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Psion/Blackroc GNSS device delivers centimetre accuracy

Earlier this week I met with Tony Jephcott, CEO of data capture specialist Blackroc Technology, and Jonathan Brayshaw from Psion, on whose modular Workabout Pro 3 handheld Blackroc's new Procyon device is based. The Procyon's claim to fame is that it's the first handheld GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) device that, when suitably configured, can deliver 'pinpoint' (1-2cm) accuracy.

November 4, 2011

NewSat scores $134m Jabiru satellite deal

Satellite provider NewSat has signed a 10-year US$134 million contract to provide satellite capacity to Pakistani telco 3A Technology, hot on the heels of a similar $105 million deal earlier this month.

August 28, 2011

CES 2010: Sling Media unleashes load of new hardware, but Dish Network is only taker so far

Trying to avoid the same fate as TiVo, which has mostly lost out to cable and satellite providers' own DVR offerings, Sling Media has unloaded a whole mess of new hardware that takes advantage of its place-shifting Sling technology in the hopes that those same providers will join forces with the company instead of trying to come up with their own solutions to showing content from a set-top box remotely (whether in another room or across the globe).

January 7, 2010 by

Time Warner Cable to offer multi-room DVRs, Echostar to deliver Sling Media set-top box

With competition from satellite and fiber-optic TV competitors coming from one side, and the Internet from the other, the cable industry needs to deliver new products to keep their subscribers from defecting to the alternatives. At last week's 2009 Cable Show, tru2way technology—an open application platform for set-top box developers—was unveiled in a couple of devices that can help cable providers keep in step with their rivals' more cutting-edge offerings.

April 5, 2009 by

Enterprise gets hip: embraces video as business tool

The site is using video to offer a peek into the networked lives of cool people like basketball star Shane Battier or big city video blogger Meghan Asha. They're using networking technology to shoot a pic or video clip from an iPhone and wirelessly upload it to a blog or create an ultimate living room, complete with DVR, surround sound, HDTV and satellite radio.

October 16, 2008 by

Tradesman Tracker

The Tradesman Tracker App is a GPS tracking business directory. Its free for Users to download and use from the App Store and Play...

November 10, 2014 by Francesco Consultancy

Using satellite imagery to explore ancient Mexico

An interdisciplinary team of researchers at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) is using satellite imagery to peer into the ancient Mexican past. Bill Middleton, an archeologist, is teaming up with computer scientists to build the most detailed landscape map of the southern state of Oaxaca in order to learn more about the Zapotec civilization. According to Middleton, who probably spoke only about Mexico, the Zapotec people 'had the first writing system, the first state society, the first cities.' The project is funded by National Geographic and NASA which is providing three years of images taken by Earth Observing 1 and Landsat satellites. But read more...

May 14, 2008 by

Only 24% of Europeans know how to control tech in their homes

Europeans have at least 362 bln worth euros of TVs, HiFis, speakers, video and DVD players, digital recorders and satellite boxes in their homes, with the true value probably being several blns more. In spite of this, in 24% of European households only one person knows how to control all the technology in their home. [...]

March 17, 2008

Only 24% of Europeans know how to control tech in their homes

Europeans have at least 362 bln worth euros of TVs, HiFis, speakers, video and DVD players, digital recorders and satellite boxes in their homes, with the true value probably being several blns more. In spite of this, in 24% of European households only one person knows how to control all the technology in their home. [...]

March 16, 2008

A 150-km panoramic image of New Mexico

Even NASA knows that it can't always rely on satellite imaging when a natural disaster strikes. This is why Igor Carron, Assistant Director of the Spacecraft Technology Center at Texas A&M University (TAMU), recently used a stratospheric balloon with several of his students. They've used a simple point-and-shoot digital camera to record hundreds of images over New Mexico. And by using inexpensive commercial software, they've stitched together these images to create large panoramas of up to 150 km which are as accurate as the more expensive maps produced by NASA or companies such as DigitalGlobe which sells data to Google. Igor predicts that "traditional GIS will be replaced by user fed data and applications" and that his project is just the beginning of "remote sensing for the people by the people." Here are some excerpts of a conversation I had with him.

December 28, 2006 by

From plane to satellite by laser

If you ever used an Internet connection in a plane, you probably think that it's easy to communicate between an aircraft and a satellite. This is true for 'traditional' data relay applications. But recently, a European Space Agency (ESA) satellite relayed optical laser links from an aircraft over a distance of 40,000 km for the first time. It remains to be seen if this kind of optical technology can be used for routine applications. However, it is attractive because it provides interference-free communications.

December 22, 2006 by

Disaster Recovery 2.0

With social networks, ad hoc wireless networks and Google and Microsoft cooperating on combining real-time emergency data with satellite maps, Strong Angel experiments with leaderless technology.

August 28, 2006 by

Samsung XM puts the 'X' in Xmas

At the "Christmas in July" product showcase on Tuesday, CNET's Neha Tiwari talks to Samsung's Matt Durgin about the company's take on XM satellite music. Samsung says it plans to take the technology to a higher, more personalized level.

July 31, 2006 by

DCITA puts Clear Networks in the clear

Regional satellite Internet provider Clear Networks has passed a quality of service test administered by the government's subsidised broadband scheme.The test -- carried out by the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) -- was commissioned due to customers' concerns Clear was not meeting quality requirements for Internet providers involved in the Higher Bandwidth Incentive Scheme (HiBIS).

June 20, 2005 by

Satellite radio to gain 3 mln subscribers annually

Digital satellite radio will have impressive growth in its subscriber base over the next several years in the United States, with 3 mln net new subscribers annually in the US alone through 2008, according to In-Stat. A recent survey of the high-tech market research firm's Technology Adoption Panel of US consumers indicates a growing awareness of digital satellite radio services.

January 25, 2005 by

Satellite radio to gain 3 mln subscribers annually

Digital satellite radio will have impressive growth in its subscriber base over the next several years in the United States, with 3 mln net new subscribers annually in the US alone through 2008, according to In-Stat. A recent survey of the high-tech market research firm's Technology Adoption Panel of US consumers indicates a growing awareness of digital satellite radio services.

January 25, 2005 by

Multiemedia launches satellite VoIP service

Satellite technology and communications specialist, Multiemedia, has launched its new Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service through its satellite division today, providing VoIP services to Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and the Middle-East.

August 25, 2004 by

Hughes adopts satellite broadband standard

Hughes Network Systems, the broadband satellite division of Hughes Electronics, said it will support a technology standard to deliver high-speed Internet access over its systems. Called the Internet Protocol over Satellite (IPoS), the standard lets companies like HNS license technology to deliver broadband through satellite systems.

March 3, 2004 by

TiVo sues EchoStar over DVR patent

Moving to protect its licensing business, TiVo files suit against the satellite TV provider, saying EchoStar's technology infringes on one of its digital video recording patents.

January 5, 2004 by

Space: The final sales opportunity

For Cisco it seems the world really is not enough. The company's head of space initiatives claims the cost of satellite communications could be cut by convincing space agencies to adopt reusable technology

October 7, 2003 by

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