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Leica Ready now offered on Liebherr dozers, excavators

Leica Ready machine control kits will now be offered on dozers and excavators by Liebherr, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of construction machinery. Working with high precision GNSS, Leica Ready kits bring increased accuracy and improve efficiency up to 30 per cent. Enabling swift and fast installation of Leica Geosystems’ Machine Control systems, such as Leica iCON iGD4SP Dual GNSS and iGD3 3D for bulldozers and the Leica iCON iXE3 system for excavators, return on investment is easily realised.

“Being able to offer Leica Ready on Liebherr dozers and excavators will help construction operators increase productivity and improve efficiencies in their operations. Combined with our newly released MSS400 sensor series for excavators, construction professionals will have the very best available machine control at their fingertips,” said Johan Arnberg, Leica Geosystems Machine Control Division president.

Global alliance agreement between Rockwell Collins and QinetiQ

Rockwell Collins and QinetiQ have signed a global alliance agreement to collaborate on the development of nextgeneration, multi-constellation open service and secure GNSS receivers. The effort will support the critical mission needs of military, government and critical national infrastructure.

2G Robotics selected as official supplier to the Royal Norwegian Navy

2G Robotics has been selected to supply AUV-based laser scanning, stills imaging, and illumination solutions for HUGIN AUVs to be delivered to the Royal Norwegian Navy. As part of this relationship, 2G Robotics is looking forward to being involved in the upcoming, state-of-the-art mine countermeasure project and would like to congratulate Kongsberg Maritime and the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA) on their latest agreement for the delivery of four complete HUGIN AUV systems.

Jamming robustness available in Septentrio’s GNSS receivers

The AsteRx-m2 and AsteRx-m2 UAS OEM boards have been launched by Septentrio. The credit-card sized boards offer all-in-view multi-frequency, multiconstellation tracking and centimetrelevel RTK position accuracy for the lowest power of any comparable receiver. Additionally, both can receive TerraStar satellite-based correction signals for PPP positioning.

Satlab announces SLX-1 Multiapplication Receiver Mobile Upgrade

Satlab Geosolutions has released an upgrade to its multi-purpose, multifrequency SLX-1 GNSS receiver. The SLX-1 was initially released as a CORS receiver but is now able to function as a mobile sensor suitable for any application where a rugged multi-application GNSS receiver is required. The receiver tracks GPS, GLONASS, BDS, Galileo, QZSS and SBAS constellations and can maximise the tracking to observe all visible GNSS satellite signals.

Mobile App for Understanding of the Ocean Anywhere, Anytime

Esri have announced its innovative Ecological Marine Units (EMU) app is now available for mobile devices. The app provides a valuable resource for scientists, educators, governments, and industries seeking easily accessible information and imagery about the ocean’s long-term physical and nutrient properties. The EMU app puts data such as temperature, salinity, and dissolved oxygen from 52 million locations throughout the world’s oceans at any user’s fingertips.

This data informs how livable marine environments are for ocean-dwelling species as well as the overall health of the ecosystem. Organizations involved in fishery planning, for instance, can use the EMU mobile app to review proposed boundaries with a better understanding of which habitats will likely harbor certain species and manage fisheries more cost-effectively.

Swift Navigation enhances cmaccurate GNSS technology

Swift Navigation has announced the first major firmware upgrade to its fl agship product Piksi® Multi GNSS Module. The upgrade is available at no cost to Piksi Multi users and expands on dynamic RTK application support, increasing functionality for users, expanding use case applications and allowing users to better leverage existing infrastructure and facilitate post-processing.

Spirent to help civil aviation manage GNSS interference threats

Spirent Communications has announced GSS200D interference detector as part of Spirent’s partnership with Nottingham Scientific – a solution that enables the civil aviation industry to evaluate the growing threat of GNSS interference, jamming and spoofing. Ground-Based Augmentation System (GBAS) and instrument approach procedures based on Satellite Based Augmentation Systems (SBAS), such as Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance (LPV) and Required Navigation Performance (RNP), provide air traffic management with cost-effective alternatives while providing equivalent operational performance, according to the company.

GSS200D solution monitors the radio bands used by EGNOS, as well as other GNSS augmentation systems such as the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) or the GPS Aided Geo Augmented Navigation (GAGAN) system, to ensure awareness of interference that could compromise positioning information.

Tersus releases Precis- BX316R GNSS PPK board

Tersus GNSS has released to the market its new GNSS PPK board, the Precis- BX316R, which is a GNSS Post- Processing Kinematic (PPK) board for accurate positioning. It supports raw measurement output from two antennas: GPS L1/L2, GLONASS G1/G2 and BDS B1/B2 from primary antenna and GPS L1/ L2 from the second.

Ultra-slim, smart antenna GNSS location module by Telit

Telit has introduced a new, ultraslim family of smart antenna GNSS receiver modules. These fully integrated SL876Q5-A modules include a comprehensive feature set that eliminates the need for additional components, making them well suited for Internet of Things (IoT) projects with size, cost, and time constraints.

