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Winners of 2010 Be Inspired Awards

Bentley Systems announced the winners of the 2010 Be Inspired Awards and Be Inspired Special Recognition Awards. The awards honor the extraordinary work of Bentley users improving and sustaining the world’s infrastructure. A total of 24 award winners, representing project work in 16 different countries, were recognized.

Wipro, Leica Geosystems bag Coal India deal

Wipro and Leica Geosystems have bagged a Rs 120-crore project that involves setting up operator-independent truck dispatch systems (OITDS) at Coal India’s (CIL) 11 large mines. The project will save idle time for both trucks and equipment operating in these mines leading to savings. Trucks will be installed with a mobile data transmitter (MDT) which will send crucial data and the co-ordinates to four satellites hovering over the mine at that time. Shovels and other excavation equipment will also be installed with these transmitters. These satellites will, in turn, beam the data on a real-time basis to a control room near each mine. In the first phase, 11 mines under various CIL subsidiaries will be included in the project. While Wipro will be responsible for installing the system at four mines under SECL and ECL, Leica will install the system at seven mines.

u-blox launches LISA

u-blox announced LISA, a new family of small, ultra-fast wireless modems. LISA enables a wide range of high-bandwidth applications such as mobile computing, car infotainment, telematics systems and hand-held terminals where wireless high-speed Internet connection is essential.

CHC GNSS board passes evaluation and qualification

CHC Navigation announced the successful completion of the evaluation and qualification of its patented GNSS board by the China Instrument and Control Society encompassing fourteen different Chinese authorities and independent experts in the field GNSS technology.

Contour launches hands-free GPS video camera

Contour has selected u-blox’ GPS technology for its ContourGPS video camera. It integrates u-blox 6 GPS module and AssistNow Offline accelerated GPS technology to achieve the fast fixs. It works with Contour’s Storyteller software.

Leica News

Leica XPro V5.0 DSM extraction module provides advanced ground processing from data download to image generation. Users can now generate stereo-viewable frame images from line sensor data acquired with the Leica ADS Airborne Digital Sensor.

Leica Geosystems new robotic Imaging Total Station, Viva TS15 has an advanced imaging functionality combined with dynamic tracking capabilities for one-person surveying.

Leica Viva NetRover uses the Viva GS08 GNSS receiver and has been designed to create an ideal RTK network rover.

New Leica Zeno 10 3.5G and Zeno 15 3.5G has new dual-constellation, network-enabled handheld GNSS receivers and the newest Zeno Field v1.2 software.

Leica Geosystems announced the latest version 3.00 of the Leica SmartWorx Viva onboard software.

New Leica Cyclone v7.1 speeds these key office steps: (1) accurately registering multiple scans together and (2) navigating to and clearly visualizing specific areas of interest.

Leica Geosystems announced the successful flight testing of its new Point Density Multiplier technology for airborne LIDAR. It allows the use of a single laser and scanning mechanism to provide over double the data collection productivity of previous systems.

Topcon HiPer II

Topcon Europe Positioning B.V. introduced the HiPer II an integrated RTK and static receiver that receives GPS and GLONASS signals. The 72-channel receiver will also pick up all available signals from additional satellite constellations that come on line in the future.

New Nikon-Trimble TS

Nikon-Trimble introduced the Nikon® Nivo™ 1.C one – second angle accuracy, reflectorless mechanical total station and the Nikon DTM-322 prism-based 3” dual-faced total station.

Carlson Software new GNSS receivers

Carlson Software has released a new line of GNSS receivers. It has chosen Ashtech GNSS Technology as the engine to power the new receivers. These receivers will address various applications: Carlson MC Pro 500, MC Pro Lite, MC Pro Lite Duo, and MC Pro GS.

Ashtech News

Ashtech® has selected the NavX®-NCS Professional, a multi-constellation and multifrequency GNSS RF navigation constellation simulator from IFEN GmbH, as the new GPS, Galileo and GLONASS reference simulator for its professional receiver development and testing.

Ashtech® announced the availability of Web Mission Planning, a self-contained, completely automatic web-accessible GNSS survey planning tool.

