Repositioned Hemisphere GPS, in expansion mode, appoints new engineering VP

Calgary, Alberta-based Hemisphere GPS has appointed Jim Chinnick as its new vice president of engineering.

Chinnick has depth of experience in the wireless and telecommunications industries. He was responsible for technology development at Wave Wireless and was engineering vice president at Wave Rider.


Calgary, Alberta-based Hemisphere GPS has appointed Jim Chinnick as its new vice president of engineering.

Chinnick has depth of experience in the wireless and telecommunications industries. He was responsible for technology development at Wave Wireless and was engineering vice president at Wave Rider.

He has held engineering and management roles at Harris Corporation (Wireless Access Division), NovAtel Communications, Nortel, and Foundation Electronic Instruments. He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics and a master’s degree in electrical engineering (communications).

Hemisphere GPS owns Outback Guidance(R), one of the leading brands in precision GPS for ground agriculture. It designs and manufactures high-precision GPS products for positioning, guidance and machine control applications in agriculture, marine, and other markets. The public company changed its name from CSI Wireless in May, 2007 after deciding to focus on its GPS business.

The company has been in expansion mode. CEO Steven Koles said their goal is to be “the world’s premiere supplier of GPS guidance and auto-steering products for agriculture."

Last last year, Hemisphere GPS agreed to acquire Australian company, BEELIINE, software developers of high-end GPS guidance and auto-steering solutions for agricultural equipment and other machine control applications.

Last fall, the company acquired two patents, one that enables a single processor to compute heading from multiple GPS receivers, and the other increases the speed and reliability of Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) solutions for multiple antennas at known distances from each other.

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