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May 5, 2011

2012 European Navigation Conference to Take Place in Poland

In 2012, for the first time, the annual European Navigation Conference will take place in Gdańsk, Poland.

It will be held at April 25-27 in the Filharmonia convention hall on Olowianka Island. It is at the center of the one of the oldest Baltic cities, near many of the historical attractions of Gdańsk (Danzig).

The theme is "Navigation for the People." The conference will be held in English.

The event will also feature a technical exhbition for companies, institutes and others to demonstrate their products.

April 29, 2011

Trimble Q1 Report: Revenue Up 20 Percent

Trimble announced Thursday (April 28, 2011) that its first-quarter 2011 revenue was up 20 percent at $384.3 million as compared to the first quarter of 2010. 

Operating income grew 21 percent to $43.7 million compared to the year-earlier period.  Operating margin in the first quarter of 2011 was 11.4 percent, approximately flat compared to the first quarter of 2010. 

First quarter 2011 non-GAAP operating income of $70.1 million was up 23 percent; the non-GAAP operating margin was 18.2 percent.

New Builds • April 28, 2011

Rakon Introduces RTX-A TCXOs

Rakon Ltd. has launched two new fully integrated temperature compensated crystal oscillators (TCXOs) in its RTX-A series, designed for use in precision GNSS receivers and wireless communication devices and base stations, such as LTE femtocells, IP timing, and WiFi/WiMax.

The RTX7050A and RTX5032A (5 x 3.2 millimeters) employ an analog IC for both the oscillator and temperature compensation.

Events • April 26, 2011

New Advanced Receiver Course Featured in NavtechGPS July Seminar

NavtechGPS, the Washington D.C.-based GNSS technology trainers, will introduce a new advanced receiver course for engineers and designers in their summer seminar series at the Doubletree Hotel in Annapolis, Maryland next July 11-15.

The course is called "Using Advanced GPS/GNSS Signals and Systems." Signal and receiver design expert John Betz, MITRE Corporation, and James Sennott, president of Tracking and Imaging Systems, Inc will teach it.

Events • April 26, 2011

10 High School Teams to Test Robots at the Smithsonian in the 2011 Mini Urban Challenge

Ten Lego kits transformed into autonomous robotic vehicles will gather, with their high school student masters, on Saturday, May 21 at the Smithsonian for the 2011 national championship of the Institute of Navigation Mini-Urban Challenge.

It all happens from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Spark!Lab and first floor of the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation on the National Mall.

Ventures • April 19, 2011

Trimble Announces Plans to Buy Ashtech

Continuing a series of acquisitions in recent years, Trimble announced today (April 19, 2011) that the Sunnyvale, California–based company has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately held Ashtech S.A.S.

In announcing the its plans, Trimble said that it expects the acquisition of the Carquefou, France, company and its affiliates will expand the U.S. company’s Spectra Precision portfolio of survey solutions and allow the company to better address emerging markets worldwide.  

New Builds • April 12, 2011

Applanix Launches Version 5 of POS MV GNSS-Inertial Hydrographic Survey System

Applanix has released Version 5 of the company’s POS MV (Position and Orientation System for Marine Vessels), the next generation of its georeferencing and motion compensation system for hydrographic surveying.

April 12, 2011

NavCom Introduces Multi-GNSS SF-3040 Receiver

NavCom Technology, Inc., has launched its 66-channel, SF-3040 pole-mount receiver, featuring StarFire/real-time kinematic (RTK) multi-GNSS capabilities and optimized for surveying and mapping applications.

NavCom says its new product provides real-time kinematic (RTK)–level accuracy up to 40 kilometers away from the base station or decimeter-level accuracy anywhere in the world when using the company’s StarFire global satellite-based augmentation system (GSBAS).

New Builds • April 9, 2011

Geneq Announced Dual-Frequency RTK GPS, OmniSTAR HP Receivers

Geneq Inc., a Montreal, Quebec, Canada, manufacturer, has introduced two new GPS products.

The SXBlue III-L is a compact GPS L1/L2 receiver in the world designed for use with OmniSTAR’s HP service to attain decimeter accuracy worldwide. Targeted at GIS mapping/surveying applications, the receiver measures 14 x 8 x 5.6 centimeters (5.57 x 3.15 x 2.22 inches) and weighs 517 grams (1.14 pounds) including battery.

Ventures • April 9, 2011

Hey, Kids! Get Your Names on Europe's Galileo Satellites!

If you are lucky enough to be nine to eleven years old and living in Belgium or Bulgaria, you could get your name on one of the first European navigation satellites.

Two of them will launch from French Guiana in September 2011. Although Europe already has test satellites in the sky, these launches will mark the beginning of Galileo, a global navigation satellite system much like GPS.

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