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Trimble News

Compact OEM GNSS UHF Receiver Module

Trimble BD930-UHF receiver and communication module is a part of Trimble’s GNSS OEM portfolio, the new compact module features centimeter-level, RTK positioning capabilities coupled with an integrated UHF receiver for precise mobile positioning. Its connectivity and configuration capabilities allow system integrators and OEMs to easily add GNSS, centimeterlevel positioning to specialized or custom hardware solutions.

Inpho 5.7 Software

Inpho® 5.7 software suite shall address the needs of geospatial professionals engaged in the production of digital photogrammetry and LIDAR deliverables. The new software version offers faster automatic computation and improved visualization that combine to significantly reduce project time and costs.

Field Link Software

Trimble® Field Link 2.20 software is for management of layout tasks associated with building construction. The new release extends field layout capabilities for contractors and field teams, providing task-based workflows, customizable views, and a touchscreen user interface designed to optimize the information presented.

4D Control Software

Trimble® 4D Control™ version 4.3 is the latest software version features new optional monitoring applications—the High Rise App, the SeismoGeodetic App and the Trimble 4D Control Site Setup App for Trimble Access—to better analyze complex data communicated from a broad range of GNSS, optical, geotechnical, seismic, atmospheric and metrological sensors.



Novatel News

OEM617D Single-Card GNSS Receiver with RTK launched

NovAtel Inc. has released the OEM617D receiver, a compact, dual-antenna, dualfrequency, single-card receiver with NovAtel’s ALIGN heading functionality and RT-2 Real Time Kinematic (RTK) GNSS positioning technology, in dynamic and static environments.

It offers complete dual-frequency operation with GPS, GLONASS, and BeiDou signals maximizing GNSS availability globally. It also tracks Galileo, SBAS, and QZSS. It is designed for rotary-wing aircraft, marine, autonomous ground vehicle, and other applications requiring precise position and heading accuracy. NovAtel’s advanced firmware and correction capabilities enhance the positioning performance of the OEM617D receiver.

FlexPak-S GNSS enclosure delivers SAASM positioning for defense

FlexPak-S GNSS SAASM enclosure contains a NovAtel dual-frequency OEM625S receiver card integrated with L-3’s XFACTOR Selective Availability Anti Spoofing Module (SAASM) onboard. The FlexPak-S is securityapproved by the GPS Directorate for operational use. When keyed by authorized defense integrators, the FlexPak-S provides centimeter-level RTK Precise Positioning Service (PPS) solution by taking the raw measurements from the XFACTOR SAASM and applying them to NovAtel’s Advanced RTK algorithms. The FlexPak-S can be handled as unclassified when keyed.

Leica Geosystems protects its Original Accessories

Leica Geosystems has introduced a security label to its range of original accessories. The label – featuring a unique code – will help customers to identify quickly whether an accessory is genuine or not.

Altus announces secondgeneration GNSS RTK Rover

Altus Positioning Systems has introduced its new APS-NR2 RTK surveying receiver. It is Altus’ second-generation RTK rover, building on the highly successful APS- 3 product series. It features an easily accessible on-board Web interface and integrated Wi-Fi for easy remote configuration and status monitoring, as well as Bluetooth for real-time data streaming, providing true cable-free operation. In parallel to RTK positioning, data can be recorded on a removable 2 GB SD memory card for post-processing.

Juniper Mesa Rugged Notepad

Juniper Systems has launched the world’s first rugged notepad recently. Successfully combining the advantages of a PC tablet and a rugged handheld computer, without the disadvantages of either, the Mesa has been described as ‘novel and innovative’. Designed primarily for the geomatics and surveying sector, it is the world’s first rugged notepad. It has a large 5.7 inch high-visibility colour VGA LCD with embedded Windows operating system. It also includes GPS and camera enhancements, has a longer battery life than other systems and can be equipped with a variety of data collection and communication applications making it feature rich yet rugged enough for even the most challenging of environments.

Fraunhofer IIS launches “GOOSE”

Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS is participating in the “GOOSE” project funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. The aim is to develop the first GNSS receiver with an open software interface. The project is headed up by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) with the involvement of navigation technology specialist navXperience GmbH, German manufacturer of GNSS technology, and the University of the German Federal Armed Forces in Munich (UniBW). As part of the GOOSE (German acronym for GNSS receiver with open software interface) project, experts from navXperience GmbH, UniBW and Fraunhofer IIS are building platforms that will allow researchers and developers to develop new applications such as construction, agriculture, forestry, surveying and mapping, mining, shipping, aviation and logistics to automotive manufacturing and machinery control. The plan is to eventually deploy this technology for use e. g. with automated rail surveying applications.

Esri and the UN Partner to Improve Global Climate Resilience

Esri and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) have formed a partnership to build more resilient communities with geospatial technology. Both will develop a cooperative program aimed at growing the global community of resilient cities through GIS science and capabilities. This agreement will build on the UNISDR’s existing Making Cities Resilient campaign by providing resources aimed at helping communities advance from planning to implementation.

“Just as we’re supporting President Obama’s Climate Data Initiative and resilience in the US, we are committed to providing expertise, support, and capabilities on a global scale for the Making Cities Resilient effort,” said Esri president Jack Dangermond.

New small, lightweight xNAV500 GPS/INS by OxTS

OxTS will release its new compact and lightweight GPS-aided inertial navigation system xNAV500 next month. The xNAV500 is a compact (<380g/13oz) GPS-aided inertial navigation system, perfectly suited for all applications where size and weight as well as performance matter. It measures position (< 90cm), heading (0.15°), roll/pitch (0.05°) and much more in real-time. It is ideal for use on UAVs and other weight constrained applications. Featuring dual GPS receivers and a state-of-the-art custom built inertial measurement unit, the xNAV500 constantly monitors position, orientation and velocity with high accuracy. 4 GB of on-board storage is available, allowing four days’ worth of measurements to be stored internally. Data can be easily downloaded from the system and post-processed using our advanced software, which is included as standard at no extra cost.

senseFly shortlisted for prestigious business award

senseFly is in the running to win a Swiss Economic Award, having been named one of the three finalists for this year’s High-Tech/Biotech prize. The awards, hosted by the Swiss Economic Forum, recognise the best Swiss start-up companies. senseFly is one of just nine finalists, spread across three categories, from over 200 initial entrants.

SuperSurv available on App Store and Google Play

Supergeo Technologies has launched SuperSurv, the mobile GIS app, on the App Store and Google Play. Containing comprehensive GIS data collection functions, SuperSurv is now more accessible for global users. Designed for both iOS and Android powered devices, SuperSurv integrates with GIS and GPS technologies to provide rich functions in field survey, like Map Display, Query, Measure, etc. With SuperSurv, the collected data can be saved as feature layer (point, line, polygon) in SHP or GEO format in offline mode.

Blue Marble Releases Global Mapper v15.2

Blue Marble Geographics has released Global Mapper version 15.2. This minor release features new functionality to automate the “New Feature Creation” process, as well as the addition of numerous new online datasources including OpenStreetMap vector data links via Web Mapping Services (WMS).

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