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Leica Geosystems introduces GMX902 GG GPS + GLONASS receiver

Leica Geosystems has introduced Leica GMX902 GG GNSS, a GPS + GLONASS receiver, developed to monitor sensitive structures and crucial topographies. It provides precise dual frequency code and phase data up to 20 Hz, enabling precise data capture as the basis for highly accurate position calculation and motion analysis.

Leica has also announced the further continuation ATHENA Program – a formalized purchase scheme designed to help Universities, Research Organisations and UNAVCO members to better facilitate the use of GNSS Reference Station and Structural Monitoring technology for both teaching and scientific research purposes. ATHENA stands for ‘Advanced Technology for Higher-Education and Non-profit Associations’

Tele Atlas announces availability of digital map of China

Tele Atlas MultiNet China, complete digital map of the country is now available with street level coverage for more than 3,000 provincial and county cities. Tele Atlas has also opened a Display Technology Center in Shanghai, focused on producing visual enhancements such as 3D landmarks, 3D city maps and crossing magnifications for the Asia Pacific region designed to help make navigation systems clear and compelling to end users.

NavCom releases StarControl

NavCom has announced the release of StarControl, a utility designed to adapt commercially available handheld controller solutions and programs to support its GPS receivers. It supports multiple off-theshelf Windows-based handheld controller devices to work with select NavCom GPS receivers, utilize application-specific parameter profiles for its products, thus enabling rapid setup capability, enable snapshots of receiver diagnostics and initiate internal data logging with lower cost platforms.

@Road adds real-time GPS to Taskforce 7.5

@Road has integrated its GPS location technology and new street-level mapping capabilities into its Taskforce 7.5 Field Service Management solution allowing automated field service work allocation and dispatch decisions to utilize real time location of mobile workers as well as their technical expertise and availability.

Magellan launches Triton handheld series

Magellan has introduced new Triton series of portable handheld GPS receivers for outdoor enthusiasts. As a result of the alliance between Magellan and National Geographic, it is the first outdoor handheld to offer users access to downloadable National Geographic topographic maps offering full, onscreen compatibility, usage and display.

u-blox integrates EPSON Toyocom gyroscope in dead reckoning reference design

u-blox has improved its groundbreaking GPS dead reckoning system by integrating a gyroscope sensor from Epson Toyocom into the reference design for the product. It will shorten time-to-market and reduce the risk of GPS integration for applications that require accurate, uninterrupted positioning regardless of GPS signal conditions.

Hemisphere GPS introduces Outback S-Lite

Hemisphere GPS has introduced Outback S-Lite from the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois. It is a entry level GPS guidance solution for non precision spraying, spreading, and broad-acre tillage and seeding, which includes Straight Guidance, Contour Guidance, and Return to Point.

Hemisphere GPS has won a patent infringement law suit brought against the Company by Trimble Navigation Ltd. The US District Court of Northern District of California has granted Hemisphere GPS’ motion for summary judgment as to non-infringement of Trimble’s patent, effectively negating the lawsuit against the Company.

Bushnell GPS adds DigitalGlobe satellite images

DigitalGlobe has partnered with Bushnell Outdoor Products to enhance the navigational capabilities of the company’s devices, including ONIX200 and next-generation ONIX200CR and ONIX400. The imagery will be part of the Bushnell interface that combines layers of various data to offer a safe, useful and engaging outdoor experience.

Trimble Opens Manufacturing Facility in Shanghai

Trimble is opening a manufacturing facility in Shanghai, China. It is located in the Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone, will add a highly competitive supply chain and assembly facility to Trimble’s worldwide capabilities.

NovAtel delivers GII reference receiver for Australian GRAS program

NovAtel shall supply its GII reference receivers to Honeywell worth US$750,000 in support of the Australian Ground based Regional Augmentation System (GRAS) program. The receivers will be built into an initial GRAS long baseline ground reference network, which monitors GPS satellite performance and provides augmented GPS information to aircraft. It is anticipated that this ground network will be expanded to extend coverage in subsequent phases of the GRAS program.

Pitney Bowes MapInfo Updates StreetPro Indonesia

Pitney Bowes MapInfo has released version 4 of its premier Indonesian street data product, StreetPro Indonesia which includes data enhancements to provide comprehensive, current street and location information that easily integrates into location-based information systems.

GeoTranslate to support 3- D ESRI Shapefiles

Blue Marble Geographics announced the addition of support for 3-D ESRI Shapefiles, as well as enhanced support of 3-D AutoCAD files (DWG/DXF) and 3-D MicroStation Design files (DGN). Its users can also look forward to enhanced layer level renditions and other minor enhancements.

Topcon TopPAD 7.0.1 software released

TopPAD 7.0.1, Mobile GIS field software from Topcon allows users to take GIS layers into the field for verifi cation and update. When installed on Topcon’s hand-held GMS-2 or a field controller, it can collect and update position and attribute information using customized forms. v. 2008 launched has launched new version of the portal MapmyIndia. com v2008, which features landmark based directions, localised Indian search, improved print page for printand- go option, improved readability and detailed maps, etc. It captures the online maps space and is the brand of CE Info Systems. The company has also received an investment of Rs 10 crore (2.5 mn USD) from venture capital firm, Nexus India Capital.

Geokosmos surveys Vietnam using LiDAR

Geokosmos has carried out LiDAR surveying in Vietnam. The project was aimed at acquiring accurate, up-to-date geospatial data on Vietnamese southern regions. It surveyed the Mekong Delta using ALTM 3100 (by Optech), LiDAR system, with the integrated inertial measurement unit (IMU), by SAGEM.

The total territory covered was 2100 square km. Airborne laser scanning was conducted at the height of 1500 m with high density of laser points, 2 points per 1 sq.m. It provided the customer with preprocessed data for interpretation and further processing of the data along with Geokosmos 3D Modeler.

Rolta India sets up academy

Rolta India is setting up an academy to train people in engineering and GIS. The company, providing IT-based GIS, engineering design automation solutions etc., will set up the academy with an initial cost of Rs 40-50 crore. It will have four batches in a year for a duration of three months comprising 250 executives each. Course fee shall be Rs 2.5 lakh. It has already tied up with a few banks, which will give 100 per cent education loan.

Intermap Technologies wins MAPPS Award

Intermap Technologies has been awarded the MAPPS Geospatial Products and Services Excellence Awards under the Photogrammetry / Elevation Data Generation category. Intermap’s “Torino 2006 IFSAR Mapping Project” was conducted on behalf of the Italian mapping agency Istituto Geografico Militare using the Company’s proprietary Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar digital mapping technology covering 5,600 sqkm of northwestern Italy’s varied terrain.

AAMHatch wins 2007 BE Award

AAMHatch, has won a 2007 BE Award in the “Geospatial 3D GIS” category for its development of a true orthophoto and 3D model of the City of Melbourne, Australia. With the help of MicroStation VBA macros and GEOPAK, it was able to generate in minutes what would have taken 400 hours using manual plotting.

Septentrio opens in North America

Septentrio, opens a business development office in Los Angeles, California. Septentrio welcomes J. Christopher Litton as Business Development Manager to start up and run the North- American operations for Septentrio.

Sokkia GIR1450 L1 DGPS System

Sokkia Japan has released the GIR1450 L1 DGPS System for the surveying, mapping, industrial measurement and construction industries. It provides accurate and reliable positioning solutions for mining, navigational, agricultural, hydrographic and similar applications. The receiver features beacon, OmniSTAR, WAAS/ EGNOS and other SBAS technologies.

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