CLOUDEO – The going live challenge
The tremendous amounts of data produced by the European Earth observation programme Copernicus and its Sentinel satellites hugely benefit science and public authorities and open the door to countless products and applications in a wide array of business sectors.
The annual Earth Monitoring competition Copernicus Masters was initiated to aid visionary entrepreneurs in bringing their innovations to market.
Its CloudEO Going Live Challenge is now calling for proposals for EO-related products and services that are ready to be tested and implemented. Areas of special interest include ice detection, agriculture & forestry, oil, gas & mining, maritime, and radar applications. Entrants are invited to submit a concrete plan for using CloudEO’s ecosystem to transform partially or fully developed applications based on Earth observation data into operational commercial services. After an initial evaluation by an expert panel, the top three contestants will be rewarded with the opportunity to conduct a reality check trial at the CloudEO Living Lab along with relevant user communities and potential future customers. www.cloudeo-ag.com
The Kenya Department of Surveys has acquired eight Focus 30 total stations and an additional eight Epoch 50 GNSS receivers as part of an ongoing major effort to adjudicate land and prepare deeds.
According to the Lands Cabinet Ministry, until recently 67 percent of the country had yet to be adjudicated even as the work was supposed to be completed within 20 years after it was commissioned in 1957 by the British colonial government.
The ScanStation P40 offers highest versatility including long range capabilities. Delivering outstanding range, speed and data quality whenever and wherever needed it is the perfect solution for any tasks in 3D laser scanning. The ScanStation P30 is a high versatility scanner suitable for a wide range of typical scanning solutions. With its optimal mix of speed, range and accuracy paired with unmatched robustness it is the all-in-one solution for the most comprehensive variety of applications.
Hemisphere GNSS has announced the release of Atlas, its all new entrant into the GNSS global correction services market, offering the most innovative correction service option available in the industry, providing performance that meets or exceeds that delivered by other industry leaders, at market-leading prices. It is the most flexible service on the market, delivered via L-Band or the Internet at accuracy levels ranging from meter level to sub-decimeter level. Atlas support is being introduced across a wide range of hardware, including Hemisphere’s new AtlasLink™ smart antenna, also launched. www.HGNSS.com
Spectra Precision introduces SP60 GNSS receiver
Spectra Precision has launched a new GNSS receiver, the SP60. Designed to meet the evolving needs of surveyors, the SP60 is a versatile solution combining next generation Spectra Precision GNSS technology, a high level of configuration flexibility and an innovative design. It is a part of Spectra Precision’s latest portfolio of GNSS receivers specifically designed for the mainstream survey and construction applications such as cadastral, topographic, control, stakeout and network RTK.
DeepOcean Group, the Norwegian subsea organisation recently awarded a five-year contract by BG Group for ROV-based inspection, maintenance and repair work covering UK and Norwegian assets in the North Sea, has in turn appointed Fugro for provision of precise satellite positioning for its entire worldwide fleet of 18 vessels. Under the three-year agreement, Fugro will provide three completely independent decimetre GNSS while also supplying its latest Starfix G2+ service which is capable of producing a 3D accuracy approaching that of GNSS RTK (real-time kinematic) systems; also available will be the company’s Starfix G4 correction service.
CHC Navigation has launched a new UAV Ground Control (UAV GC) and postprocessing kit for high-precision UAV systems. This kit is designed to provide an easy-to-operate complete system, and be cost-effective for producing centimeterlevel control for UAV projects. The standard kit includes five GNSS receivers with expansion of additional receivers in pairs. The core of the system is the X900+OPUS, a dualfrequency triple-constellation receiver capable of cm positioning of the project at 200 km in absolute geodetic space. The secondary X20+ receivers serve as ground-control points for orthorectification, project verification, and other high-accuracy positional tasks.
Tiny CAM-M8 module from u-blox
More online services than ever are based on location awareness being integrated into M2M systems and other IoT devices. The tiny CAM-M8 module from u-blox offers a quick and easy way to add reliable global positioning in these applications. It offers the option of concurrent operation with any two of the three main satellite-positioning systems currently in operation – GPS, GLONASS and BeiDou – to provide accurate positioning data anywhere in the world.
