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Hemisphere GNSS announces Glonass functionality

All Professional level Vector products of Hemisphere GNSS, including the V103, V113, VS131, and VS330 now include the ability to utilize the GLONASS Satellite system, along with the GPS Satellite system in the navigation solution. Vector Technology uniquely processes L1 GPS and GLONASS signals to deliver precise heading, greater positioning reliability, and improved performance in challenging environments. Hemisphere GNSS’ patented Vector technology computes the heading and pitch or roll angle while stationary or in motion allowing for heading accuracy of up to 0.01 degrees depending upon the product selected. A variety of differential correction methods also make it possible for Vector products to provide submeter to centimeter level RTK position accuracy.

Indian aircraft would have to upgrade avionic systems soon

All Indian aircraft would have to upgrade their avionic systems soon to match with India’s own satellite-based navigation system GAGAN. If the airlines can take advantage of GAGAN system by equipping their aircraft with matching avionics, almost USD 10 million worth of jet fuel could be saved annually, Civil Aviation Secretary Ashok Lavasa said.

He was indicating at the fact that a lot of fuel could be saved as the GAGAN system would help pilots navigate in all- weather conditions by an accuracy of up to three metres. It would enable an aircraft to fly on a specific path between two three-dimensional defined points, straighten routes and reduce fuel burn. Such a capability would also help in landing an aircraft in tough weather and terrain. The Secretary also said that air navigation service (ANS) providers and aircraft operators would be required to work together and co-ordinate investments in the GNSS technology. Maintaining that India was poised to become the third largest market in terms of air traffic growth, he said satellite navigation technology was the vision of future and GAGAN was an essential cornerstone to future safety. http://

iXBlue launches octans nano

iXBlue has launched OCTANS NANO, a compact FOG-based (fiber optic gyroscope) gyrocompass and attitude sensor system for subsea use. It is optimized for lower total cost of ownership and ease of export (no ITAR components). It addresses closely the critical needs of market segments in ROV navigation and attitude monitoring of subsea structures. It is not only robust but smaller and lighter than any available product of its type.

CompassCom unveils CompassLDE Connector

CompassCom has introduced the CompassLDE Connector for the Esri ArcGIS GeoEvent Processor, allowing organizations to track the locations and status of their mobile resources – vehicles, smartphones, and other GPS-enabled assets – in real time on their Esri ArcGIS 10.2 platform.

VERIPOS upgrades its Global Network of Reference Stations

VERIPOS is concluding the upgrade of its entire global network of GNSS reference stations with high performance multi frequency GPS/GLONASS/Galileo/ BeiDou receivers from Septentrio. It owns and operates a network of over 80 reference stations worldwide that is used to determine estimates of the orbit and clock errors of multiple GNSS satellite constellations. VERIPOS uses these estimates to calculate corrections which are then broadcast to end users to significantly improve the accuracy of positioning using Septentrio PolaRx4 reference receiver that provides high-quality tracking and measurement of all available and upcoming GNSS signals.

The upgrade of the VERIPOS global network of reference stations with the latest Septentrio reference receiver technology is another outcome of the multi-year collaboration between the two companies.

UoSAT-2 clocks up an outstanding 30 years of in-orbit operations

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd and the Surrey Space Centre are celebrating a remarkable thirty years of in-orbit operations from one of its earliest satellites, UoSAT-2, which was launched on a Delta rocket on 1st March 1984 from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in the USA.

UoSAT-2, the second satellite in a long history of 41 missions launched by SSTL to date, has always held a special significance and has remained a constant in the company’s evolution from University spin-off to worldleading small satellite manufacturer. Today, UoSAT-2 still transmits its VHF telemetry on a regular 11-day cycle and the on-board real-time clock still tells the time – although running somewhat late!

The FARO® Laser Scanner Focus3D X 130

FARO Technologies has released new FARO Laser Scanner Focus3D X 130. It is the newest member of FARO Laser Scanner Focus3D X Series range of laser scanners delivers tremendous power, compact design, and the flexibility to perform laser scanning in both indoor and outdoor. With a scanning range of 130 meters, this laser scanner is ideal for mid-range scanning applications such as architecture, BIM, civil engineering, facility management, industrial manufacturing, forensics, and accident reconstruction.

GNSS Signal Simulator Supports a Wide Range Of PNT Testing

Spectracom announced its program to develop robust applications-specific testing solutions. The program fills the technology and expertise gap in providing customers in a variety of industries the tools to perform more comprehensive qualification of their mission-critical systems. Examples include: multi-constellation (GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou) simulation; integrated MEMs/INS testing; Interference Detection and Mitigation (IDM) verification; assisted-GNSS (A-GPS) validation, HIL testing for automotive applications; high dynamic platform simulations for aerospace and defense (UAVs, UASs); and precision agriculture/surveying testing via RTK/differential measurements.

