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The LightSquared battle is heating up: Action alert update
ACSM Bulletin No. 255    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Your comments on FCC Public Notice number DA12-103 are sought. Follow The instructions provided in this update of a previously published Bulletin article. This article is reproduced in its entirety to provide background to the action sought from the surveying community. 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


LightSquared FOIA documents released
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Publicly available documents and other responsive documents not otherwise exempt from release under the FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) are now accessible through a new public web portal created by FCC. More

Lightscrewed: How Washington Whipped Phil Falcone
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He followed all the Beltway's rules to build the next generation of wireless communications. Then the GPS industry, the cellular carriers and one powerful senator decided he was serious. More

ACSM Radio Hour to provide an update on the LightSquared issue
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Join host Curt Sumner as he discusses the latest LightSquared news with guests Gavin Schrock (Administrator, Washington State Reference Network) and Laurence Socci (ACSM/NSPS Government Affairs Consultant). The show airs Monday, Feb. 13, at 11 a.m. EST on www.americaswebradio.com.

Four myths about social media
ACSM Bulletin No. 254    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Social media may have become mainstream but there are still some misconceptions about them in people's minds. Ramesh Srinivasan, an assistant professor of information studies and design/media at the University of California, looks at four of the most common myths. More



A spectrum swap proposed
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The McChrystal Group, led by retired four-star general Stanley McChrystal, contacted the Department of Defense on behalf of LightSquared to discuss "a spectrum swap." The article notes that moving LightSquared's license to a different radio frequency spectrum has been suggested by some as a possible exit strategy from the LightSquared/GPS interference conflict. More

Emergency communications network developed
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Researchers at the University of Arkansas developed an emergency communications network that will maintain operation during natural disasters and provide critical warnings and geographic information to people affected by the disasters. The researchers are honing and testing the system now and expect to deploy a pilot network at the end of 2012. More

U.S. Defense to buy less commercial satellite imagery
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The U.S. Defense Department intends to reduce planned purchases of commercial satellite imagery in 2013 as part of a broader initiative aimed at reducing U.S. military expenditures by $259 billion over the next five years, according to the Pentagon planning document, Defense Budget Priorities and Choices. The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency's budget is classified, however, meaning it will not release details of its 2013 funding request for commercial imagery. More

Aviation plan for air traffic modernization passed
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The U.S. House of Representatives approved a four-year blueprint for aviation programs. It aims to hasten the transition to a new air traffic control system based on GPS technology. The compromise agreement between the House and Senate authorised $63 billion for Federal Aviation Administration programs through the 2015 federal budget year. It was passed on a 248-169 vote. More

Better use of satellites proposed for disaster management
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To reduce the impact of natural disasters on the Japanese archipelago, Japan took steps to expand the nation's space and underwater surveillance networks. Part of this plan is to make better use of existing satellites so that they could make quicker tsunami forecasts. This would involve using a quasi-zenith satellite system, whereby a satellite is always located near Japan's zenith and so ensure that there is a continuous link with offshore tsunami observation devices. More



Tech Bit
Twitter reports Super Bowl's social statistics

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In the last three minutes of Sunday's Super Bowl matchup between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots, an average of 10,000 people — about one-seventh of the spectators that fit into Indianapolis' Lucas Oil Stadium — per second were sharing their thoughts about the game on Twitter, the company revealed in a Twitter message shortly after the game. More

A road warrior's connection to back home
Rep Connection Inc.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Gregg Marshall, CPMR, CSP
I have recently been involved in a contract to support the Small Business Administration website that has me living, at least for now, in Washington while my family and home office remain in Aurora, Colo. Living and working a bit over 1,500 miles from home has given me an opportunity to apply several of the technologies I have written about in the past. Their integration should prove that it is possible to replicate your home office and communicate while you are on the road.
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Congress passes FAA bill that speeds switch to GPS
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A bill to speed the nation's switch from radar to an air traffic control system based on GPS technology, and to open U.S. skies to unmanned drone flights within four years, has received final congressional approval. The bill passed the Senate 75-20, despite labor opposition to a deal cut between the Democratic-controlled Senate and the Republican-controlled House on rules governing union organizing elections at airlines and railroads. More

Optimal aligning of the sums of GNSS navigation signals
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Two or more modernized GNSS signals transmitted on the same carrier produce varying amplitudes that reduce the power amplifier efficiency and results in the need for aligning the group signal amplitude. In this column, two Russian signals experts introduce a new symmetrized signals class that enables significant reductions in the loss factor created during this amplitude alignment compared to existing methods. More

SSTL-OHB System consortium to build 8 more Galileo FOC satellites
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European Commission Vice President Antonio Tajani announced in London that the consortium led by OHB System AG and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. will build a further eight satellites for the European Union's Galileo satellite navigation program under the supervision of the European Space Agency. The new contract will see SSTL continuing its role as payload prime, assembling, integrating and testing the navigation payloads in the U.K. More

Satellite-imagery firms in Colorado hope to avoid steep federal cuts
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Satellite images so sharp that a baseball home plate is recognizable from more than 400 miles hang in the federal budget balance — and with them the fortunes of two companies with Colorado operations. High-resolution Earth images snapped by a squadron of high-flying commercial satellites find uses in oil and gas exploration, mining, agriculture, environmental monitoring, disaster response, national security and defense. More

The shine is off Google Earth; what's next?
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It's been about six years since Google Earth stimulated the imaginations of millions of people; six years since vast numbers of people, perhaps for the first time in their lives, truly understood that the Earth was round and finite. It remains an amazing tool, but somehow the shine has diminished. Although Google has introduced many new features (e.g., touring, Earth builder, an improved 3-D model for Street View, indoor imagery, etc.), none of these has the power to revolutionize our view of the world. More


 
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