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Trimble Connect integrates with Microsoft 365 and BIMcollab

Trimble has announced new integrations for Microsoft 365 and BIMcollab with its Trimble® Connect™ cloud-based collaboration platform. It provides users of both platforms with a common data environment for connecting project stakeholders with the data they need to inform decisions and improve team efficiency. In real-time, project stakeholders can share, review, coordinate, and comment on data-rich constructible models, schedules, and critical project information.

C1 GNSS receiver by Bynav

Bynav released the C1 GNSS RTK OEM receiver and the A1 industrial-grade IMUenhanced GNSS OEM receiver based on Bynav GNSS baseband ASIC Alita and RFIC Ripley. The receiver board measures 46×71mm and supports dual-antenna heading and full-constellation, including GPS, BDS, Galileo, GLONASS, QZSS, NavIC and SBAS, as well as providing enhanced interfaces like UART serial port, Ethernet, 3 EVENT_IN, 3 EVENT_ OUT, 1PPS, CAN bus etc. for easy integration with external IMU, odometry, LiDAR or visual SLAM.

SSTL demonstrates new GNSS-R capabilities

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) has successfully demonstrated GNSSReflectometry (GNSS-R) from its 18kg DoT-1 satellite. It has pioneered the new field of GNSS-R with successful payloads on board TechDemoSat-1 and the CYGNSS constellation, and is continuing to develop the technology and data analysis in pursuit of this new science. The latest GNSS-R payload onboard the DoT-1 satellite is incorporated within the new small form factor Core Avionics module integral to all SSTL’s future satellite platforms.

GNSS Reflectometry is an Earth observation technique that uses GNSS signals as L-Band radar sources, allowing the satellite to take measurements of ocean wind speeds, polar ice and hydrological land parameters, at a higher spatial resolution and an order of magnitude lower cost than other methods.

Hexagon unveils HxGN Smart Census 2020

Hexagon’s Geospatial division has launched HxGN Smart Census 2020, a significant update to its end-toend population and housing census management solution. The latest release improves digital enumeration by allowing households to complete census questionnaires online or over the telephone, significantly reducing the need for in-person interviews and field-based data collection. It combines traditional GIS functionality with a powerful workflow and workforce management tool. It provides a complete solution for each stage of the census cycle: pre-enumeration mapping, digital enumeration, and post-enumeration dynamic mapping.

Carlson Civil and Hydrology 2021

Carlson’s latest releases of Civil and Hydrology include time-saving innovations and automated new features, as well as improvements to many existing commands. There are several, new, timesaving parking layout tools including ParkingNet which works from multiple alignments like Road Network. There’s also a ‘Parking Inside Perimeter’ which creates a parking layout within a closed polyline, then dynamically updates as you edit the perimeter. ‘Parking along alignment’ creates a series of parking stalls, islands, and zones along a centerline and allows elevation for quick site modeling. There’s also a new ‘parking island’ command for the quick creation of these features.

NextNav vertical positioning service

NextNav has announced the availability of its vertical positioning service in sixteen major metropolitan areas in the US. The vertical positioning service helps first responders save lives by finding people faster in multi-story buildings, opens up new urban markets for location-based applications, and unlocks an entire new ecosystem of 3D geolocation products. The technology exceeds the FCC requirements for wireless E911 location accuracy, offering z-axis data within three meters, 94% of the time.

Spectra SP90m selected by racing Yacht

The Spectra Geospatial SP90m GNSS receiver has been selected by the racing yacht Maître CoQ for the 2020 Vendée Globe, single-handed, non- stop aroundthe- world yacht race. The Vendée Globe is an extreme endurance test for both sailor and boat and widely considered the ultimate challenge in ocean racing. The Maître CoQ is an advanced design monohull foiling sailing yacht in the category of IMOCA (International Monohull Offshore Class Association) which have a fixed length of 18.28 m (60 feet), Antoine Connan, head of engineering for the Maître Coq racing team, selected the SP90m. The hostile environment and requirements for precise position information at sea far from land made the selection of the SP90m an important technical choice. It always delivers an accurate position and precise heading with no GNSS corrections.

i73 GNSS and iBase GNSS receivers by CHC

CHC Navigation has announced the immediate availability of the i73 GNSS, a versatile pocket-sized IMURTK GNSS rover with an integrated inertial module and the iBase GNSS, a rugged base GNSS receiver. The combination of the i73 GNSS and the iBase GNSS offers the most productive and affordable solution for measuring and staking out points in any surveying, mapping, or construction application.

The i73 GNSS offers superior GNSS signal tracking enabling surveys beyond the usual constraints. It features full 624-channel GNSS technology and connects seamlessly to RTK GNSS networks as well as to UHF GNSS station over its embedded UHF modem. The GNSS internal interference-free inertial module (IMU) allows automatic pole tilt compensation of up to 45 degrees. Projects are completed 30% faster and with increased efficiency and safety when measuring hard-to-reach points. The GNSS iBase is a fully integrated GNSS base station, specifically designed to meet 95% of surveyors’ needs when working in UHF GNSS base and rover mode. The performance of the iBase UHF base station compared to a conventional external UHF radio modem is virtually identical. But its unique design eliminates the need for a heavy external battery, bulky cables, an external radio, and a radio antenna. Its 5-watt radio module provides operational GNSS RTK coverage up to 8 km.