Septentrio has launched its AsteRx-m UAS, an OEM GNSS receiver specially designed for the unmanned aerial systems market. The AsteRx-m UAS provides real-time kinematic–level positioning accuracy with low power consumption, less than 600 milliwatts with GPS alone and less than 700 milliwatts with GLONASS. The launch of the AsteRx-m UAS board is complemented by the release of GeoTagZ software suite, which works together with UAS-borne camera and image processing to provide centimeteraccurate position tagging of images without the need for a real-time data link.
Three years ago, engineering survey company G & C Sadlier Design was engaged to perform a route selection and centerline pegging survey for gas pipeline duplication between Somerton in Victoria and Young in New South Wales, Australia. To accomplish the work, G & C Sadlier Design turned to FOIF GNSS receivers. So far, about 225 kilometers have been surveyed and constructed, with 306 kilometers still to be surveyed, designed and built, according to surveyor Greg Sadlier. The current focus is a 100-kilometer section in Victoria and a 70-kilometer section in New South Wales.Recently completed are two linear static control surveys over 80 kilometers in Northern Victoria and 70 kilometers at the end of the project near Young in New South Wales.
Together with free live technical support provided by practicing professional land surveyors via phone, email, message board and text messaging, JAVAD GNSS has announced the release of another innovative product, RAMS – Remote Assistance and Monitoring Services for J-Field software. J-Field is the field controller software developed for the TRIUMPH-LS GNSS receiver and the VICTOR-LS field controller. RAMS is currently available to all users of J-Field, JAVAD’s powerhouse software for survey data collection, stakeout, and computations.
With the J-Field enabled receiver/ controller connected to the Internet (via internal GSM SIM card, Wi-Fi hotspot or Ethernet), users can make their receiver/ controller accessible to JAVAD’s customer support team from anywhere in the world with three button presses. www.javad.com
The Averna RP-6100 Series is a selfcontained, record-and-playback solution for RF application validation. It can capture all GNSS bands, as well as HD Radio, WiFi, LTE, radar, and cognitive radio – plus impairments – to significantly advance RF projects and harden product designs. It features up to 4 channels, 160 MHz of recording bandwidth, tight channel synchronization, an extended frequency range of 10 MHz to 6 GHz, and 14-bit resolution.
The new Satelline TR4 from the Finnish manufacturer of radio data transmission systems Satel sets a new milestone. The compact UHF transceiver with transmitting power of 1,000 mW is compatible with the protocols of Pacific Crest, Trimble and Satel. The type certifications in all important regions of the world make the TR4 ideal for integration in end devices that are intended for international use. With a weight of only 18 g, transmitting power of 1,000 mW and an “over the air” data transmission rate of 38,400 bps it fulfils all present-day standards. The smallest UHF transceiver in its class, with dimensions of 56 mm x 36 mm x 6 mm, is designed for easy integration. www.satel.com
SatGen V3 is a powerful and intuitive software package that gives the ability to create scenarios for replay through any LabSat simulator – and now it includes BeiDou! The software creates either user generated or imported trajectory files for use with a LabSat. The addition of the BeiDou B1 signals means that you can now test your device’s effectiveness as if it were being used within the operating area of the Chinese constellation – which at present only provides full coverage in Asia.
SPAN GNSS/INS now available on NovAtel’s SAASM Receivers
NovAtel’s SPAN GNSS/INS technology is now available on the company’s OEM625S dualfrequency SAASM GPS plus civil RTK receiver. The addition of SPAN offers system developers with SAASM requirements the benefit of continuously available 3D positioning, velocity and attitude (roll, pitch, yaw) for their U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) applications.
Authorized defense customers need access to the Precise Positioning Service (PPS) for DOD applications. When keyed, the existing OEM625S board level receiver provides an RTK PPS solution by taking the raw measurements from an L-3 XFACTOR SAASM and applying them to NovAtel’s industry leading RTK algorithm. SPAN technology couples NovAtel’s precision GNSS receivers with robust IMUs to provide a more reliable, stable solution, even during short periods of time when satellite signals are blocked or unavailable.
NovAtel Picked to Supply QZSS Reference Receivers
NovAtel has announced an agreement with NEC Corporation to supply reference receiver products for use in Japan’s Quazi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS). The QZSS equipment will be based on NovAtel’s third-generation (G-III) family of reference receivers. Designed for integrity monitoring and reference measurement applications, the receivers track signals independently to provide precise code and carrier phase reference measurements as well as signal-quality measurements and other integrity monitoring metrics.