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Trimble Acquires Penmap Software for Survey and Cadastral Markets

February 19, 2013 - By

Trimble has acquired a suite of software solutions from Penmap.com Ltd. of Bradford, United Kingdom. Penmap.com’s solutions include both office and field data collection software specifically designed for the cadastral and surveying markets. The comprehensive software suite enables Trimble to further address local application requirements and customer needs by providing complete customized surveying software solutions for the cadastral market, the... read more

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Researchers See Ionospheric Signature of North Korean Nuclear Test

February 15, 2013 - By

The explosion of an underground nuclear device by North Korea this week disturbed the Earth’s ionosphere. The blast generated infrasonic waves that propagated all the way to the upper atmosphere causing small variations in the density of electrons there. By analyzing the signals from GPS satellites collected at ground-based monitoring stations in South Korea and Japan, scientists at the California Institute of... read more

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How to Use GPS to Make a Valentine

February 14, 2013 - By

Yes, there is a way. According to Krulwich Wonders, an NPR science blog, a man in San Francisco equipped with an iPhone and tracking app rode his bike 27 miles around the city. Two and a half hours later, Payam Rajabi had etched a heart shape onto a city map. In 2012, Rajabi had to leave his girlfriend behind in Toronto... read more

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Facebook to Roll out Location App

February 13, 2013 - By

There always is a lull in news between the Consumer Electronics Show and the Mobile World Congress, which is later this month in Barcelona. However, published reports that Facebook plans to launch a location application is big news. The social network giant, with more than 1 billion mobile users worldwide, could conceivably generate huge advertising revenue through the location-based friend-finder... read more

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Topcon HiPer SR and Pocket 3D Provide Help to Construction Sites

February 13, 2013 - By

With the introduction of a new version of Pocket 3D software for its HiPer SR GNSS receiver, Topcon Positioning Systems is expanding the delivery of high-accuracy 3D positioning technology to contractors needing a low-cost, one-man layout and measurement system. Pocket 3D is powerful, easy-to-use data collection and control software for grade checking and other measurement applications on a job site.... read more

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Urban GPS Navigation Improved 50-90 Percent, Researchers Say

February 13, 2013 - By

A new system developed by Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) researchers uses sensors to improve the ability of GPS to determine a vehicle’s position compared to use of conventional GPS devices by up to 90 percent. The prototype can guarantee the position of the vehicle to within 1 or 2 meters in urban settings, the researchers said. The system... read more

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GLONASS 743 Maneuvers toward New Position

February 13, 2013 - By

News courtesy of CANSPACE Listserv. According to tracking data from NORAD/JSpOC, GLONASS 743 experienced a delta-V maneuver on or about February 12 as it approached its new orbital position at Slot 8 in Plane 1. Note that GLONASS 743 is not currently in service but will likely rejoin the active constellation once the move is completed, replacing GLONASS 701K in... read more

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Test Confirms EGNOS + Galileo = Safer Skies

February 13, 2013 - By

Europe’s two satellite navigation systems could combine in the future for heightened performance, an airborne test has confirmed. A helicopter flight took place above an alpine valley in Germany, the one place on Earth where Galileo services are already routinely available. Results of the flight test, conducted in September 2012, show that adding Galileo signals to the European Geostationary Navigation... read more

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