Survey and Mapping

April 7, 2017

Trimble Introduces Trimble ABX-Two OEM GNSS Sensor for System Integrators

Trimble ABX-Two OEM GNSS sensor. Photo source: Trimble.

Trimble introduces the Trimble ABX-Two OEM GNSS sensor, designed to deliver precise heading, pitch, roll and 3D positioning information.

With two internal MB-Two modules, the ABX-Two offers a third antenna option that provides a drift-free, absolute attitude solution. The ABX-Two is well-suited for a wide variety of applications such as agriculture, automotive, aviation, construction and marine systems.

The announcement was made April 6 at Ocean Business 2017, an international event for ocean technology.

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By Inside GNSS
April 6, 2017

1st Session of the Assembly of the International Hydrographic Organization

Cathedral of Monaco. Wikimedia Commons photo by Berthold Werner.

The International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) is the inter-governmental consultative and technical organization whose principal aim is to ensure that all the world’s seas, oceans and navigable waters are adequately surveyed and charted.

The Organization, based in the Principality of Monaco since 1921, provides the international standards for hydrography and nautical charting as well as ensures co-operation between countries in support of navigation safety at sea and the sustainable development of their maritime environment.

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By Inside GNSS
April 3, 2017

SBG Systems to Unveil Qinertia INS/GNSS Post-Processing Software at Ocean Business

Qinertia INS/GNSS post-processing software. Photo source: SBG Systems.

Rueil-Malmaison, France-based SBG Systems will unveil Qinertia, its in-house post-processing software, at the Ocean Business show, April 4-6 at Southampton, U.K.

After the survey, this full-feature software is designed to give access to offline real-time kinematic (RTK) corrections, and process inertial and GNSS raw data to further enhance accuracy and secure the survey.

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By Inside GNSS
April 1, 2017

Ligado Test Results Roll In

Figures and Charts

The GPS community and Virginia-based Ligado are weighing new and upcoming test results as the standoff over interference with satellite navigation services enters its seventh year.

The dispute centers on the company’s now modified proposal to build a terrestrial wireless network supported by frequencies originally allocated for satellites. Though there had been a move some years earlier to augment the satellite services with ground stations the company’s first plan envisioned some 30,000 high-powered ground terminals.

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By Dee Ann Divis
March 31, 2017

Swift Navigation, Carnegie Robotics Partnership to Yield High-Precision GNSS, Inertial Technology Products

Swift Navigation CTO Fergus Noble, left, and Carnegie Robotics CTO Chris Osterwood, right. Photo source: Swift Navigation.

A partnership between Swift Navigation and Carnegie Robotics announced this week is expected to yield a line of navigation products for autonomous vehicles, outdoor robotics and machine control.

San Francisco-based Swift Navigation is a startup building centimeter-accurate GPS technology designed to power a world of autonomous vehicles, while Carnegie Robotics, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, provides advanced robotics sensors and platforms for defense, agriculture, mining, infrastructure and energy applications.

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By Inside GNSS
March 29, 2017

Ligado Plans GPS Augmentation Service

Photo source: Dee Ann Divis.

Ligado, which has been in a standoff with the GPS community over interference issues for more than six years, is developing a new high-precision location (HPL) augmentation system for GPS.

The new HPL service will use real-time kinematic- (RTK-) based solutions for augmentation of high-precision receivers, said Tamara Casey, Ligado’s chief technology officer, during Satellite 2017.

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By Inside GNSS

Sokkia Introduces New GCX3 GNSS Integrated Receiver

GCX3 GNSS integrated receiver. Photo source: Sokkia.

Livermore, California-based Sokkia has introduced the latest addition to its GCX line of GNSS integrated receivers — the GCX3 — featuring advanced constellation tracking, open format software compatibility, and longer range base-to-rover communication.

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By Inside GNSS
March 23, 2017

NovAtel Releases Firmware Version 7.200 for OEM7

NovaTel’s 7.200 firmware for its next generation of receivers including the OEM729 Multi-Frequency GNSS Receiver.

NovAtel Inc. recently announced the release of the 7.200 firmware for its next generation of receivers, the OEM729, OEM719 and OEM7700, and with the release introduced new positioning functionality including the Interference Toolkit. The 7.200 software interface is backwards compatible with the OEM6 family software with the addition of the following key features:

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By Inside GNSS
March 8, 2017

Hemisphere GNSS Introduces IronOne Rugged Display & Computer

IronOne Rugged Display & Computer. Photo source: Hemisphere GNSS, Inc.

Scottsdale, Arizona-based Hemisphere GNSS, Inc. introduced its IronOne Rugged Display & Computer for machine control applications at this week’s CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Purpose-built for harsh machine control environments, IronOne meets IP67-standard certification and uses an 8” sunlight-readable LCD display. IronOne adds another system component and empowers heavy equipment manufacturers to deliver their own machine control and guidance solutions to their customers.

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By Inside GNSS
February 13, 2017

Emlid Launches Reach RS RTK GNSS Receiver

Reach RS RTK GNSS Receiver. Photo source: Emlid.

Emlid, with headquarters in Saint Petersburg, Russia and manufacturing done in China, has introduced the Reach RS, a rugged, battery-powered real-time kinematic (RTK) GNSS receiver. The Reach RS enables centimeter-accurate positioning for survey, mapping, agriculture and drones, and is designed to provide an economical solution, according to the company.

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By Inside GNSS