NovAtel has announced support for the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System on its OEM6 family and select OEMStar GNSS receivers.The long-anticipated BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) Interface Control Document (ICD) release is a significant milestone that facilitates global acceptance of BeiDou into the growing range of satellite-based positioning applications.NovAtel has a long-standing partnership with several Chinese GNSS system manufacturers. This partnership has allowed NovAtel to verify B1 and B2 signal tracking on its latest generation receivers. The company has been supplying GNSS receivers that include the BeiDou constellation since Q4 2010. www.novatel.com
Magellan® SmartGPS is a game-changing GPS device designed to completely redefine personal navigation by integrating social, local and mobile content, including Yelp and Foursquare, through Magellan’s revolutionary cloud-enabled Smart Ecosystem. It is the first, total-solution navigation device to wirelessly sync the user’s navigation data, such as favorite places and contacts, with a smartphone or personal computer. www.magellangps.com
u-blox has achieved successful satellite positioning using China’s BeiDou Navigation Satellite System. The technical achievement establishes u-blox as the first GNSS component vendor to demonstrate compatibility with all globally deployed positioning systems: GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS and now BeiDou. www.u-blox.com
Geoscience Australia has taken delivery of six APS-3G high-precision satellite surveying instruments from Altus Positioning Systems. The Altus APS- 3G GNSS RTK receivers are beingused primarily for rapid-response surveying operations in the event of natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods, as well as daily surveying applications. www.altus-ps.com
On 25 January Egis Avia, the Frenchowned aviation and Navigation Company acquired UK consultancy Helios. Egis Avia provides aviation services and products around the world. It operates 12 international airports and provides turnkey solutions to others. Helios delivers award-winning consultancy services to transport businesses, governments and institutions across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. www.askhelios.com
Hexagon has acquired Listech, a software development company dedicated to increasing the efficiency, accuracy and productivity of professional surveyors and engineers. Founded in 1988, Listech offers software solutions that expedite data processing and streamline workflows in land management, construction and engineering projects. www.hexagon.com
Leica Geosystems B.V. and the Dutch Land Registry Office (Kadaster) have signed an agreement to deliver surveying equipment for the next five years. This agreement continues the long-standing relationship that Leica Geosystems has with the Dutch Land Registry Office. www.leica-geosystems.com
CARIS and EIVA have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on providing offshore survey organizations with a tightly integrated and streamlined solution. Both companies develop state-of-the-art software for the marine offshore market. www.caris.com
Septentrio announced today that DEME, a world leading group of dredging and land reclamation companies, has selected the TERRASTAR-D® “Precise Point Positioning” service to work with its Septentrio GNSS receivers. The Belgian dredging and environmental group is exploiting the service using Septentrio AsteRx2eL GNSS positioning and AsteRx2eH GNSS heading receivers to support its nearshore dredging and construction operations worldwide.
Sweden’s air navigation services provider LFV and Global Aerospace Logistics (GAL) have signed a fiveyear agreement with Abu Dhabi Airports Co. (ADAC). The agreement will provide civil air navigation services at ADAC’s five airports. Under the joint venture arrangement, GAL is the prime contractor for operations and LFV is responsible for the overall management functions of the air traffic control services. They will be employing a mix of local and foreign air traffic controllers, including LFV personnel. GAL will also be responsible for maintenance of the airport’s communications and navigation equipment. http://atwonline.com/
According to the JAVAD GNSS website “On December 21, 2012, we have tracked E6 B/C signal from all launched Galileo satellites, using TRE-G3T-E E6-band capable receiver.
“The following graphs shows SNR and ‘code-minus-phase’ combination of svn #11 (sat #81 on graph), svn #12 (sat #82) , svn #19 (sat #89) and svn #20 (sat #90). C/A stands for E1, P2 for E5B, CL2 for E6, L5 for E5A.” http://javad.com/
Finland-based MosaicMill Ltd. has released version 7.4 of EnsoMOSAIC photogrammetric software for small and medium format digital cameras. Camera self-calibration and GPS coordinate transformation and drift modelling have been added to assure high precision, with or without ground control. These are essential for most UAV flights and for unstable cameras. www.mosaicmill.com
FIntergraph® announces the release of ERDAS APOLLO 2013 as part of Intergraph Geospatial Portfolio 2013. ERDAS APOLLO 2013 is a comprehensive data management, analysis and delivery system allowing organizations to easily catalog, search, discover, process, and securely disseminate massive volumes of both file-based and web-enabled data.
Contex, the world’s leading developer of wide format scanning and imaging solutions, announced that the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University recently scanned and archived a 50-year collection of nearly 1,800 maps using the Contex HD 4230 wide format scanner. The Arboretum’s living collection of trees, shrubs, and woody vines is recognized as one of the most comprehensive and best documented of its kind.
Esri has released ArcGIS for Aviation, a new solution to support users in the aeronautical information management, air navigation service provider, and airport markets. This solution enables users to create, manage, review, and share aviation data. It includes ArcGIS for Aviation: Charting and ArcGIS for Aviation: Airports. Together, these products provide a comprehensive geospatial platform for aeronautical chart production and airport operations data management.
PIEneering Ltd has released a complete photogrammetric software system, RapidStation suite, for processing digital imagery ac quired with Un manned Aerial Systems (UAS), air crafts and helicopters.
LabSat, the GPS simulator is now compatible with Chinese BeiDou constellation. It allows users to easily record raw satellite signals and replay them on the bench for testing GPS based products. Its low cost and ease of use has led to its wide acceptance by many leading OEM GPS chip manufacturers and integrators.
The Air Force Research Lab has selected Surrey Satellite Technology US LLC (SST-US) to investigate cost reduction and augmentation of the current GPS constellation through the application of the small satellite approach. SST-US will examine how constellations of smaller satellites could improve the overall system performance and resilience, including ways to deliver high-power signals and alternative architectures for rapid commanding. www.sst-us.com
Imagine having GPS navigation capability embedded on something as small as a hummingbird-size unmanned aerial vehicle. That day may be coming soon, thanks to ongoing research and successful testing completed by Rockwell Collins and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). DARPA’s Dynamics Enabled Frequency Sources (DEFYS) effort has created tiny electronic oscillators and Rockwell Collins has been testing the miniature clocks on GPS radios. www.rockwellcollins.com