Next-Generation GPS for Enhanced Business Productivity:
Because Time is Money, and Location is Everything!

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

On January 25, 2006, the U.S. Department of Commerce co-hosted a public media forum on the next-generation Global Positioning System (GPS), along with the Space Enterprise Council of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Coordination Office. The event was intended to publicize the availability of new, next-generation GPS capabilities and their usefulness to U.S. industry.

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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. 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.

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8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. - 8:35 a.m. Welcome 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. Keynote Address 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.

9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Introduction
(27K PPT)
Moderator: Charles R. Trimble, Chairman, U.S. GPS Industry Council
9:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Presentation
(146K PPT)
Brenton Greene, VP Strategic Initiatives, Lucent Technologies
9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Presentation
(20.2MB PPT)
Charles Schaidle, Manager for Machine Control and Guidance, Caterpillar
9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Presentation
(1.5MB PDF)
Christian Beckner, Senior Consultant, Global Leadership Initiative, IBM
10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Presentation
(795K PDF)
William Ball, VP Public Policy, GM/OnStar
10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Q&A Session
10:30 a.m. - 10:40 a.m. Break

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.

10:40 a.m. - 10:55 a.m. Introduction
(4.6MB PPT)
Moderator: Per Enge, Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford Center for Position, Navigation, and Time
10:55 a.m. - 11:10 a.m. Presentation
(375K PPT)
Bruce Peetz, VP Advanced Technology, Trimble
11:10 a.m. - 11:25 a.m. Presentation
(58MB PPT)
Gavin Schrock, Administrator, Washington State Reference Network
11:25 a.m. - 11:40 a.m. Presentation
(6.7MB PPT)
Ronald Hatch, Senior Scientist, John Deere/NavCom Technology
11:40 a.m. - 11:55 a.m. Presentation
(22MB PPT)
Mead Treadwell, Commissioner, U.S. Arctic Research Commission (Accompanying remarks)
11:55 a.m. - 12:10 p.m. Q&A Session

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