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Innovative battlefield learning experience for soldiers

The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) has introduced an innovative training and learning system for its soldiers called Battlefield Instrumentation (BFI). Utilising modern laser and informationcommunication technologies, BFI System brings together soldiers, weapon systems and fighting platforms. It uses the GPS, computer simulation and data communication to record details of battlefield engagements between opposing forces.

GPS satellite system for Chiang Mai police

Thailand’s northern region police chief launched a new satellite tracking system for police cars to help them pursue criminals. The Global Positioning Satellite’s electronic control room is based at the police regional command centre. GPS receivers and wireless cameras have been installed in police cars and motorcycles.

Modernized GPS satellite launched successfully

A modernized Global Positioning System Block IIR (GPS IIR-M) satellite – designated GPS IIR- 15(M) – built by Lockheed Martin was launched successfully from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

Taiwan GPS PND makers face falling gross margins

The gross margins of Original Equipment Manufacturers of GPS Portable Navigation Devices have dropped 5-10percent from last year due to increased competition from manufacturers in China and South Korea. In order to minimize GPS navigation software costs to maintain its gross margin, Mitac International, has changed software partners many times in the past three


In India

• The National Centre of Experimental Mineralogy and Petrology (NCEMP), Allahabad University, will install a high precision GPS at Ghoorpur near Allahabad to record the movement of Indian lithosphere. The Department of Science and Technology (DST) has sanctioned Rs. 22 lakh (USD 47,491) for the five-year project undertaken by NCEMP.

• Haryana Roadways Transport Corp (HRTC) buses would soon be equipped with GPS technology. A state transport spokesman said the GPS technology would help in detecting the location of the state’s buses. Haryana Roadways has nearly 4,000 buses that transport 1.1 million passengers daily.

• The Mumbai police are upgrading their camera surveillance vehicles with GPS and Outdoor Broadcasting (OB) facility to maintain law and order. The city unit is already in possession of four such vehicles with cameras that allow for live and still photography.

• The Thiruvananthapuram city police have installed a GPS to track patrol vehicles with the help of satellites. Fifteen `Flying Squad’ vehicles and the police ambulance have been equipped with the tracking system. The Police Control Room uses electronic tracking devices to monitor the movement of police vehicles real time on a digital map.

• By March 2007, all chair cars in trains of the South Central Railway (SCR), India will have GPS display boards giving out the data about the location of the train and the time it will take to reach destination. The data would be constantly displayed and updated. Some trials on the Secunderabad-Kazipet route were carried out recently by SCR officials.

• India is shrinking by 2 cm every year. A new analysis of satellite-based data has given precisely the rate at which the country is shedding size as it pushes northward against the Himalayas. “India’s size is decreasing by 2 cm every year,” says geophysicist Paramesh Banerjee of the Dehradunbased Wadia Institute of Himalayan


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