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May 14, 2018

ITSNT 2018 Call for Abstracts Deadline is May 25

The International Technical Symposium on Navigation and Timing (ITSNT) is an annual event organized by CNES (Centre national d’études spatiales)and ENAC (Ecole Nationale de l’Aviation Civile)for professionals and researchers working with or interested in navigation and timing technologies and their use. This year’s event will take place Nov. 13-16 in Toulouse, France, on the campus of ENAC.

There are just a few days left to submit your abstract for the “Peer Reviewed Paper” sessions. Authors are invited to submit their abstracts online before May 25, 2018 and this deadline will not be extended.
The event is composed of two types of sessions:

  • Invited Guest” sessions: special guests are invited by the scientific committee to give a presentation related to the generic topic of the session. Typically, there are four guest speakers per session, and the session ends with a round table.
  • “Peer Reviewed Paper” sessions: the presenters of these sessions are selected by the scientific committee based on a call for abstract

The ITSNT also provides a great environment for networking and visiting the sponsors’ exhibition stands.

The symposium includes tutorials given by some of the invited guest speakers on their topic of excellence.

Key elements for the ITSNT include:

  • International event
  • A high quality and recognized scientific committee
  • Technical presentations on hot topics related to navigation and timing
  • Internationally recognized guest speakers
  • Selective call for abstract
  • Round tables
  • Exhibition area
  • Networking
  • Tutorials
Topics of Interest for ITSNT include:

– Autonomous machines (air and land)
– Deep learning for navigation
– Innovative Vision, Radar, Lidar navigation
– Innovative Antennas and RF systems
– Cooperative navigation
– Multi-antenna GNSS
– New hybridization and integration structures (innovative combination of any of: GNSS, precise GNSS, video, IMU, lidar, radar, odometer, magnetometer…)
– Low-cost carrier phase positioning
– PNT Resilience (interference, spoofing,…)
– Spectrum management
– UAS Traffic Management (UTM)
– Navigation with Signals of Opportunity (SoOp)
– Augmentation Systems (SBAS, GBAS, ARAIM)
– Multiconstellation Multifrequency GNSS
– PNT and the natural environment
– New Integrity schemes for non-aeronautical navigation
– Timing
– GNSS Signal Processing

Again, the deadline for the call for abstracts is May 25 and more details can be found online. The final program of these sessions will be available in October.


By Inside GNSS

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 Montereyof plans to release two more sensors later this year.

By Stan Goff
May 11, 2018

SkyTraq Introduces L5 NavIC + L1 GPS/GAGAN Receiver Module

SkyTraq Technology Inc., a provider of GNSS positioning technology, recently introduced S1216F8-GI2, a NavIC + GPS/GAGAN receiver module for the emerging Indian market. It integrates L1/L5 RF front-end and baseband processor capable of receiving up to 14 L5 NavIC signals and up to 20 L1 GPS/GAGAN signals simultaneously. With currently usable 6 NavIC signals and 3 GAGAN signals, it offers a total of 18 ~ 23 usable signals for navigation compared to 9 ~ 14 usable signals with conventional GPS receivers. This is designed to provide improved accuracy in urban canyon environments with signals often blocked by high buildings, according to the company.

The S1216F8-GI2 has form-factor and pinout compatibility with popular 12mm x 16mm GPS receiver modules. With S1216F8-GI2, customers currently using the GPS modules can effortlessly migrate to NavIC/GPS capability by drop-in replacement and changing to the L1/L5 antenna. For emerging Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) applications requiring NavIC/GPS capability in India, S1216F8-GI2 is said to enable fast time-to-market for the product manufacturers.

The NavIC sub-frame data output can output NavIC broadcast warning messages related to weather alerts, forecast, and natural disasters such as cyclone, earthquake, and tsunami.

Founded in 2005, SkyTraq Technology Inc. develops high-performance chipset and module solutions for the consumer satellite navigation market. Its initial products were GPS centric, and now the products cover GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, NavIC, QZSS, and SBAS.

