Leica Zeno GG03 SmartAntenna is the only IP68 certified SmartAntenna for GIS applications. IP68 represents the top rating for protection against dust, moisture and water. Meeting the tough standards for Ingress Protection (IP), it is the most rugged GNSS SmartAntenna for GIS Asset Collection and Management tasks. www.leica-geosystems.com/zeno
PolaRx2 receiver orbits the Earth
PolaRx2 receiver by Septentrio has reached more than 330 hours of successful operation on-board “Technologie- Erprobungs-Träger 1” (TET-1), the first satellite of the German On-Orbit- Verification program. The receiver is the backbone of the Navigation and Occultation Experiment (NOX) developed by German Aerospace Center (DLR). The purpose of the experiment is to prove the suitability of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) technology for use in space missions. The receiver provides GPS observations on the L1 and L2 frequencies, which are used for precise orbit determination and atmospheric sounding. www.septentrio.com
New geospatial intelligence capability by Lockheed Martin
A new development in battlefield geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) that will provide significantly improved situational awareness for the British Army has been delivered by Lockheed Martin UK Information Systems & Global Solutions (IS&GS) and its industry team, Team SOCRATES. The team has developed a coherent set of deployable GEOINT capabilities and services under the Future Deployable GEOINT (FDG) programme, which will be provided to the UK’s Joint Force Intelligence Group (JFIG). The TIGAS (Tactical Information and Geospatial Analysis System) technology consolidates, enhances and extends existing battlefield GEOINT capabilities and upgrades digital geoservers, initially introduced under Urgent Operational Requirements (UORs), with new virtualised variants. www.lockheedmartin.com
PAR lands $85 million contract
U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna, R-Barneveld has announced that the Pentagon has awarded a three-year, $85 million contract to PAR Government Systems Corporation. The contract is to provide advanced full motion video, geospatial information systems and intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance related software and hardware technologies for collecting battlefield intelligence and analysis. www.uticaod.com/news
GNSS solutions in emerging markets by Skyworks
Skyworks Solutions has announced that its highly integrated, low noise amplifier front-end modules are being leveraged by various OEMs to enable GPS and GNSS in smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices in emerging markets. The modules offer high linearity, excellent gain and an integrated filter, providing manufacturers with cost-effective, high performance solutions in a compact footprint. www.skyworksinc.com
Secure software defined radio GNSS receiver capability by Rockwell Collins
Rockwell Collins has received a $2 million contract from the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to develop and demonstrate a secure software defined radio (SDR) GNSS receiver capability. Hosted in a software defined radio, this AFRL program will develop the security architecture required for the receiver equipment certifications. The arrival of modernized GPS signals and other constellations is changing the way the U.S. military accomplishes GNSS-based positioning, navigation and timing. www.rockwellcollins.com
LabSat3 is a low cost, stand-alone, battery powered, multi-constellation, RF record and replay device, designed to assist GNSS engineers in the development and testing of their products. With its small size and allin- one design, it makes it easier than ever to collect raw satellite data in the same environment that end users experience in everyday use. This enables repeatable and realistic testing to be carried out under controlled conditions.
