Javad has released Version 1.6 of TRIUMPH-VS software. Its new features include Polish language support and Action button debounce. It has also improved Map screen performance, Languages support, Point coordinates input, Fixed Base Station action, Solution RMSes display in Action screen, US Survey units (feet) support, Device temperature monitoring and UHF Setup.
Trimble has introduced the Trimble® BD910 and BD920 modules to its GNSS OEM portfolio. These small modules feature centimeter-level, Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) positioning capabilities that are ideal for high-precision and control applications. Capable of receiving a wide range of commercially available GNSS signals, the BD910 and BD920 modules are designed to allow OEMs and system integrators to easily add centimeter-level positioning to specialized or custom hardware solutions.
Trimble GIS Data Collection Software includes new functionality to drive increased field efficiency
Trimble has announced the release of its next generation of Trimble® TerraSync™ software. TerraSync software is used by utilities, public sector, natural resources, and many other organizations worldwide as a key component of enterprise GIS data collection and asset management projects. The latest release focuses on updates requested by users to address their changing needs.
NovAtel Inc has announced the addition of four Micro Electromechanical Systems (MEMS) Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs) to its SPAN™ line of GNSS/INS products: the HG1900 and HG1930 IMUs from Honeywell International Inc. and the LandMark™ 20 and LandMark™ 40 IMUs from Gladiator Technologies Inc. The addition of these compact MEMS IMUs to the SPAN line-up significantly expands the range of cost, size and power options available for size and weight concerned applications requiring high performance position, velocity and attitude data.
SPAN tightly couples NovAtel’s precise GNSS technology with highly accurate inertial measurement technology to provide a robust, stable and continuous 3D navigation. The new MEMS sensors are coupled with NovAtel’s SPAN receivers via a new compact, lightweight MEMS Interface Card (MIC) designed to support both power and communication. At only 71 x 46 x 11 mm, the MIC is designed to NovAtel’s smallest receiver form factor, specifically for pairing with an OEMV1-DF SPAN enabled receiver, providing integrators an extremely compact, powerful GPS/INS engine.
Leica announces enhancement in FCMS v3.34
Leica Geosystems announced version 3.34 of its Flight & Sensor Control Management System (FCMS). New productive features such as automatic generation of bitmaps from DTM data have been added to make Leica FCMS v3.34 the most productive tool for cost-effective flights and data acquisition. Leica FCMS provides flight and sensor control management for all its airborne sensor systems. according to company’s press statement, Leica FCMS 3.34 provides easy and automated operation of the recently released Leica ALS70 high-performance Airborne LiDAR system as well as of the new Leica RCD30 medium format camera, the world’s first 60 MegaPixel camera to acquire multispectral imagery in RGB and N. Both, the Leica ALS70 and the Leica RCD30, can be operated either as a standalone installed system or as multi-sensor system ALS70+ RCD30. The combined system works as a fully integrated unit, and shares not only GNSS/IMU data but is also operated conveniently from one operator interface.
Leica Geosystems has announced new Leica Cyclone v7.2 software that improves office processing and use of rich “as-built” point cloud data.Several innovations in Leica Cyclone 7.2 address key market needs and trends in the processing and use of rich, as-built point cloud data from laser scanning/High-Definition Surveying™. One constant market driver is the desire to reduce laser scanning project costs, including office time, especially as projects trend towards more scans and higher scan densities.
Hexagon acquired all shares in the Brazilian software and services provider SISGRAPH. SISGRAPH has been providing custom made Intergraph solutions to Latin America since 1980. It provides sales, consulting, implementation and training services for all Intergraph products in Latin America.
SISGRAPH’s technical team of more than 100 engineers and specialists has deep knowledge of Intergraph products, its applications and the markets to which they are destined. The company has long-term relationship with the major companies in the process and power segment in the area as well as with several local government agencies.
Excluding inter-company sales, SISGRAPH’s turnover in 2010 amounted to approximately 11 MEUR. The company has shown solid growth over the last years and strong profitability.
