Public Media Forum on Next Generation GPS for Enhanced Business Productivity

Poster: Next-Generation GPS for Enhanced Business Productivity -- Because Time is Money and Location is Everything   Deputy Secretary of Commerce David Sampson at podium

January 25, 2006
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Washington, D.C.

On January 25, 2006, the Department of Commerce, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and National Space-Based PNT Coordination Office organized a public media forum on next generation GPS capabilities. The event was intended to publicize the availability of the new second civil GPS signal (L2C) and its usefulness to U.S. industry.


Deputy Secretary of Commerce David Sampson opened the event with a keynote address that underscored the nation's consistent, pro-business policies with regard to GPS, as well as the continuing program to modernize GPS with additional civilian features in the years to come. View remarks at

Two panels of industry executives then highlighted their specific uses of GPS and next-generation GPS across a broad cross-section of the U.S. economy, including agriculture, construction and mining, logistical supply and shipping, telecommunications, transportation, and surveying. Specific points raised are summarized below.


8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
8:30 a.m. - 8:35 a.m.
Matthew Jones, Chairman, Space Enterprise Council, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
8:35 a.m. - 8:40 a.m.
Opening Remarks
Michael Shaw, Director, National Space-Based PNT Coordination Office
8:40 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
The Honorable David Sampson, Deputy Secretary of Commerce

Panel I

GPS -- On the Cutting Edge of Business

Panelists from companies providing innovative solutions to a broad range of industries discuss how GPS is enhancing their customers' productivity today.

10:40 a.m. - 10:55 a.m.
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Moderator: Charles R. Trimble, Chairman, U.S. GPS Industry Council
9:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m
Wireless Cellular Communications and Next-Generation GPS
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Brenton Greene, VP Strategic Initiatives, Lucent Technologies
9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
GPS for Earthmoving Productivity
View PDF (2.5 MB)
Charles Schaidle, Manager for Machine Control and Guidance, Caterpillar
9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
IBM Global Movement Management Overview
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Christian Beckner, Senior Consultant, Global Leadership Initiative, IBM
10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Automotive GPS Applications: Enhancing Safety, Security and Peace of Mind
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William Ball, VP Public Policy, GM/OnStar
10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Q&A Session

Panel II

Next Generation GPS -- It's Here, Literally

Panelists discuss expanded applications performance from next generation GPS capabilities and their usefulness to U.S. business and other real-world operations.

9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
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Moderator: Per Enge, Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford Center for Position, Navigation, and Time
9:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m
Why Trimble Supports GPS Modernization
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Bruce Peetz, VP Advanced Technology, Trimble
9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Washington State Reference Network: A Regional Real-Time GPS Network Cooperative
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Gavin Schrock, Administrator, Washington State Reference Network
9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Farming by Satellite
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Ronald Hatch, Senior Scientist, John Deere/NavCom Technology
10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Next Generation GPS and Arctic Research: Solving the Mysteries of the Arctic
View PDF (4.9 MB)
View Prepared remarks
Mead Treadwell, Commissioner, U.S. Arctic Research Commission
10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Q&A Session
10:30 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.

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