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Agency9 CityPlanner takes 3D visualisation to the cloud

Agency9 has released their cloud service CityPlanner 2.0 internationally. Agency9 CityPlanner is a web service that empowers project managers, planners and architects to visualise and interact with 3D models on the internet. Project ideas can easily be created and edited, allowing for rapid evaluation of alternatives and feed-back from stakeholders and project members. CityPlanner features a multiuser role-based structure for control of access. Organisations can use their own 3D city models and terrain data as scenery data. CityPlanner supports 3D data from all major map data providers, such as Blom and other providers like Computamaps, Digital Globe, Navteq or TomTom. The streaming technology in CityPlanner supports extensive geographical areas and city models.

u-blox to demonstrate GLONASS positioning at Telematics Detroit

u-blox has announced the successful demonstration of an enhanced LEA-6H GPS module which also supports GLONASS navigation. The Russian GLONASS satellite system is an alternative as well as complementary system to the US-based Global Positioning System (GPS). It currently has 22 deployed satellites, with the complete constellation of 24 satellites needed for complete global coverage scheduled for end 2011. GLONASS based navigation systems will soon be required to be used by all vehicles transporting passengers, large volumes, or hazardous materials in Russia, according to the Russian Ministry of Transport. Additionally, next generation navigation systems that implement both GPS and GLONASS receivers will be able to provide a higher level of performance for positioning systems worldwide.

Hemisphere GPS announces New LX-2 L-Band OEM Board for its Crescent and Eclipse GPS Receivers

Hemisphere GPS has introduced the LX-2, a new second generation L-Band differential GPS OEM receiver board. The new LX-2 augments Hemisphere GPS’ Crescent P100 and Eclipse P200 GPS receivers with OmniSTAR differential HP, XP or VBS signal support. This reliable and globally available differential GPS option is one of several differential solutions offered by Hemisphere GPS. By tracking L-Band satellite-based differential signal corrections, LX2 improves standalone GPS positions. It improves the position accuracy of Eclipse receivers to sub-decimeter levels and Crescent receivers to half meter levels. Additionally, LX-2 is supported by Hemisphere GPS’ exclusive COAST technology to ensure accuracy is maintained during temporary loss of the differential signal.

Manufacturer Calls on U.S. Government to Protect GPS

Javad Ashjaee, president and CEO of JAVAD GNSS, has called upon the U.S. government to protect GPS as a national asset, invoking the many billions of dollars invested in it, and likening the LightSquared initiative for high-powered terrestrial transmitters to “aggression.” The statement came in response to a written communication to Ashjaee, describing recent preliminary tests of some high-precision receivers under LightSquared conditions by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Septentrio Announces Low Power GPS/GLONASS RTK Receiver smaller than Credit Card

Septentrio has announced the AsteRx-m, a very low power GPS/GLONASS dual-frequency RTK receiver which is smaller than a credit card. The new board is aimed specifically at integration in hand-held devices, mobile computing platforms and other solutions requiring high accuracy combined with low power in applications where space is at a premium. The AsteRx-m offers full dual-frequency GPS-only RTK capability while consuming less than 500 mW and GPS/GLONASS RTK at less than 600 mW. It also covers the functionality range from GPS-L1 only to full GPS- GLONASS L1-L2, providing the same performance, robustness and availability as “full-size” state-of-the-art dual-frequency RTK receivers.

NavCom Technology Inc. announces New Dealer in Turkey

NavCom Technology, Inc. has formed a strategic partnership with Anka Geographic Information Technologies Industry Trade Ltd. Co. (Ankageo). As a member of NavCom’s Global Dealer Network, Ankageo will bring NavCom’s GNSS product and positioning solutions, including the recently released SF-3040, StarFire™/RTK GNSS Pole-mount Receiver, to the Turkish market. The new partnership with Ankageo can bring NavCom’s unique mapping and surveying solutions to a key economy in Eurasia.

Septentrio announces Multi-GNSS Reference Station Receiver PolaRx4

Septentrio announces PolaRx4, which it describes as a versatile multi-frequency high-performance GNSS receiver providing network operators and scientific users with high-quality tracking and measurement of all available and upcoming GNSS signals. The PolaRx4 is designed to serve as a future-proof base station, with innovative GNSS signal processing, extensive networking capabilities, robust design and an intuitive user interface. Powered by Septentrio’s next generation multi- frequency receiver engine, PolaRx4 offers 264 hardware channels capable of simultaneously tracking GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, and SBAS signals in L1, L2, L5, and E5ab/AltBOC bands. It also supports Beidou and GLONASS-K L3 CDMA signal tracking.

SuperGeo releases Mobile Cadastral GIS 3.0

SuperGeo Technologies has officially released Mobile Cadastral GIS 3.0 to assist efficient cadastral navigation measuring and field survey. Mobile Cadastral GIS is designed for cadastral navigation measuring and field survey on the basis of SuperGIS Mobile Engine. Integrated with GIS and GPS technology resources, Mobile Cadastral GIS enables field surveyors to recognize their current locations and the correct information of cadastral navigation swiftly. Moreover, if applied on compatible mobile devices that equipped with Windows Mobile operating platform, Mobile Cadastral GIS can be utilized as a light, convenient, and powerful system in surveying. Its latest version contains a comprehensive system which performs upgraded functions in interface design, map display and manipulation procedure.

Bentley Showcases first commercially available products to support Two-Way

Bentley Systems has announced its first commercially available products to support two-way interoperability with ISO 15926. It presented a live demonstration of the ease with which component data and information can be shared with systems deployed by iRING user community members Bechtel, Hatch and Emerson Process Management, as well as among Bentley’s ISO 15926-based AXSYS. Process V8i conceptual design application, OpenPlant PowerPID V8i application, and Instrumentation & Wiring V8i design software. All of the read/write information exchanges being demonstrated are seamlessly accomplished using the same interface. Moreover, they require only a one-time, simplified mapping, allowing multiple reuses and repurposing of data by making it unambiguous. In real-world projects, these data exchanges lead to lower administration costs, higher quality data, increased productivity, and reduced project and business risk.

ESRI and DOI introduce Landsat Data for the World

Working in close collaboration with the US Department of the Interior (DOI), Esri has released Landsat image services. These provide access to almost four decades’ worth of Global Land Survey (GLS) Landsat data developed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and DOI’s US Geological Survey. Esri provides access to the full multispectral, multitemporal Landsat data for free on ArcGIS Online as dynamic image services. Esri has also published an interactive website that leverages these Landsat image services to provide a starting point for understanding earth changes over time.

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