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New Builds • February 8, 2017

Topcon Launches MR-2 GNSS Modular Receiver System

Topcon Positioning Group has announced the launch of the MR-2, a new modular GNSS receiver system. According to the company, the system combines all current and planned constellation tracking with a comprehensive set of communication interfaces to service any precision application requiring high performance RTK (real-time kinematic) positioning and heading determination.

The MR-2 can perform as a mobile RTK base station, marine navigation receiver, mobile mapping device and as a GNSS receiver for agricultural, industrial, military, or construction applications.

Events • February 6, 2017

WSTS Timing and Sync Event Includes Keynote Address on GPS Timing

The 26th annual Workshop on Synchronization and Timing Systems (WSTS), sponsored by The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and ATIS, will take place April 3-6 at the DoubleTree in Jan Jose, California.

New Builds • February 6, 2017

EndRun Releases GPS-Synchronized RTM3205 Precision Timing Module

Santa Rosa, California-based EndRun Technologies, a provider of precision time and frequency solutions, announced last week at the International Technical Meeting-Precision Time/Time Interval (ITM-PTTI) meeting, the release of the RTM3205 Precision Timing Module for portable time and frequency applications. The second generation RTM3205 is optimized for size, weight, and power (SWaP), but can exceed the stability of a standard cesium atomic frequency reference, according to the company.

New Builds • January 25, 2017

u-blox Launches ZOE-M8G Ultra-Compact GNSS Receiver Module

Thalwil, Switzerland-based u-blox has launched the ZOE-M8G, an ultra-compact GNSS receiver module, especially designed for markets where small size, minimal weight and high location precision are essential.

The device offers exceptionally high location accuracy by concurrently connecting to GPS, Galileo and either GLONASS or BeiDou. According to the company, it also provides industry-leading -167 dBm navigation sensitivity, which is said to make it ideal for wearable devices, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and asset tracker applications.

People • January 20, 2017

Swift Navigation Co-Founders Make Forbes 30 Under 30 Consumer Tech List

Swift Navigation co-founders Fergus Noble (29) and Colin Beighley (28) have been honored in the 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 Consumer Technology list.

Swift Navigation is a San Francisco-based startup that provides centimeter-accurate real-time kinematics (RTK) GPS and GNSS positioning technology for autonomous vehicles, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), precision agriculture, robotics, surveying, space applications and more.

January 20, 2017

ODOT Deploys DT Research Purpose-built GNSS Rugged Tablets for Construction Projects

San Jose, California-based DT Research announced on January 9 the successful deployment of the DT391GS Rugged GNSS Tablets for the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

The DT391GS tablets with Intel Celeron Dual Core Processors are used as Inspector Positioning Tablets with the critical hardware and software needed for line and grade determination on stakeless highway construction projects.

The tablet comes with four GNSS module options including two from Hemisphere GNSS and two from Trimble. The GNSS options are:

Ventures • January 20, 2017

Siemens Convergence Creators Launch Satellite Interference Geolocation Service

As described in the November-December issue of Inside GNSS, “Interference Localization from Space,” radio frequency interference causes the satellite industry to lose millions of dollars per year due to detrimental effects, ranging from a degradation in the quality of service to the complete loss of service.

New Builds • January 11, 2017

Spirent Announces New GNSS/GPS Testing Software

Spirent Communications plc has announced the availability of PT TestBench — software designed to help technology, system and application developers build more accurate positioning functions more quickly. According to the company, the testing, analysis and reporting package automates testing of GPS and other global navigation satellite system (GNSS) receivers, so higher quality systems are brought to market faster and more reliably.

January 9, 2017

GMA Land Navigator Selects Sensonor STIM210 as Inertial Engine 

Horten, Norway–based Sensonor AS is in serial deliveries supporting the STIM210, which is designed to provide high accuracy inertial data for the AXD-LNS Land Navigator Solution. The Land Navigator went into regular production in late 2016, following five years of development.

January 9, 2017

Autoliv Shows Automotive Positioning and ADAS at 2017 CES

Autoliv, Inc., a manufacturer of automotive safety systems with headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, released its sixth-generation, aftermarket location and positioning module at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada.  

Accurate and reliable positioning and localization are critical for today's vehicles containing advanced driver assistance (ADAS) and active safety systems, and even more essential in future autonomous vehicle systems.

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