Horizon, the new high performance IMU by SBG Systems
SBG Systems has released, the Horizon IMU, a FOG-based high performance inertial measurement unit (IMU) designed to high demanding surveying applications such as high altitude data collection, or mobile mapping in very dense areas such as urban canyons.
Navsight Land/Air Solution already offered two levels of performance with the Ekinox and Apogee IMUs. These MEMSbased IMUs address most of surveying markets for camera or LiDAR motion compensation and data geo-referencing. The new Horizon IMU allows customer to bring the Navsight technology to the most demanding environment such as high altitude surveying and highly dense areas as well as application where only a single antenna can be used. It is based on a closed-loop FOG technology which enables ultra-low bias and noise levels. This technology allows robust and consistent performance even in low dynamics survey.
Navsight solution is easy to install, as the sensor alignment and lever arms are automatically estimated and validated. Once connected to the Navsight processing unit, the web interface guides the user to configure the solution. A 3D view of the vehicle shows the entered parameters so that the user can check the installation. By choosing the vehicle, a plane or a car for example, the inner algorithms are automatically adjusted to the application. The Navsight unit also integrates led indicators for satellite availability, RTK corrections, and power. www.sbg-systems.com
CHC Navigation has announced the immediate availability of its new APACHE 3, a lightweight portable unmanned surface vessel.
The APACHE 3 USV solution embeds the CHCNAV’s absolute straight-line technology which enables fully-automated course in autonomous mode in all current and flow conditions. The survey projects can be completed in manual or automatic cruise modes with the maximum speeds of 6m/s and 3m/s respectively.
Multi-directional data transfer options from shore to the APACHE 3 are available including TCP protocols with high bandwidth multi-channel transmission. It can be fitted with various instruments such as single beam echo-sounder, GNSS RTK receiver and other sensors to match diverse application requirements.
Neurable and Trimble Partnership
Neurable announced that it will collaborate with Trimble to bring brain-computer interface (BCI) technology to innovative solutions in the transportation and architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industries. The two companies share a common vision of using neurotechnology to support digital transformation by providing a bi-directional feedback loop, driving increased safety and productivity. www.trimble.com
Trimble has introduced Tekla Bridge Creator, a new extension for Tekla Structures Building Information Model (BIM) software that integrates the complete bridge design workflow from design geometry to constructible modeling and detailing. This new solution expands upon Trimble’s Constructible Process, an innovative approach for enabling the digital transformation of architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) workflows.
The new software provides a solution to common problems: importing a road alignment directly from road design software; creating one or more key sections that define the bridge deck or even abutments, and then modeling and detailing the reinforcing bars easily and efficiently. By adding the Bridge Creator extension, Tekla Structures can create and utilize Bridge Information Models (BrIM) from conceptual design Level of Development (LOD 100) to truly accurate, fabricationready (LOD 400) and as-built constructible models (LOD 500). www.trimble.com
Alectra Utilities, the second-largest municipally owned electric utility in North America, has selected Hexagon’s Safety & Infrastructure division to merge the utility’s four separate GIS into a single, enterprise GIS built on Hexagon’s Intergraph G/ Technology software. Alectra Utilities was formed from the merger of Enersource, Horizon Utilities and PowerStream in 2017, followed by the acquisition of Brampton Hydro, to become the second largest municipally owned electric utility in North America based on total number of customers served. hexagon.com
HxGN MineOperate Asset Health
Hexagon’s Mining division has introduced HxGN MineOperate Asset Health, a platform of servers and data-loggers that will extend the life of mining equipment. It will help maintenance and operations staff to identify machine health trends in real-time, empowering them to improve efficiencies and minimize equipment down-time. Asset Health addresses concerns such as unplanned equipment failures, visibility of equipment health, and provides analytics to make smart decisions in real-time. By solving these issues and addressing potential failures before they happen, it can increase production via equipment uptime and lower maintenance costs. www.hexagon.com
The Nigerian Navy Hydrographic Office (NNHO) has selected Teledyne CARIS™ to provide solutions for both current and future national and international charting requirements. Equipped with CARIS™ Ping-to-Chart™ technology, the NNHO is establishing new capabilities for bathymetric analysis, and completion of hydrographic and other geospatial data. These tools will ensure an efficient workflow for the production of electronic charts and paper charts according to both the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) and NNHO standards. teledynecaris.com
Sokkia introduces integrated receiver for diverse applications
Sokkia has introduced the latest addition to its GNSS integrated receiver line — the GRX3 is designed to provide a smaller, lighter and fully integrated GNSS solution. The receiver features Sokkia Tilt technology, which includes a 9-axis inertial measurement unit (IMU) and ultracompact eCompass designed to compensate for mis-leveled field measurements by as much as 15 degrees. Sokkia.com
DT Research GNSS rugged tablets by Oregon DoT
DT Research, the leading designer and manufacturer of purpose-built computing solutions for vertical markets, announced the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has expanded its use of DT Research GNSS rugged tablets to all 15 of its construction management offices across the state and also use the tablets for biology, geology, roadway and wetland projects. DT Research worked closely with ODOT to design purpose-built rugged tablets that empower state workers to easily collect and transmit geospatial measurements in the field using GNSS Real Time Kinematic (RTK) technologies.
