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3rd Generation RTK S760 by SOUTH

SOUTH has released the 3rd generation RTK product, S760. A single rugged unit, independent to any external device, has integrated antenna, mainboard and PDA all together, which is an ideal high precision handheld GIS data collector in urban and rural areas.

Palm-sized receivers from Geneq

Geneq announced the SXBlue III GPS, one of the smallest dual frequency RTK GPS receivers, weighing slightly more than one pound (517g) and fitting comfortably in the palm of ones hand. Equally small is its patch antenna. At only 5.5cm wide and weighing a mere 80 grams.

SBAS test signal in the Caribbean, Central and South America

GMV and Inmarsat announced the successful integration of their technologies resulting in the broadcast of a satellite-based navigation test signal covering the Caribbean, Central and South America for the first time. GMV contributed its new SBAS processing centre, magicSBAS, which accepts real-time data from any place in the world; while Inmarsat provided its SBAS signal generator and the space capacity – the navigation transponder on the Inmarsat-3F4 positioned over the Americas region. For years, ICAO has supported and fostered the provision of a specific SBAS in these regions, and this initiative is a huge step towards this objective.

Leica Geosystems and Swepos agreement

Swepos is the national GNSS network provider in Sweden and its network covers the whole country, offering GNSS-correction data from approximately 200 reference stations to more then 1500 professional users since 1998. With the new GNSS data exchange agreement, Leica Geosystems will be able to build up a fully covering Network-RTK solution for Sweden in combination with the Swepos reference sites, in a very short time. The new network called SmartNet will be part of the European-wide Leica SmartNet System.

GSA releases GNSS Market Monitoring Report

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) has recently published the 2010 GNSS Market Monitoring report. According to the smae, the market for GNSS will grow significantly over the next decade, at a CAGR of 11%, reaching some €165 billion for the core GNSS market in 2020. Delivery of GNSS devices will exceed one billion per year by 2020.


SOKKIA has released four new SRX total stations — SRX1X, SRX2X, SRX3X and SRX5X. The new series is developed to maximize all performances, primarily focusing on auto-tracking and distance measurement capabilities. A completely new auto-tracking system has been developed and includes new motors and driving mechanism, new optics and laser system. In addition, newly refined tracking algorithm enhances the ability to predict the future prism positions, enabling more stable tracking and faster prism reacquisition.

Geospatial intelligence to insurers

Teradata Corporation has joined CoreLogic to provide insurance companies with intelligent geospatial solutions that bring together the key business components necessary for underwriting processing, risk management, marketing and distribution management for optimal decision making.

Topcon QS Robotic TS series

Topcon Positioning Systems introduced its new generation of robotic total stations, the QS Series (Quick Station). The QS Series – featuring the X-TRAC 8 prism tracking technology – is designed to provide unprecedented power and speed to dramatically enhance productivity and save time and money on every job.

Pictometry in legal dispute with Blom

Blom ASA is in legal dispute with its technology partner Pictometry International Corp who has invented the oblique imagery technology in 1996 and supplied it to Blom under a Technology License Agreement (TLA). Recently Pictometry has notified Blom that they consider Blom to be in breach of the TLA and has terminated the agreement with immediate effect. Blom believes “[it] has not violated the TLA, thus the notice of breach and termination is null and void and of no effect. Blom has through legal advisors taken all required actions to protect its interests.”

Trimble Nomad series computers

The Nomad 900 series adds a 5MP auto-focus camera with flash, enhanced GPS performance, and new Wi-Fi® capabilities. These new features, along with the its rugged construction and computing power, make it ideal for mobile workers in forestry, public safety, surveying, construction, mapping, field service, utilities, and other outdoor or service-related fields.

Trimble Tunnel Construction Solution

Trimble introduced a new field solution designed to streamline the precision construction of road and railway tunnels. Now, contractors can improve the efficiency and safety of production blasting while providing near real-time progress monitoring and reporting accurate as-built information for project sign-off. It leverages the Trimble SCS900 Site Controller Software Tunneling Module, Trimble Tablet controller and the SPS930 Universal Total Station.

TomTom HD Traffic now in 16 countries

TomTom has launched HD Traffic technology in eight additional countries: Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Spain and Sweden. It said that “HD Traffic is now available to more than 200 million cars worldwide – 76 million of which are in the eight new countries.”