By Inside GNSS
May 10, 2018

David Grossman joins GPS Innovation Alliance as Executive Director

The GPS Innovation Alliance has announced the appointment of J. “David” Grossman as executive director. Grossman will lead the Alliance as it further builds its organizational presence in Washington on behalf of its members and the GNSS industry as a whole.

“David’s appointment ushers in an exciting new chapter for our organization” said Jim Kirkland, president of the GPS Innovation Alliance and senior vice president and general counsel of Trimble Inc. “We are thrilled to have a proven leader with an impressive record of success in strategic and programmatic campaigns take the helm as executive director. David’s wealth of industry expertise and understanding of the Washington policy landscape will help him build on the Alliance’s success and take us into the future.”

“I am honored to join GPSIA and be part of an industry that is fueling economic growth and innovation around the globe,” said Grossman. “As one of the most recognizable technologies in the world, GPS supports nearly every aspect of our lives, from navigation and public safety to wearable technology, not to mention the critical role it plays in supporting the financial system, utilities and virtually every industry worldwide. I look forward to working with the members of GPSIA to share their story, build new alliances and effectively communicate the value of GPS to policymakers, regulators and other key stakeholders,” continued Grossman.

Grossman served most recently as chief of staff and media policy advisor to FCC Commissioner Mignon L. Clyburn, where he is credited with having spearheaded several effective national programs. He brings a consumer-first mentality that fits well with the Alliance’s goal of protecting, promoting and further enhancing one of the world’s most important technologies.

Prior to his FCC service, Grossman worked as legislative director and senior advisor for technology policy in the office of U.S. Representative Anna G. Eshoo (D-Calif.), who at the time served as ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. He also worked for the House Small Business Committee, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) and Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick: P.L.L.C. He holds a master’s degree from George Mason University and a bachelor’s degree from The George Washington University.

The GPS Innovation Alliance is an organization dedicated to furthering GPS
innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship. The GPS Innovation Alliance seeks to protect, promote and enhance the use of GPS.

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn’s Tenure

The GPS Innovation Alliance recently issued the following statement in response to FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn’s announcement that she will leave the Commission.

“Commissioner Clyburn has served as a tireless defender of the public interest for nearly nine years. The GPS Innovation Alliance congratulates her for her dedicated public service as the first woman to chair the agency, and wishes her well in future endeavors.”  

By Inside GNSS
May 9, 2018

Qianxun SI Partnering with u-blox to Bring Mass Market High Precision Positioning Solutions to China

u‑blox and Qianxun Spatial Intelligence Inc. are joining forces to deliver high precision positioning solutions to the Chinese market. By coordinating their product offerings, they seek to meet growing demand for increased positioning accuracy for mass market applications.

Some of the areas driving up demand for high precision positioning services in China are IoT tracking devices such as those used on shared bikes, as well as automotive, UAV, and robotic vehicle applications.

u‑blox is bringing to the partnership its market-leading high precision GNSS receivers. Its recently announced u‑blox F9 multi-band positioning platform ( ) uses integrated real-time kinematic (RTK) technology to process the high precision positioning correction data provided by Qianxun SI, delivering down to centimeter-level positioning accuracy for wide-ranging applications. It enables even faster and more robust performance by leveraging a greater variety of GNSS signals, according to the companies.

Two major advancements have enabled sub-meter-level positioning accuracy for mass market applications. The first is modern GNSS correction services that constantly monitor GNSS signals to determine positioning errors caused, for example, by atmospheric distortions, and wirelessly transmit correction data to compensate for these errors to millions of GNSS devices. The second is a new generation of small, power-efficient, and affordable GNSS receivers that are able to use the correction data to achieve such high levels of accuracy.

Qianxun SI, a global high precision positioning service provider, has already laid the groundwork for the large-scale expansion of high precision positioning in the IoT era. Based on the BeiDou satellite system, which is compatible with GPS, GLONASS and Galileo, Qianxun SI’s high precision positioning service is built on the nationwide “ONE Network,” composed of more than 2,000 Continuously Operating Reference Stations (CORS), and utilizes powerful proprietary algorithms. It offers vehicles and other applications a range of 24-7 high precision positioning services in most regions of the country. By the end of 2018, Qianxun SI’s dynamic centimeter-level service is expected to cover the entire mainland of China.

