NovAtel released its new SMARTMR15 antenna. It builds on last year’s successful launch of NovAtel’s SMART-MR10 GNSS receiver/antenna. Speaking to Coordinates Mr . Ben Greenwood, Product Manager, Enclosures, NovAtel Inc. explains about the new receiver antenna
How ‘smart’ is SMART-MR15 from its predecessor?
The SMART-MR15 adds an embedded cellular modem and NTRIP client. The NTRIP v2.0 client has been ported from our powerful, next-generation OEM cards and the cellular modem provides 3.5G download speeds up to 7.2 Mbps.
What is the most important feature of the new antenna/receiver?
With its new ‘smarts’, the MR15 allows simple and seamless access to Internet delivered corrections such as state CORS systems or private RTK networks. This feature provides scalable positioning accuracy without the need to set up a local base station.
What are the different applications this smart antenna/receiver is appropriate for?
The rugged SMART-MR15 is designed and tested to ensure continuous, reliable performance. Robust input power handling and a multitude of interface options including CAN bus, make the product ideally suited for tough on-machine environments including agriculture, construction, and mining applications.
Spirent Communications and Bluetest AB have announced their collaboration to advance Over-The-Air (OTA) test methods for mobile devices. The two companies have been conducting trials and making technical contributions to industry standards groups. By combining Bluetest’s expertise in reverberation technology with Spirent’s expertise in wireless channel emulation and GNSS testing, the companies plan to greatly improve test methods for characterizing MIMO and GPS OTA performance of mobile devices. Automated test solutions based on these advancements will characterize device performance in a fraction of the time spent using alternative approaches. www.spirent.com
Hemisphere GPS has released two very compact GPS compass products; the V102™ all-in-one and the H102™ OEM module. These products are ideal where heading and positioning are needed for marine and land-based applications such as yacht navigation, auto-pilot and machine guidance for earthmoving machinery. V102 is the market’s smallest, single-enclosure GPS compass and positioning system, while the H102 OEM board, found in the V102, is the market’s smallest fully integrated single board GPS compass that provides a lowcost yet highly accurate solution for integrators. www.hemispheregps.com
Leica GeoMoS Web now comes with a new automatic reporting tool, in addition to many options for analysing and visualising monitoring data and other new functionalities that make it even more flexible. Each authorised user can access their monitoring project anywhere, anytime. It is a SaaS (Software as a Service), an on-demand service that uses a Web-based application to display monitoring data. It supports highly secure https and SSL encryption for secure data transfer. www.leica-geosystems.com
Blue Marble Geographics has released GeoCore 2.0, the all-in-one data conversion developer tool kit for geospatial data. It includes the latest versions of GeoTransform, GeoCalc, and GeoTranslate software development toolkits. Users can now seamlessly work with any Blue Marble data conversion toolkits in the same development environment to build powerful geospatial software. www.bluemarblegeo.com
Trimble GeoExplorer® 6000 series of is a high-accuracy GNSS handheld computers. The series delivers dramatic improvements in difficult GNSS environments such as urban canyons and under tree canopy using Trimble® Floodlight™ satellite shadow reduction technology. The handhelds includes a dual-frequency GPS and GLONASS receiver and antenna, 5-megapixel camera and 3.5G data modem. Its large sunlight-readable display, field-swappable battery, and powerful processor are designed to meet the daily challenges of the most demanding GIS workflows. www.trimble.com
u-blox and Rohde & Schwarz (R&S) have successfully concluded a simulation of GALILEO. The test, carried out with the R&S SMBV100A vector signal generator and its GNSS simulation options, verified the u-blox proof-ofconcept and the compatibility of its receiver technology with the GALILEO transmission protocol. www.u-blox.com
The C-Nav3050 GNSS receiver latest range of advances include the addition of dynamic RTCM outputs and choice of either NTRIP client or server mode operability. It also include extended Bluetooth facilities and Ethernet virtual comports, additional Moving Base RTCM Code, Moving Base RTK additional internal data logging capacity; improved L1/G1/L-Band modes and autoselect for maximum Net-1/Net-2 C-Nav coverage. www.cnavgnss.com
Bentley Systems has launched STUDENTserver. This intuitive website offering is available at no charge to schools participating in the Be Careers Network Academic SELECT Subscription program. It provides all students and faculty at these schools with easy, self-serve access to the same commercial-grade software used by leading architects, engineers, and owneroperators to design, build, and operate the world’s infrastructure. www.bentley.com
SuperGeo partners with GeoViet
GeoViet Consulting, Vietnam is the new distributer of SuperGeo Technologies. It will distribute SuperGIS series software in Vietnam. It integrates geospatial technologies and further improves environmental development and inter-disciplinary communication. www.supergeotek.com
Broadcom announces two new systemon- a-chip (SoC) solutions with support for GLONASS in addition to GPS, marking the first cost-effective, commercially-available, single die SoC solutions that support both systems simultaneously. www.broadcom.com
Esri has established a research and development (R&D) center in Beijing, China. The center will provide GIS software development to support China’s many growing industries.By employing local software developers, It will help advance the spatial technology expertise of the Chinese workforce and enable China’s GIS community to extend its influence to ESRI’s global customer base. www.esri.com
Latest R&D efforts resulted in the optional combination of a calibrated camera system (VMX-250-CS6) with the RIEGL Mobile Laser Scanning System. Providing 3D point clouds and high-resolution images in a seamless workflow in acquisition and processing, the system now shortens schedules, reduces costs and opens new areas of application. www.riegl.com
New Trimble Railway solution
The Trimble® GEDO CE Trolley System provide as-built survey and documentation for railway track maintenance and modernization. The new System and software were acquired from Sinning Vermessungsbedarf GmbH of Wiesentheid, Bavaria, Germany. www.trimble.com.