Apr 2017 | No Comment

Hemisphere GNSS News

C321 RTK Base & Rover and SiteMetrix™ Site Mgmt Software

Hemisphere GNSS, Inc. debuts the C321 GNSS Smart Antenna and SiteMetrix Site Management Software. When paired with SiteMetrix, the nextgeneration multi-frequency, multi-GNSS C321 antenna can be used as an all-inone construction base and rover site controller. Designed specifically for harsh construction environments, C321 adds another system component and empowers heavy equipment manufacturers to deliver their own machine control and guidance solutions to their customers.

Vector™ VR1000 Rugged GNSS Receiver

Designed specifically for harsh machine control environments, the multi-frequency Vector VR1000 multi-GNSS receiver offers RTK positioning and high-precision heading. It adds another system component and empowers heavy equipment manufacturers to deliver their own machine control and guidance solutions to their customers. The 744 channel VR1000 excels in difficult environments, tracking GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS, and IRNSS.

A326 GNSS Antenna for Machine Control Purpose-built for harsh machine control

environments, A326 adds another system component and empowers heavy equipment manufacturers to deliver their own machine control and guidance solutions to their customers. Designed to excel in challenging environments, the multi-frequency, multi- GNSS A326 uses Hemisphere’s powerful Athena™ RTK engine and is Atlas® L-band capable. It is equipped with internal memory for data logging, download, and upload, and offers an on-board Wi- fihotspot. The addition of the easy-touse webUI for quick and customized configurations makes the A326 one of the most versatile smart antennas available.

Trimble incorporates Galileo support

Trimble has introduced the version 3.10 of its Trimble® Pivot™ Platform software, a modular solution for real-time GNSS infrastructure management, ranging from a single- base GNSS Continuously Operating Reference Station (CORS) to a full Real-Time Network (RTN), serving thousands of end-users worldwide.

Version 3.10 provides improvements to network performance and office and field productivity. The new features and capabilities include Galileo support, GPS L5 support, Code Bias Calibration client and server improvements, Sparse Network: supports Galileo and BeiDou. Sparse Network, a Trimble technology, enables RTN operators to achieve the benefits of a full networkprocessed GNSS constellation even if the network is not fully covered with multi-constellation CORS and Dynamic Station Coordinates (DSC) module improvements.

SBG Systems’ new generation of the Ekinox Series inertial sensors

SBG Systems has announced the new Ekinox 2 Series, a new generation of the SBG’s advanced and compact inertial navigation systems. With new accelerometers and gyroscopes, Ekinox 2 attitude accuracy has been enhanced by a factor of two while improving resistance to vibrations and integrating the Beidou constellation.

Ekinox Series is a line of tactical grade MEMS-based inertial navigation systems. Released in 2013, Ekinox has achieved a remarkable success thanks to its smart balance of accuracy, price, and weight. With the same form factor and price level, Ekinox 2 Series improve the precision of Mobile Mapping Systems whether they are aerial, terrestrial, or even pedestrian. This new generation provides 0.02° roll and pitch, 0.05° heading, and a centimeterlevel position. It is ideal for LiDAR motion compensation and point cloud / images synchronization and direct georeferencing.

New versions of Bathy DataBASE, HIPS and SIPS

With HIPS and SIPS and the Bathy DataBASE (BDB) suites of products being closely aligned, the new BDB 4.3 release follows hot on the heels of HIPS and SIPS 10.2. These product lines now share a common core promoting tighter data interoperability.

The long anticipated 4.3 release of BDB now includes import and export for the generic Lidar format LAS 1.4. This is an important step in facilitating Lidar and laser scanning workfl ows and downstream data analysis. BDB 4.3 also supports the creation and management of Variable Resolution (VR) Surfaces.

Telit introduces SE868Kx-Ax series

Telit, a global enabler of the Internet of Things (IoT), has announced the introduction of new and advanced positioning modules in the SE868xx- Ax family featuring multi-constellation GNSS receivers with a 9 x 9 mm patch antenna. Telit’s SE868Kx-Ax series offers unparalleled performance and is ideal for space constrained applications such as wearables, tracking, telematics, and security. The new integrated antenna modules include advanced features that significantly increase RF sensitivity, allowing for a much simpler integration without external components.

OriginGPS launches world’s smallest GNSS module

OriginGPS, has released new ORG 4500 series, a cutting edge, fully-integrated product that supports ultra-compact applications for both GPS and GLONASS. It addresses the ever-increasing demand for high precision with the smallest possible footprint, and takes the company’s ground-breaking ultra-small form factor to a new level.

