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NovAtel Inc has launched NovAtel CORRECT positioning technology. It optimally combines data from multiple GNSS satellite constellations with corrections from a variety of sources, to deliver the best position solution possible. It provides integrators with the opportunity to choose pricing and subscription options that best match their OEM business objectives. Delivery of correction data is available via satellite or Internet, depending on the requirements of the application.
Designed for NovAtel’s OEM6® high precision receivers, the NovAtel CORRECT precise point positioning (PPP) solution delivers decimetre-level accuracy worldwide. L-band delivered PPP corrections from TERRASTAR are also supported without users having to add base-station infrastructure. www.novatel.com/correct
FARO Technologies, Inc has released new scan processing software solution, FARO® SCENE 5.2. It makes complex geomatic and surveying tasks easier, and makes scan results look better. Apart from better sharpness, the software also improves 3D views by reducing color differences due to inhomogeneous light conditions at different scanning positions. www.faroasia.com/scene/in
Leica Cyclone 8.1 includes a major licensing update for all standalone Leica Cyclone products and Leica CloudWorx plug-in products. With the licensing update, plus other accompanying Cyclone additions and enhancements, users will spend less time in the office and can work easier with rich, asbuilt point cloud data. Cyclone is an underlying software foundation for popular Leica CloudWorx plug-ins that enable 3rd party applications to work more efficiently with point clouds. www.leica-geosystems.com/hds
Rohde & Schwarz extends the functionality of the R&S SMBV100A vector signal generator by adding BeiDou/Compass capability to its integrated GNSS simulator. With the R&S SMBV-K107 option the GNSS simulator now covers the BeiDou standard as well as the GPS, Galileo and Glonass satellite navigation systems.
The new option allows users to generate realtime scenarios with up to 24 BeiDou satellites. R&S SMBV-K107 supports all possible BeiDou orbits and can therefore even simulate satellites that are not yet in orbit. It also supports hybrid scenarios with GPS, Galileo or Glonass satellites. A software update makes it easy to upgrade existing GNSS simulators for BeiDou. No hardware modifications are required. www.rohde-schwarz.com
GLI-METRO-G by GPS Source
GPS Source has released GLI-METRO-G. A smart GNSS controller designed with technology derived from high performance systems and military applications. Capable of handling any GPS L1/L2, GLONASS L1/L2 Signal application, it has many highly desired features, including the ability to select GPS+ GLONASS, GPS only or GLONASS only signal output power control. It also has built-in antenna monitoring and oscillation detection. With the GLI-METRO-G, the user has complete control over effective radiated power (ERP) levels for the entire GNSS range. It has the unique benefit of allowing selection for the power control between signals. www.GPSSource.com.
Exelis delivers critical GPS satellite simulation software
Exelis has successfully completed factory acceptance testing for the GPS III navigation payload simulator software. The software will simulate the behavior of GPS signals in space, which will be used for testing the U.S. Air Force’s next generation GPS ground station known as the operational control system (OCX). The simulator will be integrated into the Raytheondeveloped GPS System Simulator (GSYS) within OCX. Exelis is on contract to provide critical software elements in the navigation processing subsystem to enable GPS constellation controllers to better understand the satellites’ exact position. This helps ensure accurate navigation information is being securely broadcast to users. www.exelisinc.com
Smallest standalone GNSS module from u-blox
u-blox has unveiled smallest standalone GNSS positioning module in the market. The LGA module EVA-7M, measuring 7 x 7 x 1.1 mm integrates crystal and passives and need only an antenna for instant global positioning capability. The module supports existing GNSS, plus all SBAS augmentation systems. Based on u-blox’ advanced GNSS technology u-blox 7, the module achieves -160 dBm sensitivity when tracking GPS satellites (-158 dBm with GLONASS satellites), fast acquisition time and the lowest power of any u-blox 7 module (16.5 mA at 3 V). www.u-blox.com
Altus Positioning Systems has launched new Juniper Archer 2 field computer packaged with Altus’ APS-3 GNSS RTK receiver. It is a powerful handheld computer with an IP68 certification and MIL-STD-810G compliance, and operates between -30 to +60 degrees C. It features a 1.0 GHz processor, 512 MB RAM and 8 GB flash storage. Like Juniper Systems’ other rugged handhelds, the Archer 2 is made to take a beating.
