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Coordinates Ezine -Feb’12


NIS GLONASS and Siemens to gather toll from trucks

The federal grid operator NIS GLONASS and German company Siemens have signed a memorandum on strategic partnership on creation in Russia the electronic system of charging tolls from cargo transport for damage, done to highways, innovation and venture news source UNOVA reports citing Siemens.

Earlier both companies became participants of a multilateral agreement on cooperation in development of similar system in Belorussia, Siemens said.

To date, Siemens and NIS GLONASS have created a board device with the GLONASS/GPS receiving device that has undergone successful testing at the landfill of the Moscow Auto Road Institute. Experimental model of the system includes sub-systems of registration and interaction with users, gathering telematic information, payments transfer, forming invoices, as well as subsystem of monitoring of operation of board devices and transport drivers’ compliance with payment rules. The experimental model is based at the Siemens software and Russian radio-frequency and photo and video identification products.

Trimble introduces a new cloud-based solution for the transport and logistics

Trimble introduced a new cloud-based solution that provides on-road supply chain visibility to enhance efficiency for the transport and logistics industry in India—Trimble® trako Visual Cargo. With standard, easy-to-use application process interfaces (API), shippers can seamlessly integrate Visual Cargo with its ERP/TMS system and vehicle location data from the Trimble trako Fleet Management solution to provide trip-based tracking of goods, transit schedule, route and safety compliance.

Trimble reports strong growth in 2011

Trimble’s year-on-year revenues grew 35 percent to $435.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2011, while GAAP net income declined 20 percent, according to results reported by the Sunnyvale, California–based company. For the 2011 fiscal year, revenue was $1.64 billion, up approximately 27 percent from FY 2010. Fiscal 2011 GAAP net income was $150.8 million, up 45 percent as compared to fiscal 2010. Diluted earnings per share in fiscal 2011 were $1.20 as compared to diluted earnings per share of $0.84 in fiscal 2010.

New rugged Trimble Juno series

Trimble introduced recently a new generation of GNSS devices for GIS field applications—the Trimble Juno 3B and 3D handhelds. With the new Trimble Juno series, mobile workforces ranging from public utilities to municipalities are empowered with rugged, integrated GNSS handhelds that are optimized for everyday field work such as asset management, data collection and inspections.

The Trimble Juno series provides a complete, integrated package of positioning, imaging and communications for flexibility. Two versions are available. The Juno 3B has an integrated GPS, a 5 MP autofocus camera and Windows Mobile software. The Juno 3D includes all of the features of the Juno 3B plus 3G wireless technology, which allows users to transfer data faster and stay connected to the office with an integrated mobile phone.

El Paso Water Utilities implements Trimble Fieldport Mobile software

Trimble has announced that the El Paso Water Utilities in Texas has successfully implemented Trimble® Fieldport® software to enhance its utility field operations. The Trimble Fieldport software is an interactive GIS map-based mobile work management solution for utility field workers.

Spectracom offers new signal generator for in-line GNSS product testing

Spectracom has announced the GSG-52 RF Signal Generator, a new offering in its line of GPS constellation simulators. The GSG-52 is designed for in-line product testing of navigation-fix and positioning functions of integrated GPS or other GNSS receivers. In a compact portable form factor, the signal generator offers four-channel simulation and a list price of less than $10,000. The GSG-52 user can configure scenarios on-the-fly without the need for an external PC and re-compilation phase. Via the front panel, the user can modify parameters such as user position, time, and power output. With the optional StudioView software, the unit facilitates creation of scenarios via a Google Maps interface.

Hemisphere GPS completes acquisition of AgJunction

Hemisphere GPS, a designer and manufacturer of advanced GPS products, completed the acquisition of all of the assets and operations of AgJunction from GVM, Inc. AgJunction has developed a patent-pending, flexible, web-based, precision agriculture system for client, farm and field management that leverages wireless communications and cloud-computing. AgJunction’s branding and availability will remain intact as Hemisphere GPS’ cloud computing division.

Hemisphere GPS

Hemisphere GPS and Carlson Software establish strategic alliance

Hemisphere GPS and Carlson Software have announced a strategic alliance. This alliance will provide a roadmap for new, integrated solutions for land survey, mapping, construction, mining and other key machine control markets. Carlson Software is a leading developer of field and office-based land development software. This strategic alliance is part of Hemisphere GPS’s recent formation of their survey and construction group, where the two companies will combine their expertise to develop intuitive and powerful GNSS-based solutions that improve the efficiency and performance in several applications including data collection, land development design and earth moving.

