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Standards-based intelligent modeling of urban multi-utility networks
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In a paper, Semantic 3D Modeling of Multi-utility networks in Cities, presented at GSDI 2012 in Quebec City, Thomas Becker, Claus Nagel and Thomas H. Kolbe have outlined how they are translating a vision of the city as an interactive system comprised of functional components, utility networks connecting components and interdependencies between utility networks into standards-based intelligent models that can be used to analyze urban environments for a variety of purposes. More

LightSquared bankrupt, but spectrum void still beckons
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LightSquared, the company that mounted a powerful threat to GPS signals, declared bankruptcy on May 14 after losing a lengthy struggle in the court of the Federal Communications Commission with the GPS industry, the U.S. military (behind the scenes), the FAA and many other GPS users. However, the vacuum into which Lightsquared sought to step remains a gaping hole that will likely attract other entrants. More

It's time for smarter geospatial solutions to support all business processes
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Without a doubt, we live in a mobile world. From the average person engaging with geolocation data on their iPhones to providing warfighters with real-time GEOINT data on tablets and Android phones, mobile computing is ubiquitous. In the future, this growing phenomenon will become more powerful and integrated into more business processes. More

The GPS dot and its discontents
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Over the last few years, several of us in the GNSS community have done our best to convince our colleagues, policymakers and the general public that unsavory characters with GNSS jammers or spoofers are a genuine threat to GNSS and an orderly society. "But who would want to use a jammer or spoofer?" people ask. More

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US could lose aging eyes in the sky
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About every two weeks, Rick Allen gets a series of thermal snapshots from high above Earth that show how water gets used across the western United States, a perennial source of friction in the largely arid region. The stream of data that Allen dips into has been flowing since 1984, when NASA's Landsat 5 satellite went into orbit. Landsat 5 finally shut down in November, and it successor, Landsat 7, beams back a set of images of Allen's region to the U.S. Geological Survey every 16 days. More

Study: Nearly a third of US households have smart meters already
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The Institute for Electric Efficiency has updated its smart meter research, revealing that nearly one in three U.S. households have a smart meter already. That's up from one in four households in September of 2011. IEE projects one half of all U.S. households will be equipped with smart meters by 2015. But what is still unknown — and the subject of much worry by smart meter vendors — is how quickly the other half of the country will get upgraded. More

US spy agency unveils scale model of Bin Laden hideout
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U.S. intelligence officials have unveiled a once top secret scale model of Osama bin Laden's hideout in Pakistan, a precise replica used to plan the raid that killed the Al-Qaeda chief a year ago. The table-top model made its public debut in the halls of the Pentagon, where soldiers and office workers stopped in the corridor and gazed in fascination at the elaborate miniature of Bin Laden's compound. More

Google can track ships at sea — including US Navy
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Google will soon make public information about virtually every ship at sea, giving the current location and identity even of American warships. Meanwhile, the company is consulting with the Navy and others about security issues. Google paid several million dollars for the satellite technology to pinpoint ships' locations. "These things cost three million dollars for the whole program," said Michael Jones, Chief Technology Advocate at Google Ventures. More


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