Spectracom has announced its new L1+L2 dual frequency 32-channel multi-GNSS simulator, the GSG-62. It offers multiple frequency band operation, multiple GNSS constellation simulation, and expansion capability for more frequency bands and channels. Spectracom’s newest addition of industry leading simulators extends the brand’s reputation for portability, flexibility and ease-of-use, with expanded capabilities for those who are testing more than GPS L1.
Iteris, Inc has been awarded the prime contract by the Abu Dhabi Department of Transport (DoT) for the design, implementation, operation and maintenance of the first integrated travel information and navigation services (i-TINS) system in the Middle East. The contract is valued at $2.45 million.
Hemisphere GPS and Stara S.A. Indústria de Implementos Agrícolas announced their expanded OEM partnership as part of Stara’s new SpeedDrive X system. Stara is an agricultural equipment manufacturer, launched SpeedDrive X recently, which will be factory installed as standard equipment on various models of Stara tractors, sprayers, and spreaders. The new SpeedDrive X combines a customized Hemisphere GPS eDriveX automated steering system and A320 GNSS smart antenna and Stara Topper 4500 terminal providing total user management for precision agriculture.
Esri recently set up a GPS base station to assist its GIS developers and to support surveyors, engineers, scientists and those in public works and public safety in the community surrounding the Esri campus in Redlands, California. The base station, named GISA, has been accepted by the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) and incorporated into the national Continuously Operating Reference Station (CORS) network. GISA stores GPS and GNSS signals in data files on a secure Esri server accessible to the public via the Esri.
Leica Geosystems announces a faster, easier option for Leica ScanStation C10 laser scanner users to apply the brilliance of external camera imagery to laser scan point cloud data. The new option consists of a direct digital camera mount on the ScanStation C10 scanner and tight, automated integration of external camera images into the scanner’s onboard controller and data storage system. Cyclone v7.4 supports this new option. ScanStation C10 users will continue to have the option of using the scanner’s convenient, embedded camera for taking precisely aligned, high-resolution digital pictures of the surrounding scene. Leica ScanStation C5’s with this internal camera option can also be used with the new external camera option.
Okregowe Przedsiebiorstwo Geodezyjno-Kartograficzne (OPGK) a major survey firm working on road survey contracts across Poland is achieving significantly improved efficiencies using a newly developed Electronic Center for Management of Geodata (ECMG) to link remote field technicians and the central office. The ECMG system begins with field technicians collecting data using fully integrated Spectra Precision Epoch GNSS receivers, Focus 30 robotic total stations and Nomad data collectors. Data is exchanged and full integration is achieved across the different units by using the same Survey Pro software running on all the units. With the Epoch receiver’s static capabilities all base stations and backsight points are measured. After the project map is updated with the Focus 30, the data is transferred via either Wi-Fi or GSM /UMTS to a mobile connectivity center, typically located in the technician’s vehicle, where it is transmitted to the office network and the central office via GSM (GPRS, EDGE) nor UMTS (HSDPA). At the central office, the geospatial database is automatically updated and post-processing calculations are completed. The data is reviewed with the clients and investors, decisions are made, and the new data is used to finalize design of the road. Design and stake out information is completed and with the fieldwork agenda it is wirelessly returned to the field unit for stakeout.
Novatel Wireless, Inc., a wireless networking solutions provider, and NexTraq, a GPS fleet tracking and vehicle management solutions provider, signed a supply agreement for mobile tracking devices. Under the agreement, Novatel Wireless will supply its MT 3000 device for NexTraq’s GPS fleet tracking solution.
Racelogic, UK has been honored with two 2012 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise. The awards were given April 21 to 209 companies to mark Queen Elizabeth’s birthday. Racelogic was one of four companies to be honored with the awards for both Innovation and International Trade. Racelogic won the Innovation award for advances in GPS/GLONASS test simulation, with customers such as Broadcom, ST-Ericsson, and Telefonica using LabSat to test their devices.
Bentley Systems has announced that Tianjin Waterworks Group Co. Ltd., China, has chosen Bentley’s WaterGEMS and HAMMER software to improve its water supply service, decrease operational costs, and extend the life of its water infrastructure. WaterGEMS enhances water distribution and modeling capabilities and HAMMER provides transient analysis to limit water loss.
As part of its unique Monitoring Solutions Portfolio, Leica Geosystems has announced the Leica GM10 GNSS Sensor. It can be used for a broad range of monitoring applications, including structural monitoring, landslides, seismic studies and offshore infrastructure. It takes advantage of a powerful GNSS receiver for the highest quality measurements. It is fully integrated into Leica Monitoring Solutions and can be combined with Total Stations and geotechnical sensors.
The Fraunhofer IIS, together with MOBA and other partners, has successfully concluded the „ASPHALT“ project (Advanced Galileo navigation System for asPHALt fleeT machines). With the aid of satellite navigation, road construction can be significantly improved in the future. To this end, the IIS has developed a special Galileo/ GPS/EGNOS receiver.
Leica Geosystems has announced Leica Zeno Field v3.0, Zeno Office v3.0, and Zeno Connect v1.2 software updates for the Zeno GIS series. The main improvements are the support of Esri ArcGIS 10, and simplified use of transformations in the field. The revolutionary Leica Zeno GIS offers professionals and newcomers around the globe a multi-functional and easyto- use GNSS/GIS solution with superior performance.
Blue Marble has released Global Mapper version 13.2. It features updated DigitalGlobe premium imagery with access to its servers. This service will give users faster access to more up-todate and higher resolution imagery in most locations.
The U.S. Army Geospatial Center (AGC) is now distributing Modeling and Simulation (M&S) terrain databases along with operational geospatial products on its Common Map Background (CMB) website with the goal of providing a single repository for all geospatial products. There are 161 free synthetic terrain databases that support Live, Virtual, & Constructive (L/V/C) simulations used in training, testing and experimentation hosted on CMB. The terrain databases are available for download for free to the Department of Defense users with Common Access Cards at https://agcwfs.agc.army.mil
Hemisphere GPS has announced the EquiPiste™ integrated snow grooming management system. It provides visual guidance, snow depth status and event logging for snow grooming operators, mountain managers and snow road operations. Designed with an integrated touchscreen terminal and proven Crescent® GPS, Hemisphere GPS’ EquiPiste graphically displays to the operator the areas groomed, boundaries, assets, points of interest and hazards.
RIEGL has developed software for mining and monitoring applications: RiMINING and RiMONITOR.
RiMONITOR is a software package for monitoring terrain deformations by analysis of surface differences. RiMINING is a software package for optimized and simplified scan data registration and processing in open pit mining. It offers, e.g., a powerful vegetation and object filter, automatic break line, contour, and profile extraction as well as volume calculation.
CHC Navigation extends its Customer Service by opening its European Repair Center. Located in Poland and managed by CHC’s partner GPS.PL, the Repair Center is fully equipped to meet the needs of EU partners and customers that require fast, flexible and reliable repair services.