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Have you seen Samsung’s latest ad for the Galaxy S5? It’s called “Don’t Be a Wall Hugger.” The ad brings to life the most frustrating aspect of owning a smartphone—the need to constantly recharge the battery. In the ad, Samsung touts the improvements it has made to the Galaxy S5 battery life through better power efficiency. Samsung isn’t the first to feature battery life in major advertising campaigns and given its importance to customers, we expect battery life to be a key industry focus in coming years.

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Recent events with GLONASS and with GPS in Australia demonstrated that navigation systems are vulnerable to software problems or glitches. The threat of jamming and spoofing are relevant for GNSS, where the power of the broadcast signals is comparatively weak (think of spotting a 40W light bulb from a few kilometres) and therefore susceptible to RF interference.

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The biggest navigation conference of the year, The Institute of Navigation’s GNSS+, came to a close last week, September 8-12. Why the “+”? To recognise that Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), although an autonomous technology, is rarely enough to assure the performance, resilience or trust that is needed for the huge range of today’s position, navigation and timing applications.

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