NavCom Technology, Inc has announced a new feature for its GNSS receivers, StarFire Over IP. It allows users to access StarFire corrections over the Internet, giving them access to the same reliable five centimeter global positioning accuracy without the need for a base station. NavCom’s StarFire Network, a Global Satellite Based Augmentation System, provides five centimeter horizontal accuracy worldwide and the freedom and flexibility that a DGPS solution offers. It offers 99.999% uptime, a seven satellite constellation, and now internet delivery for redundancy to ensure system availability and position accuracy.
Pacific Crest has introduced the new XDlRover, an advanced, high-speed, wireless data link built to withstand the rigors of GNSS/RTK surveying and precise positioning. It is a lightweight, ruggedized UHF receiver designed for digitalradio communications between 403 and 473 MHz in either 12.5 or 25 kHz channels. It utilizes Pacific Crest’s latest generation XDlmodem technology while remaining backward compatible with existing Pacific Crest products enabling users to instantly communicate with GNSS precise positioning receivers that share the same protocols throughout the world. www.PacificCrest.com
Trimble® R10 is the smallest and lightest receiver in its class. It combines powerful features and groundbreaking technologies including Trimble HDGNSS, Trimble SurePoint™, Trimble 360, and Trimble xFill™ to provide surveyors increased productivity. Userfriendly features such as a quick-release adaptor and the ability to configure the receiver from a smart phone make it easy to deploy and use as a base station or rover. Trimble also released new versions of its field and office software — Trimble Access 2012.20 and Trimble Business Center 2.80 to extend Trimble’s Connected Site® survey solution. www.trimble.com
Topcon’s patented Vanguard™ technology sets a new industry standard in satellite signal tracking and performance. With Universal Tracking technology and 226 channels available, all current and upcoming GNSS constellations can be tracked. TPS recently announced the new HiPer SR, an advanced GNSS RTK receiver based around Vanguard technology, with the most compact and lightweight design of any fully integrated precision receiver available worldwide.
The new ProMark 120 and ProMark 220 GNSS receivers, powered by Ashtech, provide surveyors with an expanded set of capabilities and enhancements, and replace the ProMark 100 and ProMark 200. Both the models are equipped with an updated hardware platform that includes the latest Ashtech GNSS chipset with Z-Blade GNSS-centric technology. In addition, both come with the Microsoft Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 Professional operating system. The new ProMark 120 features enhanced ProMark Field software v3.0, which introduces a large, custom virtual keyboard; enables the import and export of user-defined text file formats; enhances voice information and guidance features; among other improvements.
The dual-frequency and dual constellation ProMark 220 RTK Rover also features an internal L2 GLONASS receiver.
senseFly has announced the eBee, the UAV that is resistant to high winds yet remains inherently harmless and is transported in a single carry-on luggage-sized box. It weighs only 630g. Its optimized aerodynamics and increased efficiency of the powertrain allows the eBee to fly its missions in strong breezes of up to 12m/s (45 km/h). It fits into a single case that conforms to carry-on luggage standards. After the mission is complete, the eBee uses its industry-first groundsensing technology to perform a linear landing on a preset ground coordinate. All images are then directly processed in the included most advanced UAV image processing software3to high-resolution orthomosaics and DEM. www.sensefly.com
RIEGl Laser Measurement Systems has launched the new long range airborne laser scanner LMS-Q780. With an operating flight altitude of up to 10,000 ft at 100 kHz laser pulse repetition rate (PRR) it opens new perspectives in airborne laser scanning. The laser wavelength qualifies the scanner for glacier and snowfield mapping, its digital waveform processing capabilities for high-altitude topographic mapping.
Septentrio has announced the fullsupport of TERRASTARTM wide-area differentialand Precise Point Positioning (PPP) capabilities in some of its receivers. The Septentrio AsteRx2elis an all-inview dual-frequency GPS/GLONASS receiver, featuring an integrated l-band modem to receive TERRASTARTM data transmitted by satellite and field-proven dm-accurate positioning using this data. It also features GNSS+™ technology, a unique combination of industrialgrade performance algorithms, to better serve high-precision positioning needs even in the most severe conditions.
MicroSurvey has announced a major update to MicroSurvey embeddedCAD, a standalone application that is powered with Autodesk Technology™ and contains the MicroSurvey suite of enhanced tools for land surveyors. It provides users with a slick interface on a complete survey drafting toolkit, including COGO, DTM, traversing, adjustments, volumes, contouring and more.
Hemisphere GPS has announced the new S320™ network rover and XF2™ handheld data collector. With support for network RTK corrections, the S320 network rover is an integrated solution that simplifies land surveying applications by eliminating the need for a base station and radio modem. XF2 combined with Carlson SurvCE software provides a familiar and proven interface to the S320. www.hemispheregps.com
GPS Hemisphere GPS has introduced the Vector VS330™ and Vector VS131™ GPS compass products that provide high performance heading, position, heave, and attitude data. The new Vector products are designed for professionalmarine applications such as hydrographic and bathymetric surveys, dredging, oil platform positioning, and buoys that demand the highest levelof 3D positioning accuracies. www.hemispheregps.com/marine
TC5D has been released by the company Adtollo. A web interface that allows you to easily view and spin your maps in 3D, directly in your web browser. It mixes all kind of positioning data on the web, vectors, raster’s, point clouds, terrain models and others. Adtollo develops software for mapping, design and GIS, and Topocad is the most well-known product.
