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SBG Systems unveils Qinertia 4

SBG Systems will release Qinertia 4 on November 7th. It is a superior post-processing software delivering better precision and reliability compared to RTK systems. It is continually updated to incorporate user feedback and add new features.

Qinertia 4 is packed with an array of innovative functionalities that push the boundaries of navigation capabilities. Its enhanced Geodesy engine boasts an extensive selection of preconfigured Coordinate Reference Systems (CRS) and transformations, making it a versatile solution in applications that use diverse geodetic data. Whether you are in land surveying, hydrography, airborne surveys, construction, or any other field requiring precise positioning, the engine ensures seamless and accurate processing in the right datum and coordinate system.

To tackle the challenges of variable ionospheric activity, Qinertia 4 introduces Ionoshield PPK mode. This cutting-edge feature compensates for ionospheric conditions and baseline distances, allowing users to perform Post-Processing Kinematics (PPK) even for long baselines and/or harsh ionospheric conditions. This ensures surveyors achieve centimeter accuracy even in regions with unpredictable ionospheric disturbances.

Another exciting addition to Qinertia 4 is the extended CORS network support. This feature gives users access* to a vast network of 5000 SmartNet Continuously Operating Reference Stations (CORS) for reliable GNSS data processing. These base stations add to the already impressive network of base stations directly available in Qinertia, bringing the total to over 10,000 bases in 164 countries. This global coverage ensures that Qinertia remains a reliable and efficient solution, regardless of geographic location. In addition, users can import their own base station data and verify its position integrity with Precise Point Positioning (PPP).

Trimble launches new IonoGuard technology

Trimble has introduced Trimble IonoGuard™, a next-generation technology designed to mitigate ionospheric disruptions in positioning and navigation by minimizing performance impacts caused by scintillation or signal noise. It is Available as a downloadable firmware update for Trimble GNSS receivers utilizing the Trimble ProPoint® GNSS positioning engine

Referred to as solar activity, ionospheric disturbances peak every 11 years. The next major disruption, Solar Cycle 25, is expected to peak between 2024 and 2026. Ionospheric activity can directly impact the quality of GNSS signals, leading to the degradation of position accuracy. While this type of disturbance has the greatest impact on high precision GNSS users operating around equatorial and high latitude regions, global disruptions are possible during the height of the solar cycle.

TerraStar-X precise positioning GNSS correction service in S. Korea

Hexagon’s Autonomy & Positioning division and Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) have agreed to bring precise positioning to South Korea through the TerraStar-X Enterprise Correction Service. The hardwareagnostic correction service provides instant convergence and lane-level accuracy in automotive, mobile and autonomous applications.

Emlid releases GNSS receiver with tilt compensation

Emlid has launched a GNSS receiver, the Reach RS3. It enables users to survey at large tilt angles while maintaining survey-grade accuracy. The multi-band receiver works both as a base and a rover and comes factory calibrated.

The receiver offers versatile options to get corrections from continuously operating reference stations (CORS), another Reach device, or a third-party base, so users can mix and match real-time-kinematic (RTK) receivers in a fleet.

Topcon expands construction layout portfolio with LN-50

Topcon Positioning Systems announces the launch of the LN-50 3D laser, the latest addition to the LN layout navigator family of instruments. It has a 50-meter (164- foot) range as compared to the longerrange, full-featured LN-150 that continues to be a mainstay of the Topcon layout portfolio.

Exail releases INS for mobile mapping

Exail has launched the Atlans 3, its new Inertial Navigation System (INS) dedicated to land and air mobile mapping applications. It is an all-inone positioning and orientation system integrating unique micro-electromechanical systems. Fiber optic gyroscope (MEMS-FOG) hybrid technology and a dual-antenna RTK GNSS receiver are housed within one compact device. The INS offers North-keeping capability at FOG-level performance across a variety of land and air mobile mapping applications.


EMCORE Corporation has announced the introduction of the TAC-440 MEMS Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), the world’s smallest 1°/hour IMU. It is a higher-performance, form, fit, and function compatible replacement for the Honeywell 1930 and 4930 IMUs.

Performance of the TAC-440 IMU is based on EMCORE’s proven quartz MEMS inertial sensor technology.

CHC Navigation introduces rugged LT800H RTK tablet

CHC Navigation (CHCNAV) has announced the LT800H, a rugged, accurate, and versatile RTK GNSS tablet specially designed for geospatial and mapping operations in the field. Its industrial design ensures robust outdoor performance and data security in any environment.

Syntony launches CRPA GNSS receiver

Syntony GNSS has released CERBER, a GNSS receiver embedded in a CRPA solution. A classic CRPA system consists of embedded GNSS antennas and antijamming treatments. However, CERBER relies on the tight integration of a CRPA treatment (with a 4-array antenna) and the embedded GNSS receiver.

The estimation of GNSS direction of arrival (DoA) is enabled and allows the receiver to check whether those DoA estimations are compatible with GNSS constellations or originate from very few directions. Therefore, users will be able to detect and locate spoofing devices or receivers instantly. The receivers are also able to constantly recalibrate the chains of reception based on the DoA and GNSS signals.

OxTS introduces INS for land and air applications

OxTS has released the xRED3000, its lightest and smallest inertial navigation system (INS) suitable for land- and airbased applications. It uses OxTS lidar inertial odometry (LIO), which takes data from a lidar in post-processing to reduce IMU drift and improve accuracy in areas with poor or no GNSS signal such as urban canyons. The technology also provides a position accuracy of 0.5 m, even after 60 seconds of no GNSS signal.

Tallysman releases new L-band GNSS antenna

Tallysman Wireless has released the ARM972XF triple-band plus L-Band GNSS antenna. The ARM972XF uses Tallysman’s accutenna technology providing GPS/QZSS L1/L2/L5, GLONASS-G1/G2/G3, Galileo E1/ E5a/E5b, and BeiDou B1/B2a/B2b + L-Band coverage. The technology is designed for precision triplefrequency positioning where light weight and a low profile are required.

Tallysman’s ARM972XF is a small and lightweight housed triple-band precision mini ARINC GNSS antenna. It has an average phase center variation of less than 10 mm for all frequencies and overall azimuths and elevation angles. Additionally, both models are available with components qualified for low Earth orbit (LEO).

Drone to collect geospatial data for coal mine rehabilitation

Carbonix Australia is collaborating with Woolpert to assist with the rehabilitation of one of New South Wales’ oldest open cut coal mines, using drone and geospatial data capture technology to help in this transition. The aerial data collected will be instrumental in establishing a balanced mix of grasslands capable of supporting sustainable grazing and native vegetation corridors to enhance habitat connectivity.

Phase One introduces PAS Pana

Phase One introduces PAS Pana, which is a seven-camera wide-field system that redefines the landscape of aerial mapping precision and effectiveness. With a strategic configuration comprising five RGB cameras equipped with 150 mm lenses, and two NIR cameras with 70 mm lenses, PAS Pana reaches a total swath of ~ 48,800 pixels across flight direction. Its range of highresolution images stretch from 2.5 cm Ground Sampling Distance (GSD) to 30 cm GSD.

Trimble and Kyivstar partnership

Trimble and Kyivstar, Ukraine are partnering to install a new Continuously Operating Reference Station (CORS) network to provide GNSS correction services across the country. The new network will be built using Trimble’s hardware and software positioning technology.

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