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October 31, 2012

U.S. Naval Office Looks for Methods to Strengthen, Alternatives to GPS

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has issued a Broad Agency Announcement (ONRBAA13-002) seeking proposals from industry and academia for methods to mitigate the denial of positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) services to U.S. naval forces.

The BAA invitation reflects anxiety about the vulnerability of GPS and overreliance of U.S. military personnel and systems on the space-based system.

October 30, 2012

u-blox Acquires Fastrax

u-blox, of Thalwil, Switzerland, has announced the acquisition of privately owned Fastrax Oy, a company that specializes in a broad range of GNSS positioning and antenna modules.

The company brings additional products to u-blox’ portfolio, including software GNSS solutions used for consumer and industrial applications, and advanced GNSS modules that include integrated antenna. Based in Espoo, Finland, Fastrax makes modules based on chips from CSR, MediaTek, STMicroelectronics, and Intel and also owns the full IP for a GNSS receiver, in both hardware and software.

October 29, 2012

Sensonor Launches Tactical Grade Miniature IMU

Horten, Norway–based Sensonor AS has introduced the STIM300, a small, lightweight and low-power high performance inertial measurement unit (IMU).

October 29, 2012

Navy Seeks Spoofing Solution from Rockwell Collins

The Office of Naval Research has awarded Rockwell Collins a contract to develop technology to locate and classify an adversary’s attempts to interfere with GPS signals and disrupt military operations.

“This program will help assure that essential high accuracy navigation and timekeeping services are available to weapons platforms and military users while enabling warfighters to identify potential threats,” said John Borghese, vice-president of the Rockwell Collins Advanced Technology Center.

Ventures • October 29, 2012

Indoor Navigation Smartphone App wins 2012 Galileo Masters Prize

Finding your way will be even easier with a new smartphone app from two Portuguese research institutes that augments GNSS with ultra-low magnetic field communication (ULF-MC) for reliable navigation in office buildings, airports, underground parking garages and other indoor locations.

New Builds • October 12, 2012

Trimble Introduces Next Generation GNSS Survey, Datalink, Mapping Solutions

Trimble has introduced its next-generation GNSS surveying solution — the Trimble R10, a small, lightweight receiver that introduces new features and technologies, including Trimble HD-GNSS, Trimble SurePoint, Trimble 360, and Trimble xFill, to provide increased productivity.

Announced at the Intergeo 2012 conference in Hannover, Germany, this week, introduction of the Trimble R10 was accompanied by new versions of its field and office software — Trimble Access 2012.20 and Trimble Business Center 2.80 to extend Trimble's Connected Site survey solution.

New Builds • October 12, 2012

Topcon Launches Products with New 226-Channel GNSS ASIC, Plus Compact Version of IP-S2 Mapping System

Built around a patented application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) supporting 226 universal channels for GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo tracking, Topcon Positioning System’s (TPS) Vanguard technology lies at the core of the company’s new product line.

October 10, 2012

NovAtel Announces New SPAN MEMS Enclosed Receiver

At the Intergeo conference in Hannover, Germany, today, NovAtel Inc. announced the addition of a new commercially exportable single-enclosure SPAN MEMS receiver to its line of SPAN GNSS/INS products.

September 29, 2012

ION GNSS 2012 Exhibition Featured New GNSS Products

The Institute of Navigation ION GNSS 2012 conference in Nashville, Tennessee, last week (September 18–21, 2012) lived up to its reputation as a premiere forum for new GNSS product announcements.

People • September 13, 2012

746th Test Squadron's Paul Benshoof Joins Locata Corporation

Locata Corporation has announced that U.S. Air Force (USAF) veteran Paul Benshoof, formerly chief of strategic development at the 746th Test Squadron (746TS) at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, has joined the company as global business development manager for military and government applications in the United States and abroad.

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