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MobileMapper 120 and locally developed GIS software win broad market approval in Turkey

The Geomatics Group in Turkey is achieving excellent success marketing the Spectra Precision MobileMapper 120 handheld GIS mapping device running its own Mobile GIS software. Spectra Precision MobileMapper 120 uses a Windows open platform enabling it to run any Windows mobile application, including Spectra Precision applications for GIS or Survey, as well as third-party solutions that may better meet local regulations or specific customer requirements.

Leica Digicat 700 Series locator with integrated GPS

Underground service locators enable workers to locate buried utilities in order to avoid injury and damage during excavation. Following the success of its previous series of locators, Leica Geosystems has extended the range of features in its new Digicat 700 Series, providing users with greater confidence in their results due to enhanced traceability. In addition to data logging, Bluetooth® connectivity, depth estimation and tracing frequencies, the 700 Series is the only range of locators that offers fully integrated GPS technology. The added GPS feature helps to deliver the ‘where’ in locating and tracing buried utilities by easily and conveniently displaying the collected geographical data on a map.

Directly Georeferenced Mapping From The Topodrone-100

DroneMetrex, a manufacturer of the TopoDrones introduced a revolutionary solution for Directly Georeferenced Mapping from UAVs. The difference and, at the same time, the main advantage of the solution is that it encompasses Post Processed Kinematic (PPK) principles.

An important component of PPK is a highly accurate GPS receiver on board of the TopoDrone hich independently logs the GPS coordinates of the drone for each and every photo position.

The accuracy of the photo position is also directly related to the synchronisation of the camera shutter with the GPS logging. Having that in mind, DroneMetrex specialists modified the internals of the camera and synchronised L1/L2/ Glonass/BDS antenna to the nanosecond of the camera shutter to achieve highest mapping accuracy.

Indian state to launch Rs. 4,000- cr satellite imaging project

The Maharashtra Government will soon launch a Rs. 4,000-crore satellite imaging project to map all land in the State and prepare digital records of land holdings. The satellite imaging would include that of land used for agriculture, industry and also urban land. The last comprehensive land mapping exercise was undertaken 150 years ago under British rule. The project would be taken up under a centrally-funded scheme.

Titan multispectral airborne lidar sensor by Optech

Optech is pleased to announce the latest addition to its innovative line of airborne laser terrain mappers (ALTM), the Optech Titan, launching a new era in remote sensing. For the first time ever, multispectral active imaging of the environment can occur day or night, enabling new vertical applications and information extraction capabilities for lidar. In the past, single or dual-wavelength sensors were developed for specific market verticals and application requirements. Titan breaks away from this convention by combining three beams with separate wavelengths, increasing the information content that can be derived from the target surface and allowing surveying professionals to address many more applications using a single sensor solution.

NTLab launches GNSS RF Front-End with reduced power consumption

NTLab, a fabless microelectronic company based in Belarus, is offering the NT1051 dual-channel multi-frequency (L1/L2/L3/L5) mutli-system (GPS/ GLONASS/Galileo/BeiDou) RF front end. Manufactured in 0.18 um TSMC BiCMOS technology, it provides operability of the GNSS receiver even if interference power is 120-dB higher than the satellite signal. To allow reliable navigation in the presence of interference, NT1051 has a 1-dB compression point (on RF input) of -40 dBm. This allows stable tracking, even if the interfering signal is 120-dB higher (compared to -160 dB of typical tracking sensitivity) than the satellite signal.

Trimble Leap Submeter GNSS Device and Terrain Navigator Pro

Trimble® Leap is a Trimble RTX compatible GNSS Bluetooth device. When enabled with the ViewPoint RTX correction service, Leap delivers submeter accuracy directly to the Terrain Navigator Pro (TNP) Mobile app for iOS and Android devices. The TNP Mobile app allows users to collect markers, tracks and geo-stamped photos in the field, and then sync all the GNSS data into the Terrain Navigator Pro office software.

iXBlue launches Marins M Series inertial Nav System

iXBlue unveiled its Marins M series inertial navigation system (INS). The series includes the Marins M3, M5 and M7 systems and is designed to address the needs of the world’s most advanced navies for surfacevessel and submarine operations close to shore and in open-sea environments. The Marins M series raises the bar in performance and scalability by addressing the needs of surface ship navigation under a GPS-denied environment. For submarines, Marins M7 enables three times longer autonomous stealth navigation compared with any available system by offering drifts of less than 1 Nm/72 h.

