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Inside GNSS • September/October 2014

Kingfisher

“Our products are robotic research platforms,” says Clearpath’s Meghan Hennessey. “These can be configured and programmed so that our customers can explore their particular areas of interest without all the cost and troubleshooting involved in actually building robots themselves.”

Hennessey says Clearpath platforms — which include the all-terrain Husky, the larger, tractor-like Grizzly and the waterborne Kingfisher — can be thought of as project kits.

GNSS Solutions • September/October 2014

How do you trust centimeter level accuracy positioning?

Q: How do you trust centimeter level accuracy positioning?

New Builds • September 20, 2014

Sensonor Upgrades MEMS IMU; STIM300 Featured in NovAtel, Norbit Systems

Sensonor has announced new features for its STIM300, a small, lightweight micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) inertial measurement unit (IMU) that provides non-GPS–aided positioning in multiple domains.

The STIM300 — which can be used underwater, on land and sea, and in aeronautic and astronautic applications — now has real-time g-compensation in al axes and supports rates of up to 2000 degrees/second.

People • September 20, 2014

NovAtel’s Purves to Head Hexagon’s Veripos Operations

In his role as president of Hexagon Positioning Intelligence, Michael Ritter has announced the appointment Graham Purves as president & CEO of Veripos, effective September 9.

“Graham has amassed a tremendous level of experience in all aspects of our industry during his over 25 years at NovAtel,” said Ritter, who also serves as president and CEO of the Calgary, Canada–based NovAtel Inc. “This experience and especially his dexterity for sales, marketing, and business development are ideal prerequisites for this next step in his career.”

New Builds • September 20, 2014

KVH Launches 2 FOG IMUs

KVH Industries, Inc., headquartered in Middletown, Rhode Island, has introduced the 1725 Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) and the 1775 IMU, advanced sensors designed to be integrated into a range of stabilization, pointing, and navigation applications.

The new products complement KVH’s 1750 IMU and create a range of choices for advanced six-degrees-of-freedom (6DOF) sensors with enhanced performance. All three products utilize the  E•Core ThinFiber technology of KVH’s DSP-1750 fiber optic gyro (FOG).

New Builds • September 20, 2014

Trimble Announces Wireless Data Link for GNSS RTK Surveying & Positioning

Available now, the XDL Rover 2 is equipped with Bluetooth wireless communication for ease in configuration and operation, including use with Android devices in the field. UHF data can be transmitted via Bluetooth to a paired host device for operational efficiency.

New Builds • September 20, 2014

NovAtel Expands Pinwheel Antenna Product Line

NovAtel Inc. has introduced the GPS-702-GG-HV to its line of high-performance Pinwheel antennas. Tracking L1/L2 GPS and L1/L2 GLONASS frequencies, customers can use the same antenna for GPS-only or dual-constellation applications, reducing equipment costs and need for future redesign. With the same form factor and choke ring performance as the company’s other Pinwheel antennas, the GPS-702-GG-HV has been enhanced to provide the robustness needed for use under high vibration conditions.

New Builds • September 20, 2014

Topcon Launches Two UAS Mapping Systems

Topcon Positioning Group has released two unmanned aerial systems (UAS) for mapping — the Sirius Pro and Sirius Basic.  Both systems are designed to produce accurate solutions for the automated mapping of a wide range of sites — regardless of terrain — including construction sites, mines and quarries, and for use in land surveying, power line and pipeline inspection as well as precision agriculture field mapping.

September 18, 2014

Falling Prices Will Spur Innovation, Competition in High-Precision GNSS Market

The high-precision GNSS industry should expect to see industry consolidation and a scramble for new markets and innovations as prices for high-end chips and modules continue to slide, experts told attendees at a ION GNSS+ panel discussion in Tampa, Florida, last week (September 11, 2014).

The falling prices could strain R&D budgets, they noted, but could also create opportunity as high-end receivers come within reach of emerging industries like self-driving cars, unmanned aerial vehicles, and are even incorporated into consumer products.

Human Engineering • September/October 2014

Alison Brown: Tally Ho! The Hunt for GNSS Innovations

SIDEBAR: Alison Brown’s Compass Points

On display in the Smithsonian’s “Time and Navigation” exhibit in Washington D.C. is the world’s first GPS-enabled cell phone. It was developed in 1995 by NAVSYS Corporation, a Colorado GNSS and inertial R& D company, as part of the push to build a national emergency notification system for mobile users, E911.

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