Machine Control/Ag

Farmers Edge Acquires GranDuke Geomatics for Precision Agriculture

February 25, 2015By

Farmers Edge Inc., a precision agriculture and independent data-management company, has acquired GranDuke Geomatics Ltd. of Lethbridge, Alberta. The agreement was finalized on Jan. 9, giving control of the geospatial solutions and software development company to Farmers Edge. Headquartered in Winnipeg, Canada, Farmers Edge has operations in North and South America, Australia, Russia and Eastern Europe. The company said it’s goal is... read more

TeeJet Launches Precision Ag GNSS Receiver

February 12, 2015By
The TeeJet RX50 receiver.

The new RX520 dual-frequency GNSS receiver from TeeJet Technologies brings reliable, upgradable accuracy and performance to precision farming applications, TeeJet said. It features an integrated L1/L2 GPS+GLONASS receiver and antenna in a single compact enclosure. Integral magnetic mounting allows for a clean, low-profile installation. All RX520 receivers include ClearPath technology, which ensures smooth, consistent position data even if brief signal... read more

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Report Looks at Feeding Growing Global Population with Precision Farming, IoT

February 9, 2015By

A new report by Beecham Research examines how the agricultural sector is embracing precision farming to face challenges raised by an increasing worldwide population and the impact of climate change. The United Nations predicts the global population will reach 8 billion by 2025, and 9.6 billion by 2050, meaning food production must increase by 70 percent by 2050. The report explores how agricultural... read more

Tallysman Wraps Antennas in Armored Cable for Precision Ag, M2M

February 5, 2015By
This photo shows the corrugated conduit covering the RG174 cable with Tallysman’s TW2410 antenna.

Tallysman’s enclosed antennas now come with optional armored corrugated cable. The standard RG174 cable is encased in a corrugated conduit of tough plastic, which maintains its functionality between the temperatures of -40 to +150C. The extra protection increases the resilience of the antenna for use in precision agriculture, machine-to-machine, and other rugged applications. Tallysman is a manufacturer of high-performance, high-quality products... read more

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Automated Pile Driver from Orteco Uses Altus APS-U for Machine Control

February 3, 2015By
The Altus APS-U-HDG.

Orteco, a specialized manufacturer of pile driving machines based in northern Italy, has introduced a series of robotic pile drivers using APS-U GNSS RTK receivers from Altus Positioning Systems. The products are being supplied to Orteco by Altus’ parent company, Septentrio NV. The driverless tracked crawler maneuvers automatically under control of the APS-U, which provides centimeter-level position coordinates and heading... read more

U of Michigan Wins ION’s Fifth Autonomous Snowplow Competition

January 30, 2015By
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A team from the University of Michigan took home the fifth Institute of Navigation (ION) Satellite Division’s Autonomous Snowplow Competition. The competition was held Jan. 22-25 at Rice Park in downtown Saint Paul, Minn., in conjunction with the 129th Saint Paul Winter Carnival. Sponsored by The ION Satellite Division and held in cooperation with the ION North Star Section, the... read more

By 2020 Connected Cars Will Mean In-Vehicle Services, Automated Driving

January 27, 2015By

By 2020 a quarter billion connected vehicles will be on the road, enabling new in-vehicle services and automated driving capabilities, according to Gartner, Inc. During the next five years, the proportion of new vehicles equipped with this capability will increase dramatically, making connected cars a major element of the Internet of Things (IoT). Gartner forecasts that 4.9 billion connected things... read more

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Drone Demonstrated for Congressional Science Committee

January 26, 2015By

The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee held a hearing Jan. 21 on the integration of commercial unmanned aerial vehicles in United States airspace. Colin Guinn, senior vice president of sales for 3D Robotics, demonstrated the Parrot Bebop drone during his testimony. C-SPAN aired the event, as reported by the National Journal. Congress has tasked the Federal Aviation Administration with readying airspace for... read more

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