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Expert Opinions: Your Organization’s Future

November 11, 2015  - By
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Q: Where do you see your efforts and those  of your organization focusing primarily over the next 5–10 years?

 

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Vidal Ashkenazi
CEO, Nottingham Scientific Ltd.

A: GPS, and GNSS generally, will continue to be a big part of our work and remain at the core of our activities. We are not tied to a single technology, though. We are driven more by applications — and so we do not rule out the use of other sensors. As GNSS becomes more widely used and people expect more from it, we will make greater use of additional sensors to fulfil application requirements in more demanding environments.

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Jules McNeff
Vice President, Overlook Technologies

A: GPS was the catalyst for a revolution in the application of precise position and time (that is, “Positime”).  But it’s now 20 years old, and the developed world has become dependent on access to Positime, still mostly from GPS but with many likely complements/backups going forward. It is time to get serious and construct a layered PNT architecture to bolster GPS with regional and local/autonomous PNT sources for resiliency and precision.

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Terence McGurn
Consultant, U.S. Government

A: That we need alternatives to GNSS is now a given. But I see little discussion of the strategy for deploying those alternatives. Currently, we seem to emphasize detection and mitigation of the cause of a GNSS outage. To use a medical analogy, the cause of the patient’s accident is a “nice to know”, but the real issue is to keep the patient/service alive. So I’d like to see more focus on how — and how quickly — we activate the alternatives.

 

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