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Rohde & Schwarz Used to Test ERA-GLONASS Systems

The Rohde & Schwarz CMW500 is being used to test the ERA-GLONASS system.

The Certification Center Svyaz-Certificate in Russia is now using the R&S CMW500 to certify ERA-GLONASS systems in line with the TR CU 018/2011 technical guideline. The independent Russian test lab is currently the only test lab in Russia accredited to certify these systems. The R&S CMW500 is a wideband radio communication tester.

Equipped with the R&S CMWKA095 application software, the R&S CMW500 meets all requirements for testing ERA-GLONASS systems and provides reliable, reproducible tests in line with the Russian GOST R 55530 specification, Rohde & Scwarz said. In addition, the R&S CMWrun sequencer software (R&S CMW-KT110) makes the test solution fully automated and user-friendly.

NovAtel announces RELAY™ RTK Radio Module

NovAtel has launched Relay RTK radio module, a docking station that provides radio connectivity for its SMART6-L™ L-band capable GNSS receiver. The Relay RTK module combined with NovAtel’s SMART6-L receiver creates a compact, easy to integrate positioning solution. It is available in four radio versions: 400 MHz UHF licensed band; 900 MHz UHF unlicensed band; HSPA (3G) cellular; and CDMA (1xRTT/EV-DO) cellular. The CDMA version is approved for use on the Verizon cellular network.

The 400 MHz and 900 MHz versions support both base and rover configurations. The base station is easily configured via the integrated web-server/Wi-fiaccess point using the web browser on any compatible personal computer, tablet or Smartphone. The cellular radio versions support the reception of NTRIP and RTK corrections over the cellular network.

Hemisphere GNSS RTK-Capable GNSS Compass Smart Antenna

Hemisphere GNSS has announced a top-of-the-line, RTK-enabled Vector V320 GNSS Compass. The first of its kind, the Vector V320 smart antenna supports multi-frequency GPS, GLONASS, Galileo (future firmware upgrade required), and BeiDou. It is the only multi-frequency, multi-GNSS, all-in-one smart antenna capable of both RTK-level positioning accuracy and better than 0.2° heading accuracy in a simpleto- install package.

Applanix unveils new Marine Product Portfolio

Applanix has introduced a new and expanded portfolio of Marine georeferencing and motion compensation solutions designed to deliver best-in-class performance at a variety of price points. The new line-up of marine products offers high-performance solutions to a broader cross-section of the hydrographic survey industry. All Applanix Marine products benefit from the optimal integration of GNSS and Inertial observables, with access to Trimble® GNSS technology affording unique performance advantages.

Tallysman GNSS Antennas with Accutenna™ technology

Tallysman has announced that its range of antennas featuring proprietary Accutenna™ technology is optimised for today’s multi-constellation satellite systems, including for the Galileo, BeiDou, GPS, GLONASS and IRNSS.

Navy Awards $30M GIS Surveying Contract

The U.S. Navy has awarded NAVGeo LLC a $30 million contract to provide GIS, surveying and mapping services.

NAVGeo is a joint venture between national geospatial firms Woolpert, Magnolia River and Quantum Spatial. This is the first Navy contract for NAVGeo, which was formed in 2012.

BVR Mohan Reddy elected as Chairman of NASSCOM

National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), India announced that the Executive Council has elected Mr. BVR Mohan Reddy, Founder and Executive Chairman, Cyient Ltd. (formerly Infotech Enterprises) as the Chairman of NASSCOM for 2015-16.

Septentrio announces the AsteRx4

Septentrio has launched AsteRx 4 OEM. It is a multi-frequency, dual antenna receiver which incorporates the latest innovative GNSS tracking and positioning algorithms from Septentrio; offering users in the marine, machine control and agricultural industries precision, accuracy, reliability and ease of use. It offers robust positioning scalable from meter to centimetre accuracy. Together with precise heading and reliable error estimates, the AsteRx 4 OEM functions in the toughest conditions whether on land, at sea or in the air.

Spectracom Adds IRNSS and QZSS to Simulator Capabilities

Spectracom has added capability to simulate India’s global navigation satellite system, IRNSS, and Japan’s regional satellite system, QZSS, to its GSG-6 Series multi-frequency GNSS signal simulator. The simulator is designed to be field upgradeable to simulate all current and future GNSS constellations so current customers can benefit from these features without the need for a factory return in most cases.

Prinoth strategic partnership with Leica Geosystems

Operators of ski slopes are facing new challenges to save natural resources used in slope preparation. Two best-inclass manufactures have strategically partnered to improve the ecological footprint of ski areas. Leica Geosystems has collaborated with Northern Italian based company Prinoth, a leading producer of snow grooming machines and tracked utility vehicles, to provide more efficiency in grooming slopes, dramatically reducing fuel emissions and reducing costs considerably. Prinoth has chosen iCON alpine 3D machine control to its new snow groomers to be used in preparation of ski slopes starting this winter season.

First BeiDou CORS Station in Europe by ComNav and CGEOS

A BeiDou continuously operating reference station (CORS) station, reportedly the first such commercial venture in Europe, has begun operations in Wallonia, Belgium.

