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Racelogic announces Satgen Galileo update

RACELOGIC Limited, experts in the field of GPS testing and data logging today announced the latest update to its’ SatGen GNSS simulation software for PC which now incorporates Galileo RF simulation.

Designed to create a GNSS RF I&Q or IF data file based on a user-generated trajectory file, the updated software can now accurately simulate the European Galileo GNSS satellite constellation alongside existing GPS, GLONASS and BeiDou RF signal generation.

The full range of Galileo frequencies that SatGen can simulate are Galileo E1 B/C, E5a, E5b and E6 B/C (see table below for further information). Other changes to the software include various UI tweaks, performance optimisation and fixes.

Trimble Catalyst software

Trimble has announced its Trimble® Catalyst™ software-defined GNSS receiver for Android™ phones and tablets is now available with a usage-based service plan—Trimble Catalyst On Demand. It provides scalable access to RTK-quality GNSS positioning using an affordable payper- use hourly pricing model in addition to the current Catalyst monthly plans. The new service also enables automated domain-level email address access, which streamlines license allocation for organizations with a large number of users. Account owners purchase access to the service in the form of On Demand time bundles. By keeping the account balance topped up, Catalyst remains ready to use at a moment’s notice, for any number of nominated users in the account. This flexibility eliminates the need to predict project requirements weeks or months in advance.

SiTime offers MEMS timing solutions for rugged GNSS

SiTime Corp. has released its Endura micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) timing solutions for aerospace and defense applications including precision GNSS, as well as field and satellite communications, avionic and space. These products are engineered to provide high performance in harsh conditions-severe shock, vibration and extreme temperature-that are routinely experienced in these applications.

Tersus launches David Plus dualantenna GNSS Receiver

China-based Tersus GNSS Inc. recently launched its new David Plus receiver, a dual-antenna GNSS receiver which offers centimeter-accurate positioning and heading. It is designed for intelligent transportation, construction, machine control, precision agriculture, and navigation applications. It supports RTK positioning mode or RTK positioning + heading mode. It supports 384 channels and is said to be easy to connect an external powerful radio for long range communication.

Hi-Target iRTK5 make cadastral surveying faster and easier

Survey and register the lands and real estate properties can help to resolve the land dispute, manage the total land usage and better development plan. This project went off in Aksu, Xinjiang – an important agricultural base. Accuracy of the cadastral survey is very vital and sensitive to the landowners and administration agencies as it provides the essential elements of the land maps, coordinates. It is required that accuracies of all the boundary marks, evaluated by root mean square error value, should be less than 5 cm according to the National Cadastral Survey Standards of China when the mapping scale is 1:500.

The new iRTK5 by Hi-Target, with a built-in IMU, can provide 2 cm accuracy within 30-degree tilt, while there is no need for calibration at all. Thus, by using the new iRTK5, surveyors can go and pick without leveling the pole every time surveying points, no matter it is in a plane region, or a complicated area where man cannot access directly, the real coordination can be measured swiftly. Since total station’s accuracy can be good within 2 mm error, these coordinates can be recognized as real coordinates.

GSA selects Orolia for timing solution on its GNSS systems

Orolia has announced that its team has been awarded an up to 1.7 million Euro grant by the European Global Satellite Navigation Systems Agency (GSA) to develop a resilient time and frequency server to protect critical GNSS-reliant systems. The Galileo Authenticated Robust Timing System (GEARS) project will deliver accurate and highly robust Galileobased time and frequency data for critical infrastructure. Critical infrastructure such as telecommunications, broadcast, data centers, transportation, energy generation/distribution, and finance rely on GNSS signals, and detailed studies have documented their vulnerability to threats from signal jamming or spoofing.

The GEARS program will fund the development of a timing system to validate GNSS signals and protect the Galileo system from GNSS threats, providing accurate and robust time in GNSS challenged environments. It will also provide a backup signal and timing reference if Galileo is unavailable. The GEARS initiative will also develop a new standard for GNSS timing system protection by defining minimum testing criteria to qualify robustness against threats.

Quectel launches dual-band GNSS module LC79D

Quectel Wireless Solutions has launched a compact dual-band GNSS module, the LC79D, that supports the L1 and L5 bands from navigation satellites to improve positioning accuracy.

Featuring concurrent multi-constellation GNSS receivers on dual GNSS bands, LC79D uses L1 and L5 bands for GPS, Galileo and QZSS satellites, L1 band for GLONASS and BeiDou satellites, and L5 band for IRNSS satellites.

