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October 18, 2010

Augmented Reality Navigation System Nabs Galileo Master Award in Satellite Navigation Competition

A Salzburg, Austria–based start-up company, Mobilizy, took home the €20,000 grand prize in the European Satellite Navigation Competition 2010 (ESNC 2010) for its revolutionary navigation system Wikitude Drive, which uses augmented reality (AR) to superimpose driving directions over live street video on smartphones.

October 18, 2010

Mobile Voting Application Wins USA Challenge

A secure mobile application that enables secure voting and polling from location-capable mobile devices has won the 2010 USA Challenge — the North American regional event in the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC).

October 12, 2010

OlinkStar Offers GNSS Products Using Current Compass/Beidou-2 Signals

Despite the absence of official published specifications for China’s Compass/Beidou-2, a number of GNSS companies have announced plans to build Compass-capable receivers — in some cases “future-proofing” their products so as to be upgradeable when a Beidou-2 Interface Control Document becomes available.

Ventures • October 11, 2010

Trimble Acquires Terralite Line from Novariant

Trimble has acquired the Terralite assets from Novariant, Inc., to expand the Sunnyvale, California–based company's portfolio of positioning solutions.

Ventures • October 10, 2010

Spirent, AGI Announce Joint Software Integration

Spirent and Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI) have announced the integration of AGI's STK (Satellite Tool Kit) and Spirent's SimGEN software.

Spirent says the link enables the software packages to communicate to allow trajectories created in STL to be used readily to define the motion in Spirent's hardware GNSS simulators. SimGEN test-case motion also can be visualized in STK.

New Builds • October 9, 2010

Topcon Adds Mapping System

Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS), Livermore, California, has announced the addition of the IP-S2 HD Mapping System to its line of mobile mapping solutions.

The IP-S2 HD is a vehicle-mounted surveying and mapping system featuring a high-definition LiDAR scanner from Velodyne Lidar, Inc. The system incorporates high-precision GNSS receivers, an inertial measurement unit, vehicle wheel encoder, 360-degree digital cameras and Velodyne's HDL-64E S2.2 LiDAR scanner.

New Builds • October 4, 2010

NovAtel, Hemisphere GPS Launch Rival Products

Two Canadian companies — NovAtel and Hemisphere GPS — that over the years had positioned their products somewhat separately along the GNSS OEM technology spectrum appear to be moving toward a more head-to-head competition.

October 2, 2010

USA Challenge GNSS Applications Contest Picks Five Finalists

[UPDATED Oct. 21, 2010] Contestants from all over the United States and the world have sent in their new GNSS apps to the USA Challenge — the North America regional contest in the 2010 European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC).

The judges, all GNSS business and technology experts, have ranked the submissions.

And the five best satellite navigation applications ideas are . . .

Events • October 1, 2010

ITN 2010: Infrastructure, Telematics, Navigation

ITN 2010 – Infrastructure, Telematics & Navigation will take place in Turin, Italy, on November 11–12 at the Lingotto Fiere.

Organized by GL Events Italia-Lingotto Fiere, Wireless with the support of the Piedmont Region, in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce of Turin, and with the scientific contribution of Torino Wireless, the conference and exhibition will focus on the future of infomobility and satellite navigation.

September 10, 2010

Oregon: More GPS Product Design and GNSS-related Industry Here Than You May Think

by Glen Gibbons

Few would mistake Oregon for the beating heart of GNSS. Still,  for a medium-sized U.S. metro area in the Pacific Northwest, Portland  and Oregon's I-5 corridor has enough relevant involvement with the industry to justify hosting the Institute of Navigation's 2010 GNSS conference and exhibition.

Oregon has FLIR Systems, Cloud Cap Technology, TriQuint, Intel, Garmin and Inside GNSS magazine.

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