May 2012 | No Comment


Trimble Pro series GNSS receivers

Trimble has introduced Pro 6H and Pro 6T receivers for GIS and mobile mapping. It has advanced features that allow mobile workers to configure a solution for a wide range of applications, delivering unparalleled flexibility in professional GIS data collection. The series offers a new streamlined form-factor and dramatic productivity improvements in difficult GNSS environments with Trimble Floodlight™ technology. With its IP65 rating, the receivers offer reliable operation, even after prolonged exposure to water and dust.

Trimble acquires Gatewing

Trimble has acquired privately-held Gatewing of Gent, Belgium, a provider of lightweight unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for photogrammetry and rapid terrain mapping applications. The acquisition broadens Trimble’s industryleading platforms for surveying solutions. The Gatewing business will be reported as part of Trimble’s Engineering and Construction segment.

New Trimble® Business Center Software and Trimble Access

Trimble released Trimble® Business Center Software version 2.70 and Trimble Access™ software version 2012.10. The software is part of Trimble’s portfolio of Connected Site® survey solutions. The new software enhancements allow surveyors to collect, share and deliver data faster to improve accuracy, efficiency and productivity.

New Research about Locating Wireless 9-1-1 Calls

TruePosition, a provider of wireless location technologies and solutions and industry analyst firm Ovum has announced a new white paper that details the importance of locating indoor 9-1-1 phone calls, which are made from cell phones. The paper reviews the significance of an upcoming FCC ruling on indoor 9-1-1 location. Additionally, it offers an in-depth overview of previous 9-1-1 mandates. In an effort to further educate readers, the report describes the two main wireless location technologies – Assisted-GPS (A-GPS) and Uplink Time Difference of Arrival (U-TDOA) – and addresses some misconceptions about their performance. The white paper also reveals test results from testing conducted in Wilmington, Delaware, where both wireless location technologies were used to locate wireless 9-1-1 calls.

ProFlex 800 GNSS for positioning applications

Spectra Precision new ProFlex™ 800 is a powerful GNSS solution with revolutionary Z-Blade™ GNSS-centric technology. It delivers fast and reliable RTK positioning, even in environments where GNSS signals may be difficult to acquire. Rugged and IP67 rated, it is built to withstand harsh operating conditions for a variety of positioning applications.

Leica GeoMoS Web v2.2

Leica Geosystems releases an update of Leica GeoMoS Web, the web-based service for visualization and analysis of monitoring data via the Internet. It provides an advanced graphical representation of monitoring data along the transversal and longitudinal profiles, further enhancing the visualization and analysis capabilities.

GNSS receiver covers all multiconstellation standards

Designed for smart phones and other portable navigation devices, Broadcom’s BCM4752 covers all of the multiconstellation standards. The thirdgeneration receiver’s new architecture provides the industry’s first true multiconstellation support by simultaneously collecting GPS, GLONASS, QZSS, and satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS) data and using the best received signals, resulting in faster searches and more accurate real-time navigation.

NVS Technologies AG releases raw data output enabled Firmware

NVS Technologies AG has released the optimised & raw data output enabled Firmware v0204 for its NV08C-CSM and NV08C-MCM GPS/GLONASS Receivers.The Firmware provides significant performance improvements, as well as a group delay calibrated raw data (Carrier phase, Code phase & Doppler) output function, to the highly integrated NV08C-CSM SMT receiver module and NV08C-MCM BGA SiP receiver. The Firmware enables both the receivers to be utilised in a wide range high precision applications.

Cambridge Pixel targets ECDIS digital navigation market

Cambridge Pixel has introduced its SPx-ECDIS radar kit. It will allow systems integrators building Windowsbased Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) for commercial ships to add radar interfacing, scan conversion, chart display, target tracking, a GPS interface and record/ replay functionality into their ECDIS solutions.

Thales to provide GPS receivers for French Navy Lynx Helicopters

Thales has been awarded a contract by the Service Industriel de l’Aéronautique (SIAé), France’s military aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul service, to supply stand-alone GPS receivers for the French Navy’s Lynx helicopters. Thales’s GNSS 1000-S receiver relies on SAASM (Selective Availability Anti- Spoofing Module) technology to access military GPS encrypted signals. This technology also uses state-of-the-art signal processing offering extended satellite tracking capabilities in terms of precision, integrity, availability and jamming resistance in severe operational conditions.

CHC releases the LT30 GPS/GIS handheld collector

CHC’s new LT30 series enters the GIS data collection market with a cost-effective, rugged and connected GPS/GIS handheld collector for a wide range of applications such as natural resources, forestry, utilities, agriculture, emergency response. Designed for real outdoor conditions, LT30 combines superb brightness and crisp 3.7” full VGA sunlight readable display, all day battery life and a highsensitivity 20-channel GPS receiver to capture data wherever you need. It is powered by Windows™ Mobile 6.1 Pro operating system.

Enhancements for GNSS NavX®-NCS Simulators

IFEN in partnership with WORK Microwave announced enhancements to the NavX®-NCS GNSS multifrequency simulator. The NavXNCS solution supports GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, and SBAS constellations, providing the leading GNSS signal capability for research and development of GNSS safety and professional applications, as well as system integration and production testing of mass market applications, such as automotive satellite navigation, mobile phone apps, chip-sets, and handheld personal navigation devices.

The NavX-NCS platform includes a two-year maintenance contract, the broadest range of frequencies and satellite navigation systems per chassis, as well as the flexibility for users to install software updates easily when they become available.

ESA awards Atomic Clock contract to SpectraTime

SpectraTime has been awarded a €1-million contract to improve rubidium atomic frequency standards (RAFS) as part of the European Space Agency (ESA) GNSS Evolution Program. SpectraTime is the existing supplier of atomic clocks for the Galileo satellites and other GNSS systems, including China’s Compass/BeiDou-2 program.

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