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June 14, 2018

First Dual-Frequency GNSS Smartphone Hits the Market

Xiaomi has launched the world’s first dual-frequency GNSS smartphone, the Mi 8. This smartphone represents a breakthrough in GNSS technology as it is the first commercial deployment of Broadcom’s revolutionary BCM47755 chip. It provides up to decimeter-level accuracy for location-based services and vehicle navigation, according tothe European GNSS Agency (GSA).

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By Inside GNSS

Broadgnss Releases High Precision GPS Receiver

Broadgnss Technologies recently announced at the 9th China Satellite Navigation Conference a new high precision satellite position receiver with patented RAC(Real-time Array Calibration) technology. It features positioning accuracy better than one meter (up to 10 centimeters). By receiving only single frequency (GPS L1) satellite signals, the RAC technology in high precision satellite positioning frees the dependence on traditional augmentation network and significantly reduces the cost to enable high precision satellite positioning to enter large-scale applications, according to the company.

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By Inside GNSS
June 8, 2018

Inertial Labs Introduces Dual Antenna GNSS-Aided INS

Inertial Labs, Inc., a developer and supplier of inertial sensors & systems, has released an affordable, multi GNSS constellation, 1 cm RTK accuracy dual-antenna GPS-Aided Inertial Navigation System (INS).

The “INS-DL” and the OEM version “INS-DL-OEM” are multi-constellation (GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou) GPS-Aided INS designed to achieve 1 cm Position and 0.05° Heading, Pitch & Roll accuracy. These highly precise and high-accuracy INS are available for around $5,000 USD.

Designed for developers of autonomous and unmanned systems; vehicles and small robots for precision agriculture; payloads for remote sensing and survey applications, the GPS-Aided “INS-DL” and “INS-DL-OEM” are compact and deliver high performance.

The “INS-DL” can be supplied as a classic Inertial Navigation System, which outputs Position, Orientation and IMU data for real-time and post-processing operation, or as an advanced, GPS-Aided Motion Reference Unit, which outputs Position, Velocity, Heading, Pitch, Roll, Heave, Surge, Sway and Significant Wave Height data for survey, hydrography, bathymetry and motion control.

“GPS-Aided INS-DL is a result of significant efforts of our R&D team. It is a market-oriented solution, geared towards applications, requiring the best combination of high performance and low cost” said Jamie Marraccini, Inertial Labs’ CEO & President, in a press release.

This year, Inertial Labs celebrates its 17th anniversary of supplying inertial sensor-based solutions for land, marine and aerospace applications. Since 2001, thousands of inertial systems, as well as those fused with other technologies like optical, laser, and GNSS systems, have been successfully delivered to customers for AGV, UAV, AUV, UUV, robots, land vehicles etc.

By Inside GNSS
June 6, 2018

Topcon Positioning Group Releases Data Controller with Advanced Speed and Power Functionality

The Topcon Positioning Group today introduced the new T-18 handheld controller designed to drive geopositioning, construction, mapping and vertical construction applications.

The controller includes a 3.7-inch sunlight-readable display with a 1gigihertz processor, 1GB of internal storage, and up to 10 hours of battery life.

“For MAGNET® Field data collection, the T-18 controller offers a durable ergonomic solution with faster processing, a larger screen, better connectivity and longer battery life than previously available comparable systems,” said Ray Kerwin, director of global surveying products.

The T-18 features a 3.5G cellular modem for connectivity with Topcon MAGNET solutions for sending and receiving data to the cloud company account.

“The cellular option makes it easy to communicate with field crews when projects need to be changed or if important data is required back in the office. Additionally, the modem can be used for RTK (real-time kinematic) correction services,” said Kerwin.

Additional key features include standard Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, as well as an IP65 rating for dust and water protection in demanding job site conditions.

By Inside GNSS
May 31, 2018

EndRun’s Meridian II Precision TimeBase Combines GPS, 5071A Cesium and Ionospheric Corrections for Optimal Time and Frequency Standard

Precision time and frequency solutions provider EndRun Technologies recently announced the release of a new Cesium Control Module for the Meridian II Precision TimeBase designed to combine the extraordinary benefits of GPS, 5071A Cesium Primary Frequency Standard, and Ionospheric Corrections.  The unique and powerful integration of these technologies provides a time and frequency standard with unparalleled accuracy, stability and holdover performance for the most demanding applications including communications and metrology, according to the company.

