May 10, 2018

David Grossman joins GPS Innovation Alliance as Executive Director

The GPS Innovation Alliance has announced the appointment of J. “David” Grossman as executive director. Grossman will lead the Alliance as it further builds its organizational presence in Washington on behalf of its members and the GNSS industry as a whole.

“David’s appointment ushers in an exciting new chapter for our organization” said Jim Kirkland, president of the GPS Innovation Alliance and senior vice president and general counsel of Trimble Inc. 

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By Inside GNSS
May 7, 2018

MicroPilot Integrates Trimble’s High-Precision GNSS into its Triple Redundant UAS Autopilot

MicroPilot and Trimble have entered into an agreement that will enable the integration of Trimble’s high-precision Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) technology into the MP2128 Triple Redundant UAS Autopilot.

MicroPilot produces autopilots for all types of professional drones, including fixed-wing, multi-rotor and vertical take-off and landing (VTOL). As Trimble looks to gain market share in the UAS industry, the team at MicroPilot can offer their years of expertise integrating guidance, navigation and support systems in these platforms.

“MicroPilot has phenomenal integration abilities,” Trimble’s Strategic Initiatives Director for Wireless & UAV InTech Division Joe Carey said during this year’s AUVSI XPONENTIAL conference in Denver. “They have a team that integrates the autopilot into the airframe. We want to be integrated into as many airframes as possible. It’s an emerging market and we want to be part of it, but we don’t want to be in the airframe business.”

Integrating autopilots can be difficult because a lot of settings have to be fine-tuned, Carey said. The team at MicroPilot offers support through the design cycle and completes extensive testing to ensure they provide a reliable autopilot that safely guides and controls drones.

MicroPilot works closely with high-end drone companies that make high-capability systems and wanted to join forces with a professional GNSS manufacturer that could support the precision and reliability needs of their customers, said Howard Loewen, President of MicroPilot. Trimble is a leader in this category and will be able to support MicroPilot customers with product development, testing and operations. Trimble’s GNSS receivers are used for many applications, including robotics and autonomous vehicle guidance.

“We’ll benefit from better technical support and better access to their technical team and vice versa,” Loewen said. “We’ll be able to take better advantage of all the features Trimble products have to offer.”

By Inside GNSS
July 8, 2017

Trimble Catalyst Now Offering High-Accuracy, On-Demand Positioning-as-a-Service

Trimble Catalyst software-defined GNSS receiver for Android devices. Photo source: Trimble.

Trimble just announced that its Trimble Catalyst software-defined GNSS receiver for Android devices is now available through the company’s global distribution network. Customers can now access Positioning-as-a-Service to collect geo-location data with Trimble or third-party apps on smartphones, tablets and mobile handhelds.

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By Inside GNSS
June 27, 2017

Trimble Launches VRS Now Correction Service in France 

Trimble VRS Now GNSS correction service is now available in France. Photo courtesy of Trimble.

Trimble VRS Now GNSS correction service is now available in France. The service is well suited for a variety of geospatial and construction applications including surveying, cadastral, land administration, and urban and rural construction that would benefit from easy access to high-accuracy, centimeter-level positioning.

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By Inside GNSS
June 16, 2017

Trimble Adds Galileo Support to VRS Now Correction Service 

Galileo support has been added to the VRS Now Correction Service. Photo courtesy of Trimble. 

Trimble announced that its Trimble VRS Now networks — powered by Trimble Pivot Platform software — can now process Galileo observation data in its network-modeled Virtual Reference Station (VRS) solution. As a true five-constellation technology using GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, QZSS and now Galileo observations, Trimble VRS Now delivers even better real-time positioning performance for customers using Trimble networks throughout much of Europe, the company stated.

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By Inside GNSS
April 7, 2017

Trimble Introduces Trimble ABX-Two OEM GNSS Sensor for System Integrators

Trimble ABX-Two OEM GNSS sensor. Photo source: Trimble.

Trimble introduces the Trimble ABX-Two OEM GNSS sensor, designed to deliver precise heading, pitch, roll and 3D positioning information.

With two internal MB-Two modules, the ABX-Two offers a third antenna option that provides a drift-free, absolute attitude solution. The ABX-Two is well-suited for a wide variety of applications such as agriculture, automotive, aviation, construction and marine systems.

The announcement was made April 6 at Ocean Business 2017, an international event for ocean technology.

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By Inside GNSS