GIS Tech News (#49)4 Dec, 2007
GPS Satellites Gain Prominence
Recent developments in satellite and GPS technology will improve the quality of GPS data that land professionals can use in their projects.
While the work of civil engineers, planners, and other land professionals typically focuses on the Earth’s surface, vital activities affecting our professions also occur miles above us. Most of us have relied on global positioning system (GPS) data at one time or another, but many are probably not aware of some recent developments in satellite-based positioning.
In the past few months, a new satellite was launched to upgrade the U.S. GPS system, and the U.S. government announced plans to totally eliminate intentional degradation of GPS signals. And in other parts of the world, new satellite-based positioning systems are being launched to mimic the North American-geared GPS network and provide more options for satellite-based positioning around the globe. Read more>>
By Ron LaFon
Cadalyst All-Star awards honor the best of the best -- the most outstanding among all software and hardware products that earned Highly Recommended ratings from Cadalyst Labs in the past six months. Not all Cadalyst reviews are published in the print issue, and some of the product reviews in this article appeared in the Cadalyst Daily e-mail newsletter. Beginning in 2008, Cadalyst will bestow its All-Star awards annually rather than every six months.
UPCOMING GIS EVENTS
URISA Leadership Academy
December 5-7, 2007
New Orleans, Louisiana
This program is the only leadership training program of its type and is tailored to industry leaders and practitioners faced with the unique challenges of GIS leadership and management and who want to make an impact leveraging the power of GIS. Read more>>
December 17-19, 2007
Trivandrum, Kerala, India
b-GIS@Asia focuses on integrating GIS into key functional areas of government, NGO, academic, and business organizations. The conference offers numerous participatory options, including plenary lectures, thematic papers, posters, user applications, and meet-the-professional opportunities. Read more>>