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By Inside GNSS
May 30, 2018

C-TRAC’s Advanced Signals Design Sprint Focuses on PNT Signals

Through the Advanced Signals Design Sprint, the Air Force Research Laboratory is looking to discover what already exists and what is possible in the realm of advanced Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) signals.
The event, sponsored by the Center for Technology, Research and Commercialization (C-TRAC), takes place June 19-21 at the Catalyst Campus in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

C-TRAC is seeking industry partners consisting of a broad consortium of industry and academic partners to identify several of the most fruitful opportunities for future development. Industry partners should be prepared to join a team, eagerly collaborate, and approach problems with an open mind to embrace the design thinking process.
Of particular interest to this design sprint are industry partners with expertise in the following areas:
• Communication RF waveform development
• Software-defined receivers and/or transmitters
• Cryptography
• Cognitive radio
• Network-based/MIMO approaches
• Wideband waveforms
• LPI/LPD comm signals
The PNT signals of the future should leverage new developments in RF technology when applicable, especially those developed to solve problems in related fields such as communications and radar, to increase the resilience of the PNT enterprise.
Fundamentally, this is an effort to achieve cross-pollination between related technical domains. Signal-based solutions exist for disparate problems such as time-based ranging, time transfer, communications, tracking, and remote sensing of weather and other environmental data. Some of the techniques or hardware developed to meet other challenges is expected to carry over and benefit new developments in PNT signals.
For more information on this event, email Amanda Dobias at amanda.dobias@c-trac.org, and for details on CyberWorx, also powered by C-TRAC, visit the website at http://www.afcyberworx.org/design-thinking-process.

By Inside GNSS

Commercial UAV EXPO Returns to Las Vegas in October

 

Commercial UAV EXPO Americas 2018 takes place October 1-3 at The Westgate in Las Vegas, Nevada. If you register by May 31, you can save $300 and also enter for a chance to win two free hotel nights.

A successful drone operation depends on reliable and up-to-the minute information. It’s not easy to keep up when the technology and regulations are constantly evolving. Fortunately, this event brings together the key people, the newest technology and the education you need for success — Commercial UAV Expo Americas. 

Here’s a sample of the conference programming:

Plenaries:

  • Regulatory & UTM Updates
  • IPP Update & Progress to Date
  • Powering Drones — Latest Developments
  • Security: Data, Hacking, Counter-Drone & Privacy
  • Drone Programs: In-House or Outsource?
  • Urban Air Mobility: What the Sky will Look Like in the Future

Vertical Industry “Deep-Dive” Tracks:

  • Construction
  • DOTs & Infrastructure
  • Mining & Aggregates
  • Precision Agriculture
  • Process & Power
  • Public Safety
  • Surveying & Mapping
  • Utilities
  • Wind Turbines, Cell Towers, Large-Scale Solar

Below is a selection of confirmed speakers:

  • Greg Agvent, CNN
  • Assel Ayapova, AES
  • Jaz Banga, Airspace Systems, Inc.
  • Sam Billingsley, Ragan-Smith Associates
  • Robert Blair, Three Canyon Farms
  • David Boardman, Stockpile Reports
  • Philip Buchan, Cyberhawk Innovations
  • Andrew Carey, Rio Tinto Kennecott Utah Copper
  • Gary Cathey, California Department of Transportation
  • Darshan Divakaran, North Carolina Department of Transportation
  • Todd Domney, Sumac Geomatics
  • Douglas Spotted Eagle, Sundance Media
  • Lisa Ellman, Hogan Lovells & Commercial Drone Alliance
  • Dan Elwell, FAA
  • Richard Fields, Los Angeles Fire Department
  • Dyan Gibbons, Trumbull Unmanned
  • Shayne Gill, AASHTO
  • Jason Goodick, Entergy Services, Inc
  • Lewis Graham, AirGon LLC
  • Chad Karlewicz, Renton Police Department
  • Young Kim, Digital Harvest
  • Matthew Klein, US Bureau of Reclamation
  • Brad Koeckeritz, US Department of the Interior
  • Richard Lopez, Hensel Phelps
  • Jeff Lorton, Duke Joseph Agency
  • Daniel Marek, Nevada Highway Patrol
  • George Mathew, Kespry
  • Harold Miller, Entergy Services, Inc.
  • Scott Mlakar, Willoughby Fire Department / Lake County UAS
  • Anil Nanduri, Intel
  • Michael Perry, DJI
  • Harrison Andrew Pierce, San Diego Homeland Security
  • Art Pregler, AT&T
  • Michael Ralston, Menlo Park Fire District
  • Michael Singer, DroneView Technologies
  • Colin Snow, Skylogic Research
  • Dave Truch, BP
  • Callum Walter, Queens University
  • Gretchen West, Hogan Lovells & Commercial Drone Alliance
  • Tracy Wilkinson, Renton Police Department
  • Mike Winn, DroneDeploy

Precision measurement professionals rely on Commercial UAV Expo to deliver the high-level content and quality programming they need for complex projects.

Check www.expouav.com for continual updates and here to register.

 

By Inside GNSS
May 22, 2018

Topcon Technology Roadshow Hits Pleasanton, CA

The Technology Roadshow continued its steady roll around North America building on Topcon’s Intersection of Infrastructure and Technology message. Along the 28-city tour, the traveling trailer stopped for several days in beautiful Pleasanton, California, just down the road from Topcon Positioning Systems’ headquarters in Livermore. 

From the start, this four-day event, hosted by RDO Integrated Controls, Engineering Supply, Papé Machinery and 5D Solutions, provided attendees with a little extra insight into the potential of technology-enabled construction in infrastructure. 

