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RIEGL gets JALBTCX Technical Award for contribution in LiDAR bathymetry

The receipients of the Sebastian Sizgoric Technical Achievement Award has been announced. RIEGL has been chosen this year for its major contribution in the field of LiDAR bathymetry and airborne coastal mapping and charting. The trophy was presented to RIEGL during the 18th Annual JALBTCX Airborne Coastal Mapping and Charting Workshop. The event took place from June 6 to June 8 at Savannah International Trade and Convention Center, Georgia. JALBTCX is the Joint Airborne LiDAR Bathymetry Technical Center of Expertise whose mission is to perform operations, research, and development in airborne LiDAR bathymetry and complementary technologies.

Applanix and the University of Waterloo collaborate

Applanix, a Trimble Company, has announced that it is collaborating on advanced research for autonomous vehicle guidance and control systems with the University of Waterloo Centre in Ontario, Canada for Automotive Research (WatCAR). Applanix will provide WatCAR with its industry-leading Positioning and Orientation System (POS) for testing autonomous guidance and control systems in real-world conditions. Applanix will also provide the Trimble GNSS-Inertial board set for integration with car systems and sensors to enable precise positioning. www.applanix.com

Trimble launches VRS now correction service in France

Trimble has announced the availability of its Trimble® VRS Now™ GNSS correction service in France. The service is ideal for a variety of geospatial and construction applications including surveying, cadastral, land administration, and urban and rural construction that would benefit from easy access to high-accuracy, centimeter-level positioning. Trimble also recently announced Galileo support for its VRS Now correction service. Powered by the Trimble Pivot™ Platform, VRS Now in Europe fully supports GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, QZSS and now, Galileo satellite systems. www.trimble.com

GPS M-Code receiver order for U.S. Air Force

Rockwell Collins delivered the last of a 770 Military-Code (M-Code) GPS receiver order to the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (USAF SMC). Committed to the Military GPS User Equipment (MGUE) program, the M-Code receiver operates using a more powerful signal, resistant to cyber threats. M-Code not only enhances traditional GPS for military use but coexists with existing signals without interfering with current or future civilian or military user equipment. It is also designed to be autonomous so users can calculate their positions solely using the M-Code signal compared to existing signals where more than one signal code is required. www.rockwellcollins.com

Leica Cyclone REGISTER 360

Hexagon has announced its new Leica Cyclone REGISTER 360 laser scanning software for simpler, automated registration, and its Cyclone Cloud Services platform for secure global collaboration through an on-demand software-as-a-service model. Together, the new products offer users smarter ways to register, visualise and collaborate around digital reality projects, delivering solutions into the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC), plant, survey and public safety markets through the connected Leica Cyclone family. hexagon.com

Spectra Precision’s new GNSS receiver

Spectra Precision has introduced its new SP90m multi-frequency and multiapplication GNSS receiver. The Spectra Precision® SP90m is a powerful, highly versatile, ultra-rugged and reliable GNSS positioning solution for a wide variety of real-time and post-processing applications. It features integrated communications options such as Bluetooth, Wifi, UHF radio, cellular modem as well as two MSS L-band channels to receive Trimble® RTX™ correction services. With a modular form factor, the SP90m is fl exible and can be used as a base station, campaign receiver, continuously operating reference station (CORS), RTK or Trimble RTX rover, or integrated on-board a machine.

The state-of-the-art and patented Z-Blade™ GNSS-centric technology uses all available GNSS signals to deliver fast and reliable positions in real-time. The SP90m GNSS receiver also allows the connection of two GNSS antennas for precise heading or relative positioning determination without a secondary GNSS receiver. www.spectraprecision.com

Uttar Pradesh Police receives award

Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure presented Uttar Pradesh Police with an Icon Award for the police force’s efforts to improve emergency response for 220 million citizens in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. Announced at HxGN LIVE, Hexagon’s annual conference, the Icon Awards are Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure’s highest customer award, presented for visionary use of software to significantly benefit citizens and communities. Uttar Pradesh Police is the largest police force in India and among the largest in the world, with 250,000 police officers in 75 districts. Uttar Pradesh Police selected Hexagon’s Intergraph® Computer-Aided Dispatch (I/ CAD) suite for UP 100. Two hundred fifty call-takers, 150 dispatchers and thousands of field officers use I/CAD applications to respond to citizen needs. hexagon.com

IDS GeoRadar launches safety, stability monitoring radar for the underground mining industr

IDS GeoRadar has introduced HYDRA-U, a radar-based technology solution specifically designed and developed to support geotechnical engineers in the underground mining industry. HYDRA-U is a remote sensing monitoring system able to provide real time monitoring of surface deformations as well as management of ground fall hazards over large areas. The system is designed to trigger early-warning alerts based on specific velocity thresholds in case of impending collapses to evacuate people and machinery at-risk. It can fit narrow spaces typical of underground operations and is designed for quick and easy transport and deployment in critical areas by one single person. http://idsgeoradar.com/

Altair Semiconductor demonstrates GNSS functionality

Altair Semiconductor demonstrated GNSS functionality integrated in its new ALT1250 narrowband CAT-M1 and NB1 chipset. According to Altair, ALT1250 is the only narrowband cellular Internet of Things (IoT) chipset in the market today that incorporates GNSS and GPS functionality. In addition to GNSS functionality, the ALT1250’s level of integration eliminates the need for most external components required to design a cellular IoT module. www.satellitetoday.com/

Microsemi updates TimeProvider 5000

Microsemi Corporation has updated the hardware on its TimeProvider 5000 IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol (PTP) grandmaster clock. The update enables the clock to support Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) and multi-GNSS constellations to ensure better reception and higher security in a wide variety of telecommunications network applications. The device offers multiple constellations in accordance with the directives in certain countries to remove their sole dependency on GPS. Having support for GLONASS and Galileo constellations also makes systems more robust and secure to certain GNSS vulnerabilities.

Tersus GNSS releases inertial navigation system

Tersus GNSS Inc. is now offering the INS-T-306, a GNSS-aided inertial navigation system. The INS-T-306 is the advanced module that combines GPS L1/ L2, GLONASS, BDS navigation and a high-performance strap-down system. It is capable of determining position, velocity and absolute orientation (heading, pitch and roll) for any device on which it is mounted. The launch of the INS-T-306 aims at facilitating motionless and dynamic applications that need high accuracy, such as vessels, ships, helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs).

Pulsar-Based Navigation System to get test on space station

An experiment that arrived on International Space Station on June 5 will test a celestial navigational system that one day may guide future spaceships to Jupiter as efficiently as GPS satellites get you to Starbucks. The Station Explorer for X-ray Timing and Navigation Technology (SEXTANT) experiment is among the projects planned for the world’s first telescope dedicated to observing neutron stars, the densest known objects in the universe. Neutron stars form when a star roughly 10 to 30 times the mass of the sun runs out of fuel for nuclear fusion and collapses, crushing every proton and electron in its core. The result is a ball of neutrons about 12.5 miles (20 kilometers) across — roughly the size of a city — that contains as much mass as the sun. Space.com

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