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House lawmakers cut civil GPS funding across the board
Inside GNSS
The House Appropriations Committee voted May 13 to cut the White House request for civil GPS funding and a number of other GPS-related program at the Dept. of Transportation. The committee slashed the $27 million request for civil GPS monies by more than 60 percent — to just $10 million. Although GPS is a military program, it has enormous commercial and civil benefits, which are furthered by adding design elements Pentagon mangers would not otherwise incorporate.
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Making sense out of Google's geospatial evolution
Directions Magazine
When Google announced in December that it would withdraw support for its Google Earth browser plug-in in one year's time, then in January stated that Google Maps Engine API would follow into the company's archives, and subsequently in February communicated that there would be key changes to the Google Earth Enterprise product sales and support model, there was understandably a ripple effect in the geospatial industry as various GIS companies looked at how to address a future opportunity.
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Can geospatial technology lead to a development 'data revolution?'
The ability to map data has become essential for urban researchers and city managers worldwide. Geospatial technology, as this tool is known, was in its infancy 20 years ago when the United Nations' last major cities summit took place. But as preparations for next year's Habitat III conference go forward, the geospatial community expects to play a major role in helping the urban community understand the size, scale and scope of challenges in cities.
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North America leading microgrid market ... for now
Smart Grid News
The microgrid market globally is robust, according to Navigant Research's Microgrid Deployment Tracker, eighth edition. A host of new government programs supporting microgrid deployments has been launched in North America in the last 12 months, especially on the East Coast, Navigant reports. The majority of these projects are proposed or are under early development, and are not actually delivering energy services, but they are expected to come online within the next few years.
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Survey findings: GPS dispatching a must-have
Directions Magazine
Over the last several months, we at Directions have been hearing a lot about the impact that GPS-enabled dispatching systems can have on the performance and profitability of companies that provide in-home service technicians. Granted, most of it has been coming from companies that sell the systems.
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Would You Bet Your Business on Your Data?
As a GIS professional, you understand that robust and quality data is at the heart of every business decision including land-use planning, mineral exploration, tax compliance, transportation, as well as infrastructure development and management. However, collecting data from various local government and other resources can be expensive, time-consuming and error-prone. Sadly identifying a single and trusted provider of quality data is not always easy. Until now.
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How Coherent Navigation can help Apple with location technology and talent
Apple Insider
Apple's recent acquisition of Coherent Navigation, a California firm that worked on high-precision satellite navigation projects for the likes of the U.S. Navy, might at first seem a bit outside of the iPhone maker's wheelhouse. But a closer look reveals what could, in fact, be an excellent match. As a company, Coherent Navigation is typical of small startups that do high-value research and development.
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Do you fear the the takeover of artificial intelligence in the geospatial marketplace?
Sensors & Systems
Artificial intelligence is present and growing in adoption in workflows that require the processing of large imagery datasets. Algorithms that are trained for pattern recognition are counting and classifying objects that are then processed for dashboards, reports and other insights. This kind of information extraction drives business and other critical decisions on a daily basis, and there are very few humans involved.
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June 30 leap second worries markets, Internet
GPS World
The coming leap second on June 30 sounds as scary as the (turns out not-so-scary) Y2K bug. But the world has experienced leap second issues before, and most affected industries are taking steps to prepare. The world's clocks will be adjusted by one second on June 30, when a leap second will be inserted into Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), the standard international time scale.
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