Raytheon Company has received a $32.2 million contract from the US Navy for Global Positioning, Navigation and Timing Service (‘’GPNTS’’) program. The program is designed to replace the current Navigation Sensor System Interface and support mission-critical real-time positioning, navigation, and timing data services. To carry out the contract, Raytheon has partnered with Argon ST that provides systems and sensors for the command, control, communications, computers, combat systems, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance markets. Argon ST was acquired by The Boeing Company (BA – Analyst Report) in 2010 and is now its wholly owned subsidiary.
Beside Argon ST, the company will also leverage the capabilities and expertise of small business partners. Under the contract, Raytheon’s Integrated Defense Systems will be responsible for the design, development, testing and delivery of GPNTS.
Magellan GPS has announced a promotion that allows customers in the US and Canada to trade in any GIS data collection device in exchange for $75 off a new Magellan GIS eXplorist Pro 10 device — a rugged, waterproof, handheld GPS device that runs Windows Mobile 6.5 for high-accuracy GIS data collection. Magellan is accepting any GIS data collection device — from Magellan or another manufacturer — in exchange for the $75 discount off of a new Magellan GIS eXplorist Pro 10 device. The trade-in program will be executed by Magellan regional resellers.
In September 2010 and February 2011 two major earthquakes struck, just a few kilometers from the Christchurch central city creating utter devastation in the central city and eastern suburbs. Even 5 months on, access is still impossible to a significant portion of the inner city. Creating a reasoned and appropriate response to a disaster of this scope is extremely difficult. However, the CHC X91 GNSS receiver was deployed by the Paterson Pitts Group survey team on two key projects to go a small way toward enabling decisions on the nature and form of Christchurch’s rebuild to be planned. Several thousand houses near the Avon River and estuary which are now damaged by the earthquake and resulting liquefaction are likely to never be rebuilt. When undertaking decisions of this magnitude, it is essential to have data of a high quality.
Blue Marble Geographics has announced to now offer support for metadata within the Blue Marble Desktop v2.3. The new Metadata Editor tool will allow users to create or update FGDC compliant metadata for files that are processed through the Blue Marble Desktop. This new feature will allow for the seamless integration of metadata into existing workflows which will help users to share geographic data across their complete enterprise while retaining data integrity throughout the entire lifecycle.
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Bentley Systems has announced that Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water is deploying Bentley’s ProjectWise project team collaboration platform to improve its work sharing, better manage all engineering content, better leverage its existing hydraulic models for its water and wastewater networks, and reduce costs.
Meizu high-definition smartphone for China includes u-blox GPS
u-blox’ ultra-sensitive GPS chip UBX-G6010-ST is at the heart of Meizu’s latest M9 multimedia smartphone with GPS. Developed for the Chinese market, the M9 boasts a long list of attractive features including 3.54-inch high-resolution display with 16 million colors, multi-touch support, web browser, camera, HD media player, and 3D games. It also includes out-of-the-box GPS features such as navigator, digital compass, and accelerometer. A vast library of location-based Apps can be downloaded via Google’s online Android Market.
StreetMapper, the vehicle-based laser mapping system
StreetMapper, the vehicle-based laser mapping system, is being used to assess the damage caused by the Japanese earthquake of the 11th March 2011. The mobile mapping system, purchased from Mirukuru and operated by Asia Air Survey, has been used to capture highly detailed 3D survey data. This data will be used to assess the structural damage caused by the earthquake and tsunami, as well as the effects of soil liquefaction – loss of strength from saturated soil – which is an important factor in the disaster hit area where much of the land is reclaimed from the sea.
The Tōhoku or Great East Japan earthquake was the most powerful earthquake known to have hit Japan and one of the ten most powerful in the world since modern record keeping began in 1900. The quake then triggered a destructive tsunami with waves of 38.9 metres travelling up to 10 kilometres inland. Asia Air Survey had just taken delivery of StreetMapper, which they have named Geomaster Neo, and StreetMapper Product Manager Chris Cox was onsite at the company’s offices in Kanagawa on the outskirts of Tokyo when the quake struck. Fortunately the building only suffered cosmetic damage and no one was hurt.
MicroSurvey has announced a major version update to MicroSurvey FieldGenius. It now supports more devices than ever, under a wider variety of hardware configurations – high definition, standard definition, tabletstyle, portrait or landscape oriented. Also, FieldGenius users retain their freedom of choice when it comes to hardware; no proprietary tethering between the software, the data collector and the total station or GPS receiver.