Trimble has announced its next generation GNSS receiver for marine construction and drilling and piling operations— the Trimble MPS566 Modular GNSS heading receiver. With built-in dual GNSS antenna ports and constellation-agnostic Trimble ProPoint™ technology, the MPS566 delivers highly accurate positions and orientation for work that demands precise heading. With a ruggedized and compact form factor, the MPS566 consumes low power and has minimal cabling, all benefits when installation space is at a premium. www.trimble.com
VectorNav releases two new INS
VectorNav Technologies, has announced the development of two new products, the VN-210-S and VN-310-S, to expand the company’s tactical series of GNSSaided Inertial Navigation Systems (INS).
The VN-210-S GNSS/INS combines tactical-grade IMU comprised of a 3-axis gyroscope, accelerometer, and magnetometer with an all-new triplefrequency GNSS receiver. The VN- 310-S Dual GNSS/INS leverages tactical-grade IMU and integrates two 448-channel GNSS receivers to enable GNSS-compassing for accurate heading estimations in stationary and lowdynamic operations. www.vectornav.com
SBG Systems, a leading provider of inertial navigation solutions, and Hexagon, a global leader in positioning and mapping technologies, are excited to announce their collaboration to offer improved accuracy and seamless integration for mapping applications.
Qinertia, developed by SBG Systems, is a powerful post-processing software. It is designed to enhance the location data accuracy by combining INS measurements with GNSS location and correction data. Its exclusive algorithms allow to achieve centimeter-level accuracy. The recent launch of Qinertia 4 can now leverage the power of HxGN SmartNet’s 5000 reference stations mainly across North America, Europe, and AsiaPacific regions. www.sbg-systems.com
FJDynamics launches new guidance and steering solutions
FJDynamics has launched their Guidance and Steering Solutions, featuring the AH1 Hydraulic Autosteering Kit and AG1 Guidance System. The new solutions provide farmers with exceptional precision and consistency in steering, resulting in perfectly straight crop rows and optimal use of resources. www.fjdynamics.com
Point One Navigation has joined the STMicroelectronics Partner Program to deliver reliable navigation and positioning solutions for a diverse spectrum of ST customers in the US and Western Europe. By implementing Point One’s proven navigation software and RTK network, developers using ST Teseo GNSS Solutions now have a quicker and easier path to create the industry’s most accurate precision navigation solutions. https://pointonenav.com
Pasternack introduces its state-of-the-art IoT multiband combination antennas. The latest from Pasternack’s innovation lab integrates the potency of 4G, 5G, Wi-Fi and GPS bands within a singular, sleek radome. This harmonious fusion ensures that emergency teams, on-the-move fleets and first responders can guarantee an unwavering link, no matter where duty calls. www.pasternack.com
Septentrio broadens its ecosystem with new open-source projects
Septentrio introduced two new open-source hardware projects available to integrators of satellite-based positioning. The new projects embed mosaic, a compact high-precision multifrequency GPS/GNSS receiver module known for its robust performance and resilience to jamming and spoofing.
The first project, mosaicBus, is a reference design of a board compatible with mikroBUS™, one of the world’s fastestgrowing add-on board standards primarily used in embedded systems. It enables easy plug-and-play sensor integration and is designed into development boards of major vendors including MikroElektronika, the company that developed the mikroBUS™ standard. The second project, called mosaicAlto, is a carrier board embedding the mosaic-X5 or mosaic-H GNSS receivers, which transforms Arduino Pro “Portenta” into a single-board computer with a GPS/ GNSS receiver. Septentrio.com
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. It’s breakthrough performance is based on EMCORE’s proven quartz MEMS inertial sensor technology. emcore.com
Adtran has launched new synchronization solutions featuring Satellite Time and Location (STL) technology to address the growing vulnerabilities of GPS and other GNSS systems to jamming and spoofing attacks.
Alongside GNSS-based timing, the OSA 5405-S PTP grandmaster clock can now receive STL signals. This compact and versatile device caters to a diverse range of indoor and outdoor deployment settings, serving industries from 5G and data centers to smart grids and defense. www.adtran.com
Eos Positioning Systems, Inc., received the Mobile GIS Award at the 2023 Esri Infrastructure Management and GIS concluded recently. Eos serves utilities; local governments; AEC firms; and transportation organizations with easy-to-use and precise GNSS receivers and solutions that pair seamlessly with Esri mobile apps. https://eos-gnss.com
The Australian and New Zealand governments, with support from FrontierSI, are conducting a survey with OEMs to identify the opportunities and barriers for integrating Southern Positioning Augmentation Network ( SouthPAN) signal support in GNSS chips, devices and equipment.
SouthPAN is a Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) in the Southern Hemisphere and provides improved positioning and navigation services in Australia, New Zealand and maritime regions.
Precise positioning from the network offers improved accuracy down to 10 cm. SouthPAN provides augmented and corrected satellite navigation signals directly from the satellite rather than through a mobile phone, providing accuracy that overcomes gaps in mobile internet and radio communications. Its early Open Services has been live since September 2022, and aviation safety-of-life certified SouthPAN services are set to go live in 2028. Safety-of-life certified services are designed to support end users engaging in life risking operations, such as landing an aircraft at an airport.
OEMs of positioning and/or navigation service equipment are asked to share insights on the support of SouthPAN’s three services into chips, devices and equipment. In particular, the company is looking for OEM’s’ views on barriers and opportunities for support of the L1, dual frequency multi-constellation (DFMC) and precise point positioning (PPP) via SouthPAN services. www.ga.gov.au
LocLab launches cloud tech for 3D digital twin accessibility
LocLab, part of Hexagon launched LocLab Cloud, powered by HxDR. It offers a secure end-to-end solution for 3D digital twins, allowing management and monitoring of models. It specialises in developing object-based and structured digital twin models that seamlessly integrate data from various systems and sources. www.loclab-consulting.com
Konsberg Discovery has officially unveiled the EM 2042, a next-generation multibeam echosounder. With the capability to extend operational weather windows, it empowers users in their quest to comprehend, safeguard and harness the ocean’s depths. It has lightweight design, easy installation, robustness and the capacity to gather pristine seabed data even in the most remote and challenging environments. www.kongsberg.com
Leica Geosystems has added new capabilities to the Leica BLK2FLY. It now has the ability to scan indoors, providing expanded coverage for complex scanning projects, and the ability to create digital twins for entire structures, both indoors and outdoors.
Virtual Surveyor has added UAV photogrammetry capabilities to its Virtual Surveyor smart UAV surveying software. The new Terrain Creator app photogrammetrically processes UAV images to generate survey-grade terrains which then transfer into the traditional Virtual Surveyor workspace. It was originally developed to bridge the gap between UAV photogrammetric processing applications and engineering design packages. www.virtual-surveyor.com