Topcon Bundling ContextCapture in UAS Software Solutions

Topcon ContextCapture is built on Bentley’s ContextCapture photogrammetrytech. The solution targets the construction, surveying, and mapping markets, and comes in two fl avors. The Standard version enables users to process photographic data into point clouds, reality meshes, and orthophotos, and comes with the Falcon 8 and Sirius Basic and Pro mapping solutions. The Advanced version adds functionality for processing data from “any UAS,” as well as access to ContextCapture Editor.

German Mapping Authorities 40% faster

1Spatial, the global leader in managing geospatial data, automated map generalisation resulting in a 40 percent improvement in production time, from five to three years, for the participating members of AdV, the committee that coordinates surveying and mapping in Germany. AdV had previously worked to a five year production cycle for all of its high quality map products. However, this was no longer meeting the demands of customers who required information to be updated more regularly, and in shorter periods. Twelve of the 16 AdV members states decided to develop an automatic process to speed up production and reduce manual effort, and founded the IP-ATKISGen project group. 1Spatial was selected as the IP-ATKIS-Gen partner for one of the largest generalisation projects in Europe. Together the two organisations developed an automated, “context-aware” solution using 1Spatial’s experience and software tools.

CMC introduces CMA-6024 GNSS for Helicopters

CMC Electronics introduces its new helicopter cockpit demonstrator and the CMA-6024 GNSS landing system. While not a new product from CMC Electronics, the CMA-6024 has been customized for rotorcraft operations to allow operators to achieve precision approaches to CAT II and CAT III minimums at helipads. CMC’s CMA-5024 has long been available in a rotorcraft version and provides WAAS LPV approach capability.

Swift Navigation launches multiband, multi-constellation GNSS

Swift Navigation’s latest product, the Piksi Multi, is a multi-band, multi-constellation high-precision GNSS receiver. Measuring in at 48 x 71mm, it aims to create a revolution in advanced precision GNSS capabilities for the mass market. It supports GPS L1/L2 and is hardware-ready for GLONASS G1/G2, BeiDou B1/B2, Galileo E1/E5b, QZSS L1/ L2 and SBAS. Multiple signal bands enable convergence times measured in seconds, not minutes. Multiple satellite constellations enhance availability in new environments.

Sokkia introduces GCX3 Integrated Receiver

Sokkia has introduced the latest addition to its GCX line of GNSS integrated receivers — the GCX3 — featuring advanced constellation tracking, open format software compatibility, and longer range base to rover communication. The receiver features radio-free RTK operation via multi-channel, long-range Bluetooth® technology. When used as a base station, one GCX3 may support up to three concurrent rovers at a range of more than 300 meters.

DFS and Unifly cooperate on the development of drone app

DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung based in Langen, Germany, and Unifly NV based in Antwerp, Belgium, signed a cooperation agreement recently to jointly develop and market a DFS drone app to be released on the German market later this year. This app will allow operators of UAS to determine where they can operate without posing a threat to manned aviation.

Pythagoras 15 officially released!

Pythagoras 15 is officially released with a lot of cool new features:

• Automated point cloud vectorization

• Classification of point cloud

• Enhanced DTM performance

• Updated profiling tools

• General performance upgrade

Data sets coming from total stations, GPS instruments, laser scanners, mobile mappers, UAV and drones, single and multi beam systems and other CAD and GIS software packages can be handled and processed with ease.

Leica News

Zeno GG04 smart antenna

Leica Geosystems has announced the new Leica Zeno GG04 smart antenna, enabling a fl exible solution to improve mobile devices’ GNSS accuracy with Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) and Precise Point Positioning (PPP). Paired with the Zeno GG04, any Zeno or third party mobile device with Android or Windows OS can now collect highly-precise positioning data with Leica Geosystems’ GNSS technology and industryleading 555-channel tracking performance.

Leica ready now offered on John Deere motor graders

Leica Ready machine control kits will now be offered on G-series motor graders by John Deere, a world leader in providing advanced construction products and services. Leica Ready enables swift and fast installation of Leica Geosystems’ Machine Control systems, such as Leica iCON iGG4 Dual GNSS for motor graders. The Leica Ready grader kits are made up of pre-installed cables and brackets, providing for an easier installation of Leica iCON grade solutions.

ConX enables solutions to digitise construction processes

ConX is designed to increase collaboration and simplify the data handling of machine control operations by integrating workfl ows, enabling remote control of connected machines and real-time data exchange from the office to the field and back. This cloud enabled platform and web interface enables users to increase their efficiency on site and decrease their downtime while reducing the burden of data collection, aggregation and reporting.

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