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New Builds • January 25, 2011

Lockheed Martin to Test GPS III in Virtual World

GPS III contractor Lockheed Martin has integrated several virtual reality technologies in a new Collaborative Human Immersive Laboratory (CHIL) in Littleton, Colorado, which will be used to validate and test next-generation GPS and other space programs.

With CHIL, Engineers and technicians can explore satellite designs and functions, troubleshoot and fine-tune them in a virtual world before building them in physical space.

New Builds • January 18, 2011

Symmetricom Launches CSAC Product for Precise Timing and Synchronization

After eight years of successful participation in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) chip scale atomic clock (CSAC) initiative, Symmetricom, Inc., announced today (January 18, 2011) the general availability of what it says is the world’s smallest, lowest power atomic oscillator: a 16 cubic-centimeter unit weighing less than 35 grams (about 1.25 ounces) and operating on only 115 milliwatts of 3.3 VDC power.

January 11, 2011

Topcon and DICKEY-john Form Alliance Around Ag System Development

Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS) and DICKEY-john Corporation, an agricultural systems and machine control manufacturer based in Auburn, Illinois, have formed a strategic relationship in the agriculture industry.

Headquartered in Livermore, California, TPS recently unveiled its System 350 machine control system, which employs the company’s new X30 control console and its AGI-3 receiver for autosteering.

New Builds • January 6, 2011

Spirent Launches GPS Record and Playback System

Spirent Communications, long established in the laboratory test marketplace with its line of navigation and positioning simulators, has extended its product development into real-world environments by introducing a GNSS record and playback system (RPS).

Events • December 22, 2010

GMV Will Launch Fully Hosted Software GPS Receiver at Mobile World Congress

GMV will launch the SRX-10, a software GPS receiver for mass-market applications, at this year’s GSMA Mobile World Congress, scheduled February 14–17 in Barcelona, Spain.

As a fully hosted solution, all SRX-10 receiver functions — even signal acquisition and tracking — can be hosted on a general purpose CPU with only the requirement of adding on a low cost RF front-end, according to the company.
The company cites other benefits offered by its new software receiver, particularly its substantial flexibility and upgradeability.

New Builds • December 8, 2010

NavCom Technology Extends GNSS Receiver Capabilities

NavCom Technology, Inc., has announced new capabilities for the SF-3050 multi-frequency GNSS receiver and Sapphire GNSS OEM board.

In addition to the integrated StarFire/real-time kinematic (RTK) GNSS capabilities, the SF-3050 and Sapphire now support single-frequency, multi-constellation operation, heading, and moving base station RTK operation that enables coordinated vehicle applications.

December 7, 2010

GNSS Awards and Honors: NovAtel, Raven, PTTI

As the end of 2010 approaches, many organizations award the special efforts and accomplishments of companies and individuals during the past year.

The GNSS industry is no exception. Here are some of the most recent awards and honors.

NovAtel Wins Export Award
NovAtel Inc., has won the 2010 Alberta Export Award for Advancing Technologies, an award that recognizes companies who “have effectively harnessed the powers of intellectual property and value-added know-how.”

December 6, 2010

New Study Sizes Latin American Vehicle Tracking Markets

C.J. Driscoll & Associates has released a comprehensive new study on the Latin American market for vehicle tracking solutions, including GPS fleet tracking and consumer stolen vehicle recovery and telematics solutions.

December 1, 2010

SpectraTime Announces Galileo PHM Contract Award

SpectraTime has announced that it signed an €11 million contract with Selex Galileo S.p.A to supply the core element of the passive hydrogen masers (PHMs) for the first 14 full operational capability (FOC) Galileo satellites.

A second contract to supply the secondary atomic clocks (Rubidium Atomic Frequency Standards) should be signed in early 2011, according to the Neuchâtel, Switzerland­–based member company of the Orolia Group.

October 30, 2010

ABI Research: Mobile Phone GPS Navigation Grows Substantially But PNDs Still on Top

ABI Research says that a recent survey revealed that, although portable navigation devices (PNDs) remain the most used form factor, the number of mobile phones with navigation software in the car is growing substantially in the United States, up to 24 percent this year from 19 percent in 2009.

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