Topcon Introduces the PN-A5 GNSS Antenna

Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS)has announced the new PN-A5 GNSS antenna that combines the company’s TA-5 full spectrum GNSS antenna element with a newly designed semi- hemispherical convex impedance ground plane. This unique ground plane design provides improved multipath mitigation and a significant increase in ability to track signals from satellites located near to the horizon, according to company sources. Utilizing Topcon’s new TA-5 antenna technology, the PN-A5 provides “full wave” signal tracking for all existing and planned GNSS signals by utilizing vertical dipoles for sensitive and stable signal reception.

Yotta DCL wins £2.27m Highways Agency contract to survey 140,000km of UK roads

UK highway surveying company Yotta DCL has signed a four-year contract worth around GBP2.27 million (USD3.6 million) with the Highways Agency. Over the life of the agreement, Yotta DCL will survey and monitor approximately 140,000km of motorway and other major roads across England. As part of the agreement, Yotta DCL will perform a Traffic Speed Condition Survey (TRACS) to determine the condition of the road surface, assess the areas in particular need of repair and determine where immediate action needs to be taken. Yotta DCL will use its new state-of-the-art Tempest highways data capture vehicles to carry out the survey and will also participate in the development of new algorithms to produce more accurate modeling of the road surface deterioration.

Breakthrough in automatic analysis of aerial images with Computer Stereo Vision

GTA Geoinformatik GmbH has presented a prototype of a new tridicon® software version, that enables the detection of 3D objects like buildings without the need for 2D vector data (e. g. building outlines). The only source material that needs to be available for the automatic 3D object reconstruction are stereo aerial images. A development which will revolutionize the production of 3D geo-data worldwide.

Additionally GTA presents the cutting edge versions of its well known software products tridicon® 3D for the automatic production of 3D building models, the photogrammetric work station (tridicon® 3D EDITOR) as well as modules for automatic texturing (tridicon® TEXTUREMapper), automatic assessment of solar potential on roofs (tridicon® Solar), 3D real-time visualization and analysis (tridicon® CityDiscoverer PRO) as well as data and updating management of 3D city models in data bases such as MySQl, PostgreSQL or Oracle (CityServer3D, in cooperation with Fraunhofer IGD Darmstadt).

Geneq introduces affordable, rugged handheld computer

Geneq Inc. has announced the SXPad, a full-featured, affordable, rugged handheld computer for GPS/GIS data collection that is built for mobile GIS users in applications ranging from ederal/State/Local government, water/electric/gas utilities, and transportation to mining, agriculture, and forestry. With its waterproof seal and surviving one meter drops to concrete, the SXPad is built tough to survive outdoors. Its 3.7” color screen (full VGA) is the sharpest outdoor-viewable, transflective touch screen technology available today, allowing users to display the highest resolution aerial photographs and richest GIS data in bright, outdoor sunlight. The SXPad works where you do, in extreme temperatures from -4F (-20C) to 140F (60C).

The rugged SXPad offers features that are typically seen in more costly mobile devices like GSM/GPRS cellular modem, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0 (with SPP support), 3 megapixel camera, and an internal GPS receiver with external GPS antenna port. A MicroSD memory slot is available for up to 8GB of storage.

IFEN and WORK Microwave introduce the enhanced NavX®-NCS Professional GNSS Simulator

IFEN, the leading manufacturer of GNSS navigation products and services, working in partnership with WORK Microwave, a leading European manufacturer of advanced satellite communications and navigation equipment, has announced an enhanced version of its NavX®-NCS Professional, a multi-frequency simulator, which is optimized for research and development of GNSS safety and professional applications.

The NavX®-NCS range of simulators also includes the NavX®-NCS Essential, a multi-GNSS version which is designed for system integration and production testing of mass market applications, including automotive sat-nav, mobile phone apps, chip-sets, and handheld personal navigation devices (PNDs).

By adding new features to the NavX®-NCS Professional, IFEN and WORK Microwave now provide the most flexible and capable RF signal generator for GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, and SBAS constellations on the market. With up to nine L-band frequencies and 108 channels, it redefines the current state-of-the-art in RF signal simulation by offering modular hardware that delivers more than twice the number of channels compared with competitor products.

Geosemble, BAE Systems strengthen product integration

Geosemble Technologies®, Inc., and BAE Systems have expanded their collaboration to integrate Geosemble’s GeoXray™ data-to-knowledge application and BAE Systems’ GXP Xplorer data discovery and retrieval software. Together, the system captures a wide range of organizational and Internet-based knowledge about a given geographic area while giving users control over tuning and filtering content of interest.

