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November 26, 2013

China Satellite Navigation Conference 2014 Planned for Nanjing

The organizing committee for the fifth China Satellite Navigation Conference (CSNC 2014) is inviting papers for presentation at the event, scheduled May 21–23 in Nanjing.

The annual event is China's largest and most comprehensive high-level satellite navigation academic conference. Abstracts need to be submitted by November 30 and full papers, by December 30.

November 15, 2013

FCC Examines Shortcomings in E911 Calls’ Location Data

Prompted by reports of a sharp deterioration in the quantity and quality of 911-caller automatic location information, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is weighing new requirements for phone companies to help emergency personnel find cell phone users in need of aid.

Data from emergency providers show that a rapidly declining number of 911 calls from mobile phone users come in without the accurate location information needed to find the person calling for help.

November 8, 2013

FAA Releases ‘Roadmap’ for Integrating Unmanned Aircraft Systems

In major step toward enabling unmanned aircraft to operate freely in the U.S. the federal government released a set of plans Thursday (November 7, 2013)on how it plans to integrate unmanned aerial systems (UAS) into the national airspace, including a policy to help protect the privacy of those living near drone test sites.

November 7, 2013

New Foundation Formed to Pursue eLoran as Backup for GPS

A new nonprofit has been launched to push for repurposing the United States’ old C-Loran infrastructure to support a new, privately funded Enhanced Loran (eLoran) service as a backup to GPS.

November 6, 2013

GAO Report on GPS Disruptions Faults DHS, DoT Efforts

A General Accountability Office (GAO) report on “GPS Disruptions” issued today (November 6, 2013) concludes that the Department of Transportation (DoT) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) need to improve their efforts to assess the associated risks and mitigate them.

The report comes nearly nine years after a National Security Policy Directive (NSPD-39) on U.S. Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) Policy directed the agencies to develop a plan for detecting and mitigating GPS interference and develop a backup PNT capability.

November 5, 2013

Cloud-Based Sports App Wins 2013 European Satellite Navigation Competion

A cloud-based solution for analyzing and visualizing athletic training data on mobile devices has won this year’s European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC).

November 1, 2013

U.S. Circuit Court Decision Broadens Requirement for Warrants in GPS-Aided Searches

A Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals recent decision to suppress evidence in a criminal case obtained by placing a GPS-based tracking unit on a suspect’s van appears to strengthen the requirement for police to obtain warrants before taking such measures.

November 1, 2013

GAO Report Highlights GPS Role in Vehicle Safety Apps

A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on intelligent transportation system (ITS) technologies released today (November 1, 2013) identified concerns about GPS accuracy and relative positioning that could limit its use in vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) systems.

However, U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT) officials responding to the GAO study expressed confidence that the quality of GPS receivers in today’s automobiles will be sufficient to support V2V safety applications.

November 1, 2013

Assured PNT: Army Links Smart Phones and GPS Devices

The Army is working on GPS equipment that would connect with a single, user-friendly device like a smart phone or through a single hub to reduce the number of devices a soldier has to carry and to facilitate software updates.

The work is part of a wide-ranging effort at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland to shift the focus away from having positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) capability in each device —such as a DAGR (Defense Advanced GPS Receiver) or range finder — connecting equipment into a single device that supplies the necessary PNT information.

October 31, 2013

FAA Loosens Rules for Personal Electronic Devices On Board Planes

Acting on a set of recommendations by an advisory committee, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced today (October 31, 2013) the agency’s determination that airlines can safely expand passenger use of portable electronic devices (PEDs) during all phases of flight.

New guidelines for the airlines will allow the use of PEDs, typically consumer electronbics ranging from tablet computers, e-readers, and GPS receivers to small devices such as MP3 players and electronic toys, even during takeoff and landing under normal conditions.

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