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May 14, 2011

CSNC 2011: China Satellite Navigation Conference

Exhibit from the first Compass Satellite Navigation Conference

The second China Satellite Navigation conference will take place at Shanghai’s Expo Center on May 18-20, 2011.

The conference scientific chair is Prof. Sun Jiadong.

The aim of the conference is to build satellite navigation as an active academic field in China, to promote satellite system technology innovation and to strengthen the relationship between business and government for the advance of China’s Compass/Beidou system.

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By Inside GNSS
April 30, 2011

Air Traffic Control Modernization: FAA, NextGen, GNSS, and Avionics Equipage

Mike Dyment, General Partner, NextGen Equipage Fund LLC

» Air Traffic Control Modernization (PDF)

In between partisan confrontations around the 2011 federal budget and raising the U.S. debt limit, prospects are improving for federal legislation that would provide the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with a regular full-year budget for the first time since Fiscal Year 2007 — including support for completing the transition to a GNSS-driven air traffic control (ATC) system known as NextGen and a “public-private partnership” to equip aircraft with the needed avionics.

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By Inside GNSS
April 29, 2011

Trimble Q1 Report: Revenue Up 20 Percent

Trimble announced Thursday (April 28, 2011) that its first-quarter 2011 revenue was up 20 percent at $384.3 million as compared to the first quarter of 2010. 

Operating income grew 21 percent to $43.7 million compared to the year-earlier period.  Operating margin in the first quarter of 2011 was 11.4 percent, approximately flat compared to the first quarter of 2010. 

First quarter 2011 non-GAAP operating income of $70.1 million was up 23 percent; the non-GAAP operating margin was 18.2 percent.

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By Inside GNSS
April 26, 2011

10 High School Teams to Test Robots at the Smithsonian in the 2011 Mini Urban Challenge

Pace High School “Catastrophic” team, the 2010 winner

Ten Lego kits transformed into autonomous robotic vehicles will gather, with their high school student masters, on Saturday, May 21 at the Smithsonian for the 2011 national championship of the Institute of Navigation Mini-Urban Challenge.

It all happens from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Spark!Lab and first floor of the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation on the National Mall.

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By Inside GNSS
April 19, 2011

Trimble Announces Plans to Buy Ashtech

Continuing a series of acquisitions in recent years, Trimble announced today (April 19, 2011) that the Sunnyvale, California–based company has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately held Ashtech S.A.S.

In announcing the its plans, Trimble said that it expects the acquisition of the Carquefou, France, company and its affiliates will expand the U.S. company’s Spectra Precision portfolio of survey solutions and allow the company to better address emerging markets worldwide.  

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By Inside GNSS
April 7, 2011

Hexagon 2011 International Conference

A number of user conferences for customers of Hexagon AB’s precise measurement brands and products will be combined in the Swedish corporation’s first international conference this summer.

It will take place at Orlando World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, Florida from June 6 through June 9, 2011.

The theme is "Building a Smarter World," and will include 200 technical and training sessions and an industry exhibition.

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By Inside GNSS
January 11, 2011

Topcon and DICKEY-john Form Alliance Around Ag System Development

Topcon X30 controller

Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS) and DICKEY-john Corporation, an agricultural systems and machine control manufacturer based in Auburn, Illinois, have formed a strategic relationship in the agriculture industry.

Headquartered in Livermore, California, TPS recently unveiled its System 350 machine control system, which employs the company’s new X30 control console and its AGI-3 receiver for autosteering.

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By Inside GNSS
December 22, 2010

GMV Will Launch Fully Hosted Software GPS Receiver at Mobile World Congress

GMV will launch the SRX-10, a software GPS receiver for mass-market applications, at this year’s GSMA Mobile World Congress, scheduled February 14–17 in Barcelona, Spain.

As a fully hosted solution, all SRX-10 receiver functions — even signal acquisition and tracking — can be hosted on a general purpose CPU with only the requirement of adding on a low cost RF front-end, according to the company.
The company cites other benefits offered by its new software receiver, particularly its substantial flexibility and upgradeability.

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By Inside GNSS
December 8, 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.”

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By Inside GNSS
November 15, 2010

European Study Predicts $1.72 Trillion GNSS Road Transport, LBS and Mobile Phone Market by 2020

Core GNSS Markets. GSA data

The European GNSS Agency (GSA, formerly European GNSS Supervisory Authority) predicts that the market for GNSS will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11 percent over the next decade, reaching some €165 billion (US$225.7 billion) for the core GNSS market in 2020.

Released on November 12, the GNSS Market Report is the first of a series that the GSA plans to produce in its ongoing GNSS Market Monitoring Process, according to Gian Gherardo Calini, head of the GSA Market Development Department.

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By Inside GNSS