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Eos Positioning Systems highaccuracy GNSS receivers

Eos Positioning Systems (Eos), the manufacturer of the popular highaccuracy Arrow Series GNSS receivers for the GIS market, has announced several new releases.

These announcements include the expansion of the availability of the popular Eos Locate™ underground mapping solution, compatibility with the new ArcGIS Field Maps, the inaugural release of Eos Tools Pro for Windows. It allows organizations to accurately map already-buried assets straight to ArcGIS Online via either ArcGIS Collector or ArcGIS Field Maps.

BAE Systems Completes Acquisition of Military GPS Business

BAE Systems has completed its acquisition of the Collins Aerospace Military GPS business from Raytheon Technologies Corporation, bringing decades of experience, innovative technology, and an extensive installed base of products to the company.

As announced in January, this asset purchase is a unique opportunity to acquire a high-quality, technology-based business that augments the existing BAE Systems Electronic Systems portfolio through the addition of world-class GPS anti-jamming and anti-spoofing technology that enables reliable navigation and guidance for a range of defense missions.

Q-CTRL and Advanced Navigation Partnership

Q-CTRL, a startup that applies the principles of control engineering to accelerate the development of quantum technology, announced a global research and technology development partnership with Advanced Navigation, a provider of AI-based navigational hardware.

The two organizations will now be conducting joint technical development in support of both the civilian and defense markets focused on quantumenhanced precision navigation and timing (PNT).

F100 GNSS receiver by Geneq Inc.

Geneq Inc. has announced its new F100, a multi-constellation GNSS receiver with very high level of technology integration. It is an evolution of the well-known F90 with new features that will fulfill the surveyor’s demands in terms of field performance, flexibility and cost-effectiveness. It tracks multiconstellations (GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, Beidou…) and can maximize the acquisition and tracking process with all-in-view GNSS frequencies.

Honeywell expands navigation offerings

Honeywell has introduced the HGuide n380, a new inertial navigation system that communicates position, orientation and velocity of an object — such as an autonomous vehicle or unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) — even when global navigation satellite signals are unavailable. It is built using Honeywell’s rigorous design standards to withstand harsh environments in the air, on land or at sea. This new inertial navigation system is composed of Honeywell’s HGuide i300 inertial measurement unit (IMU), a GNSS receiver and Honeywell’s proprietary sensor fusion software, which is based on the algorithms used for navigation on millions of aircraft every day.

Time and Frequency instrument by Microchip

Microchip Technology Inc. has announced that its SyncServer S650 M-Code time server has received approval from the U.S. Air Force GPS Directorate of the Los Angeles Air Force Base for use in support of military communication systems, radars and networks.

M-Code, an encrypted military signal broadcasted in GPS frequency bands, is required by congressional mandate for mission critical Department of Defense (DoD) applications in hostile environments. Microchip’s SyncServer S650 M-Code equipped time and frequency server provides a secure, accurate, flexible platform for synchronizing mission-critical electronic systems and instrumentation. For DoD programs requiring jam-resistant, encrypted time and frequency signals from the GPS military M-Code Precise Positioning Service (PPS), the SyncServer S650 M-Code is a secure time and frequency instrument with a fully integrated M-code GPS receiver.

Mosaic-T GNSS timing module by Septentrio

Septentrio has announced an addition to its GNSS timing portfolio: mosaic-TTM is a high-end GPS/GNSS* receiver module built specifically for resilient and precise time and frequency synchronization under challenging conditions. Its multi-frequency multi-constellation GNSS technology together with AIM+ Advanced Interference Mitigation algorithms allows mosaic-TTM to achieve maximal availability even in the presence of GNSS jamming or spoofing**. This compact surface-mount module is designed for automated assembly and high-volume production.

CHC Navigation introduces CGI-610 GNSS/INS Sensor

CHC Navigation (CHCNAV) has announced the release of the new CGI- 610 GNSS/INS sensor, a high-precision dual-antenna receiver offering reliable and accurate navigation and positioning solutions for demanding land, marine, and aerial applications. The tight fusion of the latest GNSS technology with an industrial-grade MEMS IMU is powered by CHCNAV’s algorithms to deliver accurate hybrid position, attitude and velocity data, even in complex and obstructed environments where GNSS outages can occur.

The CGI-610 is a powerful GNSS/INS system supporting data output up to 100 Hz to meet the requirements of highly dynamic applications (airplane, train, car etc.). The optional external odometer sensor for ground vehicles can provide an additional independent measurement of displacement and speed, which is fused with the GNSS/INS navigation solution.

Trimble 4D Control software version 6.0

Trimble Monitoring has introduced the latest version of its software platform for realtime displacement monitoring—Trimble® 4D Control™ software (T4D). It introduces three and 12-month subscriptions, and three-tiered edition options. These new subscription options give providers of monitoring services the flexibility to choose the appropriate subscription model based on the project duration.

T4D 6.0 introduces three installation options, tailored to the various project requirements of specialized monitoring consultants, land surveyors, construction companies, dam and mining operators:

Trimble Inpho version 10.1 now available

Trimble announces version 10.1 for all Inpho software products including UASMaster. The software suite is a comprehensive workflow solution enabling photogrammetrists to rapidly produce highly accurate and quality deliverables for their clients. The modular offering provides the ultimate flexibility depending on whether large frame aerial imagery, LiDAR or Satellite data is being used.

ProStar joins Trimble’s GIS Business Partner Program

Trimble has announced that ProStar has joined Trimble’s GIS Business Partner Program. As part of the program, ProStar has implemented the Trimble® Precision SDK (Software Developer Kit) to integrate high-accuracy positioning capability in its PointMan® mobile application running on smartphones and tablets using Trimble GNSS receivers.

