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From Old China into Commercial GNSS

October 15, 2014  - By 0 Comments

From 1978 to 1998, China’s GNP increased 500%. To achieve this, there had to be a strategy. The approach chosen was to lead and support through government-sponsored initiatives, including developing China’s own sat-nav system. Having built BeiDou, a Chinese GNSS industry began to emerge. But it nearly didn’t happen. So how did Beijing BDStar Navigation Company come about, and where does it stand today? I touched base with my friend, Chairman Ruxin Zhou, to find out. read more

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Toward a Unified PNT — Part 1

October 2, 2014  - By 0 Comments

Complexity and Context: Key Challenges of Multisensor Positioning
The next generation of navigation and positioning systems must provide greater accuracy and reliability in a range of challenging environments. No single navigation technology is robust enough, so a multisensor solution is required. read more

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At InterGeo 2014, James Van Rens, chief executive officer of Riegl, explains the launch of the RiCopter UAV with LiDAR integration, and its designer gives a live demonstration of the UAV in flight. The show was held October 7-9 in Berlin.

The unmanned aerial vehicle is a survey-grade unmanned scanning platform for a variety of demanding applications, such as corridor, power line, or railway mapping.

The high-performance UAV can be equipped with the Riegl VUX-1 survey-grade LiDAR sensor to offer a fully integrated turnkey solution. The RiCopter platform design includes a fully integrated Riegl VUX LiDAR sensor, IMU/ GNSS unit with antenna, control unit, and up to four optional cameras providing measuring characteristics of a 330-degree field of view, 500,000 measurements per second, and 10-millimeter accuracy.

The class 1 unmanned aircraft system can be flown at a maximum operating altitude of 550 meters with a maximum take-off mass of up to 25 kg and a maximum payload of 16 kg, providing a long flight endurance of 30 minutes.

RiCopter flight characteristics are smooth and stable in hovering positions, as well as on demanding flight maneuvers under challenging conditions.

See more InterGeo videos at GPS World’s YouTube Channel.

Another video of the RiCopter in action comes from Riegl:

Riegl Launches RiCopter UAV at InterGeo

October 20, 2014  - By 0 Comments

At InterGeo 2014, James Van Rens, chief executive officer of Riegl, explains the launch of the RiCopter UAV with LiDAR integration, and its designer gives a live demonstration of the UAV... read more

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Juniper’s New Rugged Handheld Designed for Data-Collecting Efficiency

October 10, 2014  - By 0 Comments

Juniper Systems announced its newest rugged handheld computer, the Allegro 2, at the InterGeo 2014 trade show, held September 7-9 in Berlin. The handheld is the latest in the company’s Allegro product line, “with every bit of reliability,” the company says, but now with some major advancements.... read more

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