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November 8, 2016

Trimble Rolls Out Catalyst GNSS Receiver, xFill Technology

Trimble has released Catalyst, a software-defined GNSS receiver that works with Android handhelds, smartphones, and tablets. The receiver, announced at the Trimble Dimensions conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, provides on-demand GNSS, geolocation capabilities to transform consumer devices into high-accuracy mobile data collection systems, the company said.

November 7, 2016

u-blox Releases Module Combining GNSS with LTE Modem

Thalwil, Switzerland-based u-blox has released its LARA-R3121 module that combines a single-mode long-term evolution (LTE) category one modem and a GNSS positioning engine for internet of things (IoT) and machine-to-machine (M2M) devices, the company said.

LARA-R3121's applications include smart utility monitoring; connected health and patient monitoring; smart buildings; security and video surveillance; smart payment and point-of-sale systems; and such wearable devices as action cameras.

New Builds • November 2, 2016

SDX GNSS Simulator Covers Four Satellite Navigation Systems

With the addition of BeiDou B1 and B2 signals, Longueuil, Canada-based
Skydel's (SDX) GNSS simulator now covers the four global navigation
satellite systems, the company said. SDX also added Galileo signals E5a
and E5b.

With these new updates, SDX said it is now possible to create a GNSS
simulation with a four-constellation, dual-frequency test scenario on a
single software-designed radio (SDR). The SDX GNSS simulator is ideal
for engineers, designers, and research institutes, the company said.

Skydel now offers these satellite signals:

New Builds • November 1, 2016

Topcon to Distribute Intel Falcon 8+ UAS in North America

Topcon Positioning Group will distribute Intel Corporation's Falcon 8+ System, a V-shaped, eight-rotor unmanned aerial system (UAS) in North American markets.

Announced at Intergeo 2016 in Hamburg, Germany, the Intel Falcon 8+ features triple-redundant AscTec Trinity autopilot capability and has full electronic system redundancy, the company said. It also includes the Intel Cockpit ground control and Powerpack smart battery system.

Ventures • November 1, 2016

NovAtel and Stanford Sign Autonomous Vehicle Study Agreement

NovAtel has signed a contract with Stanford University for a study to determine how GNSS technology can deliver a positioning system that meets safety and accuracy requirements for autonomous land vehicles, the company said.

NovAtel said the study, to be conducted at Stanford's GPS Research Laboratory, will build on similar aircraft research. In addition, the research will include concepts for high integrity carrier-phase algorithms, threat models, and safety monitors for improving autonomous vehicle transportation, the company said.

Ventures • October 31, 2016

Mayflower SAGE Provides Anti-Jam Capability for Submarines

Mayflower Communications Company said its submarine anti-jam GPS enhancement (SAGE) supports the U.S. Navy's multifunction mast antenna System (OE-5388) upgrade to improve communications systems and navigation warfare (NAVWAR) requirements.

October 28, 2016

GNSS Notes from InterGEO

This year's InterGEO in Hamburg, Germany, featured the latest in geospatial wizardry including new navigation and positioning components and boards not only driving progress in the surveying and mapping industries, but also feeding into the wider GNSS user community.

San Francisco-based Swift Navigation came into InterGEO brandishing the all-new Piksi Multi, described as the world's first affordable multi-band and multi-constellation receiver.

October 13, 2016

Eos Positioning Systems Rolls Out Arrow Gold GNSS Receiver

Terrebonne, Canada-based Eos Positioning Systems has released its Arrow Gold Bluetooth GNSS receiver. Arrow Gold is the first iOS, Android, and Windows Bluetooth GNSS receiver to work with GPS, Glonass, Galileo, BeiDou, Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS), and the Atlas correction service, the company said.

The palm-sized Arrow Gold receiver provides centimeter-level accuracy on iOS, Android, and Windows devices. Arrow Gold, which costs $4,395, works with such data collection systems as Esri's Collector/Survey123 and others.

October 11, 2016

Applanix Announces POSPac MMS 8 Software

Applanix has released its POSPac MMS 8 GNSS-aided inertial post-processing software for georeferencing data collected from cameras, LIDARs, multi-beam sonars, and other sensors on mobile platforms.

The unit, introduced at the InterGEO trade fair in Hamburg, Germany, uses Trimble's CenterPoint RTX subscription service. The Trimble CenterPoint RTX service allows land, air, marine, and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) platforms to achieve centimeter-level accuracy within one hour after data collection with just an internet connection, the company said.

Ventures • October 11, 2016

Hemisphere GNSS and Carlson Offer New GNSS Receivers

Hemisphere GNSS and Carlson Software have released the Hemisphere S321 and Carlson BRx6 receivers for land surveying, construction fieldwork, and marine operations.

The lightweight and compact new receivers work with GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, and Galileo, the company said. The receivers also incorporate real-time kinematic (RTK) and L-band corrections, including optimization for Hemisphere's subscription-based Atlas GNSS global correction service, Hemisphere said.

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