“We are delighted to cooperate with u-blox to provide users with high precision positioning solutions that are user friendly and affordable. I believe our high precision positioning technology is a key enabler of IoT development, and the cooperation with u‑blox will accelerate the go-to-market process of the technology in an extensive range of industrial and automotive market applications,” said Jinpei Chen, CEO of Qianxun SI.

“This collaboration is a genuine win-win for all involved in that it allows us to develop high precision solutions that will foster innovation across markets. Partnering with China’s leading GNSS correction service provider allows u-blox customers to bring cutting edge applications to the China market in the shortest possible time,” says Thomas Seiler, CEO of u-blox.

By Inside GNSS
May 8, 2018

DT Research Introduces First Purpose-Built Rugged Tablet with Scientific-Grade GNSS

San Jose, California-based DT Research, a leading designer and manufacturer of purpose-built computing solutions for vertical markets, recently announced the DT301T Rugged RTK Tablet (DT301T-RTK), a lightweight military-grade tablet that is purpose-built for GIS mapping applications with real-time kinematic (RTK) satellite navigation used to enhance the precision of position data derived from satellite-based positioning systems. This tablet enables 3D Point Cloud creation with centimeter-level accuracy — meeting the high standards required for scientific-grade evidence in court.

The DT301T-RTK is military-grade with an IP65 rating, yet lightweight — offering the versatility to be used in the field, office and vehicles. A dual frequency GNSS module is built into the tablet, which uses real-time reference points within 1- to 2-centimeter accuracy to position 3D point clouds created from aerial photogrammetry, using GPS, GLONASS and Galileo receivers. Users can measure with the RTK GNSS positioning directly using a foldable antenna or connect to an external antenna for more robust receiving and survey grade precision.

“We’ve seen a dramatic uptick in the need for rugged tablets to be purpose-built for a range of mapping uses across industries,” said Daw Tsai Sc.D., president of DT Research. “In designing the DT301T with RTK satellite navigation, we also took into consideration the other features and capabilities necessary within a rugged tablet to quickly and easily conduct forensic mapping, land surveying, e-construction, Building Information Modeling and other mapping scenarios.”

The DT301T-RTK tablet is compatible with existing GIS software for mapping applications and brings together the advanced workflow for GIS data capture, accurate positioning and data transmitting. The tablet can be used in a variety of scenarios, including:

Forensic Mapping — Public safety teams, investigators and crash reconstructionists can use the DT301T-RTK Tablet to accurately collect measurements that are scientifically defensible by using the real-time centimeter reference points to position 3D point clouds created from aerial photogrammetry or take stand-alone measurements, according to the company.

“When reconstructing a crime scene, crash scene or natural disaster — forensic mapping needs to have scientific-grade precision in order to stand up as evidence in court,” said Andrew S. Klane, a former Massachusetts State Police Lieutenant who teaches Forensic Mapping and is now the Chief Operating Officer at Forensic Mapping Solutions Inc. “As more drones are being used for mapping, there is a growing need for ground control positioning devices. By using a DT301T-RTK Tablet in combination with a drone, users can more quickly and cost-effectively create a 3D model to deliver an accurate representation of the scene with scientific-grade tolerance that will hold up in a court of law.”

The DT301T-RTK Tablet has been purpose-built for precision mapping in a variety of environments and includes the following features and capabilities:

  • Dual Frequency GNSS Module — GNSS L1 & L2 RTK that receives GPS, GLONASS and Galileo signals up to 372 channels with RMS 10 mm + 1ppm accuracy.
  • High Performance CPU and Windows OS — Intel® 6th Generation Core i5 or i7 processor with Microsoft Windows 7 Professional or Windows® 10 IoT Enterprise. Units come with either 8 GB or 16 GB of RAM.
  • Military Standards — For use in harsh environments, the tablet is fully ruggedized to meet the highest durability standards with an IP65 rating, MIL-STD-810G for vibration and shock resistance and MIL-STD-461F for EMI and EMC tolerance.
  • Accessories — The DT301T Rugged RTK Tablet is complemented by a variety of accessories, including: external antennas, pole mount cradles, detachable keyboards, battery charging kits, and digital pens.
By Inside GNSS
May 7, 2018

MicroPilot Integrates Trimble’s High-Precision GNSS into its Triple Redundant UAS Autopilot

MicroPilot and Trimble have entered into an agreement that will enable the integration of Trimble’s high-precision Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) technology into the MP2128 Triple Redundant UAS Autopilot.

