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Transas receives ECDIS typeapproval from the Korean Registry

Transas, one of the world’s leading providers of integrated navigation solutions, received ECDIS type-approval from the Korean Registry (Korea Marine Equipment Research Institute), making Transas one of a few companies holding an ECDIS certificate from the South Korean maritime authority.

The certificate proves the system’s compliance with all ECDIS-related regulations valid for the South Korean Flag state and covers not only Navi- Sailor ECDIS in Premium and Standard configurations, but also all Transas supplementary components for usability benefits and system integration. All tests were successfully passed within one week at the certified Transas R&D facilities.

U.S. Navy, Rockwell Collins collaboration

The U.S. Navy is supporting greater levels of software reuse through a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with Rockwell Collins for Required Navigation Performance-Area Navigation (RNPRNAV) Flight Management System.

The CRADA between Rockwell Collins and the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Air Combat Electronics Program Office (PMA209) will culminate in a fall 2015 demonstration of RNP-RNAV technologies aligned with the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE™) standard.

Leica News

Supercharge Mobile Data Collection with ZenoCollector

Esri Collector for ArcGIS, a configurable mobile app for collecting and editing data in the field, has combined with the Zeno 20, Leica Geosystems’ ultrarugged Android-based professional-grade handheld, in a new solution called ZenoCollector. It uses Collector for ArcGIS as its main user interface and comes bundled with an ArcGIS Online organizational subscription for one year. ArcGIS Online connects ZenoCollector to the ArcGIS platform, automatically synching field changes to enterprise information and giving everyone access to the latest data gathered in the field. Collector for ArcGIS also supports offline data collection. Any updates will be synchronized with the map once the user is reconnected.

Leica Nova MultiStation in Real Time

National Grid embarked on a sevenyear project, London Power Tunnels, to help ensure future electricity supplies for the UK capital. The transmission infrastructure improvements required a network of tunnels to be built across London, to house what has been described as “a new subterranean electricity superhighway.” Costain Group, one of the UK’s leading engineering solutions providers, was contracted by National Grid to build the tunnels. It used Leica Geosystems’ Nova MS50 MultiStation to scan the tunnels and Amberg Technologies’ TMS Tunnelscan software to process the generated information during this project.

Leica Geosystems launches HDS Virtual Classroom

Leica Geosystems has launched the HDS Virtual Classroom, an online training opportunity for professionals who desire to take their laser scanning abilities to the next level. Taught by experts with extensive experience in all fields of laser scanning, each twoto three-hour live course delves into a common challenge or question and guides students through step-by-step best practices designed to ensure success.

Trimble Unity Software for Water

Trimble has introduced the latest version of its smart water mapping and work management cloud software—Trimble® Unity™ version 2.0. The version adds new capabilities to support complex water, wastewater and stormwater industry asset maintenance planning and work execution workflows, support for Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) GNSS mapping receivers for smart devices and cloud-based single sign-on integration with Esri ArcGIS Online.

Trimble Unity version 2.0 features advanced asset maintenance capabilities that allow utility customers to quickly search and group various types of utility assets, including meters, pipelines, valves and hydrants, into prioritized collections of work that can be easily assigned to crews for completion.

AGCO and Trimble Announce Collaborative Solution

AGCO, a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment and infrastructure, and Trimble have announced partnership to deliver wireless connectivity between AGCO’s VarioDoc and AgCommand® systems and the Trimble® Connected Farm™ solution. The functionality is expected to be available to customers in North America in September and in Europe, Africa and the Middle East in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Deeper integration of AGCO and Trimble technologies delivers a more streamlined approach to total farm management, simplifying the grower’s ability to access and act on live machine and task data within a single, Web browser-based user interface.

Trimble First Educational Centre of Excellence in India

Trimble has appointed Chennai Institute of Technology (CIT) as the first Educational Centre of Excellence in India for their Trimble Buildings business division. The main objective of this initiative is to educate technology students and ensure that the future engineers are well equipped with technology skills that the growing Indian industry employers value.

The Chennai Institute of Technology provides quality technical education with adequate industrial exposure with its innovative teaching methods. The institute will include a special certification course on Trimble’s Design Build Operate (DBO) technology in their curriculum where they will teach their students on Tekla BIM technology and also other Trimble Buildings construction solutions.

More mines turning to SAFEmine in SA

Another South African mine has turned to Hexagon Mining for a safer, more productive future. Exxaro’s Grootegeluk coal mine will implement SAFEmine, Hexagon Mining’s worldleading collision avoidance and fatigue monitoring technology. The SAFEmine Collision Avoidance System, (CAS) which includes SafetyCentre, TrackingRadar, and FatigueMonitor, is a complete safety package for Grootegeluk.

Raytheon Installs First GPS OCX Hardware

Raytheon has installed the first operational hardware for the GPS Next Generation Operational Control System, known as GPS OCX. The new ground command and control system will significantly modernize U.S. GPS capabilities and manage the next generation of GPS satellites. Installation of the Launch and Checkout System (LCS) hardware was completed in early July at Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado, the eventual home for the new GPS OCX Master Control Station.

GPS OCX will deliver a host of new capabilities, including automation for operational efficiencies, improved accuracy, interoperability with geo-positioning and navigation systems of other nations for better global coverage, and a cybersecurity architecture that provides unprecedented levels of protection.

Utility Software Suite PinPoint-GIS by Septentrio

Septentrio new software suite called PinPoint-GIS makes GIS data collection and visualization straight forward. It provides several methods of data collection, based on a standard web browser hosted on the Altus APS-NR2 and a mobile app integrated with Esri’s ArcGIS or other GIS mapping systems. Any user of PinPoint-GIS benefits from bringing the data collection process into their familiar GIS environment.

BlueStarGPS unveils lowcost GPS/GNSS solution

BlueStarGPS is planning to offer both GPS and GNSS options in a rugged, lightweight and low-cost package. Known as BlueStarGPS, the solution has been designed specifically with sub-meter mapping and data collection performance specifications. It increases accuracy by utilising SBAS corrections, including 3-channel, and parallel tracking SBAS operated by the FAA, the EGNOS, the MSAS (Japan) and the GAGAN (India).

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