Compared to GNSS modules that use the L1 band only, LC79D can generally increase the number of visible satellites, significantly improve positioning drifting when driving in rough urban canyons and enhance positioning accuracy.

Atmos UAV signs a reseller agreement with Sonar Nusantara in Indonesia

Atmos UAV, the Delft-based drone manufacturer that develops high-end VTOL fixed-wing drones for surveying and mapping, has appointed Sonar Nusantara as its official distributor in Indonesia. Sonar, with its headquarters in South Jakarta, offers solutions to a complete range of surveying needs through partnerships with global and well-known manufacturers in the geospatial industry. With this collaboration, Atmos UAV will meet the demand in the Southeast Asian region and provide local Marlyn operators with support and first-line maintenance.

ADW-Software Launches MyCumulus 3.0

MyCumulus is a cloud-based service. A combination of an app, a website and a number of tools that allows any user to create its own forms, collect or update data on an Android device and view the data on the MyCumulus website. The data can be imported in Pythagoras CAD+GIS Software . It is a solution for any type of mobile data collection and updates. When developing MyCumulus 3.0, the focused primarily has been on surveying, road construction and utilities. It anticipates an evolution: new and cheap GNSS devices are on the market that, in combination with Android devices and MyCumulus, allow measurements directly in the cloud.

Free Disaster Response Program for government agencies by Vexcel Imaging

Vexcel Imaging, has announced the availability of the Vexcel Disaster Response Program for government agencies. This program provides government agencies with access to post-event aerial imagery within hours of a disaster at no cost or obligation. The imagery is provided as an Esri ArcGIS Image Service or through other open standards, making it very easy to add this data to a county or state’s current GIS maps and software.

Since the GIC was founded, it has responded to more than 20 events including hurricanes, tropical storms, tornadoes, floods, hail storms and floods through its Gray Sky program. By leveraging Vexcel Imaging’s aerial imagery software and hardware and the large community of Vexcel UltraCam equipped aircraft, GIC is able to collect and deliver imagery of very large impacted areas within hours of an event.

Leica Geosystems introduces new generation of manual construction Total Stations

Leica Geosystems has announced the next generation of iCON manual total stations, the Leica iCON iCB50 and iCB70. The next gen total stations further propels the industry to move from traditional analogue layout methods to digitalised construction layout techniques. Now integrated with the well-established and constructiontailored field software Leica iCON build, the iCON iCB50 and iCB70 allow users to easily digitalise and embed BIM workflows in their construction processes. It allows construction professionals to layout complex structures, increase accuracy and minimise delays.

RIEGL invests in new production facilities in US and Austria

RIEGL is investing heavily in the expansion of production and office space in its headquarter Horn, Austria as well as in the US.

The continued, worldwide demand for the high-performance sensors allows the company to grow and expand further. The new building will house the company’s printed circuit board production and the software development team.

Single antenna receiver by Septentrio

Septentrio has announced that their GPS/ INS receiver is now available with a single antenna option. This single antenna receiver brings the possibility of robust centimeter positioning and 3D attitude (heading, roll, pitch), while keeping weight and power consumption to a minimum. For Septentrio customers this means simplified integration as well as increased operation time and productivity.

ACI accepts DroneShield as sole counterdrone member

DroneShield has announced that it has been accepted for membership in ACI (Airports Council International) Europe. ACI Europe represents over 500 airports in 45 European countries, including virtually every major European airport.

Based in Brussels, ACI Europe leads and serves the European airport industry and maintains strong links with other ACI regions throughout the world.

ACI Europe membership is comprised of airport operators of various sizes, along with national airport associations, educational establishments and world business partners. The members work together in an active association to ensure effective communication and negotiation with legislative, commercial, technical, environmental, passenger and other interests.

The association’s members facilitate over 90% of commercial air traffic in Europe, accounting for 2.3 billion passengers, 21.2 million tonnes of freight and 25.7 million aircraft movements in 2018.

Monitoring the quality of GNSS-based timing

ADVA launched ADVA SatAware, the AI-powered analytics service for monitoring the quality of GNSS-based timing. The unique solution provides communication service providers (CSPs) and other operators of critical infrastructure with real-time insight into signal quality at their GNSS satellite receivers. The non-intrusive, costeffective solution is specifically designed to meet the needs of major CSPs and enable the robust timing needed for 5G connectivity. It will also prove invaluable in a wide range of time-sensitive industries from utilities to financial networks.

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