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The Clock(s) at the Center of the Universe

To provide precise global time, critical to our digital world, the United States Naval Observatory serves as the major node in a worldwide array of synchronized atomic clocks For all but a relatively few astronomers and scientists, the universe of humans centers around our earthbound activities and our heuristic sense of time – day, night, seasons,...

EagleView roof and wall reports are derived from Pictometry’s library of oblique georeferenced images of each structure from multiple perspectives.

EagleView

This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series xyHt in print May 2015The practical side of on-demand aerial image analytics, with an interview of CEO and president Chris Barrow. A contractor showed up at my house to give an estimate for a long overdue roof replacement. He hadn’t pulled out a ladder, so...

RFID tags take many forms. The inside of a tag shown above— designed to attach to metal infrastructure in harsh environments, such as water pipes and valves—has a thin copper “bow-tie” antenna with a minuscule chip in the middle. It’s shown contrasted with a grain of rice.

RFID

This entry is part 5 of 8 in the series xyHt in print April 2015Above: RFID tags take many forms. The inside of a tag shown above—designed to attach to metal infrastructure in harsh environments, such as water pipes and valves—has a thin copper “bow-tie” antenna with a minuscule chip in the middle. It’s shown...

The R1 is a small Bluetooth peripheral GNSS receiver that is purpose-designed for mapping-grade uses.

Mapping Peripheral

This entry is part 7 of 8 in the series xyHt in print April 2015A review of Trimble’s R1, a GNSS Bluetooth peripheral for mobile devices, with multiple options for correction sources. The idea of a GNSS “puck” has broad appeal: a peripheral GNSS receiver to precision-enable mobile devices such as smart phones, tablets, and...

HP has focused their developments on improving the customer experience and workflow, as well as on mobility and security.

Go Wide

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series xyHt in print March 2015While you were waiting for your legacy plotter to respond, wide-format output technology quietly evolved to provide substantial productivity gains and superior quality. When you consider the state of legacy plotters and printers, think about all the time, not to mention frustration,...

Feature: MATE

This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series April 2014Marine Advanced Technology Education is creating the future of marine surveying and operations from groups of innovative kids working around kitchen tables.By Gavin Schrock, PLSDoes it seem like those youngsters in the increasingly popular robotics clubs are having a lot of fun? Yes, but...