The Ashtech ProFlex 500 receiver has been selected to provide GNSS position data to the recently introduced FieldSens underwater utility mapping system from Optimal Ranging Inc.

NovAtel News

NovAtel announced that the recent 1.011 Firmware release for its OEMStar L1 GNSS receiver has significantly reduced the card’s power consumption. It now consumes only 450mW for GPS+GLONASS operation and 360mW for GPS-only operation.

NovAtel OEM6 GNSS receiver offers support for all current and upcoming GNSS constellations and satellite signals including GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and Compass. The OEM628™ board expands positioning capabilities with the inclusion of such features as RAIM (Receiver Autonomous Integrity Monitoring) for safety critical applications, integrated LAN Ethernet port with NTRIP Client and Server capabilities for seamless integration into reference network applications, and 100 Hertz measurements for high dynamic positioning.

Hemisphere GPS News

Hemisphere GPS announced the release of miniEclipse – a compact dual frequency GPS OEM board that incorporates the same digital and analog ASIC design as the recently released EclipseTM II OEM board.

R320 is the first GNSS receiver built on Hemisphere GPS’ new Eclipse II OEM board. It offers extremely quick startup and reacquisition times, tracks GPS L1/L2, GLONASS L1/L2, SBAS augmentation signals, and OmniSTAR HP/XP/VBS.

Spectra Precision introduces additions

Spectra Precision introduced FOCUS® 30 line of optical survey solutions and new features for the Spectra Precision Survey Pro™ field software.

Septentrio PolaRxS

Septentrio PolaRxS is an ultra low noise multi-frequency multi-constellation receiver dedicated to ionosphere monitoring and space weather applications. It offers 136 channels capable of tracking simultaneously GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and SBAS signals in L1, L2, L5 and E5ab/AltBOC bands.

MapQuest opens in India

Mapquest has opened a new site focused on maps in India. It provides mapping of streets in India, based on the OpenStreetMap project. It is in English and allows users to edit any of the data on the map.

Google ordered to brand Street View cars in Italy

In Italy, Google has been asked to clearly mark its “Street View” cars, publicly state the specific routes its cars would take and publish publicly information in local newspapers and on radio in each individual district where its cars would operate.

China claims Arunachal as its part

China’s recently launched mapping service Map World shows Arunachal Pradesh as part of China. Beijing claims this part as ‘Southern Tibet’, however though the map makes no specific mention of southern Tibet its borders cover up to Arunachal Pradesh. Also the Aksai Chin, which India asserts as part of Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir, has been included in the map as part of the Chinese Xinjiang province. The map is being used in I-phone and by other mobile users.

Episode 1 of “The Geospatial Revolution Project” is now online

Episode 1 of the Penn State Public Broadcasting’s (PSPB) four-part online video series, “The Geospatial Revolution Project,” is now available in its entirety or in shorter chapters at Penn State Public Broadcasting’s website,

India may launch lightweight US satellites

Lockheed Martin’s India Chief Executive Roger Rose suggested that one area of cooperation that could be explored between India and US is using Indian capabilities in low-cost launch. This would of course be subject to an overall policy and agreement framework acceptable to both the Indian and United States governments and compatible with U.S. export control regulations.

Norway and Japan Space agreement

Norway and Japan will increase cooperation in space. The Norwegian Space Centre (NSC) and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have now signed a new and broader agreement.

Trimble News

Trimble introduced two new features for its Trimble® 4D Control™ software solution for monitoring systems. The new features include support for geotechnical sensors and a Web Module.

Trimble introduced additions to its portfolio of Connected Site™ survey solutions for the field and office. It allows surveyors to collect, share and deliver data faster to improve accuracy, efficiency and productivity.

Trimble GPS Pathfinder® ProXRT receiver is a decimeter receiver combining dual-frequency GPS with Trimble H-Star™ technology, along with optional OmniSTAR and GLONASS support. It is also capable of tracking Galileo test satellites for signal evaluation and test purposes.

Trimble® DSS WideAngle is the latest option for its medium-format, directly georeferenced aerial imaging system. Its WideAngle option is designed as a high-productivity, mapping-grade solution for color-orthophoto and vertical mapping applications.

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