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Agreement between Sagem and HAL

Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), India has signed a technology transfer agreement with Sagem (Safran) concerning the manufacture and maintenance in India of Sagem’s SIGMA 95 laser gyro navigation systems.

SIGMA 95 is an autonomous, hybrid laser gyro inertial/GPS-Glonass navigation system. It stands up to severe environments, and gives military aircraft a high degree of navigation precision and operational flexibility, thus supporting the success of even the most demanding missions, including in areas without GPS signals. HAL will be able to produce SIGMA 95 units for the Indian air force, and also provide “level 3” front line maintenance.

Dual-Antenna, Dual-Frequency RTK GNSS Receiver by NovAtel®

NovAtel Inc. announced the FlexPak6D™ enclosed GNSS receiver, a flexible dualantenna solution for application developers seeking a high precision heading-capable positioning engine for space constrained applications. This compact, lightweight receiver tracks GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and BeiDou. Antenna placement is flexible which means the antenna baseline can be set according to space available on the vehicle and the heading accuracy required. In addition, the modular nature of the FlexPak6D’s OEM6® firmware provides users with the ability to configure the receiver for their unique application needs. Scalable for sub-metre to centimetrelevel positioning, the FlexPak6D delivers NovAtel’s ALIGN® precision heading and relative heading firmware, as well as our GLIDE™ firmware for smooth decimetre-level pass-to-pass accuracy, and RAIM for increased GNSS pseudorange integrity.

Phase One Industrial Releases iX Capture 1.2

Phase One Industrial, a leading manufacturer of medium format aerial photography equipment and software solutions released Phase One iX Capture 1.2, a control, capture and RAW conversion application designed specifically for aerial photography. http://

Ellipse-D Dual-Antenna mini INS/GNSS

The new Ellipse-D is now available for order. It is a miniature Inertial Navigation System with embedded dual-antenna Survey-grade GNSS receiver for unmatched orientation and position accuracy. This amazing sensor is immune to magnetic disturbances and provides accurate heading even under low dynamics.

xNAV550 dual frequency miniature INS from OxTS

OxTS Ltd. has released the much anticipated xNAV550, the latest in the xNAV series of miniature inertial navigation systems. Adding surveygrade GNSS receivers to the package, it can achieve centimetre-level position accuracy with RTK corrections. It also retains the benefits of the other xNAV models such as dual antennas for stable heading performance, 4 GB internal storage and automatic logging, and a rugged compact enclosure weighing a total of just 465 g.

Settop battery for ADL vantage and TDL450L radio modems

Settop Survey has announced the release of the unique and innovative Settop Battery compatible with Pacific Crest®’s ADL Vantage Radio and Trimble®’s TDL450L. The newly designed carbon fiber battery combined with the latest Lithium Ion technology, revolutionizes the concept of power supply for these radios, this benefits the user by reducing the cables normally required by powering the GPS and Radio from the same battery built into the radio itself. The carbon fiber design allows considerable reduction of the systems weight without sacrificing any of the rugged reliability and durability of the battery when performing at 4 watts of transmit power.

Apogee Series, MEMS Inertial Navigation System

SBG Systems has released the Apogee Series, the most accurate inertial navigation systems based on the robust and cost-effective MEMS technology. It is also the smallest and lightest inertial navigation system at this level of accuracy. High Accuracy, costeffective, compact, the Apogee adds extreme versatility and simplicity to its many qualities.

Topcon introduces Android app for LN-100 Layout Navigator

Topcon Positioning Group has announced the release of a new app MAGNET Construct designed to drive the LN-100 Layout Navigator system — MAGNET® Construct. The no-cost app, available for the Android market, is built to provide “out-of-the-box” productivity with LN-100W hardware. MAGNET Construct offers optional connectivity with MAGNET Enterprise for realtime data exchange from active project sites to and from the office within a user’s private company account.

Integrated GNSS Master (IGM) solution

Microsemi Corporation is offering a new Integrated GNSS Master (IGM) solution for small-cell synchronization. The IGM is the company’s first solution that fully integrates a 1588v2 PTP grandmaster with a GNSS receiver and antenna in a small, fully contained package, designed to mount indoors. It solves the challenge of indoor synchronization, which has been a significant hurdle for cost-effective small cell indoor deployments. According to the Small Cell Forum, 80 percent of small cell needs are for indoor use.