LabSat3 can be single or dual channel, and each channel can be tuned to one of 3 user selectable frequencies; GPS + Galileo + QZSS + SBAS, Glonass or Beidou. For precise control over replayed data, satellite signals can be artificially generated using the optional SatGen simulation software, which re-creates GPS, Glonass and Beidou constellations. www.labsat.co.uk
Rx Networks Inc is upgrading its GPStream GRN™ (Global Reference Network) to include support for the BeiDou and Galileo constellations alongside it GPS and GLONASS assistance services. GPStream GRN is the foundation on which Rx Networks’ and third party real-time and predictive Assisted-GNSS products operate, as used by over 700 million smartphones worldwide. www.prweb.com
Digital Yacht launch GPS150 Sensor
The new GPS150 DualNav positioning sensor from Digital Yacht combines a 50 channel GPS with GLONASS. This “smart” sensor will automatically switch between the systems or the the user can manually select the most appropriate for their activity. The GPS150 will also be able to utilise Galileo positioning system. www.openpr.com
New FARO® Edge ScanArm ES with Enhanced Scanning Technology
FARO Technologies has released of the new FARO Edge Laser Line Probe ES. The power of the new Laser Line Probe combined with the flexibility of the FaroArm creates the world’s smallest, lightest, and most affordable contact/noncontact portable measurement system. It is the latest advancement in FARO’s Laser Line scanning sensors, featuring Enhanced Scanning Technology (EST). EST is the combination of multiple hardware and software improvements designed to boost performance by improving the ability to scan challenging surfaces. www.faroasia.com/Edge/in
STIM300 is a small, lightweight and low power ITAR free high performance Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU). Among being non-GPS aided and insensitive to magnetic fields, it offers 12 times less weight, 10 times less volume and 5 times less power consumption over existing solutions with similar performance.
STIM300 offers 0.5°/h gyro bias instability, 0.15°/√h angular random walk, 10°/h gyro bias error over temperature gradients, 0.05mg accelerometer bias instability, and axis misalignment of 1mrad. The weight is <0,12 lbs (55g) and volume is <2 cu. in. (33cm3). STIM300 is in regular production
The main tasks of railway mapping include geo-referencing of railway infrastructure, clearance monitoring in order to detect natural obstacles like vegetation, or determine infrastructural limits for special load transportation. Other applications of railway scanning include track and base terrain inspection, as well as supervision and registration of changes in train station structures, such as thresholds between platform and wagon due to renovation works in train stations.
SNCF, the national French railway society, has taken delivery of a RIEGL VMX- 450-RAIL intended for the sole purpose of railway mapping. The system is a proven, fully integrated and high speed mobile laser scanning system, including a lifting frame for crane installation. Technet-rail’s SiRailScan is a 3D dataprocessing software solution, customized to the specific requirements of SNCF.
MosaicMill has introduced a new software license of its EnsoMOSAIC software series for UAV image processing. It is an economical option for aerial triangulation and orthomosaicking of flights up to 50 frames within 5 km2. It is especially suitable for multirotor operators as many jobs on quarries and stock piles carried out with helicopter type UAVs fall within the license limits.
Multi-Constellation GNSS Antennas by Tallysman
Tallysman Wireless Inc., has announced the addition of the three new antennas to its catalogue of high performance dual feed antennas: the TW2710, TW3710, and TW4821. The TW2710 and TW3710 each cover BeiDou B1, Galileo E1, GPS L1, and GLONASS G1 frequencies. The TW4821 covers BeiDou B1, Galileo E1, and GPS L1 frequencies. All the antennas use wideband dual feed patch antennas and exhibit low axial ratios, high multipath rejection, and excellent gains.
NovAtel has released ProPak6 enclosure. It is NovAtel’s most sophisticated GNSS enclosure product, offering meter-level to centimeter-level positioning in a ruggedized, water-resistant IP67 housing. Standardized software and hardware connections include multiple RS-232/RS-422 serial ports, CAN Bus, USB host and device, as well as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and optional cellular radio. The ProPak6 provides an enclosure option for integrators seeking positioning flexibility, multiple communication options, and Ethernet support for remote configuration and access of data logs, while the ProPak6 is designed for reference station, timing, and general positioning applications.
JAVAD GNSS has launched Triumph-LS, a complete real-time kinematic survey system including an 864-channel receiver capable of receiving and processing all available GNSS signals, antenna, radio modem, controller, and collapsible pole. The system runs on a chip that includes three microprocessors and six parallel RTK engines, with 24 MB of memory and up to 100 channels that can be used to scan GNSS bands for interference. Other new features include the capability to perform offset surveys with photogrammetry using either the Triumph-LS system’s internal camera or an external camera. Survey or GIS stakeout can be accomplished using the unit to navigate visually to stake locations with the aid of the internal camera. The 2.5-kilogram system can operate for up to 25 hours in RTK rover mode with full-screen brightness.