Slashdot discusses a story named US Sentinel Drone Fooled Into Landing With GPS Spoofing.
Their summary: "Following up on the earlier Slashdot story, the Christian Science Monitor now reports that GPS spoofing was used to get the RQ-170 Sentinel Drone to land in Iran. According to an Iranian engineer quoted in the article, 'By putting noise [jamming] on the communications, you force the bird into autopilot. This is where the bird loses its brain.' Apparently, once it loses its brain, the bird relies on GPS signals to get home. By spoofing GPS, Iranian Engineers were able to get the drone to 'land on its own where we wanted it to, without having to crack the remote-control signals and communications.'"
Remember this story last February named LightSquared and FCC: How GPS Signal in the U.S. May Soon No Longer Operate Correctly? Well, Slashdot is now running a discussion named LightSquared Disrupts 75% of GPS Connections In Government Test.
Their summary: "Philip Falcone's proposed LightSquared Inc. wireless service caused interference to 75 percent of global-positioning system receivers examined in a U.S. government test, according to a draft summary of results. ... The tests worked off an 'extraordinarily conservative' threshold and didn't show the devices' performance was affected, [LightSquared exec Martin Harriman said]. 'If we're affecting the performance of the device — my goodness, we'd like to be sure that doesn't happen,' Harriman said. The laboratory testing was performed for the National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Systems Engineering Forum, an executive branch body that helps advise policy makers on issues around GPS. It found that 69 of 92, or 75 percent, of receivers tested 'experienced harmful interference' at the equivalent of 100 meters (109 yards) from a LightSquared base station."
We mentioned the LightSquared debacle a few times in the past.
Recently, Pacific Crest introduced the new ADL Uplink, an advanced, high-speed, wireless data link that extends the range and improves the reliability of Internet-based RTK corrections. The ADL Uplink provides high accuracy and application flexibility with more features and options than previously offered by Pacific Crest professional-grade radio links.
For more details on the Pacific Crest ADL Uplink, you can get the full announcement/specs here: http://www.transitiva.com/Press-Releases/Pacific-Crest-Introduces-New-ADL-Uplink-for-Field-Communications-R165.html
November 14th 2011 - Geonovo Limited, the designers and manufacturers of the Romad RSP-100 have won first prize at a “Dragon’s Den” type competition held by the UKT&I on 31st October 2011 at Centerpoint in London.
The prize; a stand place on the UK Trade & Investment exhibition area at the renowned Mobile World Congress Expo in Barcelona 2012.
The format was for twelve contestants to deliver a three minute pitch followed by a grilling by a panel of industry experts handpicked by the UKT&I.
Peter Lusty, CEO of Geonovo gave a polished performance and won over the judges with flying colours, beating some stiff competition.
Regarding the event Peter said, “you never know what to expect from competitions such as this, but I believed we had a good chance to win because we are that rare thing - a British company designing and developing products for export from the UK.
We have built a strong reputation by delivering a consistently high quality product in the form of the Romad RSP100 handset, which is already being used by Cruz Roja (Red Cross Spain) to protect over 5000 people from domestic violence and has also been selected for a 1500 device trial for dementia monitoring”.
The New Product for 2012
Geonovo Limited are launching a new generation of telecare devices based on the RSP-2xx platform that will commence production in Q1 2012 with the launch of the RSP-200 eHealth handset taking place at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
The range of RSP-2xx devices will meet all the requirements of healthcare users through an unrivalled combination of technology and firmware functionality including Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, a 3D accelerometer for fall detection and motion sensing and a large colour screen. It will also achieve a ‘first’ for a product of this type in that it will be able to provide indoor tracking to complement its excellent outdoor GPS performance.
Working both within and outside the home, the RSP-200 will automatically chose the best communications option and provide unrivalled telecare and personal protection monitoring as well as connectivity to, and data capture from, home telehealth systems.
Peter Lusty commented “Our new offering, the RSP-200, will surpass expectations and become a world leading telecare product during the course of next year. Not only are we very excited about the launch of our new device, but we have now been given the opportunity to showcase it to the world at Barcelona in 2012”
For interviews and further information, please contact:
Head of Marketing at Geonovo:
Main No. 08701 403040
Mobile: 07595 280592
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Streamline Postal And Courier Services With Global Postal Codes
November 15, 2011, Toronto, Canada, NAC Geographic Products Inc. announced the release of NAC Sorter - a software module for mail sorting systems to sort all mail automatically from world level to final household mail boxes, thanks to the power of the Universal Address (also called the Global Postal Code).
Though it has been a long time effort of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) to standardize mailing addresses for international mail, it has little success as traditional addresses evolved from history have deep roots in languages and cultures and are difficult to be translated into standard addresses in the UPU suggested formats, not to mention that 60% of the world population do not have addresses yet.These lead to limited automation in mail sorting and no postal and courier services to many households.
