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Applanix launches the DSS 322

Applanix has announced the launch of its next generation Digital Sensor System, the DSS 322. The new system incorporates a 22 megapixel CCD array, Aerolens™ custom-manufactured optics, and TruSpectrum ™ technology engineered to maximize the system’s capability in generating high-quality color and CIR (color infrared ) digital geospatial imaging products. Applanix has also announced the release of its new POSTrack system designed for streamlined airborne direct georeferencing and in-flight task automation. The new system combines the latest integrated Inertial/GPS technology from Applanix with the Flight Management System (FMS) expertise of Track’air B.V. in The Netherlands.

Trimble introduces new surveying products

Trimble has introduced five surveying products as part of its new Connected Survey Site model—the Trimble® GX™ 3D Laser Scanner; the Trimble R8 system with Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) capabilities; the Trimble M3 Total Station; the Trimble R3 GPS System; and the Trimble S6 Total Station with GPS Search. The new positioning products add greater flexibility and versatility to provide seamless and streamlined workflow for all of the critical phases of surveying. The announcement was made at INTERGEO 2005. Also, Trimble recently announced that it has developed a software-based technology supporting GNSS to maximize flexibility and minimize cost in end-user positioning products that will use a variety of existing and planned satellite-based systems. Trimble’s future-ready GNSS technology will accommodate signals broadcast by GPS as well as signals broadcast by Galileo and the GLONASS satellite systems.

Leica GNSS QC quality control and data analysis software

Leica Geosystems introduces GNSS QC V1.0, a stand-alone software that can perform automatic quality checking and reporting of RINEX data logged by a GPS reference station network. Leica GNSS QC is a multipurpose data analysis tool suitable for single stations or networks of stations.

Topcon introduces New Long Prismless Total Station

Topcon/Japan released new “Power PULSE” prismless total station model GPT-7000L series. 1.2km prismless distance measurement function is newly employed. AAA (Anything, Anywhere, Anytime) feature provides stable 350m prismless measurement at any condition, even to low reflection object such as dark colored concrete etc, which would solve a traditional problem of prismless total station “impossible to measure, depending on type of object”. GPT-7000L comes with built-in windows CE data collector with color graphic display and alphanumeric keyboard, as well as in-field solution program for survey/civil/roading and data management PC software. Data export to CAD/GIS/XML etc are supported.

Spectra Precision targets the survey market

Spectra Precision has introduced a cost-effective suite of surveying products for the conventional survey market. The new line of Spectra Precision® products are intended to bring more affordable, professional-grade survey instruments to a broader range of surveyors worldwide. The Spectra Precision survey product line will include GPS, optical total stations, and data collection hardware, as well as field and office software

Second Asia Pacific Users Conference held at Bhubaneshwar by Surpac

Surpac Software India Limited, the wholly owned subsidiary of Surpac Minex Group, Australia organized its second Asia Pacific Users Conference and Training during 13th to 16th September 2005 at Bhubaneswar. The event was inaugurated by Mr.Sanjeev Chopra, IAS, Managing Director, Orissa Mining Corporation was attended by over 100 dignitaries from the Indian mining and exploration industry. During the conference SMG show cased their new version of Surpac Vision and Minex Suites of Softwares besides SiroVision the new photogrametric tool developed by SCIRO division of Government of Australia and marketed and supported world over by SMG.

DVP Vectorization 6 is launched

DVP-GS has announced the launch of DVP Vectorization 6.0, designed as an efficient 3D Data Extraction tool within a new user-friendly interface. The included orientation tool provides a rigorous mathematical solution to create oriented models in monoscopic and stereoscopic modes. The improved views and display possibilities provides a flexible environment developed to increase productivity. It also includes enhancement capabilities and channel combination functionalities for multi-spectral imagery and new capturing functionalities. The Feature Editor lets you create categories settings that will favour workflow structuring. Also included for a limited time DVP Image Batch Processing enables to export and convert efficiently images within optimal formats (image pyramid, tiled images).

Planar Introduces StereoMirror™

Planar Systems, Inc, is introducing the latest in stereoscopic 3D technology to address imaging applications in geospatial intelligence and photogrammetry where customers need 3D viewing to discern depth and interpret spatial details. Planar’s SD1710 provides a new dimension of digital image quality and user comfort to geoscientists, cartographers, engineers, image analysts and environmental planners who need to accurately map terrain, monitor erosion, design mass transit systems, identify boundaries, plan missions and investigate habitats.

Change of Leadership at Leica Geosystems

As announced in June, Hans Hess has stepped last month after 10 years as CEO of Leica Geosystems. Following the takeover by Hexagon, the Board appointed Ola Rollén, CEO of Hexagon, as President of Leica Geosystems as per 1 November 2005. The current Board of Directors will step down at a specially scheduled Extraordinary General Meeting on 18 November 2005, when Hexagon will appoint its own representatives to the Board of Directors.

Intermap announces US $3.7 million mapping contract

Intermap Technologies Corp. has recently announced that its subsidiary Intermap Federal Services Inc. has been awarded a new data acquisition contract in the amount of US$3.7 million. The contract is for delivery of Intermap’s high-resolution digital elevation data and radar imagery. Intermap has two aircraft deployed onsite and data collection for the project is already underway. The majority of the revenues from this contract will be recognized in the third and fourth quarters of 2005.

Fleming College chooses MAPublisher

Avenza Systems Inc., producers of MAPublisher cartographic software, announces that the Geomatics Institute at Fleming College in Lindsay, Ontario, Canada has expanded their MAPublisher installation with 70 floating licenses of MAPublisher 6.2 software. This implementation extends the existing usage of MAPublisher in Fleming’s Geomatics programs and puts it within reach of every student in geomatics programs at Fleming.

Sensor Systems joins Overwatch Systems Group

Sensor Systems, has joined the Overwatch Systems group of companies. Effective October 1, Sensor Systems changed its name to Overwatch Geospatial Operations and remains headquartered in Sterling, Va. Overwatch Systems, based in Morristown, N.J., combines the resources of four companies – Sensor Systems, Austin IT Systems, ITSpatial and Federal IT – to provide a suite of integrated geospatial and fusion software tools for the defense/intelligence community called the Overwatch Intelligence Center (OIC). The OIC focuses on providing situational awareness by enabling analysts to generate relevant, actionable intelligence faster and more effectively for the warfighter, first responder and decision maker.

No 8 Ventures to invest $2 million in Surveylab

Surveylab Ltd and No 8 Ventures announced that No 8 Ventures has committed to invest $2million in Surveylab. This investment will enable Surveylab to capitalise on significant interest in its product from the United States. Surveylab’s Chairman, Rex Nicholls, commented, “No 8 Ventures’ equity enables us to pursue key customers in the United States. The funding will also enable us to complete development of the next generation of “ike” product.”

Solo around the world with OmniSTAR-AM Tracking services

Earlier this year OmniSTAR BV had sponsored a non-stop/ solo sailing trip around the world by Mark Slats under the name of Oceanstocross. In return for sponsoring Mark with our OmniSTAR-AM Tracking service Mark gave us a ‘taste’ of what it was like to sail across the oceans by letting us experience a day on the North Sea. We were blessed with wonderful weather: sunny, light winds. At the end of the day our Tracking device was returned to us. Mark expressed his gratitude for having been given the use of our Tracking service that performed flawlessly. It gave all interested parties that had been left at home, instant insight in exact location, speed, direction as well as a historical trail of where he had been.

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