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Beyond GPS: Five Next-Generation Technologies for Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT)

The Global Positioning System (GPS) provides real-time positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) data for countless military and civilian uses. But it has limitations. How is the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency addressing them? With new technology, of course!

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Augmented Reality: A Disruptive Technology in Utility Asset Management

One of many fields to undergo phases of disruptive technology and innovation is utility locating technology. In this article, Michelle Goldsmith, a freelance technology journalist,discusses the use of augmented reality with mobile devices to visualize underground assets....Read more

UAVs vs. Small Sats - Which has the more viable business model today?

In an article published today in the Wall Street Journal, John Hickey, the No. 2 safety official at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), told a United Nations meeting over the weekend that regulatory approval to operate unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)...Read more

Mapping Open (and not so Open) Wi-Fi with Your Cat

Remember wardriving? That's the term for driving around with sensors to detect open wi-fi routers with the goal of mapping or using them. This weekend security researcher Gene Bransfield spoke at the DefCon hacker convention about a device to do just that, but for...Read more

Google Courts the Stratosphere with “Loon” Technology

When the “Project Loon” balloon circumnavigated the globe in 22 days this spring, it validated Google’s ambitious and highly secretive endeavor to bring Internet access to a significant portion of the world’s currently unconnected population. Freelance author Brandon Engel takes us...Read more

Michael Byrne Nominated for Service to America Medal

The awards are new to me! The Partnership for Public Service annually honors outstanding federal employees who have made a significant difference in the lives of Americans, presenting awards that have come to be known as the "Oscars of government...Read more

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