IFEN’s NCS NOVA GNSS Simulator is now available

IFEN GmbH has announced that its NCS NOVA GNSS Simulator now supports dual-RF outputs. The NCS NOVA GNSS Simulator is a highend, powerful and easy to use satellite navigation testing and R&D device. It is fully capable of multi- constellation and multi-frequency simulations for a wide range of GNSS applications. The simulator is one of the leading solutions on the market providing multiple GNSS frequencies in one box.

Carlson Announces Next- Generation BRx7 GNSS Receiver

Carlson Software has announced its nextgeneration multi-frequency, multi-GNSS BRx7 smart antenna. It is a full redesign of Carlson’s flagship GNSS receiver, delivering class-leading specifications, performance, and value for surveyors, contractors, engineers, GIS professionals etc. The smart antenna comes with a dualband radio module that is capable of both 400 MHz and 900 MHz operation. This allows for the long range capability of the UHF 400 MHz signal plus the ability to switch to the 900 MHz frequencyhopping spread spectrum (FHSS) signal for better performance in noisy radio environments.

Dual-band sub-meter level GNSS positioning module for eMobility

Quectel Wireless Solutions have released its LC29D module. It is a sub-meter level GNSS module that integrates dead reckoning (DR) and multi-band (L1/L5) real-time kinematic (RTK) algorithm technologies with fast convergence times and reliable performance. The module supports dual-band GNSS raw data output and integrates 6-axis IMU sensor to deliver high-accuracy positioning performance in seconds.

Based on the Broadcom BCM47758 GNSS chip, the LC29D can concurrently receive signals from up to six constellations (GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, IRNSS, BeiDou and QZSS) at any given time, which maximizes the availability of submeter level accuracy.

Tersus introduces BX40C RTK Board

Tersus GNSS Inc. has announced the release of the BX40C RTK Board to support its series of GNSS boards and provide high accuracy, fast positioning services. Powered by new Tersus ExtremeRTK™ GNSS Technology, the BX40C Board can support multiconstellation and multi-frequency allin- view satellite tracking. It can be integrated with autopilots and inertial navigation units to meet various developing requirements. It is ideal for high-precision positioning, navigation, and mapping.

Hemisphere Phantom™ OEM module in Bad Elf Flex™ GNSS Receiver

Bad Elf, LLC has announced the complete transition of all Bad Elf Flex receivers to the Hemisphere GNSS Phantom OEM module. As one of the first partners to incorporate the Phantom, Bad Elf Flex offers significantly enhanced capabilities and further exemplifies their commitment to future-ready GNSS designs.

Bad Elf Flex offers the first scalableaccuracy GNSS receiver with a daily option to choose between L-Band and RTK. In standard configuration, it achieves 30-60 cm accuracy in realtime for GIS use.

NovAtel releases ROS driver

NovAtel has released its first purposebuilt driver, powered by Robot Operating System (ROS), to support its OEM7 family of GNSS receivers. The driver provides an optimized interface enabling users to accelerate autonomous development projects by quickly incorporating NovAtel OEM7 receivers into custom applications. The driver is available for immediate download through the new NovAtel GitHub repository or as a ROS Binary Package for direct installation.

GNSS RTK rover with Visual Positioning

Leica GS18 I GNSS RTK rover with Visual Positioning allows users to capture points of interest from a distance and measure points from the images in the field or the office.

Visual Positioning technology (sensor fusion combining GNSS, IMU and a camera) allows users to reach previously inaccessible or obstructed points safely and efficiently. Visual Positioning is based on photogrammetric technology with near real-time data processing, allowing surveyors to check the quality of their data while on site.

The GS18 I continues the success from the tilt-compensated Leica GS18 T rover. In addition to visual point positioning, it inherits all the functionalities of a GS18 T, including the ability to map and stake out points with either tilted or levelled pole.

Spectra Geospatial and Aplitop Collaboration

Spectra Geospatial has announced a collaboration with Aplitop, a supplier of specialized surveying and civil engineering software, to provide a comprehensive tunnel survey solution to increase productivity for survey service providers. This collaboration provides surveyors and geospatial professionals with a complete hardware and software solution for performing efficient tunnel construction surveys.

BVLOS trials supported by the DGCA in India

Unifly shares its expertise during the future BVLOS trials supported by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in India. The goal is to help define India’s regulatory framework for UAVs. Led by AutoMicroUAS, a leading Indian drone manufacturer, a number of BVLOS test flights will be performed over the course of the following months to collect as much data as possible to make routine UAV deployment on a large scale possible in the future.

The Indian government provides multiple locations for 100 hours’ worth of BVLOS scenarios to several consortia. This consortium will focus on conducting dronespraying operations for agricultural purposes, windmill surveillance operations, and medicine delivery, the last in a semi-urban environment . These trials are to exploring the vast agricultural and healthcare purposes of drones, identified by the Indian government as some of the biggest priorities concerning BVLOS flights.

The tests will be performed in remote areas, beyond the normal ground control coverage. Unifly’s BLIP will enable safe BVLOS drone flights thanks to its real-time tracking and in combination with the Unifly Data Collector.

The BLIP is an autonomous weather-proof tracker that functions independently from the drone itself as a stand-alone digital blackbox.

Integration of camera and drone technologies

Phase One Industrial has signed an agreement with Acecore Technologies. Together, these companies’ high-end products are opening new opportunities in drone-based high-accuracy mapping and inspection markets.

Under the new agreement, Acecore will support Phase One Industrial’s iXM range of cameras in the UAV market for high-accuracy mapping and inspection. Acecore will be using the iXM camera in three drone models: ZOE, NEO and NOA. The Acecore NOA flagship model can fly up to 45 minutes with any PhaseOne iXM / iXM-RS camera and lens option.

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