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December 1, 2016

Lockheed Martin Advances GPS Ground Control System for U.S. Air Force

Lockheed Martin has announced a major upgrade to modernize the GPS ground control system, the company said. The commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) upgrade no. 2 (CUP2) project, which became operational in mid-October to manage the 31 GPS satellites, is the latest step in the U.S. Air Force's plan to refresh technology and transform the legacy operational control segment, also known as the Architecture Evolution Plan (AEP), the company said.

December 1, 2016

u-blox Releases Integrated Antenna GNSS Receiver

Thalwil, Switzerland-based u-blox has released its SAM-M8Q GNSS receiver with integrated antenna. The compact SAM-M8Q module speeds time to market for GNSS system developers who have limited experience in radio frequency (RF) and antenna design, the company said.

SAM-M8Q, housed in a 15.5 by 15.5 x 6.3 millimeter package, can be embedded in small devices that require location information, the company said. These include asset tracking, telematics systems, and generic automotive after-market applications.

November 21, 2016

Hitachi Uses Trimble Grade Control System

Trimble has announced that the Hitachi Construction Machinery's ZX200X-5B semi-automatic excavator is now available in Japan with the GCS900 Grade Control System.

The system uses GNSS, laser, sonic, or total station technology, to position the heavy machinery's blade or bucket in real-time, for significant reduction in material overages and improving the contractor's productivity, the company said. The unit makes design surfaces, grades, and alignments accessible to the operator inside a cab, Trimble said.

November 17, 2016

Canadian Army Tests NovAtel's GPS Anti-Jam Technology

Calgary, Canada-based NovAtel Inc. announced that the Canadian Army has successfully tested its GPS Anti-Jam Technology (GAJT) in live-fire conditions on the M777C1 howitzer.

GAJT protects GPS-based navigation and precise timing receivers from intentional jamming and accidental interference, Novatel said. The unit features a null-forming antenna system, which ensure satellite signals necessary to compute position and time are always available, the company said.

Ventures • November 15, 2016

NovAtel Partners for Autonomous Vehicle Safety Research

NovAtel Inc. announced today (November 15, 2016) that it has entered into an agreement with two educational institutions to fund leading-edge research to determine how GNSS technology can deliver a positioning solution that meets both the safety and accuracy requirements of unmanned automotive vehicles.

November 8, 2016

Trimble Rolls Out Catalyst GNSS Receiver, xFill Technology

Trimble has released Catalyst, a software-defined GNSS receiver that works with Android handhelds, smartphones, and tablets. The receiver, announced at the Trimble Dimensions conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, provides on-demand GNSS, geolocation capabilities to transform consumer devices into high-accuracy mobile data collection systems, the company said.

November 7, 2016

u-blox Releases Module Combining GNSS with LTE Modem

Thalwil, Switzerland-based u-blox has released its LARA-R3121 module that combines a single-mode long-term evolution (LTE) category one modem and a GNSS positioning engine for internet of things (IoT) and machine-to-machine (M2M) devices, the company said.

LARA-R3121's applications include smart utility monitoring; connected health and patient monitoring; smart buildings; security and video surveillance; smart payment and point-of-sale systems; and such wearable devices as action cameras.

New Builds • November 2, 2016

SDX GNSS Simulator Covers Four Satellite Navigation Systems

With the addition of BeiDou B1 and B2 signals, Longueuil, Canada-based
Skydel's (SDX) GNSS simulator now covers the four global navigation
satellite systems, the company said. SDX also added Galileo signals E5a
and E5b.

With these new updates, SDX said it is now possible to create a GNSS
simulation with a four-constellation, dual-frequency test scenario on a
single software-designed radio (SDR). The SDX GNSS simulator is ideal
for engineers, designers, and research institutes, the company said.

Skydel now offers these satellite signals:

New Builds • November 1, 2016

Topcon to Distribute Intel Falcon 8+ UAS in North America

Topcon Positioning Group will distribute Intel Corporation's Falcon 8+ System, a V-shaped, eight-rotor unmanned aerial system (UAS) in North American markets.

Announced at Intergeo 2016 in Hamburg, Germany, the Intel Falcon 8+ features triple-redundant AscTec Trinity autopilot capability and has full electronic system redundancy, the company said. It also includes the Intel Cockpit ground control and Powerpack smart battery system.

Ventures • November 1, 2016

NovAtel and Stanford Sign Autonomous Vehicle Study Agreement

NovAtel has signed a contract with Stanford University for a study to determine how GNSS technology can deliver a positioning system that meets safety and accuracy requirements for autonomous land vehicles, the company said.

NovAtel said the study, to be conducted at Stanford's GPS Research Laboratory, will build on similar aircraft research. In addition, the research will include concepts for high integrity carrier-phase algorithms, threat models, and safety monitors for improving autonomous vehicle transportation, the company said.

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