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PNT solution with 5G and LTE signals

NextNav has has successfully tested its positioning and timing solution that combines the company’s assured PNT TerraPoiNT system with existing LTE and 5G network signals. The test, which took place in and around San Jose, California, demonstrates how TerraPoiNT signals can be integrated with existing cellular signals to deliver accurate 3D positioning and timing information that is not reliant on conventional satellite-based GPS and GNSS signals.

ProStar, Leica Geosystems announce technology integration

ProStar Holdings has announced a technology integration with Leica Geosystems, which combines ProStar’s utility mapping software, PointMan, and Leica Geosystems precision GPS/ GNSS receivers for GIS asset data collection. The technology integration provides a precise and comprehensive data collection solution to capture, record, and display the precise location of critical underground infrastructure anywhere in the world with the Leica Geosystems receivers.

Xona accelerates commercial LEO GPS alternative

Xona Space Systems Inc has partnered with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and the U.S. Space Force to work toward a secure Low Earth Orbit (LEO) PNT architecture leveraging Xona’s PULSAR™ service. This $1.2M Direct to Phase II SBIR (D2P2) contract was awarded through an AFWERX SBIR Open Topic after Xona successfully demonstrated the capability of their patented LEO PNT architecture using the “Huginn” demo satellite in late 2022.

Q-CTRL and Australia’s Department of Defence partnership

Q-CTRL has partnered with Australia’s Department of Defence to develop quantum sensors that will deliver quantum-assured navigation capability for military platforms.

The company’s partnership is a multiyear effort to field-deploy and validate miniaturized systems on defense platforms. It represents one of the first international partnerships between government and the private sector to apply quantum technology in real defense settings.

ComNav device aids in skyscraper completion

Sweden’s tallest building, Karlatornet, is expected to be completed in July, 2023. Karlatornet will be Gothenburg’s first skyscraper with its 246 meters. It has 74 floors and covers an area of 143,000 square meters, this inspirational new tower will mark a shift from traditional development patterns in the country.1 It is worth mentioning that 4 x SinoGNSS T300 have been used as “Active Control GNSS Points” on the building top during the construction for delivering 3D coordinates for Total Stations. One SinoGNSS T300 has been used as Base Station. The Core Wall Control Survey is a method invented by Prof. Joël van Cranenbroeck the first time for the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The PPK mode was used to derived the most accurate results.

ModalAI launches the Starling

ModalAI, Inc has announced the availability of its drone – Starling. At only 275 grams and with an impressive 30+ minutes of flight time, it is ModalAI’s lightest and longest flying development drone. With Blue UAS Framework 2.0 autopilot, VOXL 2, at its core, it accelerates the development of commercial drone solutions for OEMs looking to realize a breakthrough in autonomy across a diverse set of industries.

DroneShield launches area-specific satellite denial systems

DroneShield Ltd. has launched an initial order from a defense customer for its target area-specific Satellite Denial Systems. Global Navigation Systems (GNSS) are used around the world, while the most well-known are GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and BeiDou systems.

DroneShield has used GNSS denial against drones and UAVs for a number of years as part of the smart defeat capability within its products. The company has developed a number of unique techniques.

A Five Eyes government has requested that DroneShield develop this capability a step further through a paid R&D project. This project is expected to follow up with a series of further projects, each project including more advanced development of the system.

Locana extends OpenStreetMap support

Locana is now a member of OpenStreetMap US, a nonprofit organization that helps support and grow the OpenStreetMap (OSM) project.

Conceived in 2004, OpenStreetMap is a free, open geographic database updated and maintained by a community of volunteers via collaboration. It broadens access to high-quality data, lowers the cost of harnessing location intelligence, and makes it possible for more organizations to take advantage of insights from location data.

Namuga selects Lumotive to build next-gen 3D sensing solutions

Lumotive has entered into a commercial agreement with camera module specialist Namuga, which will leverage Lumotive’s Light Control Metasurface (LCM) chipsets to develop solid-state lidar module solutions for a range of 3D sensing applications in the industrial, consumer and automotive markets.

Through this partnership, Namuga will leverage the LCM products to create a variety of next-generation solid state lidar modules that go beyond robotic automation solutions, extending into additional sectors like services, homecare, and logistics.

GeoCue unveils TrueView 3D Imaging Systems

GeoCue announces the release of three new, high-end TrueView 3D Imaging Systems. With unmatched precision and advanced capabilities, the allnew TV625, TV680, and TV680LR are set to redefine the standards of aerial imaging technology.

These three new systems, designed and manufactured in the USA, combine a very lightweight and compact laser scanner with 3 cameras to deliver unparalleled accuracy and efficiency in geospatial data collection. The new TV625, TV680, and TV680LR systems are NDAA compliant.

Configurable GIS mobile app for surveying

1Spatial has launched the 1Capture, a customizable mobile application for data capture. It is a mobile GIS editing application that is multi-use and configurable. It provides accurate and reliable GIS data collection and editing in the field for a multitude of asset, job, and survey types.

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