Built by CGEOS – Creative Geosensing (CGEOS), Belgium, in partnership with Chinese GNSS OEM receiver manufacturer, ComNav Technology Co., Ltd., the “QIAO” CORS installation can track the three frequencies of the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) and transmit observation data in RTCM format in real time through NTRIP and in RINEX format. These transmitted data enhance the positioning performance of GNSS receivers by combining BeiDou differential corrections with GPS and GLONASS signals.

Eelink launches waterproof GPS Vehicle Tracker TK 119

Eelink has launched new vehicle GPS tracker TK119 waterproof GPS/ Glonass. The latest Waterproof Vehicle GPS tracker encompasses huge range of civil & industrial applications.

The waterproof level of the product is IP67 and the new vehicle tracker supports with many other functions such as ACC detection & remote power cut-off. TK119 caters to a wide range of industries including logistics, oil companies, car rental firms, vehicle maintenance & repair portals, telecommunication, power companies, insurance, vehicle management, SMEs and individual owners.

Telit GNSS Module Enables Highperformance Position Reporting and Navigation Solutions

Telit Wireless Solutions has released new GNSS module, the SE868-V3. It combines GPS, Glonass, Beidou, Galileo, and SBAS which enables the creation of high-performance position reporting and navigation solutions.

It can navigate to -162 dBm and track to -166 dBm, thereby providing improved performance in harsh environments. It is pin-to-pin compatible with the former SE868-V2 as well as the JF2. The 11 x 11 mm QFN package contains a powerful baseband processor, SQI Flash memory and GNSS chip with integrated Low Noise Amplifier (LNA). The ultra-sensitive RF front-end enables multi-GNSS indoor fix and hi-quality navigation in challenging outdoor scenarios such as dense urban areas.

u-blox CAM-M8C GNSS positioning module

u-blox has announced the CAM-M8C, a small, low profile GNSS positioning module with an integrated wideband chip antenna for reception across the entire L1 band. It offers simultaneous GNSS operation for GPS/GLONASS, GPS/ BeiDou, or GLONASS/BeiDou to deliver accurate, jamming-resistant and reliable positioning anywhere in the world. It integrates a u-blox M8 satellite receiver, crystal oscillator, SAW filter and lownoise amplifier. It also has an input for an external active antenna and when using this option the internal antenna acts as a backup.

FAA Awards New GPS WAAS Contract to Raytheon

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded a $103-million contract to the Raytheon Company to maintain the GPS Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS). The company will develop a payload to be incorporated into a new geostationary satellite and two associated ground uplink stations to support the WAAS system within U.S. airspace. WAAS improves real-time GPS accuracy from 10 meters to about two meters by transmitting differential corrections as well as integrity messages and an additional ranging signal.

CHC Introduces LT500 Series GNSS Handheld

CHC has announced the availability of the LT500 series of handheld GPS receivers. The LT500 series LT500N / LT500T/LT500H covers three accuracy ranges from sub-meter to centimeter accuracy and is the most cost-effective full GNSS positioning solution for Survey, Construction and GIS professionals.

Powered by the Windows® Embedded Handheld 6.5 operating system, the LT500 is accurate, rugged and versatile. User productivity is greatly enhanced with the built-in gyroscope, an innovative laser plummet for positioning the accurate hand-held receiver over a point, an E-compass for showing the direction and G-sensors for leveling.

Customers will benefit from the competitive price of LT500 series and the wide range of bundled software solutions including SurvCE, DigiTerra, MapCloud and other third-party software.

Trimble News

Trimble expands product line for surveyors

Trimble has expanded its portfolio of geospatial solutions for surveyors, engineers and mapping professionals. Highlights include new total stations, a new GNSS receiver and new field and office software features.

“Trimble’s portfolio expansion will enable our customers to work in a more efficient, seamless and collaborative manner. Trimble’s solutions are best known for quality, dependability and performance. Our vision is to equip customers with the most innovative tools, which includes a focus on offering new software applications that streamline and elevate the value of geospatial data to guide smart decision-making and transform the way organizations work,” said Chris Gibson, Vice President of Trimble. The expanded portfolio of productivity solutions include: the Trimble® S5, S7 and S9 total stations, updated version of Trimble Access™ and Trimble TX8 3D laser scanner with greater accuracy.

Trimble Partners

with Microsoft Trimble will be working with Microsoft to develop a new generation of tools, integrated with the HoloLens holographic platform on Windows 10, which are intended to improve quality, collaboration and efficiency in the design, construction and operation of buildings and structures.

Topcon news

New total station

Topcon Positioning Group has announced the latest addition to its line of refl ectorless total stations for the construction and mining market — the GPT-3500LNW. It is designed to measure further than any nonprism instrument in its class. Along with its onboard data collector, it can connect to an external field controller via built-in Bluetooth® technology, enabling field to office connectivity with the MAGNET® suite of software solutions.

New millimeter GPS laser transmitter

The LZ-T5 Millimeter GPS is an exclusive Topcon technology that allows traditional GPS measurement and machine control systems to improve its vertical accuracy by up to 400 percent. It uses patented zone-beam laser technology to continuously provide high accuracy elevation information to improve GNSS positioning.

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