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Monday, July 10, 2006

The Harford County, Maryland public school system will be opening what may be the first U.S. magnet school focussing on homeland security (Baltimore Sun). The school will prepare high school students for further study and careers in disaster response, high-level computer science and law enforcement. Among the topics in the curriculum are “public safety, border control, religious ideology, geospatial technology, cybersecurity, and threat identification.”

The location at Joppatowne High School, along with a limited security clearance, will hopefully allow students to participate as interns at Aberdeen Proving Ground. The program is scheduled to open in the fall of 2007 and is funded by $200,000 state grant. Other magnet programs are available in the county and of course, should this prove successful, it may be copied around the nation.

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/10 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

On Friday Vice Adm. Robert Murrett “officially took charge at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)” as he took the reigns from retiring retired Air Force Lt. Gen. James Clapper Jr.

Who is Murrett? He was commander of the Atlantic Intelligence Command, director for intelligence for the Joint Forces Command and vice director for intelligence on the Joint Staff. His bachelor’s degree is in history from Buffalo and his master’s degrees is in government and strategic intelligence from Georgetown University and the Defense Intelligence College.

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/10 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The prototype GIOVE-A satellite, a testing ground for the Galileo GNSS has been broadcasting a signal since January. But no one could use it, save the few privileged organizations involved in the project. Some of Galileo’s signal are supposed to be “open source,” but none on GIOVE-A are.

So, members of Cornell’s Global Positioning System (GPS) Laboratory got to work (with the OK of the university’s lawyers) and de-coded the “so-called pseudo random number (PRN) codes.” That reports the Cornell Chronicle Online, “means free access for consumers who use navigation devices—including handheld receivers and systems installed in vehicles—that need PRNs to listen to satellites.”

The Cornell team documented how it did the deed in GPS World.

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/10 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

There’s just a tease in the New York Times and a single image, but the two companies are working together. 2D viewed in 3D, which is what many existing sytems are doing now is not such a great solution, argues Daniel Rosario, a senior project engineer at VW’s Electronics Research Lab in Palo Alto, Calif. He thinks orienting yourself to the “tallest or most unique building” would work better. Bottom line? The system will need a live Internet connetion to use the Google Earth base and may be available in the next five years.

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/10 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

That’s right for five days those 12-18 can “have hands-on fun with high-tech global positioning systems and computers while presenting them with real-world challenges and skills that they can use immediately in their communities.” The camp, which runs July 31-Aug 4 is offered by Penn State’s College of Agricultural Science and sponsored by Penn State’s Equal Opportunity Planning Committee, the College of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, and the Penn State Cooperative Extension Geospatial Technology Program. Students stay in the dorms and eat in the university dining halls.

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/10 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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