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Accurate position info for mobile CAD and GIS

Septentrio jointly announced with Pythagoras BVBA that they have integrated key components to propose a complete solution, ready for geospatial applications. The solution combines the Pythagoras software with GNSS device called AsteRx-m™ GeoPod that enables accurate position measurements up to 1 cm level. The AsteRx-m™ GeoPod integrates seamlessly with Pythagoras thanks to the suite of GUI utilities RxTools and the configuration module RxAssistant, also included in the solution.

The New FARO® Laser Scanner Focus3D X 330

FARO Technologies, Inc has released new FARO Laser Scanner Focus3D X 330. It surpasses previous models in functionality and performance. With a range almost three times greater than previous models, the it can scan objects up to 330 meters away and in direct sunlight. With its integrated GPS receiver, the laser scanner is able to correlate individual scans in postprocessing making it ideal for surveying based applications.

High Performance POS Systems by Applanix

Applanix has introduced new versions of its positioning and orientation systems for airborne and land-based mapping—the POS AV™ 610 and POS LV™ 610. The new systems use next-generation commercial inertial technologies that are offered globally. Both products integrate precision GNSS with advanced inertial technology (accelerometers and gyroscopes) to provide uninterrupted measurements of the position, roll, pitch and true heading of moving vehicles.

Sub-meter GNSS Receiver for iPad and iPhone by Geneq

iSXBlue II GNSS by Geneq Inc is a submeter GNSS receiver that is Bluetoothcompatible with Apple iPads and iPhones. Fully authorized and approved by Apple, it implements an Apple proprietary Bluetooth authentication feature allowing the NMEA GNSS data to replace the internal GPS location of the iPad or iPhone. Furthermore, a free SDK (software development kit) is available from Geneq to further utilize all the features of the iSXBlue II GNSS. It uses both GPS and GLONASS with SBAS (WAAS/EGNOS/ MSAS/GAGAN) to attain 30cm/1 ft (RMS) accuracy in real-time using free SBAS corrections.

GNS uses CSR chip for GPS+ GLONASS module

GNS has based its latest GPS+ GLONASS combination module on the CSR SiRFstarV chip. The module has a power supply range of 1.8 up to 4.3V. A lithium battery can be directly connected to the module. It has UART, SPI or I²C communications, it supports 52 signal channels and has dimensions of 10 x 9.3 x 2.1mm.

Improved GNSS Productivity tools by SmartNet

SmartNet North America has released new tools to improve GNSS productivity and support, including additional support tools, online Rover Error Logs and a RINEX Project Tool. It added a completely new support ticketing system along with an online Knowledge Base. To ensure users get support and help, SmartNet has now launched a new Live Support Chat feature directly on the SmartNet User Portal.

Honeywell to upgrade embedded navigation systems

Navigation and guidance experts at the Honeywell Inc. Aerospace will repair and upgrade the multiservice Embedded GPS Inertial Navigation System (EGI) that combines GPS and inertial technologies under terms of a $485.5 million contract.

The EGI, manufactured by Honeywell and the Northrop Grumman Corp. is a navigation system that combines a GPS receiver card with an inertial navigation system (INS) in one 20-pound unit that measures 7 by 11 by 12 inches. The navigation systems are for helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft as upgrades to existing systems or as replacements for older and less capable systems.

Hexagon News

Acquires Airborne Hydrography AB

Leica Geosystems strengthens its market position in airborne surveying through Hexagon’s acquisition of Airborne Hydrography AB (AHAB), a provider of airborne laser survey systems for hydrographic and topographic surveys. AHABproduct portfolio includes airborne bathymetric LiDAR technology.

New ISO certification for Leica

The Quality and Environmental Management System of Leica Geosystems AG has been recertifi ed to ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 compliance for the development, manufacture, distribution, support and service of products, precision tools and systems for geomatics, industrial, machine control and construction applications with zero non-conformities.

Enhanced2 GPS-Monitoring Unit (E2GMU) from CSSI

Enhanced2 GPS-Monitoring Unit (E2GMU) by CSSI is now available for commercial sale for the first time. The first unit was sold to Trimec Aviation, an FAA-certified repair facility located in Ft. Worth, Texas. The E2GMU was developed using the latest GPS receiver technology, utilizing a 20-channel GPS receiver for enhanced satellite lock, accuracy, and faster GPS acquisition time from aircraft static-position start.

Spirent A-GNSS Record and Playback Solution

Spirent Communications carrier-approved Assisted Global Navigation Satellite System (A-GNSS) Record and Playback capabilities on its Hybrid Location Technology Solution (HLTS) provides unprecedented realism and repeatability by recording GNSS signals in the field and delivering synchronized assistance data over a radio access interface to test the A-GNSS positioning performance of mobile devices in the lab.

Combining GNSS signals from multiple satellite positioning systems with assistance data delivered by the network to the device, A-GNSS is regarded as the most universal and precise positioning technology. As such, it is used in mobile devices to support the location information required by commercial services, social media and emergency services such as E911.

