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Bluesky granted funding for mobile phone mapping project

March 9, 2017By
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Geographic data specialist Bluesky has secured funding from the United Kingdom’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, to investigate the potential of mobile phones for capturing accurate 3D spatial information. Designed to reduce the costs of monitoring and managing essential infrastructure, such as overhead electricity cables, and mitigate the effects of potentially damaging vegetation, the Bluesky-led study will assess the feasibility of... read more

Spirent helps to improve search-and-rescue operations at sea

March 7, 2017By
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Test solutions by Spirent Communications plc have been used to improve maritime safety. Working with the Radio Technical Committee for Maritime Services (RTCM), Spirent has created test scenarios that simulate realistic satellite reception conditions at sea so that GPS distress beacon performance can be improved, allowing users to be rescued faster by search and rescue organizations. One of the first customers... read more

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Hemisphere GNSS launches smart antenna, machine control software

March 7, 2017By
Hemisphere GNSS' IronOne tablet running GradeMetrix software.

Hemisphere GNSS has launched three new products: The Vector VR500 rugged all-in-one smart antenna GradeMetrix software for machine control and guidance applications The IronOne rugged display and computer Hemisphere GNSS made the announcements at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017, being held this week in Las Vegas. Hemisphere GNSS is exhibiting at booth G71925. Vector VR500 Smart Antenna The Vector VR500 is designed specifically for harsh machine control environments, the multi-frequency,... read more

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‘DevOps’ best practices drive progress on next-gen GPS OCX control system

March 7, 2017By

New tech development approach speeds progress on improved GPS Raytheon’s use of technology development best practices — DevOps — and its completion of a systems engineering milestone are driving progress on the GPS  Next-Generation Operational Control System (OCX), according to the contractor. Raytheon has completed its latest major systems engineering milestone for the final software iteration, a marker of the progress achieved... read more

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Dragonfly narrowband IoT unveiled with GNSS option

March 7, 2017By

CEVA Inc., licensor of signal processing IP forconnected devices, and Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Company Limited (ASTRI) have introduced Dragonfly NB1, a comprehensive cost- and power-optimized NB-IoT solution aimed at streamlining the development of LTE IoT devices. Dragonfly NB1 leverages CEVA’s heritage of low-power DSPs and modem design and ASTRI’s experience in RF and IC Design technologies.... read more

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u-blox and Digicom partner on narrowband IoT products

March 7, 2017By
Digicom's narrowband IoT GPS tracker has u-blox inside.

Chip-maker u-blox is parntering with Digicom, a company that offers a wide range of hardware and software with cellular connectivity, to develop narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) products and solutions. Both companies have carried out a series of innovative and successful field trials of the new NB-IoT technology. The announcement reflects u-blox’s and Digicom’s eagerness to meet pent-up demand for Low Power... read more

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Surveying at the South Pole

March 7, 2017By
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In January, Adam LeWinter and Dave Finnegan, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL), traveled to the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station to conduct a terrestrial lidar/thermal infrared survey of the elevated station as part of a National Science Foundation-funded project. They used a Riegl VZ-1000 with integrated InfraTec VarioCAM high-definition thermal camera to... read more

Microdrone to the Rescue: UAVs bring flotation to drowning swimmers

March 6, 2017By
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Microdrones collaborated last summer with the DLRG Horneburg/Altes Land e.V. (German Lifeguard Association) to simulate a mission to rescue a drowning swimmer, demonstrating the life-saving potential of UAVs. Crowds watched from the banks of the Elbe River as a UAV flew to the person in distress and dropped a compact rescue device called RESTUBE, which automatically inflated. The swimmer was... read more

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