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By Inside GNSS
May 15, 2018

Telit’s LM960 Described as First 1Gbps-class LTE Mini PCIe Card

Telit recently announced the LM960, descrbed as the world’s first global full-size PCI Express Mini Card (mPCIe) for enterprise routers and appliances. The global, 23-band product, supporting LTE Advanced Category 18 (Cat 18) with download speeds of up to 1.2Gbps and 5-band fallback to 3G, will be available in select markets in third quarter of 2018, according to ongoing mobile network deployments of Cat 18 service*.

According to Telit, it’s the first product in industry in the mPCIe form factor to support Cat 18. The rugged LM960 delivers significant flexibility and a competitive edge to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) looking to quickly deploy next generation products delivering carrier broadband-like user experience.  The new LM960 is a sibling product of the Cat 11 LM940 and the two products are fully interchangeable. This provides OEMs the opportunity to create new products based on designs already using the LM940, or to create product families in different grades of performance based either on the LM960 for high end, or the LM940 for mid-market.

“By bringing 5G-like performance to the market with the LM960, we are making it easier not only for customers looking to innovate in 1Gbps applications enabled by the new LM960 but also for customers across all industries and application areas,” said Manish Watwani, vice president global product marketing, Telit. “Telit continues to boast the broadest and most respected and globally supported portfolio of IoT modules, data cards, data plans, platforms and professional services for enterprise IoT adopters making vendor selection easy in an already crowded industry.”

“We are pleased to work with Telit to deliver the power and flexibility OEMs need to address a broad range of commercial and industrial applications in an increasingly connected world,” said Gautam Sheoran, senior director, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “The Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X20 modem will power a variety of products to function in a diverse set of operator deployments worldwide, while maximizing their global reach and scalability.”

“Band 14 support will not only facilitate use by first responder agencies in conjunction with the public safety network but will also benefit customers more broadly when the spectrum is not in use by first responders,” said Sam Lucero, senior principal analyst, IoT, for IHS Markit, a global business information provider.

Additional Technical Features include:

  • Quad-constellation integrated GNSS
  • LTE Category 18
    • 5x Carrier Aggregation for increased data rates
    • Up to 1200 Mbps DL w/5x Carrier Aggregation, 4×4 MIMO and 256 QAM
    • Up to 150 Mbps UL w/ 64QAM and UL Carrier Aggregation
  • LTE FDD Bands : B1, B25(B2), B3, B66(B4), B26(B5), B7, B8, B12(17), B13, B14, B20, B28, B29(DL), B30, B32(DL), B71
  • LTE TDD Bands: B38, B39, B40, B41, B42, B46(DL), B48
  • Dual SIM Single Standby

 

By Inside GNSS
May 14, 2018

Septentrio Releases AsteRx SB, a Compact and Ruggedized GNSS Receiver

GNSS receiver manufacturer Septentrio announced the arrival of its AsteRx SB,  which was first showcased at Expomin in Santiago, Chile and Intermat in Paris, France, and then was on display at the recentIEEE/ION Position Location and Navigation Symposium (PLANS) in Monterey, California.

The AsteRx SB delivers Septentrio’s ground-breaking quad-constellation RTK in a low-power, IP68 compliant housing. Built around the hugely successful AsteRx-m2 GNSS receiver engine, the AsteRx SB features WiFi, Bluetooth, USB, Ethernet and serial connectivity. Septentrio’s GNSS+ suite of positioning algorithms converts difficult environments into good positioning: LOCK+ technology to maintain tracking during heavy vibration, APME+ to combat multipath and IONO+ technology to ensure position accuracy during periods of elevated ionospheric activity, according to the company.

The AsteRx SB also features AIM+ interference mitigation and monitoring system whichcan suppress the widest variety of interferers, from simple continuous narrowband signals to the most complex wideband and pulsed jammers.

Key benefits for users include:

  • Quad-constellation, multi-frequency, all-in-view RTK receiver
  • Robust and compact IP68 weatherproof housing
  • AIM+ interference monitoring and mitigation system
  • L-band PPP, RTK, scalable accuracy
  • High-update rate, low-latency positioning
  • Base and rover operation
  • Bluetooth, WiFi, Ethernet, Serial and USB communications

Whether exposed to the elements or inside a vehicle cab, operating alone or as a core component of a sensor-fusion system, the AsteRx SB is designed as straightforward to setup and integrate into any new or existing application. Using WiFi or micro USB, the AsteRx SB can be configured and monitored using any device with a web browser.

“We believe the AsteRx SB is the best all-rounder on the market today. We’ve produced a small and low-power device with zero compromise on performance. From machine control to sensor-fusion applications, manned or unmanned, the compact size and low power of the AsteRx SB along with its range of communications options make it ideal for any project requiring reliable high-precision positioning,” said Gustavo Lopez, Product Manager at Septentrio.

Septentrio also announced the launch of the next generation AsteRx-i. The AsteRx-i combines Septentrio’s latest compact, multi-frequency multi-constellation GNSS engine with an external industrial grade MEMS based IMU. Jan Van Hees told Inside GNSS in Monterey of plans to release two more sensors later this year.

By Stan Goff