Archives

GPS Vibrating Belt Guides Cyclists

January 25, 2013 - By

A new vibrating navigator belt guides cyclists by tickling them with buzzes and with directional nudges, according to a report by NDTV Gadgets. The “vibrobelt,” proven successful in early tests, uses vibrating actuators that indicate left, right, backward and forward turn directions. Developed by Haska Steltenpohl of the Intelligent Systems Lab at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, the system... read more

This article is tagged with and posted in LBS/Wireless News, Recreation & Gaming

Topcon Precision Agriculture Announces Receiver/Steering Controller

January 24, 2013 - By

Topcon Precision Agriculture,  a business unit of Topcon Positioning Systems, announces the AGI-4, an integrated steering solution that can interface with many manufacturer’s virtual terminals. The AGI-4 features multiple-constellation GNSS satellite reception, inertial sensors for full terrain compensation, and Topcon’s line acquisition and on-line steering functionality. It will be released at AgConnect Expo in Kansas City, Missouri, January 29-31. The... read more

This article is tagged with and posted in Latest News, Machine Control/Ag, Machine Control/AG News, Precision Ag

Galileo’s Search and Rescue System Passes First Space Test

January 23, 2013 - By

The first switch-on of a Galileo search and rescue package shows it to be working well, according to the European Space Agency. Its activation begins a major expansion of the space-based Cospas–Sarsat network, which brings help to air and sea vessels in distress. The second pair of Europe’s Galileo navigation satellites — launched together on October 12 last year —... read more

Exelis Wins Air Force Contract to Research Low-Cost GPS Alternatives

January 23, 2013 - By

ITT Exelis has been awarded a $2.15 million contract by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to research the development of a small satellite navigation payload to augment the current GPS program. The GPS NAVSAT (Navigation Satellite) program seeks to provide affordable capabilities to aid end-users located in tough-to-reach environments. “The development of smaller satellites — in terms of size,... read more

This article is tagged with and posted in GNSS, GNSS News, GPS Modernization, Latest News

Esri Announces 24 Organizations to Receive $2 Million in GIS Imagery Grants

January 22, 2013 - By

Esri and PCI Geomatics announced they have selected 24 organizations to develop and apply innovative methods for using GIS to analyze imagery for land-use management. Through the Esri Natural Resources Imagery Grant Program, Esri, the world leader in GIS, and PCI Geomatics, the world leader in geoimaging, provide each grant recipient with software and data valued at $100,000. “Esri is... read more

This article is tagged with and posted in Government News, Mapping, Remote Sensing

Hexagon to Acquire Russia’s NAVGEOCOM

January 22, 2013 - By

Hexagon has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire all outstanding shares in Russia-based Navgeocom. The company is the largest distributor for Leica Geosystems, a Hexagon brand, in the Russian Federation. Founded in 1997, Navgeocom has grown into one of the top-tier distributors of surveying and mapping products in Russia. The acquisition marks another step in Hexagon’s global distribution strategy,... read more

This article is tagged with and posted in Latest News, OEM, OEM News, Survey, Survey, Survey News, Surveying

From LightSquared to Narrowbanding: What’s Coming in 2013

January 22, 2013 - By

After a four-month sabbatical and the GPS World servers back in order, I’m back writing on a regular basis. I’ve been super busy on different GPS/GNSS-related products, conferences and various GPS/GNSS applications. Let’s take a look at some of the technologies and events that were significant in 2012 and some that will be significant in 2013 for high-precision GNSS users.... read more

This article is tagged with and posted in Newsletter Editorials, Survey, Survey Scene

Luch-5B Starts SBAS Test Transmissions

January 21, 2013 - By

News courtesy of CANSPACE Listserv. According to tracking data from stations of the International GNSS Service’s Multi-GNSS Experiment, the second Russian Luch satellite, Luch-5B, started transmitting GLONASS and GPS differential corrections on January 17, 2013, at around 11:07 UTC. Luch-5B, launched on November 2, 2012, carries a transponder for the System for Differential Correction and Monitoring satellite-based augmentation system. The... read more

This article is tagged with and posted in Augmentation & Assistance, GLONASS, GNSS News, Latest News