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SatGen now with NavIC (IRNSS)

The latest update to SatGen GNSS simulation software SatGen v3 for PC now incorporates NavIC RF simulation.

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

The new release, SatGen v3 version 3.12.5, includes full support for simulating the NavIC L5 signal. Alongside this we have released SatGen v3 BETA version 3.12.6, that includes support for simulating the NavIC S-Band signal.

Underground GNSS coverage in Tunnels, Stations etc.

Chronos Technology has announced a partnership with Syntony GNSS to offer GNSS underground coverage in tunnels. GNSS has become fundamental for critical infrastructure applications and yet when entering underground areas such as tunnels, metro/subway, car parks and airport service areas the signal is lost

Syntony’s SubWAVE™ solutions expands the GNSS coverage to underground areas enabling the localisation of assets, people and equipment with a standard GNSS chipset, ie standard smartphone or TETRA radio offering underground operators, their staff, emergency services and the general public the benefit of full underground GNSS coverage.

Ellipse Series 3rd Generation by SBG Systems

SBG Systems present the third generation of its popular range of miniature inertial sensors called the Ellipse Series. The line is composed of four models: the Ellipse-A is a motion sensor, the Ellipse-E provides navigation with an external GNSS receiver, the Ellipse-N is a single antenna RTK GNSS/INS and the Ellipse-D is a dualantenna RTK GNSS/INS. With its new 64-bit architecture, the Ellipse Series 3rd generation enables the use of high precision algorithms and technology used in high-end inertial systems such as rejection filters, FIR filtering, etc. All Ellipse miniature INS are now RTKenabled without extra cost and output raw data for post-processing. All these features are made possible in small and robust aluminum enclosure box version, but also in the 17-gram OEM version providing unmatched performance/size ratio.

With its dual frequency RTK GNSS receiver, the Ellipse-D provides a centimetric position. Dual frequency provides a way more robust heading and position computation than single frequency receivers. It allows unmatched performance in attitude (0.05°) and in heading (0.2°). With its dual-antenna capability, Ellipse-D provides precise heading in a few seconds, in all dynamic conditions, and even in challenging GNSS conditions. It is also immune to magnetic disturbances. Ellipse-D is quad-constellation, meaning it could use simultaneously satellites from GPS, GLONASS, BEIDOU, and GALILEO for more signal availability in challenging navigation conditions.

GMV creates a mobile App to ensure a safer return to work

GMV has launched Covclear, a mobile app to ensure a safer and more efficient return to work after the COVID-19 lockdown. The application helps to make sure offices will be a safe workplace while minimizing the risk posed to the health of employees or other persons who are working in open workplaces in an environment of maximum safety and protection. The app is collaborative and relies on a principle of co-responsibility between the company and its employees to protect their own health and the health of their relatives and workmates.

Covclear integrates all the following in a single platform: a daily medical health check of all employees; recording of trips to restricted sites; contact tracing within the firm; control of office access by means of temperature readings; quarantine management; and control of site occupancy. It also publishes the company’s healthcare crisis rules.

Carlson Software releases major updates

Carlson Software has released major updates to its Precision 3D Topo 2020 and Precision 3D Hydro 2020 software, enabling new, extremely efficient workflows that utilize the best of a 3D design environment while providing traditional CAD deliverables. The main addition to P3D Hydro 2020 is the inclusion of storm sewer design based on a library of 3D drainage grates and curb inlets. A new and unique “curb line snap” combined with the low point snap leads to fast inlet placement which is followed by hydraulic analysis that includes peak flow, gutter spread and bypass flow calculation. The spreadsheet editor borrowed from Carlson Hydrology allows for quick pipe sizing leading to final design.

10 Million User Milestone for Trimble Connect

Trimble® Connect™ cloud-based collaboration platform has surpassed 10 million users. In response to COVID-19, distributed working has intensified the need for teams to share information and collaborate remotely, leading 1.2 million users to join Trimble Connect in March and April alone. To date, Trimble Connect has hosted more than 80,000 design and construction projects, making it possible for people to collaborate and work together from anywhere in the world.

Trimble Connect is an open collaboration platform for design and construction that connects project stakeholders with the data they need to inform decisions and improve team efficiency. Project stakeholders can share, review, coordinate and comment on data-rich constructible models, schedules and critical project information in real time—reducing costly miscommunication and improving coordination to keep projects on time and on budget.