GPS Source’s Newest GNSS Antenna can take the extremes

GPS Source released a new GNSS Antenna, which is robust, lightweight, suitable for harsh environments and long-term, high-precision applications worldwide. It features a MIL-STD design allowing the antenna to be used in the most rugged of environments. The signal reception is unaffected by placement of the antenna.

150 layers of info: GIS to help map Bengaluru’s wards

The BS Patil committee on Bengaluru restructuring has initiated the setting up of this Geographic Information System – dubbed BASIC ( Bangalore Spatial Info Centre) – at a cost of Rs 43 lakh for the Bengaluru region, in India including the areas covered by the Bengaluru Development Authority . The committee, in partnership with Infrastructure Development Corporation of Karnataka (I-DecK), tendered out the GIS project last month and work on it began last week. The GIS will map about 150 layers of information for each ward. These include both major and minor details like major roads, green cover, drains, hospitals, blood banks, lakes, bus-shelters, manholes, clubs, fire and police stations. http://

New L1 L2 GPS GLONASS Active Antenna by Maxtena

Maxtena has launched an L1 L2 GPS/ GLONASS active helix antenna for GNSS satellite applications. The new antenna M1227HCT-A2-SMA will replace its predecessor the M1227HCTA- SMA antenna, which made its debut in 2010. It is packaged in a high-quality, durable IP67/68 sealed radome housing and terminated with a gold-plated SMA connector for RF feed/input and DC bias/power typically powered from the applications’ GNSS RF module.

TeeJet launches Precision Ag GNSS receiver

The new RX520 dual-frequency GNSS receiver from TeeJet Technologies brings reliable, upgradable accuracy and performance to precision farming applications. It features an integrated L1/L2 GPS+GLONASS receiver and antenna in a single compact enclosure. Integral magnetic mounting allows for a clean, low-profile installation. All RX520 receivers include ClearPath technology, which ensures smooth, consistent position data even if brief signal losses occur. The standard L1/L2 SBAS receiver offers +/- 5-8 in pass-to-pass accuracy for a wide variety of field operations.

Sokkia introduces GCX2 receiver

Sokkia introduces the latest GNSS integrated receiver designed for lightweight and convenient field operation — the GCX2. The multiconstellation and dual frequency receiver is designed to offer affordable high-quality results for traditional applications in the surveying and construction fields — as well as unconventional utilizations such as in landscape architecture, GIS, BIM and forensic mapping.

Airbus Defence and Space to build SES-14 satellite

Airbus Defence and Space has been awarded a contract by SES, one of the world’s leading satellite operators, to design and develop SES-14, a highly innovative telecommunications satellite. It will be based on Airbus Defence and Space’s ultra-reliable Eurostar platform in its E3000e variant, which exclusively uses electric propulsion for orbit raising (EOR), taking advantage of the reduction in mass that this technology enables with an exceptionally large payload.

GEOS wins European Commission’s 12 mn contract

e-GEOS has been awarded a contract from the European Commission worth €12 million to provide satellite maps for emergency management. The contract, identified as Copernicus Emergency Management Service – Rapid Mapping, will be active in the period 2015-19. This is the operational service of the European Copernicus programme for Earth observation and is unique at a global level in the field of emergency.


Trimble® SG160-09 SeismoGeodetic system

Trimble India has introduced an integrated GNSS reference receiver, broadband seismic recorder and a force-balance triaxial accelerometer for infrastructure and precise scientific applications—the Trimble® SG160-09 SeismoGeodetic system. It provides real-time GNSS positioning and seismic data for earthquake early warning and volcano monitoring as well as infrastructure monitoring for buildings, bridges, dams as well as other natural and manmade structures.

The system includes both the SG160- 09 and utilization of Trimble’s CenterPoint™ RTX™ correction service, which provides on-board GNSS point positioning. Based on Trimble RTX technology, the service utilizes satellite clock and orbit information delivered over cellular networks or Internet Protocol (IP), allowing cm-level position displacement tracking in real-time anywhere in the world.

Trimble’s R1 GNSS receiver enables high-Accuracy Data Collection

R1 GNSS receiver is a pocketsized, rugged, standalone receiver that works with iOS, Android or Window® mobile handhelds, smart phones and tablets using Bluetooth® connectivity. When paired with a smart device, the receiver adds professional-grade GNSS geolocation capabilities to transform consumer devices into high-accuracy mobile data collection systems. With the evolution of smartphones and tablets, more field workers now have access to positioning technologies for geospatial data collection. The Trimble® R1 GNSS receiver is an ideal choice to collect data and inspect or manage assets using smart devices without an integrated high-accuracy GNSS receiver.


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