New HydroFusionTurbid Water Module for CZMIL by Optech

Optech released HydroFusion Turbid Water Module, a powerful new tool that enables the Optech CZMIL Coastal Zone Mapping and Imaging Lidar to collect bathymetry data in water conditions that were previously impossible to capture. The Turbid Water Module is an addition to the Optech CZMIL HydroFusion workflow specifically designed to detect and extract bathymetry measurements from turbid, shallow waters and muddy, less reflective seafloors, areas where previous lidar bathymeters could not extract depth measurements. Combined with the advanced hardware of the Optech CZMIL, it has successfully made seafloor measurements from very shallow waters (depth <1-2 m) in highly turbid conditions (Kd >0.5 m-1) with dark, muddy bottoms (reflectance = 3-5%).

F4 Tech releases SilvAssist Cloud

F4 Tech have released SilvAssist Cloud, an innovative cloud based business support system for reporting, analysis, growth & yield modeling, and management of forest inventory data. It allows users to easily share data throughout an organization, model growth & yield; simulate harvest, thinning and regeneration activities; create configurable reports and provide a centralized repository for all of your inventory documents and data.

Spirent GSS9000 Simulator

Spirent Communications has announced the introduction of the Spirent GSS9000 Multi-Frequency, Multi-GNSS RF Constellation Simulator. The GSS9000 offers a new benchmark in performance, capability and flexibility that includes the ability to simulate signals from all GNSS and regional navigation systems.

The GSS9000 offers new levels of performance, enabled by a four-fold increase in system iteration rate (SIR) over Spirent’s current GSS8000 product. The GSS9000 SIR is 1000Hz (1ms), enabling higher dynamic simulations with even more accuracy and fidelity. It also includes support for restricted and classified signals from the GPS and Galileo systems as well as advanced capabilities for ultra-high dynamics.

UK. Digital Yacht launches news sensor for PCs and MACs

Digital Yacht has introduced a new variant of their DualNav GPS and GLONASS positioning sensor which utilises a USB interface for both data and power allowing direct connection to a PC or MAC. Called the GPS150USB, it’s designed for a growing group of boat owners who use a PC or MAC for electronic charting and navigation rather than a traditional plotter.

TopNETlive Fastest Growing GNSS Network Service in North America

Topcon Positioning Group announces the expansion of its TopNETlive network service into nineteen states and five Canadian provinces, making it the fastest growing DGPS and RTK network service in North America. TopNETlive utilizes a dense network of ground-based reference stations that are capable of supporting all major GNSS satellite constellations to provide the highest accuracy with the fastest initialization time.

Antenna designed for high-precision GNSS

Imec and Septentrio have collaborated to the design of an antenna-RF integrated element of a multi-frequency GNSS antenna for GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou and GALILEO. Developed under the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme project HANDHELD, the compact antenna can be integrated in multi-frequency handheld GNSS devices for high precision location applications (up to 1 centimeter).

Carlson Software’s MINI2

Carlson Software’s newest data collector, the Carlson MINI2, packs a punch for its compact size. The new handheld computer is taking the place of its predecessor, the Carlson MINI.

With an IP68 rating, the MINI2 is waterproof and dustproof, and is tested to MIL-STD-810G to meet the environmental demands of the surveying industry. The MINI2 also has several advancements over the MINI, including a bright display, a custom battery that lasts 20+ hours on one charge, and a scratch-resistant capacitive touchscreen with glove-friendly numeric keypad, for faster and more accurate data entry.

Photo Science, Awarded NOAA Shoreline Mapping Contract

Photo Science, a Quantum Spatial company, was recently awarded a multimillion dollar, 5-year, Indefinite Delivery Contract to provide the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) with Shoreline Mapping Services. This contract is in support of the National Geodetic Survey’s (NGS) Coastal Mapping Program, Aeronautical Survey Program, and Vertical Datum update (GRAV-D).


Trimble News

New eCognition software

Trimble eCognition software is a powerful solution for the analysis and extraction of information from geospatial data collected via aerial, satellite and mobile mapping platforms. With eCognition 9, users can define objects graphically to streamline the template creation process. These templates are used to automatically identify objects of interest in imagery. In addition, Remote Sensing and GIS professionals can now integrate data layers more efficiently through improved GIS tools within eCognition 9.

Online information management platform launched

Trimble has introduced the InSphere™ platform for geospatial information management. An innovative approach for central management of geospatial operations, Trimble InSphere improves workflow, maximizes efficiency and transforms the way geospatial professionals work and access critical operational information. It is a cloud-based software platform for central management of geospatial applications, data and services.


Leica News

ComGate10 launched

As integral part of Leica Geosystems’ mobile communication solution M-Com, ComGate10 is the first plug and play router on the market that offers users fast and fail-safe wireless data transfer, with the added benefit of a secondary back-up communication type for total security. It is fully compatible with all Leica Geosystems monitoring sensors and software, and can enhance the functionality of Leica Nova sensors.

GeoMoS Adjustment v1.7

Leica GeoMoS Adjustment, the network adjustment add-on for the successful Leica GeoMoS monitoring software, is intended for use in projects where the most precise and reliable information on structural movement is required. The latest version now makes adjusted data available everywhere at any time on Leica GeoMoS Web. The computation processing time has also been significantly improved to provide movement analysis with adjusted data as quick as possible.

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