Eos Positioning Systems introduced a comprehensive RTK NTRIP app for Android that works with its Arrow line of RTK GNSS receivers. An Arrow GNSS receiver combined with the NTRIP app turns your Android smartphone or tablet into a powerful data collector capable of recording 1cm accurate GIS data in real-time. The app, named Eos Tools Pro, has usercon figurable audible and visual alarms to alert the user of high PDOP, lost RTK correction, unacceptable correction age and several other important metrics. It supports all current and future constellations (GPS, Glonass, Galileo and Beidou).
Google Maps is tightly integrated with the app to display the user’s location anywhere in the world. Eos Tools Pro and Arrow receivers are targeted at high-accuracy applications like GIS, environmental, agriculture, electric/gas/ water utilities, surveying, machine control, and federal/state/local government.
KVH Introduces FOG-based INS
KVH Industries, Inc., has introduced the GEO-FOG 3D inertial navigation system (INS), targeting unmanned, autonomous, and manned aerial, ground, marine, and subsurface platforms, such as subsea remotely operated vehicles (ROV) or mining systems. It is based on the company’s high-performance fiber optic gyro (FOG) technology combined with centimeterlevel precision RTK GNSS receivers and advanced sensor fusion algorithms, offers roll, pitch, and heading accuracies of .05 degree. The rugged systems are designed to deliver continuous, highly accurate position, navigation, and control information, even when GNSS is unavailable
Hexagon Acquires SCCS
Hexagon AB has announced the acquisition of Paul MacArthur Limited (“SCCS”) – one of the UK’s leading suppliers of surveying equipment to the engineering and infrastructure market and a Leica Geosystems distributor for over 20 years. Headquartered in Cambridge, UK, SCCS provides surveying solutions across the country, offering customers rent, purchase and service options. As the UK continues to fund major infrastructure projects with more stringent processes related to Building Information Modelling (BIM), collaboration between the construction and software sectors becomes increasingly vital. www.hexagon.com
Contract for Northrop Grumman from US Air Force
Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded an order to support embedded GPS/Inertial Navigation System (INS) Pre-Phase 1 modernization efforts.
The Military GPS User Equipment (MGUE) program is developing M-Codecapable GPS receivers, which are mandated by Congress after fiscal year 2017 and will help to ensure the secure transmission of accurate military signals.
Under the cost-plus-fixed-fee order valued at $4.8 million from the Joint Service Systems Management Office, Northrop Grumman will evaluate new GPS receivers’ modes of performance, including M-Code and Selective Availability Antispoo fing Module. Additionally, the company will perform trade studies, assess the state of development of MGUE for upcoming applications and contribute to architecture development for nextgeneration GPS/inertial navigation systems.
The updated GPS/inertial navigation system will also comply with the Federal Aviation Administration’s NextGen air traffic control requirements that aircraft flying at higher altitudes be equipped with Automatic Dependence Surveillance- Broadcast (ADS-B) Out by January 2020.
Trimble has bagged a $5.8 million, fiveyear IDIQ (Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity) contract from the US Navy to provide survey systems for the US Marines Corps to support topographic missions. Under the contract, Trimble will supply its Trimble M7 Anti-Spoofing GPS-S systems, Trimble S9 robotic total stations, TSC3 data controllers with Trimble Access™ field software, Trimble Business Center office software, and the Trimble MX2 mobile scanning system.
The Trimble M7 GPS-S is a Selective Availability Anti-Spoofing Module (SAASM) compliant GPS system with GNSS capability. Developed and designed based on U.S. Army Geospatial Center (AGC) specifications, the Trimble M7 receiver was selected as part of a separate U.S. Marine Corps contract awarded to Trimble in June of 2012. It is the first and only SAASM-based GPS-S survey solution delivered to and currently in use by the U.S. Military. In addition, the Trimble M7 GPS-S system has been granted Security Approval by the GPS Directorate.
Phase One Industrial announced two 100 MP CMOS-based medium format metric cameras for aerial mapping and other demanding applications. The development of the Phase One iXU 1000 and the iXU-R 1000 camera systems marks a shift toward higher value for the aerial data acquisition market.
These systems, which are available in either RGB or near infrared (NIR) variants, are distinguished from all other existing medium format aerial camera systems by their combination of higher image resolution, wider ISO range and faster capture speeds (as fast as 0.85 second per frame), offering large format advantages at medium format prices.
Hexagon Mining increases its presence in Kazakhstan after signing deals with two prominent mine sites, Bozshakol and Aktogay. Both greenfield sites are owned and operated by KAZ Minerals, a high-growth copper company focused on large-scale, low-cost open pit mining. KAZ Minerals is dedicated to modernizing both mine sites, and chose Hexagon Mining based not only on its technologies and services, but also the innovation offered by the greater Hexagon group. hexagonmining.com
DAT/EM Systems International Releases 7.2
DAT/EM Systems International® released the 7.2 edition of DAT/EM software products including Summit Evolution™, LandScape™, Capture™, MapEditor™, Ortho+Mosaic™, Airfield3D™ and Contour Creator™. The advancements in the 7.2 DAT/EM Photogrammetric Suite represent the latest evolution in technology and are based on customer input and growth within the geospatial industry.
GNSS RTK – V100 GNSS RTK by Hi-Target
Hi-Target released V100 – its compact, easyto- use network GNSS RTK receiver, with network RTK operation by using a controller which has internet access to provide high quality RTK corrections. It is much smaller and lightweight than any RTK receivers Hi-Target has ever offered. 580g and 127.5mm×57mm, its compact design and only one-button operation brings much convenience in the fieldwork. Moreover, the built-in whole constellation BD970 OEM board, 4.0 standard dual-mode long-range Bluetooth, NFC module and Hi-Target Cloud service make V100 the most convenient and effective receiver for the network age.
SwiftNav Releases Specs on UAVFocus GNSS Receiver Platform
Swift Navigation is going after a lowcost, high-precision market such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) with its Piksi GPS receiver platform. Measuring 53×53 millimeters and outputting 50 position/velocity/time updates per second, it supports real-time kinematic (RTK) positioning with centimeter-level relative positioning accuracy. The RF frontend, a Maxim MAX2769 integrated down-converter and 3-bit analog-todigital converter, can cover the L1 GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, and satellitebased augmentation system bands.
CHC and TerraGo are revolutionizing the GPS data collection market by integrating CHC’s line of X20i GNSS receivers with TerraGo’s mobile field data collaboration solution, TerraGo Edge. Now a user can implement a cost-effective, survey-grade GPS data collection solution using the phone in pocket to capture highaccuracy, location-tagged notes, custom forms, photos and videos.
New Windows 10 Rugged Tablet: Mesa 2™
Juniper Systems released its newest rugged handheld computer, the Mesa 2™ Rugged Tablet, running on Microsoft’s® Windows® 10 operating system. Mesa 2 is also Juniper’s first handheld to run on the Microsoft® Windows® 10 operating system, improving decision-making in the field, and smoothing the transition of field data collection to office work.