Machine Control/Ag

Locata Positioning Will Underpin NASA’s Unmanned Aerial System Research


August 6, 2015By
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NASA plans to install a Locata network (LocataNet) as the core positioning technology for safety-critical unmanned aerial systems (UAS) research at its Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., according to an announcement by Locata. NASA Langley is tasked with performing rigorous and repeatable scientific evaluation of new 
UAS safety and technology concepts under development. The LocataNet will provide high-precision non-GPS-based... read more

AGCO, Trimble Collaborate on Connect Agriculture Data Platforms

July 27, 2015By

AGCO and Trimble are partnering to deliver wireless connectivity between AGCO’s VarioDoc and AgCommand systems and the Trimble Connected Farm solution. The functionality is expected to be available to customers in North America in September and in Europe, Africa and the Middle East in the fourth quarter of 2015. AGCO is a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment and infrastructure. The collaboration allows... read more

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Topcon Acquires Agriculture Sensing Company NORAC

June 10, 2015By

Topcon Positioning Group has acquired NORAC Systems International, a developer of ultrasonic sensing and boom control technology for agricultural equipment, in a private transaction. NORAC provides advanced automated boom height control technology for the global agricultural marketplace. Its current product line includes systems to precisely maintain a spray boom height above the top of the crop or the ground to ensure optimum... read more

MachineryGuide Offers Smartphone Guidance for Agriculture

May 28, 2015By
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MachineryGuide is a new GPS guidance system for Android that gives farmers the ability to use their smartphones for precision guidance. With the help of MachineryGuide, the cultivated area and overlaps can be displayed. The guidance application helps farmers in edging along the ideal track by gearing to straight reference lines. With the application and an antenna from MachineryGuide, farmers can... read more

Precision Farming Report Considers GNSS, Other Tech

May 20, 2015By

Marketsandmarkets.com is offering a new report on the precision farming market, with forecasts to the year 2020. The report covers various technologies and components, including GNSS. The report is titled “Precision Farming Market by Technology (GPS/GNSS, GIS, Remote Sensing & VRT), Components (Automation & Control, Sensors, FMS), Application (Yield Monitoring, VRA, Mapping, Soil Monitoring, Scouting) and Geography – Global Forecasts to... read more

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Hemisphere GNSS Releases Next-Generation GNSS RTK Engine

May 7, 2015By

Hemisphere GNSS has released Athena, its next-generation GNSS engine. Offering significantly enhanced performance, Athena provides Hemisphere with a new, future-oriented foundation providing strong performance, flexibility and reliability, according to the company. Athena has yielded outstanding performed in virtually every environment where high-accuracy GNSS receivers can be used, the company stated. Hemisphere customers have tested Athena’s performance in long baseline, in open-sky environments, under... read more

VectorNav Unveils Updates to VN-300 GPS/INS at AUVSI Show

April 30, 2015By

VectorNav Technologies has released a surface mount version of its VN-300 dual-antenna GPS-aided inertial navigation system (GPS/INS). It will be on display at booth 942 at AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems show, held May 5-7 in Atlanta. Surface Mount Device The VN-300 surface mount device (SMD) is a miniature MEMS-based inertial navigation module that includes both inertial navigation and GPS-compassing capabilities, which... read more

FAA Grants Topcon UAS Exemption for Sirius

April 27, 2015By
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Topcon Positioning Systems has received a national exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that allows for operation of its unmanned aerial system (UAS) in the United States. The exemption covers the operation of the Sirius Basic and Sirius Pro for aerial data collection. In early April, the FAA issued 30 more commercial exemptions, bringing the total to 99. That number... read more