New LOSTnFOUND mobile trackers

Mountain Group relies on u-blox’ GPS and GSM/GPRS module technologies for its new “LOSTnFOUND®” suite of tracking devices. The suite consists of the “ALTUS”, “CALVUS”, and “CIRRUS” trackers which report the location of cars, trucks, people, belongings and pets on 5 continents. The information can be viewed from anywhere via a feature-rich web-based application.

Frost & Sullivan forecast

Frost & Sullivan forecasts a PND growth from 315,000 units in 2009 to 1.7 million units in ASEAN region by 2015. Penetration among total vehicles in operation is expected to grow from 1.8 percent to 11.8 percent over the period.

TeleNav launches Social Networking App

TeleNav MyTies is a mobile-only, private social networking application for the iPhone. It allows iPhone users to leverage their personal address book and contacts to create multiple private networks by inviting contacts to join and form groups.

Trimble Dimensions 2010

Trimble’s 5th International User Conference – Trimble Dimensions 2010 – was held with the theme ‘Converge, Connect and Collaborate’. From November 8 to 10 over 2900 attendees from 67 countries gathered at the Mirage, Las Vegas, USA for the conference.

Keynote speakers included Steve Berglund, Trimble President and CEO; Keith Ferrazzi Founder and CEO of the consulting, training, and research firm Ferrazzi Greenlight; and Dr. Steve Squyres Principal Investigator, Mars Exploration Rover Project.

“We are extremely pleased with the continued and strong interest demonstrated in Trimble Dimensions,” said Bryn Fosburgh, Trimble vice president. “It is truly a unique conference focused on how advanced technology solutions are transforming the way work is done.”

With more than 400 sessions the conference explored the use of technology in a wide range of applications including surveying, engineering, construction, mapping, GIS, geospatial, utilities and mobile resource management.

Clear growth signals from the Intergeo 2010

Dr. Hartmut Rosengarten gave a concise summary of the three days of INTERGEO in Cologne: Whereas the focus in 2009 was on “Geo is in”, the talk among industry representatives this year was of “Geo is interconnecting”. The Chairman of the INTERGEO Exhibitor Advisory Board also emphasized that geodata is a key element in today’s IT infrastructures, making INTERGEO the central hub for recording, gathering, processing, distributing and supplying geoinformation.

“We were able to make excellent use of the three INTERGEO days to provide information on career paths and training opportunities in our sector and target potential employees directly,” said Prof. Karl-Friedrich Thöne, President of the event’s patron, DVW (German Society for Geodesy, Geoinformation and Land Management). He added: “Together we are stronger and better able to achieve our goals. INTERGEO sent out a clear signal for international industry networking within the framework of a geo community. This was highlighted in particular by the key conference topic “The environment and geo information”. With their first-class presentation at the joint stand, the organizations in the geo sector successfully promoted the idea of joining forces rather than everyone going their separate ways.”

With over 17,500 visitors, almost 1,500 conference participants and an increase in exhibitor numbers and exhibition space, INTERGEO continued its growth trajectory, thus confirming its position as a leading international conference and trade fair for geodesy, geoinformation and land management in Cologne. More than 500 exhibitors from 32 countries – with more than 30 percent coming from outside Germany – presented themselves and their innovations to a fascinated audience. The fair set a new record for international participation, with 25 percent of visitors coming from abroad. “No other non-company conference in our industry records such a high percentage,” explains Dr. Rosengarten, adding: “Business is better than was predicted a year ago. We expect clear project growth in services and technology in 2011.”

The exhibitor survey reflected the upbeat mood of the three-day event at the Exhibition Centre in Cologne. Almost 90 percent of exhibitors said that they met their goals for INTERGEO participation. These included “establishing new contacts” (approx. 93 percent), “fostering existing contacts” (approx. 85 percent), “showcasing innovations” (approx. 70 percent) and “image cultivation” (approx. 70 percent). Over three-quarters of the exhibitors expect to do good post-trade fair business on the basis of serious enquiries made at the event. While the results of this year’s survey tended to be cautiously optimistic compared to the statistics from last year’s event in Karlsruhe, opinion on the industry’s current economic situation was clearer across the board. In Cologne, almost 50 percent described the situation as “very favorable” or “favorable”, while around 40 percent still described the outlook as “average”. Results for this question the year before were the other way round.

