Siamak Mirhakimi, general manager, Caterpillar Electronics & Systems Integration: "High precision GPS continues to be widely adopted technology in heavy construction and civil engineering due to the benefits of increased productivity, improved job site safety, faster completion times for projects and reduced fuel and rework costs. The test results clearly show substantial interference to high precision GPS which in turn will impact our products and customers. Allowing any company to cause interference to the GPS band would be a major step backward and significantly impact this domestic industry, which has invested billions of dollars in GPS enabled products and which employs over a million people in the U.S."
Jim Kirkland, vice president and general counsel of Trimble: "This analysis highlights the massive economic benefits of GPS technology to the U.S. economy and adds a critical perspective to the current debate over LightSquared's plans. This study also highlights how LightSquared's recently announced 'solution' to the interference problem, which LightSquared admits will not reduce interference for high precision GPS uses, is no solution at all. High precision GPS uses represent nearly $ 10 billion in historical investment by GPS users over the last five years and $30 billion in annual economic benefits."
The report, which traces the development of GPS from its U.S. military origins to today's widespread commercial and consumer use of GPS, states that "the economic benefits of GPS to the U.S. economy are substantial. GPS manufacturers create employment, provide earnings, add value, and generate tax revenues for governments. Importantly, GPS technology improves productivity and produces cost savings for end-users."
The report details the labor, capital, materials and efficiency savings in three industries: precision agriculture; engineering construction, heavy and civil and surveying/mapping; and commercial surface transportation. The report notes as well that GPS technology "creates direct and indirect positive spillover effects, such as emission reductions from fuel savings, health and safety gains in the work place, time savings, job creation, high tax revenues, and improved public safety and national defense."
The full report is available at http://www.saveourgps.org/pdf/GPS-Report-June-22-2011.pdf.
The "Coalition to Save Our GPS" is working to resolve a serious threat to the Global Positioning System. The FCC granted a highly unusual conditional waiver for a proposal to build 40,000 ground stations that could cause widespread interference with GPS signals - endangering a national utility which millions of Americans rely on every day. The conditional waiver was granted to a company called LightSquared.