This situation now can be changed with the introduction of the Universal Address that can be used to globalize all addresses. The Universal Address is a highly efficient and human-friendly code mathematically equivalent to longitude/latitude coordinates and available at every location in the world, including locations of all houses, buildings and even temporary camps, and can be instantly obtained with a GPS device such as a smartphone or an online high resolution satellite image map such as NAC Locator. Here are some examples of the Universal Addresses:
NAC: JZ9G P9TP (Acropolis, Greece)
NAC: H5SX R497 (Arch of Triumph, Paris, France)
NAC: 9F3J L1PL (Arecibo Observatory, Puerto Rico)
NAC: GZM7 RKH3 (Buckingham Palace, UK)
NAC: 57WF NSBR (CACTUS Site, USA)
NAC: 8CHZ Q86C (CN Tower, Toronto, Canada)
NAC: J16W PZFH (Colosseum, Rome, Italy)
NAC: H5Q2 R48Q (Eiffel Tower, Paris, France)
NAC: SNZ PMK (Forbidden City, Beijing, China)
NAC: J3 RQ (Berlin, Germany)
Here NAC stands for Natural Area Code, a four character NAC represents a 30x24 square kilometer area like a city, a six character NAC represents roughly a square kilometer like a street block, an eight character one a 35x25 square meter area like a house and a ten character one is one square meter like a door anywhere on the earth. Since an eight or ten character NAC is able to uniquely specify a house or building anywhere in the world, it is also called a Universal Address.
Sorting mail based on the Universal Address is just a simple mathematical problem: finding the area containing the location of the Universal Address from a series of areas defined by the company according to its own transportation and delivery structure, which is independent from languages, cultures and the definition of the postal zones.
For countries with traditional addresses, the suggested globalized address is the traditional address embedded with the Universal Address, for example,
NAC: VM9F NX8Q
Thus, it avoids the difficult translation of the address so that people used to the tranditional address can still use it as usual, while machines, tourists and people unfamiliar with the language and the traditional address can use the language-independent digital Universal Address as it has a distinct format and can be easily recognized no matter where it is embedded in the address block.
For countries without traditional addresses, the globalized address can be the Universal Address only or the place names plus the Universal Address such as:
الرياض، المملكة العربية السعودية
NAC: LVK1 M3D7
Then, all homes in the world have their own globalized addresses. With the globalized addresses on mail and parcels,
"The release of NAC Sorter represents another milestone in the digital and globalization revolution, " said Dr. Xinhang Shen, president of NAC Geographic Products Inc., "Postal and courier companies now can automatically sort all mail and parcels at all levels with the same algorithm based on the same kind of codes no matter where they are and no matter where the mail and parcels are sent to, eliminating barriers from hundreds of different languages, traditions, postal code systems of the addresses."
Actually, Universal Addresses can be used for all location related applications (postal and couriers services, taxi services, emergency services, maps, navigation, local search, travel guides, geographic information systems, cadastre, land planning, management of roadside objects, etc) with significantly improved efficiency, interoperability and reliability. For example, if you use the Universal Address instead of the traditional address to specify the destination on a navigation system, you can save 80% of key input, avoid difficulty in inputting foreign characters if it is a foreign address, eliminate errors from the outdated, duplicated or missing address and extend the navigation to locations without traditional addresses.
Currently, NAC Sorter is delivered as an ActiveX control for Microsoft Windows based mail sorting software and has been released to two major manufacturers for the integration with their mail sorting systems. We also welcome other manufacturers of mail sorting systems to do the integration to speed up the revolution of the postal and courier services in the world. The software module can be downloaded here. For more information about NAC Sorter, please check http://www.nacgeo.com/nacsorter.asp.
About NAC Geographic Products Inc.
Incorporated in 1995 in Toronto, Canada, NAC Geographic Products Inc. is a world's leading company in geographic technologies and geo-services, developing GIS/GPS software products and providing APIs for real-time geo-services (geocoding addresses, reverse-geocoding, mapping, routing, etc.) for web applications and wireless location based services, etc.
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Discussed this afternoon over Slashdot, Two New Fed GPS Trackers Found On SUV.
Their summary: "As the Supreme Court gets ready to hear oral arguments in a case Tuesday that could determine if authorities can track U.S. citizens with GPS vehicle trackers without a warrant, a young man in California has come forward to Wired to reveal that he found not one but two different devices on his vehicle recently. The 25-year-old resident of San Jose, California, says he found the first one about three weeks ago on his Volvo SUV while visiting his mother in Modesto, about 80 miles northeast of San Jose. After contacting Wired and allowing a photographer to snap pictures of the device, it was swapped out and replaced with a second tracking device. A witness also reported seeing a strange man looking beneath the vehicle of the young man’s girlfriend while her car was parked at work, suggesting that a tracking device may have been retrieved from her car. Then things got really weird when police showed up during a Wired interview with the man."
Here's the recent Google-related geonews. Nothing major this time to be honest.
From the official sources:
From other sources:
Here's the geospatial-related geonews discussed over Slashdot during the last two weeks, in batch mode:
Slashdot discusses a story named NATO Exercise Banned From Jamming GPS.
Their summary: "A major NATO exercise off the coast of Scotland has been ordered to stop using GPS jamming technology after complaints that to do so would endanger the lives of fishermen and disrupt civilian mobile phones. The exercise — called 'Joint Warrior' -planned to disrupt GPS for 20 miles around each warship"
Slashdot discusses another GPS tracking privacy story, this one called GPS Tracking of State Worker Raises Privacy Issues.
With this summary: "How far can state government go in keeping tabs on its employees? That's the question a mid-level appeals court will consider in the wake of a lawsuit filed by the New York Civil Liberties Union against the state Labor Department, in the case of a fired state worker who was tracked with a GPS device that investigators secretly attached to his personal car. ... State officials tracked Cunningham's whereabouts by secretly attaching a GPS device to his BMW. The electronic tailing went beyond what would normally be termed Cunningham's work hours, since the device was on for 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They even tracked him on a multi-day family vacation."