The Chilean National Military Mapping Institution (IGM), has contracted with DAT/EM Systems International’s reseller GeoTooBox Ibérica S.l. (GTBi) to purchase 24 Summit Evolution licenses. The IGM is currently involved on a large project called “Latitud Sur” which aims at mapping the entire country with 1:25000 scale cartography. The 3D data will be captured with Summit Evolution under ArcGIS environment directly.
Geneq Inc has announced the SXBlue IIi-l GNSS, a palm-sized L1/L2/ GLONASS GNSS receiver that is designed to use OmniSTAR’s G2 or HP service to attain 10cm accuracy in all regions of the world. It connects wirelessly to smartphones, handhelds, tablet or notebook computer that are Bluetooth-compliant. Optionally, the SXBlue IIi-l GNSS receiver is fully RTK capable (1cm real-time accuracy) when using an RTK network or other RTK reference station.
u-blox acquired Fastrax Oy, a company that specializes in a broad range of GNSS positioning and antenna modules. The company brings additionalproducts to u-blox’ portfolio, including software GNSS solutions used for consumer and industrialapplications, and advanced GNSS modules that include integrated antenna.
ATLANS, a new cost-effective georeferencing and orientation system from iXBlue, has been designed specifically for land and airborne mapping applications being conducted within a limited budget. Significantly, the unit is ITAR-free. The user gets a compact, lightweight gyrocompass and motion sensor that consumes very little power and yet provides all of the required data for demanding navigation, stabilization and control applications.
NovAtelInc has announced the addition of a new commercially exportable singleenclosure SPAN MEMS receiver to its line of SPAN GNSS/INS products. Available Q1 2013, the low power, lightweight SPAN MEMS enclosure incorporates a diminutive Micro Electromechanical Systems (MEMS) Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) and a NovAtelhigh precision OEM615 GNSS/INS SPAN receiver to provide continuously available position, velocity and attitude (roll, pitch, yaw) in a small, single-unit form factor. www.novatel.com
Spectracom, a business of the Orolia Group now supports high-end motion simulation systems with a new capability for its GPS and GNSS simulators; realtime scenario generation. The capability to leverage dynamic scenarios in realtime to drive the output of simulated GPS and other globalnavigation satellite signals opens a wide range of applications for the company. The demand for real-time GPS simulation is increasing due to the need to improve the performance in complex navigation systems that combine different position detection technologies.
Veripos has introduced Verify Axiom, a new inertially-aided solution for dynamically positioned vessels combining latest GNSS positioning technology advances with high integrity inertialmeasurements for enhanced and more reliable positioning performance.
It exploits long-term precision characteristics of GNSS positioning with the continuous availability and rapid update rates of inertial sensors. It thus bridges any GNSS disruptions typically caused by ionospheric irregularities and physical obstructions while detecting position outliers due to common mode failures which can otherwise affect vessel systems simultaneously. http://worldmaritimenews.com/archives/66760
TeeJet Technologies has announced the availability of a new line of highprecision GNSS receivers for use in the most demanding ag applications. The RX510 is compatible with OmniSTAR XP, hp and G2 services for 4-6” pass-to-pass accuracy. It features an internal cellular modem for use with CORS/Network RTK signals providing 1-2” pass-to-pass accuracy and year-to-year repeatability. It is factory configured for either GSM or CDMA signal to support the cellular provider of choice. www.teejet.com
Leica ScanStation P20 provides three world’s firsts in a compact terrestrial laser scanner: Onboard Check & Adjust functionality, sub-millimeter range noise at 120 m, and modern Waveform Digitizing (WFD) technology delivering 1 million points per second.
The Leica Zeno CS25 GNSS is a Tablet Computer which packs full GNSS functionality into an ergonomic and portable device with a large screen, making it the industry’s most powerful GNSS/GIS handheld. It doesn’t require a backpack or a pole mount, or any additional batteries. A compact L1/L2 antenna is attached on the CS25 GNSS. For high accuracy data collection, it can connect with an external GNSS Antenna mounted on a pole.
Leica Geosystems has also made a next major release of its flagship software, Leica Cyclone 8.0. It gives users powerful, new capabilities that can now directly connect point cloud data with other spatial data sources (such as 3D models) and readily share and re-use modeled data. www.leica-geosystems.com
In a recent Esri study of electric utility professionals, nearly half reported a more than 10 percent increase in productivity due to the use of GIS technology. The study was designed to assess electric utility geospatial technology in terms of return on investment. Results were analyzed and compiled into a benchmark.