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Hiber successfully launches second generation satellite

Hiber, the European satellite IoT company, recently launched Hiber Four satellite in space, via SpaceX’s first rideshare mission of 2021 – Transporter-1. It is a second generation satellite developed and assembled by Hiber’s engineers in its Amsterdam office. Hiber Four, and its sister satellite Hiber Three (launching in March), are half the volume (3U) of the previous generation, which reduces the mass and decreases the launch costs by up to 50%. The newest generation of satellites also have an on-board propulsion system allowing ground engineers to adjust the satellite’s orbit. This ensures that Hiber Four, and its future descendants, avoid collisions and, importantly, de-orbit themselves at the end-of-life, making Hiber one of the most responsible CubeSat constellation operators in the world.

Energy optimization software package for robot fleets

WiBotic has launched Commander, a robot fleet energy management software package specifically designed for customers operating large robot fleets. It is an easy-to-use, intuitive platform used to visualize, configure, and optimize the delivery of energy throughout a fleet of robots, drones or any battery-powered device using WiBotic charging systems. It is also a robust API, giving operators the opportunity to fully control the charging function as a part of each robot’s daily workflow.

Commander provides a bird’s eye view of the fleet’s charging infrastructure, including a visual display of charger availability and status, and historical information on which chargers are being utilized more than others.

AI technology to create bathymetry product

TCarta Marine has introduced a Global Satellite Derived Bathymetry (G-SDB) product line developed with a new seafloor depth measurement technique that leverages Machine Learning and NASA ICESat-2 laser data. The first G-SDB offering covers the entire Red Sea – available now – with additional data sets rolled out through the end of this year.

G-SDB data sets contain bathymetric measurements to depths of more than 30 meters, depending on water clarity, at 10-meter resolution. The depth values for every 10m pixel are the combined result of numerous measurements, resulting in accuracy within 10% of depth or less, and providing a seamless water bottom surface map. G-SDB will be available globally for all oceans and seas, as well as large freshwater lakes where water conditions permit.

Honeywell and Idemia announce strategic alliance

Honeywell and IDEMIA have announced a strategic alliance to create and cultivate an intelligent building ecosystem that provides a more seamless and enhanced experience for operators and occupants alike. The alliance will integrate Honeywell’s security and building management systems with IDEMIA’s biometric-based access control systems to create frictionless, safer and more efficient buildings. The Honeywell and IDEMIA alliance is intended to design solutions that will allow occupants to easily and securely have contactless engagement with a building – from vehicle recognition at the car park and automatic elevator calls to biometricbased access and personalized conference room settings. With a focus on security and data privacy, these next-generation solutions will provide occupants with a safer, more efficient and more enjoyable experience that will help building owners attract tenants.

Combined navigation and digital tracking tool

UK-based navigation services provider Novaco has developed a new all-in-one navigation data and tracking product for commercial and leisure vessels. It delivers and integrates secure navigation data to the bridge, while also providing real-time tracking and vessel positioning information.

NovacoHub is a discreet plug-and-play solution that is fitted to the wheelhouse and can be connected simply via a single Ethernet cable to bridge systems. The vessel benefits from secure navigation data delivery, removing the security and virus risk of DVDs and USB sticks.

Mapping services for autonomous driving

Luokung Technology Corp, China has announced that its previously announced acquisition candidate, eMapgo Technologies (Beijing) Co., Ltd. (“EMG”) and Beijing New Energy Automobile Co., Ltd. (BAIC BluePark New Energy Technology Co., Ltd. have agreed to collaborate on the development of autonomous driving projects for BAIC BJEV’s electric vehicles (EVs).

EMG recently worked with BAIC BJEV to provide HD map services in autonomous valet parking (“AVP”) for BAIC New Energy vehicles. The two parties will cooperate in depth on L3 (conditional driving automation) to L4 (high driving automation) autonomous driving related projects.

Smartphone app for facial recognition by Australian Govt.

The State Government announced a contract to a Western Australian (WA) company for $1.1 million to develop a new smartphone app that uses facial recognition and GPS tracking technology to monitor people who are ordered to self-quarantine at home. It would be used to track people who arrive in South Australia from interstate COVID-19 hotspots, or who are close or casual contacts of local cases, to ensure that they comply with quarantine directions.

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