Hemisphere GNSS new OEM board

The new Vector Eclipse H328 is the latest offering in Hemisphere GNSS’ line of low-power, high-precision, positioning and heading OEM boards. The multi-frequency, multi-GNSS H328 is an all signals receiver board that includes Hemisphere’s new hardware platform and integrates Atlas GNSS Global Correction Service.

In addition to a new hardware platform, the overall cost, size, weight and power consumption of the H328 are reduced. It offers scalability with centimeter-level accuracy in either single- frequency mode or full performance multifrequency, multi-GNSS, Atlascapable mode that supports fast RTK initialization times over long distances. The H328 offers fast accuracy heading of better than 0.17 degrees at 0.5 meter antenna separation and aiding gyroscope and tilt sensors for temporary GNSS outages. The 60-millimeterby- 100-millimeter module with 24- pin and 16-pin headers is a drop in upgrade for existing designs using this industry standard form factor.

Oscilloquartz unveils Synchronization Solution

Oscilloquartz, an ADVA Optical Networking company, has launched the OSA 5405 SyncReach(TM), an integrated PTP grandmaster and GNSS receiver with a patent-pending dual antenna and receiver to enable the mass roll out of small cells. The new technology has been specifically engineered to provide accurate and affordable phase synchronization for the rapidly growing small cell market and meet the stringent timing requirements of 4.5G and 5G connectivity.

Gexcel introduces mobile surveying and mapping system

An Italy-based LiDAR and imagery analysis software solution provider, Gexcel, has entered 3D mobile mapping market with its HERON system. It is developed for professional indoor/outdoor mapping and surveying. Developed for challenging mapping and surveying tasks, such as deep dark underground mines or tunnels or in a complex industrial area, HERON is suited both for surveying, localisation and model-comparison tasks.

Real-time maritime tracking service by exactEarth

exactEarth has launched exactView RT – the world’s first global, persistent realtime Satellite AIS service. Powered by Harris, this revolutionary capability is expected to enable a wide variety of new service capabilities for the global maritime community and to contribute strongly over the next 20 years to the improvement of maritime safety, commerce, navigation, environmental management, and security. It consists of a system of more than 60 maritime satellite payloads, designed, built and operated by Harris Corporation. These advanced maritime payloads cover the entire maritime VHF radio band and leverage the unique cross-linked architecture of the global Iridium NEXT satellite constellation to deliver AIS and other vessel-based VHF data services from any vessel, anywhere on the globe, relaying that data securely to customers in real-time.

Integrated aerial cameras for DJI drone platform by Phase One

Phase One Industrial introduces fully integrated iXU and iXU-RS aerial cameras for DJI’s M600 and M600 Pro drones. This is the latest drone platform that is supported by Phase One. Both the UAV cameras are uniquely capable of addressing diverse aerial imaging applications — from photogrammetry to critical infrastructure monitoring projects.

Antenova launches Grandis

Antenova Ltd have announced a new antenna, Grandis, part number SR42I010. It is an SMD antenna that is physically smaller yet provides enhanced performance in the 863- 870 MHz and 902-928MHz bands. It directly targets the growing number of M2M and IoT applications using the LPWAN protocols.

With Grandis, Antenova has reduced the footprint of the LPWAN antenna to 12.0 x 11.0 x 1.6mm, while also enhancing the antenna’s performance. It a lowprofile antenna which uses a ground plane to radiate, and is designed to be placed in the corner of the PCB. LPWAN is an increasingly popular choice for IoT and smart city applications because it uses less power, which means that the batteries within individual devices will have an extended life. Antenova’s Grandis antenna covers the newer LPWAN standards for connected devices in IoT and smart cities: LoRa, SigFox and Weightless-P.

Trimble SiteVision Prototype

SiteVision is designed to be used outdoors—presumably for certain construction design and mining applications—so it doesn’t require the complex locating technologies used when access to positioning satellites is denied. Instead, it implements Trimble’s Catalyst GNSS solution, which uses software and a powerful antenna to locate a mobile device to within a few centimeters. SiteVision combines Catalyst with a Lenovo Phab2 Pro. This phone is one of the first Google Tango-enabled mobile devices.

Real-Time Remote Diagnostic System for Euromaint Rail

Euromaint Rail has deployed the Trimble® R2M real-time remote diagnostic system to manage the maintenance of fl eets running on Stockholm Commuter lines and Norrtåg regional rail lines. The deployment is part of Euromaint Rail’s Remote Vehicle Monitoring (RVM) program to enhance its customer service by providing a modern and reliable condition-based maintenance strategy. The Trimble R2M real-time remote diagnostic system will be one of the key components in Euromaint Rail’s RVM program to support its overall fl eet reliability and availability objectives.

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