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Registration for GITA's Pacific Northwest Chapter Annual Conference, 'Making $ense of Integration' is NOW OPEN
This absolutely great event with a fantastic lineup of speakers will take place in Mukilteo, Washington, April 20-21. To register or learn more: Click here.
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Expert advice: A leap into the unknown?
GPS World
A leap second will be introduced this year at 23:59 on June 30. This phenomenon comes around periodically and is necessary for keeping Coordinated Universal Time in line with the small vagaries of the Earth’s slowing rotation. Although it is an event that will pass unnoticed by the majority of people, it has implications for anyone involved in the development of GNSS-enabled devices. For some, it can be the cause of a major headache.
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QGIS vs. ArcGIS: The rematch?
Thank you to all of you who commented and discussed my last QGIS v ArcGIS article. Many of you pointed at some of the perspective taken with the article, for example, there was mention that it wasn't fair as ArcServer wasn't tested or that the 3-D tools weren't compared. Yes, you are correct, it would be unfair to compare tool to tool. QGIS is far superior in some areas and ArcGIS superior in others, but aren't those the reasons why we choose the software?
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FCC issues new rules on E911 location standards, options besides GNSS
Inside GNSS
New rules recently adopted by the Federal Communications Commission to help emergency responders better locate wireless 911 callers highlight the role of GPS and GNSS technologies while boosting the use of alternative positioning technologies in indoor locations. However, the new enhanced (11 (E911) rules, adopted January 29 and published on February 4, explicitly avoided a decision on the use of GNSS systems other than GPS.
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ComEd 1st utility to get FAA approval to use aerial robotics to inspect electric lines
Smart Grid News
ComEd has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to use innovative, unmanned aircraft systems, also known as aerial robotics, to inspect its electric transmission and distribution lines, as well as its substation. ComEd is the first utility in the U.S. to gain approval to use UAS as part of its ongoing operations, although San Diego Gas and Electric received permission to use the technology for research and training purposes last year.
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Superior Quality Data and Analytics is Critical for Today's Energy Companies
As a GIS professional, you strive to turn complicated tasks into fast, efficient processes throughout your business. You understand that automated data can improve the quality and output of almost every task. However, collecting data from various local government and other resources can be expensive, time-consuming and error-prone. A trusted, single source of robust data and analytics can simplify and improve the quality of many departmental functions such as land-use planning, mineral exploration, tax compliance, transportation, as well as infrastructure development and management. Learn more…
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The failed attempt to destroy GPS
The Atlantic
On May 10, 1992, activists Keith Kjoller and Peter Lumsdaine snuck into a Rockwell International facility in Seal Beach, California. They used wood-splitting axes to break into two clean rooms containing nine satellites being built for the U.S. government. Lumsdaine took his axe to one of the satellites, hitting it over 60 times. They were arrested and faced up to 10 years in prison for destroying federal government property, causing an estimated $2 million in damage. Ultimately, Kjoller and Lumsdaine took guilty pleas and were sentenced to 18 months and two years in prison respectively for an act of civil disobedience they named "The Harriet Tubman-Sarah Connor Brigade."
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Will the resolution and image clarity from WorldView-3 change the game for satellite-based Earth observation?
Sensors & Systems
There have been many years of anticipation for high-resolution satellite imagery that can rival the image clarity and sensing capacity of airborne platforms. This wait has now culminated with both capacity, thanks to the advancements aboard DigitalGlobe's WorldView-3 satellite, as well as eased regulations. The U.S. Department of Commerce decision to allow the sale of resolution up to 25 centimeters, effectively halved the prior 50 centimeter restriction, and now DigitalGlobe is delivering.
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In GNSS race, could Galileo be surging into 2nd?
GPS World
"It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future." This insight comes from the 20th-century American sage Yogi Berra. Yet predictions — hedged guesses, if you will — form the basis of nearly all new business ventures and decisions in ongoing business activities. For surveyors in the year 2015, one of the key predictions — or guesses — to make concerns the next GNSS to come predictably and reliably online, to augment GPS where GPS alone does not fully function: under canopy, in dense urban environments and so on. More satellites visible at more varied angles in the sky can help surmount these obstructions.
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    GISCI announces changes to the GISP Certification process (GISCI)
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A milestone in digital mapping (GPS World)

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