MicroPilot produces autopilots for all types of professional drones, including fixed-wing, multi-rotor and vertical take-off and landing (VTOL). As Trimble looks to gain market share in the UAS industry, the team at MicroPilot can offer their years of expertise integrating guidance, navigation and support systems in these platforms.

“MicroPilot has phenomenal integration abilities,” Trimble’s Strategic Initiatives Director for Wireless & UAV InTech Division Joe Carey said during this year’s AUVSI XPONENTIAL conference in Denver. “They have a team that integrates the autopilot into the airframe. We want to be integrated into as many airframes as possible. It’s an emerging market and we want to be part of it, but we don’t want to be in the airframe business.”

Integrating autopilots can be difficult because a lot of settings have to be fine-tuned, Carey said. The team at MicroPilot offers support through the design cycle and completes extensive testing to ensure they provide a reliable autopilot that safely guides and controls drones.

MicroPilot works closely with high-end drone companies that make high-capability systems and wanted to join forces with a professional GNSS manufacturer that could support the precision and reliability needs of their customers, said Howard Loewen, President of MicroPilot. Trimble is a leader in this category and will be able to support MicroPilot customers with product development, testing and operations. Trimble’s GNSS receivers are used for many applications, including robotics and autonomous vehicle guidance.

“We’ll benefit from better technical support and better access to their technical team and vice versa,” Loewen said. “We’ll be able to take better advantage of all the features Trimble products have to offer.”

By Inside GNSS
May 3, 2018

Topcon Technology Roadshow Report

On the Road

Welcome to the first Topcon Technology Roadshow newsletter, highlighting the local happenings from tour stops all along Topcon’s 25+ multi-city adventure.

The 2018 Topcon Technology Roadshow features a 53-foot expandable traveling truck, which includes a theater and showcase room, packed with the latest technologies—all with a focus on the Intersection of Infrastructure and Technology theme.

We all know that in today’s environment, it takes more than business as usual to win and build today’s smart infrastructure. Those companies that are investing in technology and connected workflows are winning more bids, meeting and beating federal/state requirements and generating higher returns. That’s why every roadshow stop includes a demonstration of the latest construction, survey, civil engineering, architecture and design technologies designed to improve workflows and maximize productivity. These solutions include 3D machine control systems, UAVs, and Topcon’s Elite Survey suite.

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By Inside GNSS
March 20, 2018

Swift Navigation Introduces Skylark, a Cloud-Based, High-Precision GNSS Service

San Francisco-based tech firm Swift Navigation today announced the release of Skylark, a new, cloud-based GNSS corrections service designed to deliver affordable, fast, centimeter-level accuracy and eliminate the complexity of deploying and maintaining GNSS networks. Skylark was built from the ground-up for autonomy at scale and enables high-precision positioning for mass market automotive and autonomous vehicle applications.

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By Inside GNSS

SBG Systems Launches Navsight Marine Solution at Oceanology International

SBG Systems released the Navsight Marine Solution at the recent Oceanology International trade show in London. The solution consists of an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) available at two different performance levels (from shallow to deep water), and connected to Navsight, a rugged processing unit embedding the fusion intelligence, the GNSS receiver when selected, and all connections to external equipment such as echo-sounders, sonar, etc.

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By Inside GNSS
March 16, 2018

STMicroelectronics’ Multi-Band GNSS Receiver Offers Autonomous-Driving Precision and Automotive Safety Compliance

Assisting safer autonomous driving, STMicroelectronics recently introduced the world’s first multi-frequency satellite-navigation receiver chipset suitable for safety-critical automotive applications and high accuracy positioning at the decimeter and centimeter-level for precise point positioning (PPP) and real-time kinematic (RTK) applications.

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By Inside GNSS