Juniper Systems has partnered with Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS) and will manufacture the Topcon Tesla™, the newest data collector in Topcon’s full lineup of rugged handheld computers and solutions for the survey industry. The Tesla features the advantages of both a rugged handheld and a tablet PC, without the disadvantages of either.
Trimble and Backpacker magazine have released Backpacker Map Maker, a mapping and trip planning app for the Apple iPad. Now, from the touch-screen of an iPad, hikers and backpackers can find wild places, plot GPS points and plan their next adventure over seamless topographical maps.
Centrifuge Systems, Inc., announced the first embeddable VNA relationship mapping web service. Centrifuge RelateMap, a new web API relationship mapping service dynamically connects data about people, behavior and actions for dramatic visual results. It can be embedded directly into partner applications and provides over 50 API functions to tightly integrate robust, interactive visual network analytics into any application. Centrifuge Systems, Inc.
Intel’s chips are finally going to start showing up in phones next year and Ultrabooks are due soon, but it looks like the world’s top chip maker’s making a push in mobile software, too. Intel just bought Israel-based mapping software company Telmap for $300 to $350 million to create a “true alternative” to Google Maps and Nokia’s Ovi. It’s a huge and telling step for Intel, which has increasingly been expanding its purview outside of pure chip-making. Intel’s AppUp blog notes that Telmap will help supply AppUp developers with a standard set of location-based APIs and software to make location services easier to add to their apps.
Amberg Geotechnics, a new software application provides a host of benefits for underground construction practitioners. This surveying tool permits quick and costeffective identification of high-risk areas in underground construction projects. Tunnel surveyors and geotechnical engineers must seek to minimise underground construction risks and hazards, but are also under immense pressure to keep to tight budgets and schedules.
Topcon Corporation announces the establishment of a new sales company, Topcon Sokkia Positioning Japan (TPJ), by integrating the sale functions of Topcon Sales Corporation and Sokkia Co., Ltd. TPJ started business operations Oct. 1, 2011. The marketing of Topcon and Sokkia brands by TPJ will continue through the same, established national sales network. Topcon will maintain two call centers – one for Topcon products and one for Sokkia products to continue fast and smooth response to the customers.
Hemisphere GPS and CLAAS Agrosystems announced a new OEM development agreement whereby Hemisphere GPS will develop next generation precision farming solutions for integration into CLAAS machinery. The two companies are combining their expertise to develop new intelligent machine control solutions includingprecise guidance, advanced automated steering, application controls, and remote data management. The multi-year partnership includes codevelopment funding to Hemisphere GPS for customized engineering of Hemisphere GPS technology to CLAAS specifications.
GR25 GNSS reference server
With integrated internal and external device management, multi-user management, high end security, modular and scalable design, the GR25 GNSS Reference Server will grow with users’ needs and keep their GNSS applications and networks fully up to date. It is designed for numerous permanent and semi-permanent GNSS network installations and monitoring applications.
ScanStation C10 & C5 Laser Scanners
Leica Geosystems has announced advanced, onboard and handheld scanner control firmware (v2.6) that provides increased High-Definition Surveying™ productivity and versatility benefits for as-built and topographic surveys. With new V2.6 firmware, users can now take advantage of valuable onboard and handheld workflow options and professional field QA tools that had previously only been available when controlling these scanners using Leica Cyclone-SCAN software on a laptop.
CGR10 & 15 radio modems
The CGR10 and CGR15 radio modems for its Leica Viva CS 10 & CS 15 Controllers are an ideal extension to the Leica Viva NetRover and Leica Viva GS12 rover. They can also be used with the Leica Viva GS10, GS15, and the new GS25 receiver. They are receive-only UHF radios that can be mounted directly onto the Leica Viva CS10 & CS15 field controllers.
Partnership with Locata
Leica Geosystems Mining announced its partnership with Locata Corporation Pty Ltd recently. Known as the Leica Jigsaw Positioning System (Jps), Leica Geosystems Mining will provide this new technology as a part of their Jigsaw product suite. Leica Jps provides an unprecedented level of reliability for high precision positioning by deploying ground-based LocataLite transmitters which augment conventional GPS systems.
Carlson Civil 2012 gives users enhanced 3D visualization, with added support for realistic 3D symbols including trees, people, vehicles and utilities, plus the ability to produce customized, more professional reports among its many additional improvements. Carlson Civil, the comprehensive, yet easy-to-master civil engineering software solution, provides support in its 2012 release for AutoCAD® 2012 and comes with IntelliCAD® 7.0 built-in. This is as well as working on AutoCAD versions 2000 and up.
