GPS Innovation Alliance launches

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Citing the ever-increasing importance of the Global Positioning System (GPS) to the global economy and infrastructure, a group of GPS advocates have formed the GPS Innovation Alliance, an organization dedicated to furthering GPS innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship.

Members of the Alliance are drawn from a wide variety of fields and businesses that rely on GPS, including aviation, manufacturing, agriculture, construction, transportation, first responders and surveying and mapping. Other members are organizations representing consumers who depend on GPS for boating and other outdoor activities, and in their automobiles, smartphones and tablets.

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the GPS Innovation Alliance will build on the heritage and expertise of the United States GPS Industry Council (USGIC), which was formed in 1991 to promote broader commercial applications of GPS and to expand global markets while assisting in safeguarding the technology’s military advantages.

Two long-time members of the USGIC, NovAtel Inc. and Topcon Positioning Systems, join John Deere, Garmin and Trimble as founding members of the Alliance. Affiliate members include the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).

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  1. Terry D Welander says

    Hybrid GPS LORAN C navigation units were in development before the LORAN C
    system was shut down; and could be restored if LORAN C navigation is restored.

  2. Terry D Welander says

    GPS, being a weak signal, a few watts or less, is only a fair weather signal. LORAN C is still used around the planet except in the U.S.., a huge mistake. Please help bring back the LORAN C navigation system. At $37 million per year U.S. Coast Guard operating cost, it is and was the best value navigation system ever built. Fix the outrageous mistake of deactivating the U.S. LORAN C navigation system by returning it to service. The LORAN C signal in bad weather is the most reliable ever put in service; and imperatively needs to be restored.

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