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Rwanda launches national drone delivery service

October 14, 2016By

Up To 150 Emergency Medical Drone Flights a Day Today, Rwandan President Paul Kagame launched what is considered world’s first national drone delivery service during a ceremony in the country’s centrally located Muhanga District. Starting today, the Rwandan government will begin using drones to make up to 150 on-demand, emergency deliveries per day of life-saving blood to 21 transfusing facilities in... read more

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Raytheon, US Air Force complete GPS OCX test milestone

October 13, 2016By
Testing demonstrates end-to-end functional checkout, integration of Block 1 capabilities.(Image: Raytheon)

Raytheon has reached another milestone in its development of the U.S. Air Force’s Global Positioning System Next Generation Operational Control System, known as GPS OCX. This new system offers significant improvements to the GPS on which the U.S. military and millions of civilians rely, including enhanced availability, accuracy and security. OCX’s development is delivered in “blocks,” with Block 0 comprising... read more

UC Riverside team developing non-GPS nav system for autonomous vehicles

October 13, 2016By

A team of researchers at the University of California, Riverside has developed a highly reliable and accurate navigation system that exploits existing environmental signals such as cellular and Wi-Fi, rather than GPS. The technology can be used as a standalone alternative to GPS, or complement current GPS-based systems to enable highly reliable, consistent, and tamper-proof navigation. The technology could be... read more

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DJI and Datumate partner on site survey solution

October 13, 2016By

DJI and Datumate have begun offering a drone, software and app package that fully automates and expedites site surveys. Tailored for professional surveying jobs, the DJI-Datumate Site Survey Solution simplifies the surveying and mapping processes, while maintaining superior accuracy. Shenzhen-based DJI is the world’s top aerial-imaging company. Israel based Datumate is a leader in automated “field-to-plan” surveying solutions. The DJI-Datumate... read more

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Hemisphere GNSS offers Eclipse P328 OEM positioning board

October 13, 2016By

Hemisphere GNSS has announced the Eclipse P328, the next offering in a line of new and refreshed, low-power, high-precision, positioning OEM boards. The multi-frequency, multi-GNSS P328 is an all signals receiver board that includes Hemisphere’s new and innovative hardware platform and integrates Atlas GNSS Global Corrections. Hemisphere GNSS is showcasing the Eclipse P328 OEM positioning board at Intergeo in Hamburg, Germany, October 11-13,... read more

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Esri partners with Waze on open data-sharing for governments

October 13, 2016By
Waze Esri Traffic Alerts.

Global mapping company Esri is partnering with Waze to make it easier for governments to begin building intelligent transportation systems in their communities. Waze enables users to share and harness the power of anonymous, aggregated data to promote greater transportation efficiency, deeper insight into travel conditions, and safer roads. Governments already using the Esri ArcGIS platform can quickly and easily exchange data through the Waze... read more

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Intergeo 2016 is buzzing

October 12, 2016By
Figure 2.2: Normalized autocorrelation functions for different modulations: BPSK of GPS L1,
BOC of Galileo E1 with simplified demodulation4, CBOC of Galileo E1 and AltBOC of Galileo E5
signals5. Source: [Silva et al., 2012]

Yes, there are drones everywhere. Drones of every size from mini electronic insects to a rather nice Zeppelin remake that is cruising around Hall 4 at the Hamburg Messe. Will Intergeo 2016 mark “peak drone?” I’m thinking not. The two main drivers of this year’s Intergeo conference are digitization and smart data, including Building Information Modelling (BIM). Hamburg itself is... read more

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Riegl lidar sensors and systems unveiled

October 12, 2016By

Riegl gave an overview and demos of its lidar sensors and systems product range at Intergeo, with recent developments and latest product unveilings: The VQ-1560i Dual Lidar Channel Airborne Laser Scanning System, designed for airborne surveying missions from ultra-wide area, high altitude mapping to mapping of complex urban environments and city modeling. This is the latest advancement of the ultra wide-area,... read more

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