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Trimble to acquire OmniSTAR for land applications

Trimble has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire certain assets related to the OmniSTAR Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) signal corrections business from Fugro N.V. The acquisition is expected to expand Trimble’s worldwide ability to provide correction services for land-based agriculture, construction, mapping and GIS and survey applications. Trimble and Fugro also entered into a multi-year service agreement which includes Fugro’s ongoing operation of its correction network and satellite service broadcast systems that power the OmniSTAR service. Fugro’s offshore marine business is unaffected.

Trimble strengthens presence in Nordic markets

Trimble acquired a suite of software solutions from Mesta Entreprenør AS, a subsidiary of Mesta Konsern AS. Mesta Konsern AS is one of Norway’s largest contracting groups for road and highway construction as well as related operations and maintenance. The software suite includes office, field data collection and on-machine solutions specifically designed for the Nordic construction market.

New Trimble TSC3 Controller makes construction operations easier

Trimble® TSC3 handheld controller for construction is a powerful and rugged addition to its portfolio of controllers for heavy and highway contractors. With built-in GPS, 3G, Wi-Fi and a 5 megapixel digital camera, construction professionals can stay connected and be equipped with accurate positioning, digital design information and the ability to locate, measure and record information anywhere on the construction site with just one device.

Vexcel Imaging receives ISO 9001:2008 Certificate

Vexcel Imaging GmBH, a Microsoft company, received an ISO 9001:2008 Certificate from the certification body SystemCERT. The Certificate certifies that Vexcel Imaging has implemented and maintained a quality management system which fulfils the requirements of the international standard ISO 9001:2008 and has demonstrated a commitment to continuous improvement of its processes.

Ashtech aid for GIS field researchers in Greece

Terrain, an Athens-based cartographic company, is publishing the first highly detailed, large-scale maps (1:10,000 to 1:100,000) of Greece using GIS data exclusively acquired by mobile teams of cartographers. By foot, bike, auto and boat, Terrain surveyor teams, travelling with Ashtech MobileMapper 100 handheld smart GNSS receivers loaded with ArcPad, are mapping Greece in unprecedented rich detail, even its remotest regions.

East View Cartographic performs rapid geoname translation for Japanese-produced topographic maps in tsunami-affected areas

Immediately following the earthquake and tsunami off the coast of northern Japan, East View Cartographic (EVC) was approached by the Japan Map Center in Tokyo to make English versions of eighteen 1:25,000 scale topographic maps over the affected area in and around Sendai, Japan.
Relief workers from around the world needed print mapping in English. The 1:25,000 series is the largest scale series with full country coverage in Japan. EVC performed this task in four business days utilizing automated geoname conversion processes and human editing. East View maintains a staff with fluency in twelve languages, including Japanese. Additionally, EVC created a mosaic of the map sheets and built a web-mapping service (WMS) to host the data for viewing around the world.

NovAtel Inc. announces OEMStar™ Firmware Version 1.101

NovAtel has announced the release of Version 1.101 firmware for its OEMStar GNSS receiver products. The OEMStar is NovAtel’s lowest cost, high performance L1 GNSS receiver. The 14-channel OEMStar provides accurate positioning using L1 GPS, GLONASS and SBAS signals. NovAtel’s advanced GL1DE® technology, which provides smooth pass-to-pass accuracy often sought in agricultural applications, is also available on the OEMStar receiver with a model upgrade. This latest release now supports GPS-only, GPS plus GLONASS, and GLONASS-only positioning, velocity and timing.

NovAtel Announces FlexPak6™ Enclosure Featuring Next-Generation GNSS Performance

NovAtel has announced the launch of the high-performance FlexPak6 GNSS enclosure, the first product to house the company’s new OEM628™ multi-constellation receiver. The FlexPak6 is designed for easy integration and is capable of tracking all current and upcoming GNSS satellite signals plus L-band, ensuring peak positioning performance now and into the future.
Compact and lightweight, the FlexPak6 builds on the popular FlexPak-G2™ series of products by adding powerful OEM6™ features such as RAIM (Receiver Autonomous Integrity Monitoring) for improved GNSS system integrity, NTRIP client and server capabilities for seamless integration into network reference applications, and 100 Hz measurements for high dynamic applications.

NovAtel and Raven Industries announce new supplier agreement

NovAtel Inc and Raven Industries (Raven) have announced a new strategic partnership that will see NovAtel’s industry leading Global Navigation Satellite System positioning technology integrated into Raven’s comprehensive line of precision agriculture products. The convergence of these two industry innovators is expected to drive new growth opportunities for both companies, and benefit customers by achieving further efficiencies in their agricultural operations.

Leica Geosystems enhances SP Technology:

Total Precision in any Environment
Leica Geosystems releases the next generation of its unique Leica SP Technology further enhancing flexibility and productivity when grading with a dozer. SP Technology now also supports machine control with total stations, providing high precision and increased grading speed in environments where GPS is not useable. This additional functionality allows users to choose the positioning sensor for their machine control system and to achieve excellent results in any environment.

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