetic field communication (ULF-MC) for reliable navigation in office buildings, airports, underground parking garages and other indoor locations.

October 17, 2012

Sandia Labs Study of Cyber Disruptions on Mobile Devices Has GPS Spoofing Element

As part of ongoing research to help prevent and mitigate disruptions to computer networks on the Internet, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories’ research facility in Livermore, California, have turned their attention to handheld computing devices — including studying GPS spoofing threats to smartphones.

October 16, 2012

Federal Reports Focus on GPS Security, Privacy Issues in Unmanned Aerial Systems

A September report on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) highlighted the potential risks posed by GPS jamming and spoofing but failed to make any new recommendations on how the issue should be addressed. Associated privacy issues, however, have gotten more attention.

October 16, 2012

RTCA on Path to Study RF Interference Limits and Tougher GNSS Receivers

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is expected to ask its top advisors on signal interference to help map out the allowable power limits for applications using frequencies close to those used by the satellite navigation community.

October 11, 2012

GPS Military Receiver Developers Receive New Contracts

The GPS Directorate has approved three contracts to continue the military GPS user equipment (MGUE) development program for portable, ground-based receivers.

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