Oct 2009 | Comments Off on NEWSBRIEFS –INDUSTRY

Leica ScanStation C10, builder total stations

Leica Geosystems announced the new Leica ScanStation C10, a laser scanner for as-built and topographic surveys. It provides users with a combination of greater versatility, reduced cost of ownership, and even higher productivity for scanning. With the Leica Builder, Leica has designed a tailored measuring tool for anybody on or around a construction site who needs a simple, intuitive yet innovative and powerful measuring tool. From simple tasks to professional all-day use, it offers a scalable product family that meets the needs for almost any construction job.

Autodesk support for Education Community

Autodesk, Inc. announced it is expanding its support for students and educators as they return to campus. It is offering faculty and institutions complete multidisciplinary suites that group the 2010 releases of the latest technologies used by industry professionals around the world. In addition, educators have access to training resources, including instructor guides, student workbooks, data sets and videos that reinforce key concepts.

Sokkia DT20 series Digital Theodolites

Sokkia released a new digital theodolite series, the DT220, DT520, DT520A and DT620, with an improved power-saving technology. The DT620, recently set a world record for continuous operating time of 220 hours.

Spectra Precision introduces new Portfolio

Spectra Precision has introduced its Spectra Precision® FOCUS® line of optical survey solutions. The FOCUS 30 is a robotic total station providing high speed, accuracy and precision in measurement. It is available in 2”, 3” or 5” accuracies and is controlled by the Spectra Precision Survey Pro™ fi eld software using an onboard Windows CE touchscreen interface.

Hemisphere GPS XF102™ receiver, A220™ and A221™ antennas

Hemisphere GPS’ XF102 is ideal for professional GIS applications and surveying, and is specifi cally designed to work with the popular TDS Nomad™ handheld GIS data collection device. The new A220 and A221 smart antennas are rugged, portable with all-in-one enclosures to deliver centimeterlevel positioning accuracy for precise guidance, machine control and survey applications. It is capable of supporting RTK, SBAS and OmniSTAR® HP/XP corrections.

Novatel FlexPak™ GNSS Enclosure and low cost receiver

NovAtel introduced the FlexPak-G2 enclosure which easily integrates and supports NovAtel’s OEMV-1, OEMV- 1G and OEMV-2 line of high-precision GNSS receivers. It provides metre to centimetre-level positioning, depending on the receiver card selected. Independent I/O connectors and USB ports simplify cabling for application developers. Standardized DB-9 connectors allow low cost cables to be quickly and easily built, and lowers the overall system weight. It also launched new single frequency GNSS receiver. The low cost, 14 channel, L1 OEMStar is only 46 mm by 71 mm in size and consumes just 750 mW of power when tracking both GPS and GLONASS signals.

SuperField 3 released

SuperGeo Technologies introduced SuperField – a set of ‘lightweight’ mobile GIS software that facilitates fi eld workers to process basic data collection, measurement, GPS position, etc.

Pacific Crest introduces advanced Data Link for field communications

Pacific Crest introduced the new ADL Vantage, an advanced, high-speed, wireless data link. The 0.1-4.0 Watt radio modem transceiver utilizes Advanced Data Link technology while remaining backward compatible with existing Pacific Crest, Trimble and other GNSS/RTK positioning products.

Intelligent GPS devices by Navigon

ZoombakT announced signifi cant upgrades to the tracking history features of all Zoombak devices, at no additional charge to users, as well as increased browser support.

Septentrio launches inertially aided GNSS solutions, dual-frequency heading receiver

Septentrio launched AsteRxiTM multisensor GNSS receiver which processes high-quality GNSS measurements with IMU-measurements to generate an enhanced integrated position. AsteRx2eHTM is a single-board dualfrequency GPS/GLONASS dual-antenna heading and position receiver. It’s designed for machine control, marine survey, photogrammetry, antenna pointing and other multi-antenna applications. It provides reliable heading measurements without being susceptible to magnetic interference, or requiring constant recalibration to maintain its accuracy.

