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Welcome to the mid-October 2011 edition of our eNewsletter.
The Law of Innovation. All industries benefit from advancing technology. 3D machine control and positioning impacts production to the extent of rewriting processes and business plans of companies small and large. One of the most technologically advanced components of machine control systems is the GNSS receiver. The laws of innovation have certainly applied to GNSS from its mysterious and archaic beginnings collecting data only at night by the light of a full moon to hours of number crunching post processing unthinkable amounts of data to arrive at a few coordinate positions. Is the technology proposed by Lightsquared simply another disruptive innovation afforded us by the law of innovation not unlike that which occurs in nature? That remains to be seen as the debate continues to occupy headlines and minds alike.
Lightsquared. On Wednesday, October 13, 2011 a press conference was held in Washington D.C. by LightSquared to discuss new filtering technology developed by Javad GNSS and others, and other issues surrounding the controversy with the FCC, Lightsquared and high accuracy GNSS operations. Our sister publication, The American Surveyor and members of the Spatial Media team were present. Please visit LightSquared Watch on amerisurv to keep up with the latest developments on this controversial topic.
In this issue we have 7 articles from our esteemed MCO authors along with contributions from two guest authors, Daniel C Brown and Jeff Winke. Both Dan and Jeff are old friends having appeared before on MachineControlonline.
More to come…
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