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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.

October 18, 2010

Augmented Reality Navigation System Nabs Galileo Master Award in Satellite Navigation Competition

A Salzburg, Austria–based start-up company, Mobilizy, took home the €20,000 grand prize in the European Satellite Navigation Competition 2010 (ESNC 2010) for its revolutionary navigation system Wikitude Drive, which uses augmented reality (AR) to superimpose driving directions over live street video on smartphones.

October 18, 2010

Mobile Voting Application Wins USA Challenge

A secure mobile application that enables secure voting and polling from location-capable mobile devices has won the 2010 USA Challenge — the North American regional event in the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC).

October 12, 2010

OlinkStar Offers GNSS Products Using Current Compass/Beidou-2 Signals

Despite the absence of official published specifications for China’s Compass/Beidou-2, a number of GNSS companies have announced plans to build Compass-capable receivers — in some cases “future-proofing” their products so as to be upgradeable when a Beidou-2 Interface Control Document becomes available.

Ventures • October 11, 2010

Trimble Acquires Terralite Line from Novariant

Trimble has acquired the Terralite assets from Novariant, Inc., to expand the Sunnyvale, California–based company's portfolio of positioning solutions.

Ventures • October 10, 2010

Spirent, AGI Announce Joint Software Integration

Spirent and Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI) have announced the integration of AGI's STK (Satellite Tool Kit) and Spirent's SimGEN software.

Spirent says the link enables the software packages to communicate to allow trajectories created in STL to be used readily to define the motion in Spirent's hardware GNSS simulators. SimGEN test-case motion also can be visualized in STK.

New Builds • October 9, 2010

Topcon Adds Mapping System

Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS), Livermore, California, has announced the addition of the IP-S2 HD Mapping System to its line of mobile mapping solutions.

The IP-S2 HD is a vehicle-mounted surveying and mapping system featuring a high-definition LiDAR scanner from Velodyne Lidar, Inc. The system incorporates high-precision GNSS receivers, an inertial measurement unit, vehicle wheel encoder, 360-degree digital cameras and Velodyne's HDL-64E S2.2 LiDAR scanner.

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