Aerial Imaging Incorporated Purchases UltraCamXp

Aerial Imaging Incorporated has contracted with Microsoft’s UltraCam business unit and subsidiary, Vexcel Imaging GmbH, to purchase an UltraCamXp digital aerial photogrammetric camera. Aerial Imaging Inc. will use its UltraCamXp to serve its government and commercial customers, primarily in Western Canada. The large footprint and substantial on-board data storage makes collecting large areas cost-effective at varying altitudes and mapping scales. In addition, the infrared band on the digital camera allows the company to compete for forestry projects, which is a key market in Canada. or

Spirent expands leadership in Testing E911 and LBS for LTE Networks

The rise in popularity of Location Based Services (LBS) and the FCC mandate for optimal E911 performance are driving the wireless industry to rapidly evolve positioning capabilities on LTE networks and devices. Recognizing the increase in LBS momentum and the need for improved positioning performance on mobile devices, Spirent Communications has expanded its LBS LTE test solution to support LTE Positioning Protocol (LPP) and Observed Time Difference of Arrival (OTDOA). These latest enhancements are critical for meeting E911 requirements on LTE networks, and they bring the mobile industry one step closer to accurate everywhere location, the key enabler for truly mainstream LBS adoption.

New Leica Digicat 600i and 650i for safe and fast location of underground services

Leica Geosystems has announced the latest editions to their cable locator family, the Leica Digicat 600i and 650i series, accompanied with Logicat software, set to revolutionize underground cable location. Building on the success of previous models, the new Leica Digicat 600i and 650i with their unique data capture and onboard memory function supports operations management initiatives to increase on site safety by detecting cables and identify operator training needs. The Leica Digicat 600i and 650i make locating underground cables and pipes a simple and efficient task, increasing the operator’s productivity and their profitability. The Digicat 650i offers the user all the features and functionally as the Digicat 600i with the added benefit of service depth indication. When using the Digicat in conjunction with the Digitex 100t or Sonde in 8 or 33 kHz modes, operators can determine the depth of the buried utility, providing a clear advantage when conducting ground surveys.

Ordnance Survey selects Leica Viva GS15 GNSS receivers

Leica Geosystems Ltd announced that it has been awarded the contract to supply over two hundred survey grade Leica Viva GS15 GNSS receivers to Ordnance Survey, the National Mapping Agency for the UK. The contract also includes the supply of over two hundred Leica DISTO D8 handheld distance meters, plus options for multiple reflectorless Total Stations. This award follows previous successful tenders. In 2007, Leica Geosystems supplied over one hundred Leica GRX1200 GNSS receivers that provide the raw data to Ordnance Survey’s OS Net, to Leica SmartNet and to the other Network RTK services in Great Britain.

The Leica Viva GS15 receivers will replace the two hundred and fifty Leica System 500 GPS receivers supplied to Ordnance Survey’s field surveyors in 2002.

Leica Geosystems

Rx Networks announces multi-mode GPS/GLONASS 14-day extended ephemeris assistance solution

Rx Networks Inc has announced version 7 of its GPStream PGPS™ (Predicted GPS) extended-ephemeris Assisted-Global Navigation Satellite System (A-GNSS) solution for mobile devices. PGPS 7, a system composed of embedded software and an optional network data service, enables two full weeks of sub-five-second GNSS time-to-first-fix and high-sensitivity performance from a single small data token download. PGPS 7 further widens Rx Networks’ market lead in assistance-data bandwidth efficiency, performance and chipset support, and facilitates unprecedented use-case flexibility for mobile phone, personal navigation devices (PND) and machine to machine (M2M) devices and applications.

First Z/I Imaging DMC II Camera sold in India

IIC Technologies is the first Indian company to purchase the DMC II digital sensor, introducing the latest digital imaging technology to the Indian Mapping Market. IIC provides a full range of end-to-end geospatial solutions to the Aviation, Defense, Government, Infrastructure, Marine, Oil & Gas, Transportation, Heritage and Utility sectors. Designed specifically as a photogrammetric mapping camera, the DMC II offers a rigid square frame and a fixed pixel geometry in a single pixel array that result in very high-quality geometric resolution. All DMC systems collect four-band multispectral (Red, Green, Blue, Near IR) and black-and-white panchromatic imagery.

aimPort mobile: A Geoportal on the Move

g.on experience announces the mobile verison of its Webportal software g.on aimPort. It is a web-based geoportal for the documentation and administration of complex infrastructures, based on standard Oracle technology. This is one of the reasons, why the software can be seamlessly integrated into the IT environment of any organization. aimPort has been strengthened with new attributes, like the optimized visualization of the functions for mobile devices. Other additional qualities of the mobile version are GPS positioning and the possibility of storing photograps plus their coordinates and object reference in g.on aimPort.

CS-10000 Aerial Digital Camera by Optech

Optech has released its new CS-10000 camera. With its unique and patented features, it embodies the latest advances in photogrammetric technology. It introduces many new features while retaining proven technologies such as the original True FMC (Forward Motion Compensation). It offers a field-replaceable shutter and interchangeable lenses to allow even greater operational efficiency.

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