Kaarta launches Stencil Pro mobile mapping system

Kaarta has announced beta testing on Stencil Pro, a versatile professionalgrade mobile mapping platform with dimensional and visual fidelity. An allin- one system to scan, process and view captured data in real time, Stencil Pro offers panoramic high-definition 4K imagery and colorized point clouds. With robust surround-view perception in a wide range of light conditions, it is optimized for both indoor and outdoor performance. Featuring a 32-line high-density, low-noise lidar with a range of 120 meters (nearly 400 feet) and a data rate of 600,000 points per second, it produces a highly accurate 3D model in minutes.

Tersus introduces compact GNSS board

Tersus GNSS Inc. has released the BX40C RTK board to support its series of GNSS boards and provide highly accurate and fast positioning services. It is a compact GNSS real-time kinematic (RTK) board with full constellation tracking for providing centimeter-level accuracy positioning. It can be integrated with autopilots and inertial navigation units to meet various developing requirements. It is suitable for high-precision positioning, navigation and mapping. It supports multiple constellations and frequencies to improve the continuity and reliability of the RTK solution — even in harsh environments.

Low SWaP-C Miniaturized Rubidium Oscillator by Orolia

Orolia has introduced a breakthrough low SWaP-C Miniaturized Rubidium Oscillator, the Spectratime mRO-50, to meet the latest commercial, military and aerospace requirements where time stability and power consumption are critical. The Spectratime mRO- 50 provides a one day holdover below 1μs and a retrace below 1 x 10-10 in a form factor (50.8 x 50.8 x 19.5mm) that takes up only 51 cc of volume (about one-third of the volume compared to standard rubidiums) and consumes only 0.45W of power, which is about ten times less than existing solutions with similar capabilities.

With these competitive advantages, the new Spectratime mRO-50 Miniaturized Rubidium Oscillator provides accurate frequency and precise time synchronization to mobile applications, such as military radio-pack systems in GNSS denied environments. Its improved operating temperature of-10°C to 60°C (military version extended to -40°C to 75°C) is also ideal for UAVs and underwater applications.

First-ever nationwide lanelevel precise positioning

Swift Navigation has announced the successful completion of a cross-country drive test in the US. The goal of this firstof- its-kind drive, from San Francisco to New York and back, was to measure the efficacy of Swift’s recently expanded Skylark™ cloud corrections service and to demonstrate true nationwide lane-level GNSS correction coverage at the accuracy, reliability and availability levels required by Swift customers.

New HawkEye 360 radar

HawkEye 360 Inc. has announced that the company’s flagship RFGeo product can now map an expanded catalog of marine navigation radar signals to further improve global maritime situational awareness. With this update, HawkEye 360 introduces the first S-band radar signal and quadruples the number of X-band radar signals in the company’s library. It can now cover the most used frequencies for X-band magnetronbased radar systems, providing a more comprehensive view of maritime activity.

HawkEye 360’s RFGeo identifies and geolocates RF signals collected by its proprietary satellite constellation. RFGeo is the first commercially available product offering global spectrum awareness across a broad range of radio signals. In addition to the newly announced signals, it can independently geolocate VHF marine radios, UHF push-to-talk radios, L-band mobile satellite devices, EPIRB emergency distress beacons, and vessel Automatic Identification Systems (AIS).

HxGN Content Program updates 3 million sqkm of aerial data

Hexagon’s Geosystems division has announced the HxGN Content Program, the largest library of high-accuracy airborne data, is updating 3 million square kilometres in 2020 of high-accuracy four-band orthophotos, digital surface models (DSM) and stereo imagery across the United States and Europe.

In North America, the HxGN Content Program will update 2.5 million square kilometres of aerial data, close to a third of the continental United States. In addition to the standard 30-centimetre resolution in wide areas and 15-cm resolution in urban areas in the U.S., the 2020 program will include 15-cm resolution data in wide areas upon customer request. The Danish DDO program, the premier aerial data provider in Denmark, will also become part of the HxGN Content Program for the first time and will cover the country at 12.5-cm resolution on a biennial refresh schedule.

Eos Positioning Systems Releases Eos Tools Pro for Windows

Eos Positioning Systems has announced the release of Eos Tools Pro for Windows 10. It implements powerful new features that enables users to exploit all four global GNSS constellations and a state-of-theart NTRIP client to access RTK bases and RTK networks all over the world via NTRIP, Direct IP, and wireless radios.

“This is a huge step forward in functionality and flexibility for our Windows users,” Eos CTO Jean- Yves Lauture said. “We implemented the latest support for Windows GeoLocation and other features offered by Microsoft in order to allow our customers to use high-accuracy locations directly into their apps.”


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