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Leica XPro 4.3 and PowerDigger 3D

Leica XPro, Leica Geosystems’ line sensor workflow has been updated with several new features. It includes fast highresolution orthophoto processing of RGB imagery by combining the HiRes data acquisition mode implemented in the Leica ADS product line with post-processing algorithms. With the new Leica HiRes capability orthophotos and orthomaps can be produced from imagery captured at up to two times higher flying altitude. The new drawing tool allows the operator during the quality control process to highlight particular image areas that require a reflight, for instance due to cloud coverage.

The Leica PowerDigger 3D expands Leica Geosystems’ PowerSnap concept, which provides total flexibility and interchangeability of machine control products and of machines such as excavators, dozers, and graders. It allows users to swap panels between laser, slope, and 3D machine control completely seamlessly as the job demands. It also provides a cablefree system: data communication via infrared and induction for power supply.

TW2400 Antenna Tallysman

Tallysman Wireless released TW2400 Magnet Mount GPS/GLONASS Antenna. It covers the GPS L1, GLONASS L1 and SBAS (WAAS, EGNOS & MSAS) frequency band (1574 to 1606 MHz). It is especially designed for precision industrial, agricultural and military applications and offers excellent circular polarized signal reception, multipath rejection and out of band signal rejection.

Trimble unveils portfolio of GNSS Receivers

Trimble announced a new portfolio of GNSS receivers for construction site positioning and machine control applications. New GNSS receivers include the Trimble SPS852 GNSS Modular Receiver and SPS882 GNSS Smart Receiver for site positioning and the Trimble MS992 GNSS Smart Antenna for machine control applications. The new construction receivers support a wide range of satellite signals, including GPS L2C and L5 and GLONASS L1/L2 signals. The SPS882, SPS852, and MS992 are capable of tracking the experimental Galileo GIOVE-A and GIOVE-B test satellites

The Trimble NetR9 GNSS reference receiver is a Continuously Operating Reference Station (CORS) receiver that can support the demanding applications for the earth science community and for the surveying, construction, mapping, and agricultural industries.

PBBI debuts Risk Data Suite

Pitney Bowes Business Insight (PBBI) launched its Risk Data Suite™, a new product for the insurance industry specifically designed to assist underwriting decisions, improve risk awareness and monitor exposure. It combines geospatial datasets and historical information on a variety of perils – including flooding, subsidence, crime and arson – with the ability to analyse this data via PBBI’s MapInfo Professional™.

Septentrio announces AiRx2 receiver

Septentrio announced AiRx2™, a compact TSO-certifiable GPS+SBAS Beta-3 OEM receiver. It is specially designed for integration in precision aviation applications such as ADS-B, LPV approach or RNPNAV applications. AiRx2 is ready for in the field upgrade to GPS L5 and Galileo, and provides the preparation for reaping the benefits of GNSS modernization in aviation applications.

Sokkia: Series 50X Total Stations

Sokkia released new Series 50X total stations with increased measurement range and speed as well as an array of new features. It extends measurement range to 13,120ft. with a single prism, and up to 16,400ft. with three prisms.

Northrop Grumman awarded TASE R Base Contracts

Northrop Grumman Corporation has been named one of four recipients to receive contracts in all areas of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s (NGA) Total Application Services for Enterprise Requirements (TASER) program, providing timely and innovation solutions to critical geospatial intelligence requirements. The TASER program has an indefinite delivery/ indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract structure with a ceiling of $1 billion over five years.

ESRI: New Highway Solution

ESRI is developing a comprehensive highway data maintenance and linear referencing solution. Aimed at road and highway departments, it will provide an integrated set of tools and functionality that allows agencies to easily maintain highway geometry, their associated multiple linear referencing systems, and complex roadway features.

Optech Lidar Rectification Software

Optech released OLMS V1.0 (Optech Lidar Mapping Suite V1.0), a new software package for its ALTM Airborne Laser Terrain Mapper clients. Incorporating batch-mode processing capability, it automates production processing of multi-mission data collections, and includes multi-threaded and distributed processing capabilities to increase processing efficiency.

Smart Grid Partnership

Intergraph has entered into a partnership with meter data management (MDM) provider eMeter to integrate smart meter data into its Smart Grid Operations Command-and-Control Centre. The integration will provide grid operators with consolidated end-to-end network visibility and management capabilities to provide utilities with the full operational benefits of their advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and smart meter May 2010 | 41 deployments for use in outage detection and response.

Hemisphere GPS launches Earthworks Business Unit

Hemisphere GPS launched its new Earthworks Business Unit that designs and manufactures products for the construction market. The product line is focused on machine guidance and control of earth-moving machinery.

USGS Certification for UltraCamXp and UltraCamXp WA

Vexcel Imaging has received notice from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) that the UltraCamXp and UltraCamXp Wide Angle (WA) successfully completed the USGS Sensor Type Certification Process. They are “capable of providing quality, consistent image data to support civil government programs at the performance level specified in the USGS sensor type certification report.” These cameras are following in the UltraCam tradition of quality.

BI network in India

MapmyIndia announced a partnership with Alteryx to spatially enable India’s business intelligence data infrastructure. In support of MapmyIndia’s navigational networks and databases, the Alteryx technology platform will integrate strategic BI analytics into the company’s national system. The partnership will launch.

Magellan® eXplorist® GC

Magellan launched eXplorist GC, the first dedicated GPS device for geocaching. It includes paperless geocaching, pre-loaded with the most popular geocaches in the world, color screen, rich graphics and an easy to use interface and waterproof device.

AT &T certifies u-blox GSM module

u-blox announced the official AT&T certification of LEON, u-blox’ 2G GSM/ GPRS small-outline module. LEON is targeted for use in machine-to-machine (M2M) communication devices for a wide variety of applications.

Symmetricom timing system

Intended for international metrology, aerospace, and defense customers, Symmetricom’s commercial Time-Scale System offers a fully integrated, redundant nanosecond-level timing solution. The system combines multiple atomic clocks in a time scale that drives a local realtime clock. The system provides clock redundancy through the use of multiple cesium and/or hydrogen maser clocks, as well as a method to periodically compare clocks and steer the system output using time-transfer techniques for high reliability.

At a Glance

►Honeywell to supply IMUs for GPS III program

►PCI to partner with Vexcel Imaging GmbH.

►Geosemble Technologies and BAE integrate their technologies to offer better geospatial decision making.

►Rolta acquires OneGIS, Inc.

►SimpleGeo and deCarta enters into partnership

►Imaginet appointed as authorised reseller for MapInfo Professional, Discover, Discover 3D and Discover Mobile product lines in the Philippines.

►According to market research firm IMS, annual smartphone shipments to Asia are expected to be more than quadruple between now and 2015.

►iiTc Solution become SuperGeo’s reseller in Korea.

►GeoEye, Inc. has signed a modification to a contract with the NGA to provide Web mapping services.

►DigitalGlobe content library contains more than one billion sqkm of earth imagery, 33% of which is less than a year old.

►According to IMS Research, the GPS chipset market capped 300 million units in 2009.

►Geographic information industry value in China is expected to reach about 14.6 billion USD this year, according to CAGIS.

►Philippines’s first fully-automated web GIS parcellary mapping service at, has been launched.

►Nepal and China have agreed to disagree on the height of Mount Everest

►According to a new research report by Berg Insight, global shipments of GPS-enabled GSM/WCDMA handsets increased 92 percent in 2009 to 150 million units.

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