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People • June 3, 2009

Pacific Crest Picks GNSS Industry Veteran to Head OEM Effort

Pacific Crest Corporation has  appointed GPS/GNSS industry veteran Don Speedy to head business development and sales for North America. With more than nine years of successful experience in business development and OEM GNSS, geographic information systems (GIS) and survey sales, Speedy will be responsible for driving strategic partnerships in OEM GNSS and data link communications while maintaining regional relationships.

May 19, 2009

Trimble Partners with China Enterprise in Compass-Focused JV

and the China Aerospace Science & Industry Academy of Information Technology (CASIC-IT) have announced plans to form a 50/50 joint venture in China to develop manufacture, and distribute Compass GNSS receivers and systems in China.

Ventures • May 13, 2009

Ready, Set, Go! The 2009 European Satellite Navigation Competition is open for ideas

Submit the best idea for a brand new satellite navigation application or device and you just might win the 2009 Galileo Master's Award - €20,000 in prize money and lots of support to make your idea a reality.

But that's not your only chance - you can try for one of the eight special topic prizes or one of the 17 different regional prizes, together worth €500,000 in cash and start-up assistance.

The competition began six years ago in Bavaria, Germany, but it has expanded to include many other regions of Europe as well as Australia, Israel, and Taiwan.

People • May 11, 2009

Rosum names Brad Anderson as CEO

Rosum Corporation, the Mountain View, California–based supplier of timing and positioning technology that combines GPS and broadcast television signals, has named Brad Anderson as the company’s new chief executive officer.

May 2, 2009

OREGIN, Galileo Services Join Forces

Galileo Services and OREGIN — the two most active organizations representing companies in the GNSS industry, particularly Europe’s Galileo program — have decided to join forces.

New Builds • April 27, 2009

Companies Announce GPS/Wi-Fi Collaboration

Ekahau Inc. has announced that its Wi-Fi location tracking software is being integrated into GPS receivers designed by NavSync Ltd. to enable customers to continuously track asset in indoor and outdoor environments.

Wi-Fi–enabled GPS tag combines NavSync’s NavTrac GPS module with Ekahau's location protocol. The NavTrac module incorporates the CW85 16-channel GPS receiver/802.11b/g transmitter combination.

New Builds • April 26, 2009

Loctronix Gains Patent for Its Spectral Compression Positioning, Tracks CDMA, GNSS

[Updated 4/26/09] On March 31, the U.S. Patent Office granted Loctronix Corporation its first patent, which will provide the foundation for its Spectral Compression Positioning (SCP) technology that enables multi-source positioning capability in a single sensor. Subsequently, the company announced that it had successfully achieved meter-level ranging performance using CDMA cellular signals.

April 20, 2009

Septentrio Receivers Track L5, Other SVN49 Signals

Septentrio reports success in tracking five signals being transmitted from the modernized GPS Block IIR satellite with the L5 demonstration payload launched on March 24.

Now designated space vehicle number 49 (SVN49), the satellite began broadcasting in the L1 and L2 band on March 28, shortly after the spacecraft reached its quasi-circular middle earth sorbit.

People • April 17, 2009

ATK Hires Former GPS JPO Director Jim Armor

Alliant Techsystems has named Major General U.S. Air Force (Ret.) James B. Armor Jr., a former director of the NAVSTAR GPS Joint Program Office (GPS JPO, now the GPS Wing), as vice-president of strategy and business development for spacecraft systems and engineering services for the company’s Space Systems unit.

New Builds • April 15, 2009

Hemisphere Launches Noise-Resistant GPS Antenna

Hemisphere GPS has introduced a new GPS antenna, the A21, designed to reduce the effects of interference from radios, transmitters, and other peripheral electronic equipment.

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