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New Builds • April 28, 2016

KVH Reveals Plans to Build FOG Sensor for Self-Driving Cars

KVH Industries, Inc., says that it is developing a fiber optic gyro (FOG)–based, low-cost inertial sensor for self-driving cars, based on its successes in autonomous vehicle prototype programs and a wide range of unmanned applications.

The Middletown, Rhode Island–based company also announced that it has introduced a developer’s kit to support integration and testing of FOG-based inertial measurement units (IMUs) for driverless cars.

April 27, 2016

NovAtel Launches TerraStar-L Correction Service

NovAtel Inc. has announced the launch of its TerraStar-L, a new 40 centimeter precise point positioning (PPP) correction service. TerraStar-L is a subscription based correction service that delivers GNSS correction data via satellite to users of precision navigation systems.
 
The company says that position accuracy of 40 centimeters makes TerraStar-L ideal for broad accuracy applications such as agriculture, GIS or unmanned vehicle navigation, particularly where tree lines, buildings and other obstructions can be an impediment to continuous positioning.
 

New Builds • April 26, 2016

Harxon Introduces Datalink Radio for GNSS Positioning

Harxon Corporation has launched the HX-DU1603D, a high-speed, Bluetooth-enabled, wireless data link designed for GNSS/RTK surveying and precise positioning.
 
The HX-DU1603D is a lightweight, ruggedized UHF receiver designed for digital radio communications between 410 and 470 MHz in the radio frequency spectrum using either 12.5- or 25-kilohertz channels.
 

New Builds • April 22, 2016

Russian Aerospace University Release New GPS Easy Suite

Kai Borre, now a professor and senior researcher at Russia’s Samara State Aerospace University, has released a new version of Easy Suite, a collection of Matlab-based scripts and explanatory text that illustrated a variety of common GPS issues.

The first Easy Suite files (easy1–easy10) were published in the periodical GPS Solutions in 2003. Those were augmented by a continuation (easy11–easy18) in Inside GNSS in the years 2009–2010.

Ventures • April 12, 2016

Topcon Launches Deformation Monitoring Solution, Global Distribution Agreement

Topcon Positioning Group has announced the launch of Topcon Delta, its new deformation monitoring solution for construction, tunneling, and mining.

According to the company, Topcon Delta is a system of software and hardware components, which delivers accurate and reliable monitoring measurements and associated reporting to provide protection of assets during works.

New Builds • March 22, 2016

Harxon Announces a New Multi-GNSS Helix Antenna

Harxon Corporation, a large antenna manufacturer based in Shenzhen, China, has launched a new GPS L1/L2 GLONASS L1/L2 BDS B1/B2 helix antenna for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and geographic information system (GIS) applications.

According to Harxon, the HX-CH6601A helix antenna offers significant improvements over its predecessor HX-CH4601A GPS/GLONASS L1L2 antenna, by providing exceptional pattern control, polarization purity, and high efficiency in a very compact form factor.

Ventures • March 16, 2016

Averna Acquires Test & Measurement Solutions

Montreal, Canada–based Averna, a developer of test solutions and services for communications and electronics device-makers, has acquired 100 percent of Europe-based Test & Measurement Solutions (T&M Solutions) for an undisclosed amount.

Averna’s main shareholders, Tandem Expansion and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, both participated in the financing of this acquisition.

Ventures • March 14, 2016

Poland Chooses Spectra Precision GNSS to Spot-Check Compliance for EU Direct Pay Subsidies

The Agency for Restructuring and Modernization of Agriculture (ARMA), a government organization responsible for the supervision and control of European Union agricultural subsidies in Poland, has purchased 118 Spectra Precision MobileMapper 300 smart antennas.  

New Builds • March 13, 2016

OriginGPS Shrinks Multi-GNSS Module

OriginGPS has launched its Multi Micro Spider multi-GNSS module, which features a 5.6 x 5.6-millimeter footprint and 2.65-millimeter height.

Like its predecessor, the Multi Micro Hornet (which measured 10 x 10 x 6.1 millimeters), the ORG4033 uses MediaTek’s MT3333 and is positioned for applications that require minimal power consumption and ultra-small form factors, ranging from wearables to drones. Unlike the Hornet, the Multi Micro Spider supports Europe’s Galileo system as well as GPS, GLONASS, and BeiDou.

February 24, 2016

u-blox Brings Centimeter-Level Precision GNSS Technology to the Mass Market

u-blox continues to roll out variations on its new generation of GNSS technology, launching the NEO-M8P receiver modules targeted at such applications as unmanned vehicles and robotic guidance systems

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