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Trimble technology for largest Road Project in Western Australia

Trimbles machine control systems and two-way data communications technology are being used for the construction of the New Perth Bunbury Highway—the single largest road project ever undertaken in Western Australia. The project is expected to be constructed over three years and will include the placement of approximately nine million cubic meters of soil to raise the road alignment.

u-blox GPS technology powers Navigon Porsche Design PND

NAVIGON has introduced a navigation device, P9611 in partnership with Porsche Design, featuring u-blox’ ANTARIS®4 SuperSense® GPS technology. Among host of other features, the device comes with Bluetooth.

TomTom to Tele Atlas Customers: No Worries

According to TomTom CEO Harold Goddijn, company’s relationship with its digital map maker would remain exactly the same if the TomTom/Tele Atlas merger goes through. The European Commission initiating a “second-phase review” of the proposed merger between the two Dutch companies. While TomTom executives have suggested the review is just a matter of bureaucratic procedure, it is a rare step for the EC; in the past 10 years. The company is seemingly seeking to reassure not only Tele Atlas customers but EC regulators as well.

Javad GNSS names VP

Javad GNSS Inc. has appointed Zdenko (Kuzo) Kurtovic, former CEO of GeoAstor and Swissat, as vice president of Machine Control & GIS, a new division of Javad GNSS.

Optech appoints General Manager

Optech Incorporated, a provider of advanced lidar survey instruments, has appointed Glenn Farrington as General Manager of Airborne Survey Products

Topcon GNSS instruments benefit from GLONASS launch

Three additional Russian GLONASS navigation satellites were recently launched into Earth’s orbit. Satellite availability of Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS) receivers will increase.Topcon pioneered dual-constellation positioning technology (GPS and GLONASS) and has been utilizing signals for more than six years.

Intermap to supply outdoor map data to Magellan

Intermap Technologies shall provide outdoor map content products for Magellan’s line of handheld GPS devices. Its AccuTerra map products will provide data for 48 states and Hawaii. It is creating consumer mapping products using Magellan’s Solution Developer Kit MapCreator software.

U.S. Air Force exercises $50.7 million contract option with rockwell collins

The US Air Force has exercised a $50.7 million contract option with Rockwell Collins to complete the next phase of the Modernized User Equipment program. It will consist of receiver card development for ground and airborne applications, to include test and security certification for the next-generation GPS technology. The initial contract of $27.9 million was awarded in 2006 to the company to develop and demonstrate user segment receiver cards.

PHOTOMOD Geomosaic v4.3 released

4.3 version of PHOTOMOD Geomosaic software is released. Main features includes new module for images radiometric correction – Image Processor, more Pan-sharpening algorithms, modern satellite sensors formats support: IKONOS, QuickBird, SPOT, CartoSat, Formosat, etc.

Hemisphere GPS acquires Steer-by-Wire Company

Hemisphere GPS has acquired all the outstanding shares of Australia’s Beeline Technologies Pty. Ltd. for $21 million. Beeline is a privately-held, precision-guidance software developer providing GPS guidance and autosteering applications for agriculture equipment and other machine control applications.

Md, Mapmyindia, elected GPS Business Man of the year

With 53,6% of the 3813 votes, Rakesh Verma, managing director and founder of CE Infosystem/MapmyIndia has been chosen by GPS Business News readers as the personality of the year among the 10 personalities nominated by the editors of GPS Business News.

Navman slapped with $1.4m fine

Navigation equipment company Navman has been fined $A1.25 million in Australia for trying to stop retailers from discounting its products. Competition watchdog, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission took the company to Federal Court for resale price maintenance, alleging “deliberate systemic conduct occurring over several years”.

DSSDI Project

Survey of India, and Government of Delhi joined their hands together and launched Delhi State Spatial Data Infrastructure (DSSDI) project. The project is an outcome of a pilot project by Department of Science and Technology, government of India on 3D GIS in Chandni Chowk area in Delhi in collaboration with Russian Academy of Sciences. As a part of the project a monitoring room was established to receive images from 10 cameras placed at vantage points to do the change detection on real time. According to Government of Delhi, the 3D database is immensely useful for various applications and it should immediately be created for entire NCT of Delhi and should be completed well before Common Wealth Games -2010. The project will cover a total area of NCT Delhi of approximately 1500 Sq. km.

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