This is also confirmed by the information gleaned from exhibiting companies. Prof. Gerd Buziek, Head of Marketing at ESRI Deutschland, was delighted with the results, saying: “Once again, INTERGEO this year met our expectations. For example, the visitors’ positive response to our new product ArcGIS for INSPIRE clearly showed that we are on the right track with our software and services. Overall, we were able to see clearly how things stand today in terms of performance with GIS and the potential that can be unlocked, for example, for GIS applications in cloud computing or simple and user-friendly web clients. The discussions we had with visitors from the business and scientific communities and public administration bodies as part of our conference activities were also very valuable”. Petra Wagner, Head of Marketing at Leica Geosystems GmbH Vertrieb, said: “As expected, visitor turnout was once again high at our stand on all three days of the fair and the response to our innovations was very good.” Monika Semmler, Marketing Manager at Pitney Bowes Business Insight, said: “We value INTERGEO first and foremost as a platform for reaching decision-makers from the different specialist areas in the geoinformation industry. In this way, it perfectly complements the other specialist conferences that we attend and our internal events. I would like to thank all the visitors who stopped at our stand – we enjoyed many high-caliber discussions. It is discussions such as these that enable us to develop intelligent and practical solutions.” Dr. Johannes Riegl, CEO of RIEGL Laser Measurement Systems GmbH, said: “INTERGEO is a key event in the business calendar. The opportunity to meet here with our customers and business partners and share information with them has become an established tradition. And naturally we welcome the chance to present our innovations to a wide audience. This year, for example, we showcased the RIEGL VZ-1000 terrestrial 3D laser scanner and the NP680i ‘turnkey’ airborne scanner platform. One of the highlights was our INTERGEO partner dinner to which we invited business partners and friends from over 20 countries.”

The conference in Cologne saw the successful launch of two new features – daily keynote speeches and the INTERGEO Academy. The keynote speeches featured high-profile figures such as Constitutional Court judge Udo Di Fabio, ESRI president Jack Dangermond and FIG president Stig Enemark, while the INTERGEO Academy got off to a flying start with a total of 170 participants. “Geo is interconnecting – and as a facilitator of the industry, INTERGEO will continue to drive forward international dialogue and the networking of disciplines, looking ahead to Nuremberg in 2011,” explained Olaf Freier, Managing Director of HINTE GmbH and INTERGEO organizer.

The 17th INTERGEO will take place from 27 to 29 September 2011 in Nuremberg.


21-24 September, Portland, USA

The ION Satellite Division’s 23rd annual international meeting was held from the 21st to the 24th of September 2010 at the Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Oregon, USA.

At the opening plenary session issues related to ‘sustainment, robustness and interchangeability’ of global positioning and timing were taken up by the speakers. The session was moderated by Dr. Bradford Parkinson, the founding commander of the GPS Joint Program Office and a Stanford University professor emeritus. Other panellists included David Turner, deputy director, Office of Space & Advanced Technology, U.S. Department of State; Phil Ward, of Navward GPS Consulting; Dr. Mike Miller, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL); and Dr. Paul Massatt, senior engineering specialist, in The Aerospace Corporation’s Navigation and Geopositioning Systems Department.

Over the three days 260 papers were presented in 36 parallel sessions. More than 60 companies and organizations participated in the accompanying exhibition and there was a four percent increase in attendance from last year.

The Johannes Kepler Award was awarded to Dr. Todd Walter for his contributions to space based augmentation systems and the education of the next generation of navigation professionals.

While Ali Broumandan of the University of Calgary was awarded the Bradford W. Parkinson Award for graduate student excellence in Global Navigation Satellite Systems in his thesis “Enhanced Narrowband Signal Detection and Estimation with a Synthetic Antenna Array for Location Application.”

The GNSS Program Updates panel discussion was moderated by Dr. John Betz of the MITRE Corporation. This panel also had presentation by GPS Wing’s new commander, Col. Bernard Gruber and an update on GLONASS by Dr. Sergey Revnivykh, Deputy Director General of Roscosmos’s Central Research Institute of Machine Building.

The first Civil GPS Service Interface Committee (CGSIC) meeting was also hosted by ION.

The ION GNSS 2011 will be held from the 23rd to the 25th of September 2011 at the Oregon Convention Centre, Portland, Oregon, USA. For more details contact

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