Global Mapper SDK v15 by Blue Marble
Blue Marble Geographics has released Global Mapper Software Development Kit (SDK) version 15. It offers many new features and functions including a new mathematical raster calculator, LiDAR analysis tools, 3D PDF read/ write support and much more. It provides a Windows DLL, which allows users to include much of the functionality of Global Mapper within their own software applications. The SDK includes both native 32-bit and 64-bit DLL’s, so users can target any Windows operating system.
CHC Navigation headquartered in Shanghai will provide preconfigured GNSS base stations optimized for ScanLook. Matching the appropriate CHC system with ScanLook, LiDAR USA is now able to offer preconfigured and optimized base station solutions to help obtain the highest accuracy. LiDAR USA is pleased to be able to offer the CHC GPS base station equipment along with ScanLook as a single purchase making it easier for the first-time buyer to enter the market fully equipped and ready to work at the maximum accuracy possible. www.chcnav.com
SimActive Inc., has released version 5.0 of Correlator3D™. It has numerous improvements, including the enhancement of Correlator3D™ aerial triangulation module (AT) with visualization and editing tools, as well as improved DTM and 64-bit support. It allows users to obtain an overall quality assessment of their project in the blink of an eye. This is accomplished by displaying links between images after tie point collection and residuals with a color coding system following bundle adjustment. A native 64-bit support was also added and the DTM generation module was completely redesigned. The new DTM algorithms result in a higher level of accuracy while processing times has been brought down.
Marking the first new Simplicity release in five years, the all new Simplicity Sight Survey 2014 is now available from Carlson Software. It will draw directly in MicroStation and is an effective companion product for its users working in the AutoCAD and IntelliCAD environments. Familiar commands such as Fieldto- Finish, Contouring, Edit-Process Raw Data, and Network Least Squares work within Simplicity as they do within Carlson Survey. A Windows-based coordinate geometry program, it provides simplified methods for solving commonly encountered coordinate geometry and construction surveying problems.
GeoTexture for Backscatter Data Processing Evaluation at AWI
Regarding co-registered, georeferenced backscatter data, the German Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) has recently been evaluating the Kongsberg Geoacoustics GeoTexture software suite for backscatter data processing, mosaic creation and seabed classification. The software performance has been optimised for the analysis of GeoSwath Plus backscatter data, as it allows for beam pattern correction, vessel motion and sea-bottom topography, which substantially improve the quality of the mosaics and simplify image analysis and interpretation. www.hydro-international.com
Applanix brings Trimble CenterPoint RTX Correction Service
Trimble® CenterPoint™ RTX™ correction service will be available across Applanixs entire airborne mapping portfolio. Using this correction service, Applanix will be able to deliver significant benefits to the aerial survey marketplace like high accuracy, speed and low cost, simplicity, more uptime and reliability, ease of use fast and reliable convergence.
Trimble has introduced the next generation of its Trimble GeoExplorer data collection solution. The new Geo 7X includes an integrated laser rangefinder module, extended GNSS capabilities and improved hardware performance. It can enhance productivity in difficult physical conditions and challenging GNSS environments. When faced with either obstructed satellites or inaccessible locations, GIS professionals now have the geospatial data collection tools they need-in a single package. With Flightwave technology, users can easily capture offset measurements from the Geo 7X’s rangefinder module for direct integration with Trimble data collection software. It is compatible with existing and planned GNSS satellite systems.
Cloud-based software and mobile apps from Trimble
Trimble has introduced the latest version of its smart water and wastewater management software– Trimble® Connect™ version 1.5. The latest release of the cloud-based software includes a suite of applications that help water and wastewater utilities to deploy smart meters, repair leaks and reduce non-revenue water (NRW), locate and map critical infrastructure using Geographic Information System (GIS) technology, extend the life of aging assets, and improve worker safety and productivity. www.trimble.com