Hemisphere GNSS news

New OEM Positioning Modules

Hemisphere GNSS introduces the Eclipse P306 and P307, the latest models in the Eclipse series. Both track multi-frequency GPS, GLONASS, and BeiDou satellite signals and are Galileo and QZSS ready.

The Eclipse P306 and P307 are the first products to utilize the company’s new SX4 ASIC. Capable of simultaneously tracking code and phase signals on 89 satellites, SX4 boasts 372 channels and can be configured to address several diverse applications through software. Both products offer scalable performance.

Mobile Handhelds and GIS/ Survey Collection Software

Hemisphere GNSS announced an allnew series of rugged mobile handheld devices, GeoMapper, with application software options to support Survey, GIS, and Mapping professionals.

The GeoMapper family of products offers a variety of features suitable for forestry, public safety, asset management, utilities, meeting a variety of field data collection requirements. GeoMapper 100, GeoMapper 200, and GeoMapper 300 feature a Windows Mobile operating system. The GeoMapper 500 tablet offers added fl exibility and functionality on the Android OS platform.


New GNSS Post-Processing Program by Carlson

This simple, yet powerful data postprocessing solution is tightly integrated into the Carlson field and office workflow. SurveyGNSS is designed to accept GNSS data from any receiver in RINEX format. Furthermore, it will also accept proprietary GNSS data in an increasing number of manufacturer formats including NovAtel, Hemisphere GNSS, Altus/Septentrio, and Javad. Additional manufacturer formats will be added in concert with manufacturer cooperation and customer demand.

Javad GNSS Triumph LS

Javad GNSS released its latest GNSS receiver, the Triumph LS. Incorporating all of the standard-setting capability of the Triumph VS, the new receiver has several new features, including 864 channels. Always a leader in the channel count, the new channels can be used to track existing and future satellites as well as monitoring for interference. More than 100 channels are assigned to monitor interferences in the background and give instant notification to users. Also, many channels can be assigned to a single satellite signal for reliability, redundancy and averaging for better results.

Ladybug 5 camera for Lynx Mobile Mapper™ by Optech

Optechs’ Lynx MG1 and Lynx SG1 Mobile Mapper™ product lines now support the use of the Point Grey Ladybug® 5 spherical imaging system. The Ladybug 5, which boasts six highsensitivity 5-Megapixel imagers that cover 90% of a full sphere, offers Optech users more options in assembling a mobile surveying solution optimized to meet their specific application requirements.

GICHD signs MoU WITH Esri

Esri and the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) have recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). Since it was first released in Kosovo in1999, Esri has been supporting the Information Management System for Mine Action (IMSMA), the GICHD’s application for demining programmes. IMSMA combines a customisable database and ArcGIS software that together allow for more accurate localization of hazardous areas, accidents and other information relevant to mine action. By providing free licenses to the GICHD, Esri has proved a significant partner of GICHD

GNSS Receiver Module Tracks Multiple Satellite Constellations

Linx, the GM Series of autonomous, high-performance GNSS receiver modules is designed for navigation, asset tracking and positioning applications of all kinds. Based on the MediaTek chipset, the modules can simultaneously acquire and track several satellite constellations, including the GPS, GALILEO, GLONASS and QZSS.

senseFly releases swarm technology for mapping

The most advanced version of senseFly’s ground control software puts years of research into user’s hands. The technology behind senseFly’s multiple drone operation system first emerged in 2010 at the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems, EPfl( when a team of robotic researchers showcased the first outdoor aerial collective system involving up to 10 robots flying together. This technology was then adapted by senseFly’s R&D team. It is now fully integrated in senseFly’s ground control software eMotion 2. Operators can use a single interface to control multiple drones.

Trimble News

Galileo, BeiDou Preview to Post-Processing Service

Trimble has announced a “preview” version of its CenterPoint RTX postprocessing service, enabling GNSS observations using available Galileo and BeiDou Middle Earth Orbit (MEO) satellites. The existing CenterPoint RTX post-processing site uses data from the GPS, GLONASS, and QZSS satellite systems to provide better than centimeter-level positions.

Real-time Deformation Monitoring

Trimble® 4D Control(TM) version 4.2 is the new version of the monitoring software that delivers enhanced communications with the Trimble NetR9(TM) and new NetR9 Ti-M GNSS receiver, REF TEK seismic sensors and the Trimble S8 total station.

R8 Model 2 GNSS Receiver

Trimble R8 integrated system delivers unmatched power, accuracy and performance in a rugged, compact unit. Supporting a wide range of satellite signals, including GPS L2C and L5 and GLONASS L1/L2 signals, the Trimble R8 contains Trimble R-track with Signal Prediction™ technology which compensates for intermittent RTK signals, enabling extended operation after interruption.

SATEL – Module for long-range wireless data transmission

SATEL a leading manufacturer of radio modems, recently released a new data transceiver module SATELLINEM3- TR3. The Module is specifically designed to be integrated into host devices. It is compact, slim and easy to add to various systems. This makes it a versatile and exceptionally compatible solution for data transfer. With a 70 MHz tuning range, selectable channel width and 128-bit encryption available for secure transmission, it makes this one of the most versatile SATEL products available. With a weight of 18 grams an compatibility.

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