Applanix introduces next generation OEM solution

Applanix has introduced the Trimble® AP+ Air OEM solution for Direct Georeferencing of airborne sensor data. The solution enables users to accurately and efficiently produce maps and 3D models without the use of ground control points. It is a powerful solution for manned platforms yet small enough for use on UAVs. It is also compatible with virtually any type of airborne remote sensor, including photogrammetric cameras, LiDAR, hyper and multi-spectral cameras, and synthetic aperture radar.

Hexagon selected for Innovate UK rail infrastructure AI project

Innovate UK, the country’s innovation agency, has selected Hexagon’s Geospatial division to conduct a research project that will result in faster and higher-precision mapping of railway infrastructure through the use of artificial intelligence. The project is funded by Network Rail, the owner and operator of Great Britain’s railway infrastructure, under its R&D portfolio and delivered by Innovate UK through the SBRI competition, Innovation in Automated Survey Processing for Railway Structure Gauging, Phase One. A small group of teams was selected for this effort.

Collins Aerospace adds navigation receivers

Collins Aerospace Systems has been selected by Boeing to provide its proven NAV-4500 navigation receivers for the T-7A Red Hawk, the U.S. Air Force’s (USAF) new advanced pilot training system in development by both Boeing and Saab.

This award builds on previously announced Collins Aerospace positions on the T-7A, including its ACES 5® ejection seat; the platform‘s fully integrated landing gear system; various Power & Controls components, including the aircraft’s Power Take Off (PTO) shaft, Auxiliary Power Engine Control Unit (APECU), engine start system and Main Electric Power Generation System (MEPGS); as well as air data, ice detection and total air temperature sensors.

First software-defined GNSS simulator with MNSA

Orolia Defense & Security has been granted security approval by SMC Production Corps. for BroadSim MNSA (Modernized Navstar Security Algorithm). BroadSim is the only software-defined GNSS simulator on the market to receive such approval, marking an industry first.

SBG Systems supports education

SBG Systems is highly involved in supporting future engineers in their challenges and skill learning. The company has built a specific program to sponsor student teams participating in competitions as well as specific discount to Universities and Research Centers on inertial sensors and post-processing software.

Supporting teams competitions with inertial navigation systems

The company offers sponsorship to students participating in competitions in various fields, such as robotics, autonomous vehicles, UAV, rockets, unmanned and solar boats, and many more.

Get your school the latest miniature AHRS, and RTK GNSS/INS Sensors

The Ellipse Series, eligible to the Education Program, is composed of the most advanced and miniature Inertial Measurement Unit, Attitude and Heading Refence Systems and Inertial Navigation Systems. The whole product line has recently been renewed to deliver unmatched accuracy even in harsh environments.

Go further in your training and research with post-processing

In just a few clicks, Qinertia Post- Processing Software allows to replay, analyze, improve their trajectories, and access RTK corrections worldwide to bring your project to the centimetric accuracy. www.

SBG Promotional Offer: Free Qinertia PPK software for 6 months

SBG Systems to announce a promotional offer consisting in a free 6-month post-processing license of SBG Systems’ Qinertia PPK software for the purchase of a High Performance SBG inertial navigation system. The offer applies from October 1st to November 13th, 2020.

The promotion applies to the Ekinox-D and Apogee-D, both fully integrated dual antenna inertial navigation systems with RTK capabilities, and to the Navsight Marine and Land/ Air motion and navigation solutions designed for hydrographers and surveyors.

Smart city solutions research in Singapore

NUS and ST Engineering are collaborating on a S$9 million, multi-year advanced digital technologies research programme to further their common goals of building a people-centric, smart future for Singapore and beyond.

Research efforts of this new programme will focus on technologies related to Smart City as well as Smart Maintenance, Repairs and Overhaul (MRO), covering five areas: resource optimisation and scheduling; prescriptive analytics; decision and sense-making; reasoning engine and machine learning; as well as digital twin. These research areas support ST Engineering’s focus on developing differentiated and people-centric, smart city solutions that meet the present and future needs of cities around the world. The interdisciplinary research areas are also aligned with NUS’ endeavours as a driving force behind smart city innovations, leveraging its deep expertise that spans multiple domains and faculties.

Cybersecure navigation system by iXblue

iXblue has delivered to Naval Group, the cybersecure navigation system for the first Defense and Intervention Frigate (FDI) for the French Navy under the project management of the French General Directorate of Armament (DGA).

Based on the iXblue Fiber-Optic Gyroscope technology, the Marins units are very high performance inertial navigation systems, meeting the military requirements of the most modern combat ships. They provide highly accurate position, heading, roll, pitch and speed information regardless of the environment and even when GNSS signals are inaccessible.

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