My very good friends are on a month long trip to Guatemala and they asked me to house/dog sit for them. It is not a bad gig considering it reduces my commute in half, they have a pool (a horse trough), a superior patio, and they left me homemade cookies. So I'm sitting back with a beer and my laptop and thought I would get a post out early.
In other news I am giving a presentation at the Tucson GIS Coop on Friday around 3pm. It is about the mobile field recording system that I am implementing at work. It is powered by ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Mobile. Hopefully the local community will get how easy and cheap it is to set something up like this.
Europe's GNSS Program: Interview with European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani
This is the first interview that I have had. It is interesting because you do not always get information out of someone as high a level involvement as Antonio Tajani. He brings up some interesting points comparing European and U.S. entrepreneurship in GNSS. I know I often put the responsibility of GIS/GPS onto government agencies, but I do agree with him that private sector investment is also required to get these larger programs started. It is kind of a one-two punch. Government funding in the investment start-up phase and private sector to create enough jobs to stimulate tax revenue back into the system.
He also talks about the economic issues involved in expanding the Galileo system. They have four satellites active, but are looking to increase that number. While the economies of several companies are very slowly recovering, they are still depressed. As I wrote last week, many countries simply do not have the money to invest in a program like this.
It will be great when more GNSS systems are put into place. He mentions the possibility of interoperability of Galileo with GLONASS and GPS. Having that many more satellites and base stations working together will be a significant advantage to surveyors and other field crews who rely on GPS/GNSS for their work.
He also mentions that there is an opportunity for growth in the mobile market. I have already written about cell networks are increasing their accuracy. If GNSS systems can adjust the accuracy existing signal to mobile/tablet devices we could see an explosion of high precision/high accuracy documentation in non-professional users. We could see these crowd sourced projects perform on a level previously available only to surveyors.
I am a GIS professional in Walla Walla, WA. I use this blog to force myself to really read through all of the GIS news that I get in my inbox. It also helps me practice writing.