December 2009 Meeting Summary

On December 16, 2009, the Southern California Chapter of the ION held a meeting, hosted by NavCom in Torrance, CA. 34 were in attendance to listen to a presentation by Len Jacobsen. An abstract of the talk and a short biography follow, and the slides used during the meeting are available.

Capsule Biography of Len Jacobson:
Len Jacobson has been involved with GPS and its predecessor systems since 1968. From 1993 onward, he has been a consultant to the GPS industry and Government through his own company, Global Systems and Marketing Inc. During his 30-year career in industry he worked in SATCOM, SATNAV, and spread spectrum systems engineering at ITT, Hughes, Magnavox and as a Vice President at Interstate Electronics.

Len served for many years on the Institute of Navigation (ION) Council in several positions including Space Representative and twice as Western Region Vice President. He chaired the ION National Technical Meeting two times and also was Program Chair. He has been an Editorial Advisor to “GPS World” since its inception and served as Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Chapter. Other affiliations include: AFCEA, AFA, SCAPR, IEEE, etc. He has written countless articles and papers on GPS and had a book called “GNSS Markets and Applications” published by Artech in 2007. For the past decade, he has been called upon as an expert witness in many criminal and civil cases involving GPS.

Len holds a BEE form the City College of NY (now CUNY) and an MSEE from Brooklyn Polytechnic (now NYU-PINY).

Abstract of Len Jacobson’s Talk:
Slides: Current and Future GNSS Trends
Len Jacobson will present his views on the current and future trends for GNSS. Starting with his forecast for the overall market from his 2007 book on the subject he will explore what has happened in the last two years to render it unrealized.

Drawing heavily from comments made by Qualcomm and NovAtel representatives on a recent “GPS World” Webinar moderated by Len, he will present his interpretation and prognosis for GNSS for the coming years.

Topics likely to be discussed include multi-GNSS receivers, new signals, A-GPS vs. more satellites, free use of consumer nav services from Google/Verizon, L2C use for high precision applications, mini INS/GPS, legal considerations of patents and privacy rights, etc.