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New Builds • February 4, 2016

New u-blox M8 Firmware Now Supports Galileo, Increases GNSS Signal Acquisition Sensitivity and Security

Thalwil, Switzerland–based u-blox has announced the upcoming release of a new firmware, FW 3.01, for its u-blox M8 multi-GNSS platform.
u-blox M8 FW 3.01 will now also support Galileo in addition to GPS, GLONASS, BeiDo. It can track up to three constellations concurrently and makes use of all satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS) signals and Japan’s Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS) at the same time, according to the company.

New Builds • February 1, 2016

Harris Offers Digital Navigation Payload for GPS Block III

Harris Corporation has announced that it will offer an all-digital navigation payload for GPS Block III space vehicles (SV) 11 and beyond.  

New Builds • January 26, 2016

SwiftNav Releases Specs on UAV-Focus GNSS Receiver Platform

Having started out with a crowd source–funded launch through Kickstarter followed by two rounds of more conventional venture capital backing — $2.6 million in 2014 and another $11 million last December — San Francisco, California–based Swift Navigation is going after a low-cost, high-precision market such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) with its Piksi GPS receiver platform.

New Builds • January 13, 2016

KVH Introduces FOG-based Inertial Navigation Systems for Unmanned and Autonomous Applications

KVH Industries, Inc., has introduced the GEO-FOG 3D inertial navigation system (INS), targeting unmanned, autonomous, and manned aerial, ground, marine, and subsurface platforms, such as subsea remotely operated vehicles (ROV) or mining systems.

New Builds • January 6, 2016

u-blox Launches New GPS/GLONASS Receiver Platform for Low-Power Devices

Thalwil, Switzerland–based u-blox announced the release of its u-blox 8 GPS/GLONASS receiver platform today (January 6, 2016).

The new product complements the u-blox GNSS platform portfolio by addressing power-sensitive usage for battery-powered devices such as wearables and sports-training monitors. The existing u-blox M8 platform will continue to address applications where navigation performance and highest accuracy are paramount, according to the company.

Ventures • December 8, 2015

New Beijing Airport Extends Trimble Integrated Construction Contract

Trimble announced today (December 8, 2015) that it has received a contract extension to use the company’s technology from Trimble to integrate construction and operations for the high-profile Beijing New Airport Project, expected to be the world's largest when completed at an estimated cost of $13.1 billion.

In April, Trimble won the initial bid to supply the project with a construction information management system. Based on the success of the solution to date, the contract has been extended to include additional machine control systems for soil stabilization.

December 7, 2015

ABI Research GNSS IC Vendor Report Shows u-blox Joining Top 3

In a recent GNSS IC Vendor report, technology market intelligence provider ABI Research says that Thalwil, Switzerland–based u-blox has joined Qualcomm and Broadcom, as the world’s leading suppliers of GNSS integrated circuits (ICs), edging out Taiwan’s MediaTek.

December 5, 2015

Trans-Atlantic eLoran Joint Venture Seeks to Augment GNSS, Build Robust PNT

The founders of Chronos and UrsaNav announced a new collaboration yesterday (December 3, 2015) intended enhance the resilience and reliability of space-based positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) services.

December 1, 2015

KCS Releases Low-Cost Track/Trace GNSS+ Module

Dordrecht, Netherlands–based KCS BV has extended its TraceME product line with a low-budget track-and-trace module based on the company’s LoRa technology.
The TM-900/N1C1 module is the latest development in KCS’s TraceME GPS track-and-trace product line. The product is targeted for tracking and tracing a variety of objects, including livestock, and for personal use.

Ventures • October 30, 2015

NovAtel to Develop WAAS G-III - Galileo Prototype Reference Station Receiver for FAA

NovAtel Inc. has announced that the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and NovAtel have exercised a bi-lateral option to produce a Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) G-III – Galileo prototype receiver to advance research on multi-GNSS constellation operation.

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