US: Five major national organisations representing a variety of industries have joined the GPS Innovation Alliance as affiliate members.
The Alliance announced that the American Trucking Association, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), Boat U.S., the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) and the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) have signed on as Alliance affiliates. Each shares in the Alliance’s goal of protecting, promoting and further enhancing one of the world’s most important enabling technologies – technologies that improve the lives of people around the globe.
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the GPS Innovation Alliance was launched last month. Its founding members are Garmin, John Deere, Topcon Positioning Systems and Trimble. Affiliate members previously announced include the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).
Ted Scott, Director of Engineering, American Trucking Associations said, “GPS is important to the trucking industry. A robust and reliable GPS system enables drivers and fleet managers to select the best routes to guarantee pickup and delivery times, and to track shipments and fleets. It also helps save fuel by providing the most efficient routes. As GPS continues to modernize, we are pleased to support the GPS Innovation Alliance as an affiliate.”
Michael Toscano, President and CEO, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International said, “All around the world, unmanned systems (air, ground and maritime) rely on accurate, dependable GPS signals. The lack of a reliable GPS signal poses a serious threat to our public safety and national defense, and this is why we support the GPS Innovation Alliance. We look forward to working with the Alliance in its effort to emphasize the importance of protecting our GPS.”
Source: GPS Innovation Alliance