OriginGPS launches Nano Spider GPS receiver

OriginGPS has launched Nano Spider GPS receiver. It breaks the size barrier to provide real-time positioning data for ultra-compact applications with a 47% footprint; measuring 4x4x2.1 mm. It claims that the module is designed to support ultra-compact applications where size is at a premium, such as smart watches, wearable devices, trackers and digital cameras. Its proprietary structure is a multi-level circuit for surface mounting, built to reduce footprint size. It continuously tracks all GPS satellites in view and provides real-time positioning data in the standard industry format defined by the US National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA).

KCS launches OEM TraceME Tracking Module

KCS bv, The Netherlands, has introduced the newest OEM addition to its family of TraceME products, the TM-202LAR, a GPS/RF/GSM module intended for incorporation into products and systems used for tracking people, vehicles, and objects.

Measuring 46x21x6.5 millimeters and weighing seven grams, the low-power TM-202LAR incorporates a 48-channel CSR SiRFstar-IV GSD4e GPS L1 receiver, GPRS/GSM modem (QUAD band version) for RF connectivity up to two kilometers (1.2 miles), and a 3D magnetic compass and 3D accelerometer the operates at up to 16g. The 2.45 GHz short range radio and optional Wi-Fi extension enable localization inside buildings. With typical power consumption at 30 mA for full GPS tracking and GPRS operation, the module’s advanced power-saving operation lowers power consumption down to 3μ A, according to the company.

Satlab new SL600 on the Pole GNSS Survey Receiver

SatLab Geosolutions AB announced several months ago it’s completely new and innovative SL600 as the planned replacement of its popular SL500 on the pole GNSS Surveying receiver. This new receiver is designed to meet the evolving needs of the surveying market and is the ideal solution for general land, marine and construction applications. At the heart of this rugged unit is an industry leading 6G GNSS receiver capable of utilizing all 6 GNSS satellite networks (GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS and SBAS) providing reliable operation in the most demanding conditions.

Provides for lower current consumption (reportedly less than 100 uA) and is particularly useful in battery-operated applications, such trailer tracking.

Upgraded GPS Anti-Jam Technology by Raytheon UK

Raytheon UK launched a new enhanced version of its battlefield GPS L1/L2 antijam (GPS-AJ) capability. A multi-element antenna with the anti-jam processing in a single small “one-box” form factor that interfaces at the RF level, Landshield is designed to enable GPS equipment to function unimpaired against a full range of hostile jammer types including narrow band, broadband, continuous wave, pulse, swept, and spectrally matched. Primarily a military product based on a custom-built application specific integrated circuit (ASIC), the main customer market areas for Landshield is the land military vehicle arena. Despite its title, how, Raytheon says the product is not restricted to the land market and has also been developed for application for missiles and UAV/UAS platforms.

eCognition Essentials Software

eCognition® Essentials is a new software solution for geospatial and remote sensing professionals performing land cover mapping tasks using satellite imagery. It offers an intuitive image analysis solution that allows users of all levels to quickly produce high-quality, GIS-ready deliverables.

Embattled Sistema Boosts Stake in Glonass Application Maker

Russian oil-to-telecoms group Sistema has boosted its stake in a company developing consumer applications for Russia’s Glonass navigation system to almost 90 percent. Before the Oct. 3 deal, Sistema had owned 60 percent of Navigation Information Systems (NIS).

SP80 improves accuracy of mobile underground infrastructure locator

InfraRadar, an advanced mobile ground penetrating radar infrastructure locator, developed and manufactured here by GT Frontline, recently switched to the Spectra Precision SP80 GNSS receiver. As company president, Dick van der Roest said, “This was done because you cannot do a good survey without a good position, and the SP80 performs significantly better than competing systems.”

Spectra Precision new solution for interior wall layout

Spectra Precision® QML800 QuickMark Layout is a new solution that automates the layout of interior points and walls. The QML800 allows drywall and interior contractors to quickly and efficiently lay out points for interior building construction.

Trimble RTX Technology for Spectra Precision GNSS Receiver

Spectra Precision has announced that its ProMark™ 700 GNSS receiver now supports Trimble® RTX™ (Real-Time eXtended) correction technology. Combining real-time data with innovative positioning and compression algorithms to deliver repeatable centimeter level positions worldwide, It utilizes an established global reference station network along with satellite orbit and clock information to compute high accuracy positions. Using the CenterPoint® RTX correction service, ProMark 700 users can typically obtain real-time 4 centimeter positioning accuracy with less than 30 minutes initialization without the use of a local base station or virtual reference station network. By using QuickStart option, this convergence time can be reduced and full accuracy can be achieved within few minutes only.

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