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Ventures • May 17, 2016

New Engineering Team at NovAtel Focuses on Positioning Technology for Autonomous Vehicles

NovAtel Inc. announced today (May 17, 2016) a new corporate initiative to develop functionally safe GNSS positioning technology for fully autonomous applications.

A provider of high-precision GNSS products for more than 20 years, NovAtel is leveraging its extensive experience developing safety-critical systems for the aviation industry to meet the future safety thresholds required for driverless cars and autonomous applications in agriculture, mining, and other government, military and commercial markets.

Ventures • May 13, 2016

Mayflower Receives Small GPS User Equipment Contract

Mayflower Communications Company, Inc., has been awarded a Phase III SGUE (small GPS user equipment) contract with the United States Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), sponsored by the Space and Missile Systems Center/GPS Directorate (SMC/GPSD), to develop a small SWaP (size, weight, and power) security certifiable Common GPS Module (CGM) for the Air Force’s Modernized GPS User Equipment (MGUE) Program.

People • May 6, 2016

Beijing UniStrong Chief Takes Over (Temporarily) at Hemisphere GNSS

Hemisphere GNSS, Inc. today (May 5, 2016) announced that Xinping Guo has been named Interim President and Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately.

May 4, 2016

Trimble Introduces Multi-GNSS Module for System Integrators

Trimble has introduced its dual-antenna MB-Two GNSS module, which delivers GNSS-based heading plus pitch or roll in an industry-standard form factor for system integrators.

According to Trimble, the module’s embedded Z-Blade GNSS technology uses all available dual-frequency GNSS signals equally, without any constellation preference, to deliver fast and stable centimeter-accurate position and heading information. The MB-Two is designed as a solution for a variety of applications such as unmanned, agriculture, automotive, marine, and military systems.

New Builds • May 4, 2016

Swiss Firm Launches u-blox 8 Module

u-blox has released its 8 module series that addresses user needs for power-sensitive operation. A derivative of the u-blox 8 GPS/GLONASS receiver platform launched in January, the module is related to the u-blox M8 platform that targets applications where navigation performance and high accuracy are paramount.

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.

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