Allystar launches multi-band, multi-GNSS chip for devices
Allystar Technology Co. Ltd. has launched a multi-band, multi-GNSS system on chip, the HD8040 series, to help portable devices save size and weight. The HD8040 offered in wafer-level chip-scale packaging (WLCSP). The HD8040 series of chipsets fully supports all civil signals on the L5 band, said Shi Xian Yang, Allystar high-precision product manager. Besides GPS, other constellations with L1/L5 signals include Galileo, BeiDou, the Indian NavIC system and Japanese QZSS.
Spirent Federal Systems has announced that their new M-Code solution, SimMNSA, has been granted Security Approval by the Global Positioning System Directorate. They are the first and only company to provide this highly anticipated solution for simulating classified GPS signals, and are currently taking orders.
In 2017, Spirent Federal Systems partnered with Rockwell Collins to develop new software that will use the Modernized Navstar Security Algorithm (MNSA). This new approach of M-Code simulation adds to Spirent Federal’s portfolio of classified signal simulation solutions, and will be available to authorized users of the GSS9000 series simulators.
Drone Delivery Canada supports Transport Canada
Drone Delivery Canada ‘DDC has expressed its support for the new Remotely Piloted Aircraft regulations recently announced. These regulations are specific to drones used in Visual Line of- Site operations, may not necessarily be applicable to DDC’s Beyond Visual Lineof- Site (BVLOS) initiatives. However, DDC believes the Canadian drone industry requires this type of stable and flexible regulatory regime to allow the industry to flourish, while at the same time, having the flexibility to continue expanding its field of influence. www.dronedeliverycanada.com
Handheld Group has announced the new NAUTIZ X6 – an ultra-rugged phabletphone plus tablet— that combines the big-screen functionality of a tablet with the go-anywhere performance of a rugged phone. The new Nautiz X6 Android phablet is ideal for industrial and field applications, with the reliability to perform in challenging conditions, and specialized accessories professional users require. www.handheldgroup.com
NovAtel has secured a contract from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to design, produce and supply 40 next-generation ground uplink station (GUS) signal generators The GUS signal generators will be used to support the FAA’s safety-of-life Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) air navigation service. In addition, the contract includes engineering support services for NovAtel’s portfolio of satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS) products deployed by the FAA, including the WAAS G-III reference receiver platform. The WAAS network has been developed by the FAA. It is used as a navigation aid that allows aircraft to use the US GPS for all phases of flight. Every time a plane takes off or lands within the WAAS coverage area, NovAtel technology will generate and process data to help pilots make precision approaches to any airport. www.airport-technology.com
Petite new spoofing detector
An Israeli firm is introducing a technology to detect the spoofing of GPS and other satellite navigation signals that is packaged into a device so small it can be integrated into existing receivers for drones, ships and autonomous vehicles – and, soon, maybe even cell phones. Haifa-based Regulus Cyber has demonstrated its Pyramid GNSS product at the Consumer Electronics Show last month. The palm-sized device can be incorporated with existing receivers – including those for mobile and Internet of Things (IoT) devices – receiving signals from GPS or the other GNSSs.
Septentrio, a leader in high-precision GNSS technology, and Sapcorda, specialized in safe broadcasted GNSS correction services, are pleased to announce live demonstration of a safe high-accuracy positioning and correction solution for automated driving. The companies have combined their respective technologies to deliver the benefits of SSR (Space State Representation) technology seamlessly to OEM automakers and Tier1 integrators. These benefits include decimeteraccuracy within seconds, anywhere over an entire continent, to support autonomy levels from lane keeping to full autonomy in a totally homogeneous coverage. The GNSS augmentation service is scalable through simple broadcast corrections, and safetyawareness is provided via Sapcorda’s unique integrity concept and Septentrio’s integrity monitoring engine. septentrio.com