Version 2.0 of the Microsoft® Virtual Earth™ Server

Vexcel Corp. launched version 2.0 of the Microsoft® Virtual Earth™ Server, the on-premises intranet mapping platform based on Microsoft Bing Maps for Enterprise (formerly known as Microsoft Virtual Earth). Virtual Earth Server is designed for those customers who are interested in using Bing Maps, for example defence/intelligence customers or fi rst responders (police, fi re, etc), but have concerns about a dependency upon, or connection to, the internet in order to access this service.

RDAC® Software Suite

IP Systems International LLC’s RDAC® (Rapid Dynamic Analytical Capability) Software Suite is a dynamic, high-speed analytical platform that automatically analyzes geospatial data to provide an array of capabilities for training, planning, assessment, operations and response. The software is stand alone and web-based, so it can be accessed from anywhere in the world.

Intergraph introduces Roadway solution

IntergraphR new geospatial Roadway Information Management Solution enables transportation agencies protect their roadway infrastructure more effi ciently. The solution hall help transportation agencies streamline operations, maintain compliance with federal regulations and improve safety and driving conditions for motorists by quickly addressing potential issues through faster, more informed decision making.

Construction Software for Topcon GRS-1 Rover

The Topcon GRS-1 handheld RTK GNSS receiver now supports Pocket 3D software. Pocket 3D Version 9.0 is a Windows Mobile 6.1 release intended only for use with the GRS-1 and is designed to be used as part of a GPS network solution.

u-blox launches u-blox 6

u-blox upgraded its core CMOS technology to u-blox 6. Products based on u-blox 6 will have dramatically reduced power requirements. With the extension of the acquisition engine to over 2 million correlators, the new chip exhibits stronger acquisition capability of weak signals and a shorter time to fi rst fi x. It is also future-proofed for the upcoming GALILEO.

Trimble expands the reach of its VRS, introduces Trimble Access

Trimble launched Trimble® VRS Now™ service in the Czech Republic as well as in the state of Mississippi. It provides surveyors, civil engineers and geospatial professionals with instant access to RTK GNSS corrections without the need for a base station. Trimble® Access™ software is used for Spatial Imaging, a new addition to Trimble’s Connected Site™ solutions. It is a streamlined fi eld and office solution for surveyors and geospatial professionals that expedites spatial imaging data collection, processing, analysis, and project information delivery.


Mergers, Acquisitions and Partnerships
►GISTRAIN, Yemen and Datum Ingeniería Limitada, Colombia are
offi cial ERDAS distributors.
►Australian Integeo and Integeo China to promote, distribute and support Integeo’s Map Intelligence platform in greater China.
►Vexcel Imaging has selected Imagemaps Pte. Ltd. as its sales representative for the PR China, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand and ASEAN.
►PCI appointed SuperMap as a reseller of its ProSDK and ProPacks for PR China.
►CDR Group has become Licensed Partner of Ordnance Survey.
►OMNIX international is value-added distributor in Saudi Arabian market for Autodesk
►Ubisense partners with Black Hills Corp. to unify geospatial information..
►NAVTEQ acquires Acuity Mobile.
►RAMTeCH Software Solutions acquires Tier 3, Inc.
►u-blox fi rst half of 2009 sales is US$32.4M, a 15.4% decline than 2008.
►COWI’s operating profi ts increased by 12% in H1 2009.
►GeoEye,Inc. 112% increase in revenue.
►EADS Astrium increase in revenue of 30%.
►Automotive Navigation Data net profi t rises by 13% in the fi rst half of 2009.
►The French SIA has awarded a contract to ESRI France, and French
aeronautical technology companies Thales and CGx AERO in SYS (CGx)

► “GIS Learning CD” for GIS teachers and learners by SuperGeo Technologies
►RapidEye has joined the ESRI® Business Partner Program.
►Directorate of Town Planning and Survey, Sharjah, UAE, has deployed Bentley’s fully integrated cadastral solution..
►ABI Research expects LBS revenues to grow at 156% from $1.7 billion in 2008 to $2.6 billion in 2009.
►DigitalGlobe WorldView-2 remotesensing satellite has arrived at Vandenberg Air Force Base
►The OGC first two national chapters in the Asian region, in South Korea and India.
►Landsat 5 is back to nominal operation.
►Anritsu Corporation has selected the NavX-NCS Standard from IFEN GmbH for its A-GPS test system for developing mobile terminals.

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