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The Coast Guard and the Research and Innovative Technology Administration are analyzing the current and future user needs and requirements of the Nationwide Differential Global Positioning System. The NDGPS was designed to broadcast signals to improve the accuracy and integrity of the Global Positioning System derived positions for surface transportation, as well as other civil, commercial, scientific and homeland security applications. This analysis will be used to support future NDGPS investment decisions by the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Transportation beyond fiscal year 2016. This notice seeks comments from federal, state and local agencies, as well as other interested members of the public regarding current and future usage of the NDGPS, the need to retain the NDGPS, the impact if NDGPS signals were not available, alternatives to the NDGPS and alternative uses for the existing NDGPS infrastructure.

DATES: Comments and related material must reach the Docket Management Facility on or before July 15.

The link for submitting and viewing comments is:!documentDetail;D=RITA-2013-0001-0001.

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Google launches Maps Engine API
Tech Crunch
Google's Maps Engine, its enterprise-focused service for developers who need to be able to create their own maps based on custom data, launched about two years ago and has been available commercially since last year. Now, Google is adding more functionality to the platform by launching an API for Maps Engine that allows developers to take their custom data, import it into Maps Engine and then use it in their own applications.
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BAE Systems to provide DHS with geospatial imagery, analysis
Washington Business Journal
The Department of Homeland Security's Geospatial Management Office has awarded BAE Systems a task order to provide geospatial imagery and analysis for real-time intelligence products, the Arlington-based company announced. The award has four prime contractors, including Aero-Metric, Dewberry Consultants, GMR Aerial Surveys, which does business as Photo Science, and BAE Systems.
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Smart grid energy storage: European 'battery parks' show a path ahead
Smart Grid News
The future of grid-scale energy storage continues to come into sharper focus. Smart Grid News recently told you about AES and its "operating system" for storage. AES illustrates two keys to making grid-scale storage mainstream. The first is a "platform" for storage that is battery agnostic — allowing you to swap in any brand or type of battery without redoing your software. The second is multiple value streams — putting a single stack of batteries to work in many different ways.
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Living in an APNT world
Inside GNSS
It’s all about the backups now. The alternatives. The gap-fillers. Back in the 1990s, when I first came across the U.S. Federal Radionavigation Plan, I learned that the rise of the Global Positioning System drove the biannual FRP process because of the expectation that GPS would enable the government to shut down many pieces in the hodgepodge of positioning, navigation and timing systems.

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Top 10 awesome features coming in new Google Maps
GIS User
I'm sure more than a few of you have been catching the 2013 Google I/O livestream, unless you happen to be there in person (lucky you). It's always a treat to hear about Google and what's coming next. For myself I was interested to hear all about the future of Google Maps and Google Maps for mobile.

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Open source crusade blocks geospatial standard
An open standard proposal by mapping giant Esri has failed after a backlash from developers within the geospatial community led it to withdraw from the process. Esri, with around 30 percent market share in geographic information systems, has over one million users and 350,000 customers, most of whom use its ArcGIS software.

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Must map monetization mean guiding rather than enabling exploration?
Sensors & Systems
The latest reveal of Google Maps takes a more proactive approach to creating maps around customer queries for a "personalized" view. This shift meets with the company's goal to organize all of the world's information, yet it also is a much tighter tie to the company's core business of advertising. The custom maps are complete with preference based on our social networking friends, places we mention in e-mails, and other sites we've looked at online.
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Google Maps and Waze, outsmarting traffic together
Google Blog
We've all been there: stuck in traffic, frustrated that you chose the wrong route on the drive to work. But imagine if you could see real-time traffic updates from friends and fellow travelers ahead of you, calling out "fender bender ... totally stuck in left lane!" and showing faster routes that others are taking. To help you outsmart traffic, today we're excited to announce we've closed the acquisition of Waze.
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GIS application story — Statistical GIS
GIS User
GIS Center at Academia Sinica is in charge of planning and advancing GIS related basic researches and integration of resources, building cross-domain integration based on time and spatiality, and creating application environment for analysis and map metaphor. Moreover, this GIS center also has diverse groups of researchers who are responsible for further research aiming to topics like Health Care and Environment Change, Taiwan Socio-economic conditions data GIS, and Historical Population, etc.
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Florida firefighter urges county to adopt National Grid system
Florida Today
As hurricane season is opening, one Florida firefighter is on a mission to educate colleagues and other emergency responders about an easy-to-use national mapping system that identifies hard-to-find locations when street signs and landmarks are lost in a disaster. "The United States National Grid Map is especially useful for tornadoes, floods, fires or hurricanes," said Al Studt, a search and rescue trainer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's District 4.
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Col. Bernie Gruber: Farewell perspective on GPS program
GPS World
This week's Defense PNT newsletter by GPS World contributing editor Don Jewell carries an exit interview with Col. Bernard "Bernie" Gruber, who is leaving his post as director of the GPS Directorate after more than three and a half years in that position, and concluding his 26-year U.S. Air Force career. Look for the full interview later this week on the Defense PNT newsletter page.
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NASA looks upward to measure carbon dioxide
As climate change becomes of increasing concern, NASA has been working on new methods to measure carbon dioxide from space. GeoWorld Editor Todd Danielson interviewed Eric Webster, vice president of Exelis Weather Systems, to find out more about the latest technology advancement and how they can improve the science of such crucial monitoring.
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