Tell us the future: State of the Industry survey open for input

June 4, 2019  - By

What technical and business challenges are getting your attention this year?

What are the most important benefits of, and the key challenges posed by, new modernized GNSS signals? How are you driving business in today’s economy?

What issues are you concerned about?  What solutions hold the most promise for positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) in challenged and indoor environments — regardless of which technology provides them?

We want to know, and so does the rest of the industry.

What is the key challenge for positioning and navigation in the wireless and consumer space? (Source: GPS World 2018 State of the GNSS Industry survey)

What is the key challenge for positioning and navigation in the wireless and consumer space? (Source: GPS World 2018 State of the GNSS Industry survey)

GPS World is asking PNT professionals about the developing technology frontiers, the state of their business, the economic climate for products and services, driving market factors, the effects of jamming, the Issue of the Year — and more! Please give us your opinions in the 2019 State of the Industry survey. It should take less than 10 minutes, and your responses are confidential.

A handful of lucky participants drawn at random will win TWO $100 gift cards good (virtually) anywhere.

Complete the survey by June 30. Then look for a complete report of our findings in the September issue of GPS World.

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback and help us improve our magazine content, industry awareness — and your own business!

While asking questions that have appeared in past State of the Industry surveys, to reveal industry changes that have taken place over the last five years, the 2019 Survey presents these new issues for your consideration:

• With multiple constellations, signals and services now beginning to emerge, what are the challenges to keeping open and seamless access to these in the international marketplace ? 

• Among the many benefits of modernized signals, which is the most important in your field of work?

• Among the key challenges in utilizing modernized signals, which gets most of your attention? 

The question above offers such answer choices as: increases die size without ability to increase chip cost; longer code sequences are difficult to acquire; increases RAM/ROM; increases number of RF channels; increases number of digital channels; higher CPU processing required; and software complexity with many signal types. 

What one word would you use to describe your company’s No. 1 opportunity to grow in 2020? 

What one word would you use to describe your company’s No. 1 obstacle to growth in 2020?

Overall, the 2019 Survey covers such topics as:

  • Technology Trends.  PNT is rapidly diversifying among a number of complementary technologies, as GNSS looks to inertial, lidar, laser, cellular, WiFi and other beacons, signals of opportunity, low-Earth orbit satellite constellations and more. Different market sectors have, naturally, different requirements, and these lead to different integration combinations. Where do you see the most promise?
  • The Global Economy and how it affects business in your sector. Customers’ availability of capital to invest is top-of-mind for most industry professionals, whether designers, manufacturers, integrators, suppliers/dealers, or end users.
  • Industry Confidence in the road ahead. Sound business navigation requires a fluid, responsive combination of technology, capital, investment, and often most important, human capital. .
  • Issues of Concern. To what extent do industry leaders take into account the following as well as further factors?
    • Pricing and competitive issues;
    • GNSS jamming, spoofing, other RF interference;
    • Developing compatibility and interoperability of GNSS: GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo;
    • Advantages and drawbacks of other positioning and navigation technologies.

The survey report, complete with insightful articles and infographics, will appear in the September issue. Look for it!

Please click here to begin the survey.

About the Author: Alan Cameron

Alan Cameron is the former editor-at-large of GPS World magazine.