Esri has released an updated version of ArcGIS for iOS that includes several enhancements, as well as support for popup windows, access to ArcGIS Online basemaps, and new collaboration features. The new update lets users view popup windows in their maps, giving them the ability to see additional information by simply tapping on the map. This intuitive feature makes accessing text, photos, pie charts, and website links even easier.
FARO Technologies, Inc. released CAM2 Measure 10, its new measuring software for the FaroArm, ScanArm and FARO Laser Tracker. It marks FARO’s return to the successful family of CAM2 Measure software products. This new release is built on the solid foundation of the previous CAM2 Q while also introducing key new features like Live Color Scan for point cloud inspection, Shortcuts and the Easy Move Wizard. These innovative functionalities are designed to improve measurement processes, whether tactile or scanning, and make CAM2 Measure 10 the first choice in portable measurement software.
Spectracom, easy scenario builder software enhances powerful simulation
GSG StudioView™ offers an easy way to create, edit and back-up complex scenarios for a Spectracom GSG series multi-channel GPS/GNSS simulator. GSG StudioView allows users to build and manage visual trajectories and supports the import and conversion of trajectory files from other software applications and devices such as Google Earth. Users can create visual trajectories with Google Maps.
TW3042 and TW3072 GPS Brickwall Pre-Filtered Antennas
Tallysman Wireless Inc., released TW3042 and TW3072 GPS Brickwall Pre-Filtered antennas. Both are professional grade, high gain, pre-filtered permanent mount, GPS L1 antenna, specially designed for precision positioning and timing applications in environments characterized by high L-Band RF fields. They feature a precisely tuned ceramic patch element, a tight bandpass SAW pre-filter, a first LNA gain stage, an in line SAW filter, followed by a two stage amplifier.
MPLS-TP and Mobile Backhaul testing through Isocore Interoperability effort
Spirent Communications continues to play a key role in public mobile backhaul testing efforts including its recent participation in a demonstration showcasing the use of MPLS-TP in the transport network. Isocore leveraged the MPLS-TP capabilities of Spirent TestCenter to validate interoperability across a multi-vendor network environment that included solutions from Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Juniper Networks and NEC.
QZSS support to Spirent Multi-GNSS Simulation Platform
Spirent Communications has added Japanese Quasi Zenith Satellite System (QZSS) simulation capabilities to its GSS6700 Multi GNSS Constellation Simulator, enhancing the ability to meet the current and future testing needs of GNSS devices. www.spirent.com
Spirent Extends Capability of GNSS Record and Playback Test System
Spirent Communications has launched new functionality on its GSS6400 GNSS Record and playback test system. Users can now benefit from record and playback of two channels of serial digital data alongside the digitized GPS L1, GLONASS L1 and even QZSS signals. This is particularly useful when designing and testing integrated GNSS devices.
Spirent Positioning & Navigation Test Solution supports Compass
Spirent Communications has announced support for the Compass Navigation Satellite System (CNSS) on its GSS8000 navigation technology test system, which is already widely used to test GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, SBAS and QZSS technology. It enables easy set-up and control of simulated Compass constellations.
HCE Earthworks Optimization and Productivity Tools by Trimble
Trimble released version 2.50 of its heavy and highway construction office software for data management, data preparation and materials quantities takeoff—Business Center – HCE. It features new road takeoff, data preparation and earthworks planning functionality including a new Corridor Mass Haul module. In addition, estimatorscan realize increased efficiencies with Business Center – HCE automation tools when importing Adobe® PDF vector files or CAD cross-section files.
Tenerife Fire Brigade turns to GMV for guiding its mobile resources
GMV has won the contract for supplying the System of Geolocation, Assisted Navigation, Management and Operational Emergency Coordination for the Consortium for the Prevention and Extinguishment of Fires and Rescue Operations of the Island of Tenerife. It is going to implement a solution based on HEGEO®, an inhouse GMV development for the planning, control and analysis of emergency and security services or public services. Under this project 48 firefighting vehicles will be fitted with tracking, navigation and cellular technology communications equipment for receiving notifications of accidents and travelling under guidance to the accident site, communicating at all times by voice and messaging service with the emergency center.
ArcGIS Comes to the Android Platform
Google Android users can now access data and mapping capabilities on their smartphones with the ArcGIS for Android application. ArcGIS for Android lets users find and share maps as well as deploy GIS data and functionality on Android devices. The free app is now available and can be downloaded directly from the Android Market.
PC House introduces Marbella GPS
Sri Lankan IT products importer and retailer PC House recently added Marbella GPS to their local product portfolio. According to a company statement, the Marbella GPS, marketed at vehicle owners, is a “straightforward, easy-to-use GPS navigation system combined with extensive street atlases of over 60 countries in a super slim, sleek design with touch screen controls.”