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March 29, 2017

Ligado Plans GPS Augmentation Service

Photo source: Dee Ann Divis.

Ligado, which has been in a standoff with the GPS community over interference issues for more than six years, is developing a new high-precision location (HPL) augmentation system for GPS.

The new HPL service will use real-time kinematic- (RTK-) based solutions for augmentation of high-precision receivers, said Tamara Casey, Ligado’s chief technology officer, during Satellite 2017.

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Sokkia Introduces New GCX3 GNSS Integrated Receiver

GCX3 GNSS integrated receiver. Photo source: Sokkia.

Livermore, California-based Sokkia has introduced the latest addition to its GCX line of GNSS integrated receivers — the GCX3 — featuring advanced constellation tracking, open format software compatibility, and longer range base-to-rover communication.

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By Inside GNSS
March 23, 2017

NovAtel Releases Firmware Version 7.200 for OEM7

NovaTel’s 7.200 firmware for its next generation of receivers including the OEM729 Multi-Frequency GNSS Receiver.

NovAtel Inc. recently announced the release of the 7.200 firmware for its next generation of receivers, the OEM729, OEM719 and OEM7700, and with the release introduced new positioning functionality including the Interference Toolkit. The 7.200 software interface is backwards compatible with the OEM6 family software with the addition of the following key features:

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By Inside GNSS
March 8, 2017

Hemisphere GNSS Introduces IronOne Rugged Display & Computer

IronOne Rugged Display & Computer. Photo source: Hemisphere GNSS, Inc.

Scottsdale, Arizona-based Hemisphere GNSS, Inc. introduced its IronOne Rugged Display & Computer for machine control applications at this week’s CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Purpose-built for harsh machine control environments, IronOne meets IP67-standard certification and uses an 8” sunlight-readable LCD display. IronOne adds another system component and empowers heavy equipment manufacturers to deliver their own machine control and guidance solutions to their customers.

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By Inside GNSS
February 13, 2017

Emlid Launches Reach RS RTK GNSS Receiver

Reach RS RTK GNSS Receiver. Photo source: Emlid.

Emlid, with headquarters in Saint Petersburg, Russia and manufacturing done in China, has introduced the Reach RS, a rugged, battery-powered real-time kinematic (RTK) GNSS receiver. The Reach RS enables centimeter-accurate positioning for survey, mapping, agriculture and drones, and is designed to provide an economical solution, according to the company.

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By Inside GNSS
February 8, 2017

Topcon Launches MR-2 GNSS Modular Receiver System

MR-2 GNSS modular receiver system. Photo source: Topcon Positioning Group.

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.

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By Inside GNSS
January 24, 2017

State of Play in China

The BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) is China’s contribution to the world in the domain of Global Satellite Navigation System (GNSS). The BDS is being developed by the Chinese government, mainly through military departments, with key considerations for China’s national security, economic interests and social progress.

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By Ingo Baumann
January 23, 2017

Positioning Technology in Australia Gets a $12 Million Boost

SBAS illustration with the GNSS satellites (upper left) and the communications satellite (upper right).

With the Australian government’s announcement earlier this month that it would invest $12 million in a two-year program looking into the future of positioning technology in Australia, comes plans for testing of satellite based augmentation systems (SBAS) to be undertaken, and for future applications for all four major modes of transport in Australia, as well as for potential safety, productivity, efficiency and environmental benefits.

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By Inside GNSS
January 20, 2017

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

Swift Navigation co-founders Colin Beighley (left) ands Fergus Noble (right).

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.

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By Inside GNSS