Sumitomo Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. (Sumitomo) has announced selection of Trimble as Sumitomo’s preferred technology provider for machine control solutions. Sumitomo will offer the Trimble® Earthworks Grade Control Platform for Excavators as a factory-fit machine control solution for the Japanese market.
Sumitomo will offer two options from the factory for grade control. The 2D Machine Guidance option will include a Sumitomo-designed user interface, using the integrated machine display panel in the excavator cab. The 2D Machine Control factory fit option includes a 10-inch Android™ tablet display running the Trimble Earthworks software application. www.sumitomokenki.com.
TerraGo Magic now offers advanced integration and support for the Sokkia line of GNSS receivers, including the new GCX3.
TerraGo Magic is a zero-code platform-as-a-service that enables customers to build their own custom mobile apps without writing any code by choosing from a menu of available, field-tested features. The GCX3 offers lightweight, compact and ergonomic benefits — along with centimeter-accurate positioning — now with expanded satellite tracking capabilities.
Garmin launches new range of smart watches in India
Garmin India has launched a wide range of smart watches and activity trackers, including its much-awaited ‘Fenix 5’ series, in India.The Wi-Fi-enabled ‘Fenix 5’ smart watches are packed with features like GPS with GLONASS support, 24-hour heart-rate monitoring, three-axis digital compass, barometric altimeter and several multi-sport activity modes and can be paired with smartphone.
PCTEL, Inc has announced its new multi-band LTE/Wi-Fi/GNSS antenna with a sub-inch profile. The antenna combines PCTEL’s high rejection multi-GNSS technology for precision timing and location tracking with high performance multi-band data connectivity, according to the company. The antenna is also designed to be rugged and easy to install, making it ideal for covert public safety operations, precision agriculture, and the Industrial internet of things (IoT).
New GNSS antenna for surveying and mapping by Harxon
Harxon has released the all-constellation GNSS antenna GPS1000, receiving GPS L1/L2/L5, BDS B1/B2/B3, GLONASS L1/L2, Galileo E1/E2/E5a/E5b and L-band signals. GPS1000 can be used in land survey, marine survey, channel survey, seismic monitoring, bridge survey and agriculture applications, providing consistent performance across the full bandwidth. The antenna has high gain and wide beam width to ensure the signal receiving performance of satellite at the low elevation angle, and the phase center remains constant as the azimuth and elevation angle of the satellites change.
HxGN Dynamic Haulage
Hexagon has introduced HxGN Dynamic Haulage for optimized truck movement. As part of the MineSight Schedule Optimizer (MSSO) platform, Dynamic Haulage ensures the best, most efficient path to destinations, regardless of changes in haul roads and routes between operational phases and between schedule runs. It’s the closest thing to real-time “best path” from cut-to-mill or dump and back again. Dynamic Haulage appeals to large pit operations with significant fleet equipment assets.
The Hexagon Imagery Program (HxIP), the premier source for professional airborne imagery provided through
the cloud, recently announced updates for 2017 airborne imagery collection plans of Wide Area Coverage (WAC) at 30-centimetre accuracy and Urban Area Coverage (UAC) at 15-cm accuracy. By the end of 2017, the HxIP will update its content for more than 3.9 million km² in North America. This includes a refresh of 18 previously captured U.S. states and completes the full coverage of the continental United States, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, and select areas of Alaska. In addition to the 30-cm program, the HxIP expands its 15-cm collection by 100 cities for a total of 347 U.S. urban areas covering more than 492,000km². The HxIP also includes 23 Canadian cities at 30 cm.
Antenova Ltd, manufacturer of antennas and RF antenna modules for M2M and the Internet of Things, has launchced Robusta part no. SR4G031, a new antenna for metal surfaces. The antenna operates in the 1559-1609 MHz bands and is designed for tracking metal objects and smart city applications. Antenova’s takes antenna design a step forward with its REFLECTOR family, which answer to the challenge of operating on a metal surface or housing, where it is extremely difficult for an antenna to operate. The REFLECTOR antennas use a patented new technology where there are two layers, one electrically isolated from the other, so as to provide RF shielding to the second layer. www.antenova-m2m.com
Nikon-Trimble Co., Ltd. recently introduced a new version of the Nikon NPL-322+ Total Station, now available in both reflectorless and prism-only versions. It delivers an economic, versatile, and easy-to-use platform. The NPL 322+ allows you to see more detail and much less distortion, especially over longer distances. Using the same rechargeable long life Li-ion battery as the Nivo series, combined with low power consumption design, the NPL-322+ provides the longest possible time in the field. For convenience, the Nikon NPL-322+ total stations include two batteries and a dual charger, to support even the longest of working days.
New Joint Venture to Focus on GNSS Positioning Services
Bosch, Geo++, Mitsubishi Electric and u-blox announced the creation of Sapcorda Services, a joint venture that will bring high precision GNSS positioning services to mass market applications. According to the companies, existing solutions for GNSS positioning services do not meet the needs of emerging high precision GNSS mass markets. As a result, they decided to join forces to facilitate the establishment of a worldwide available and affordable solution for System Integrators, OEMs and receiver manufacturers. It will offer GNSS positioning services via internet and satellite broadcast and will enable accurate GNSS positioning at centimeter level. www.satellitetoday.com
Urthe Cast sign a for the delivery of a SAR-XL Satellite
UrtheCast Corp. has entered into a contract with a confidential customer for the development and delivery of a dual-frequency stand-alone Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) operational-class satellite as an “accelerator” for the OptiSARTM Constellation. The contract is for the delivery of the SAR spacecraft, key elements of the ground segment, namely the mission control and planning system and the SAR processor, and in-orbit operations support. www.prnewswire.com
FARO unveils FocusS 70 laser scanner in market
FARO has announced the latest addition of its FARO Focus Laser Scanner portfolio. Similar to FocusM 70, the FocusS70 also delivers industrial grade performance with an exceptional price/performance ratio. This includes an Ingress Protection (IP) Rating of 54 for use in high particulate and wet weather conditions, HDR imaging and extended temperature range.
Harris Corporation has delivered the third of 10 advanced navigation payloads to Lockheed Martin, which will increase accuracy, signal power and jamming resistance for U.S. Air Force GPS III satellites.
The advanced navigation payloads feature a Mission Data Unit (MDU) with a unique 70-percent digital design that links atomic clocks, radiation-hardened computers and powerful transmitters – enabling signals three times more accurate than those on current GPS satellites. The new payloads also boost satellite signal power, increase jamming resistance by eight times and help extend the satellite’s lifespan. harris.com