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3 prestigious contracts by NGA, USA

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, U.S. has awarded three indefinite delivery indefinite quantity multiple award contracts for commercial satellite synthetic aperture radar imagery, data products and direct downlink services to MDA Geospatial Services, Inc, EADS and Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company.

GMV awarded contract for GAGAN

GMV has been awarded a contract with Raytheon Company to develop a prototype algorithm for the detection of ionospheric depletions in the magnetic equatorial region that may be utilized in the user receiver data processing for the space-based augmentation system for the GAGAN (Global Positioning Satellite-Aided Geosynchronous Augmented Navigation System) program operated by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).

ProMark 500 V4.0 GNSS receiver

Ashtech® released ProMark™ 500 V4.0 GNSS receiver for high-performance RTK surveying. It has faster signal acquisition and improved tracking capability; auto dial to RTK networks, USB key plug and play, RTC bridge to relay GSM/GPRS RTK network corrections to multiple rovers via license-free radios, U-Link™ TRx radio repeater support, Virtual antenna, L2C signal support, 20 Hz RTK and data output option.

VIAJEO for efficient transport planning

The newly launched EU-funded VIAJEO project will design, demonstrate and implement an IT-based open platform to collect and process data for travel information and transport planning in cities in Europe, China and Brazil.

TCAT ’s new multimedia GPS navigator

TC AUTO TOOLING Sdn Bhd (TCAT) multimedia GPS navigator provides easy-to-understand 3D junctions and 2.5D building views for clearer and detailed directions. The device includes a high-resolution rear view monitor with reverse camera that provides a wide angle view with guidelines for accurate estimation of distance between the rear bumper and objects.

Spirent introduces A-GLONASS testing for Mobile Devices

Spirent Communications plc introduced a testing capability for assisted GLONASS (A-GLONASS) on UMTS mobile devices and chipsets. It gives early adopters of A-GLONASS a competitive edge by enabling the delivery of better performing devices and improved user experiences.

FME 2010 addresses common data interoperability

Safe Software FME 2010 is a complete solution for data conversion and distribution. It includes new releases of FME Desktop and FME Server, and aims to address common data interoperability challenges faced by customers and the geospatial market.

RIEGL USA releases airborne laser scanner LMS-Q680i

RIEGL Laser Measurement Systems GmbH released its airborne laser scanner LMSQ680i, for the USA. With 400 KHz laser pulse repetition rate, LMS-Q680i provides effective measurement rate of up to 266,000 coordinates per second.

Hemisphere’s new G100 GPS

Hemisphere GPS launched G100, all-in-one steering and guidance system for auto-steer ready agricultural vehicles. It comes with a custom software application that is developed specifically for compatibility with ISOBUS components to automatically sense the machine. The first version of the G100 software is compatible with the AGCO(R) Auto-Guide Ready(TM) tractors including AGCO DT-b and RT-a, Challenger(R) MT600C and Massey(R) 6400, 7400 and 8600 series.

Sokkia GRX1 versatile GNSS System

SOKKIA BV announced the new GRX1 GNSS receiver that includes the new SHC250 data collector, as well as a new controller and postprocessing software. It has an integrated antenna, digital UHF radio, GSM module, Bluetooth® module and detachable battery in a compact, rugged, magnesium-alloy body.

PB unveils Enterprise Routing Module

Pitney Bowes Business Insight (PBBI) released Enterprise Routing Module for the Pitney Bowes Spectrum™ Technology Platform. It offers integrated enterprise location intelligence functionality, enabling organizations to better understand their customers and assets in terms of location. Individuals responsible for logistics, marketing and network performance can now integrate in-house data and run route optimization analysis in batch or real-time mode.

Raveon upgrades RavTrack PC

Raveon Technologies upgraded RavTrack PC – a GPS tracking program for Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL), asset tracking, and personal location. It works with Raveon’s line of real-time GPS transponders. Version 3.0 can be used for tracking much larger fleets of vehicles.

Topcon SurveyMaster Lite

Topcon Europe Positioning B.V. has released SurveyMaster Lite. It is loaded with survey specific functionality as well as surface modelling and contouring tools. It provides tools required to produce final plats and survey calculations for property surveys, topographic maps and ALTA surveys.

Spot Image and Infoterra sign agreement with Google

Spot Image and Infoterra Ltd, both part of EADS Astrium, has signed agreement with Google to be a partner for Google Earth Enterprise. Both have been a Google Earth content partner for a number of years, providing ready to use imagery to Google as well as to Google Earth Enterprise users. Professional customers will be able to access their own internal geospatial data in 2D and 3D as well as new geospatial imagery and services provided by them.

Siano’s MDT V receiver chip

Siano Mobile Silicon of Israel announced that Garmin, Mio, Navigon, and others have integrated its mobile digital TV (MDTV) receiver chips into their latest consumer GPS products.

Amity International School-Saket Wins
2009-2010 Future Cities India 2020

The Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India, and Bentley Systems have announced that the project designed by the student team from Amity International School-Saket won top honours in the Future Cities India 2020 design competition. Launched by the Ministry of Science & Technology and Bentley Systems in 2006, the program is a partnership among government, universities, and the business community to promote and inspire young students to consider careers in the infrastructure design and engineering professions. Future Cities India 2020 actively engages students from the Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR) schools to develop solutions to real-world infrastructure challenges and issues. It encourages students to use their design skills, along with Bentley software, to help prepare India’s cities for the year 2020. This year’s projects focused on the redevelopment of Chandni Chowk, one of the oldest and busiest markets in central north Delhi. Each of the 15 student teams submitted 3D conceptual design models and presented ideas for a redeveloped Chandni Chowk district. Shri. Kapil Sibal, the Honourable Union Minister for Ministry of Human Resource Development, in his congratulatory message to the students, said, “The young people participating in this year’s competition met the challenge of this difficult endeavour directly. Their vision and brilliant ideas for a revitalized and better functioning Chandni Chowk district ere outstanding and thought provoking.” Dr. R. Siva Kumar, CEO of National Spatial Data Infrastructure and Head of Natural Resources Data Management System, Department of Science & Technology, said, “These projects express a unique vision for an environmentally and user-friendly market area.” Scott Lofgren, Bentley global director, Be Careers Network, said, “The ultimate purpose of Future Cities India 2020 is, of course, to inspire India’s south to choose an educational path that leads to a career in one of the architectural, engineering, and construction disciplines.” Members of the winning team were Shruti Sahrawat, Neha Ahooja, Agrim Singh and Arjun Hans. Second place honours in the competition went to Manava Bharati India International School.

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