Machine Control/Ag

On the Edge: Mapping from the Air with a UAV

May 1, 2014By
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Surveying an open-pit mine can be a hazardous undertaking. To obtain accurate volume measurements, it is necessary to pick up edges, known in the industry as “toes and crests,” as well as heaps. These are important features, since they provide a way to verify the current shape of a mine; but in light of increasingly stringent safety regulations and penalties,... read more

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Raven Industries Acquires SBG Innovatie BV and Navtronics BVBA

May 1, 2014By

Raven Industries, Inc. announces that its Applied Technology Division (ATD) has acquired SBG Innovatie BV and its affiliate, Navtronics BVBA. Headquartered in Middenmeer, Netherlands, SBG manufactures advanced GPS steering systems for a variety of agricultural applications. The acquisition broadens Raven’s guided steering system product line by adding high-accuracy implement steering applications. Additionally, SBG’s headquarters will become the new home office... read more

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Trimble Irrigate-IQ Solution Now Available in North America

May 1, 2014By

Trimble is making available the Trimble Irrigate-IQ precision irrigation solution in North America. Along with the North American launch, Trimble also introduced the Connected Farm Irrigate app, which provides farmers with real-time status and control of their pivot irrigation systems using a smartphone or tablet. The Irrigate-IQ GPS-controlled solution, which is installed on the pivot, enables farmers to remotely control... read more

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Expert Advice: The Range of UAVs Across Civil Applications

May 1, 2014By
Peter Cosyn, Trimble

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or as most civil aviation authorities now call them, unmanned aircraft systems (UASs), are attracting a lot of attention lately from geospatial professionals. Common questions in their minds are: What applications can I use it in? What benefits can it provide to my organization or my clients (or data users)? How do I implement such a system in my organization? This article will cover the first two questions, while addressing some of the third as well. read more

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Leadership Talks: OEM Perspective on UAV Trends, Challenges

May 1, 2014By
Graham Purves, NovAtel

Interview with Graham Purves, Executive Vice President, NovAtel   GPS World (GPSW): In the regulatory picture for unmanned autonomous vehicles (UAVs), what are the concerns for the GNSS research, design, and manufacturing community regarding air-space regulation? Graham Purves (GP): The main concern is the scope and impact of certification requirements for UAV navigation systems in the National Air Space. Certification... read more

Trimble Adds Compaction System for Bulk Earthworks and Landfill Operations

April 29, 2014By

Trimble has released a new GNSS-based machine control solution to improve efficiency of bulk earthworks and landfill compaction operations. Installed on a four-drum soil or landfill compactor, the Trimble CCS900 Compaction Control System allows a machine operator to make more uniform and efficient passes, report compaction production data in the field, and ensure target compaction is reached with minimal fuel... read more

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KVH Precision Sensors Chosen by Geodetics for Inertial Navigation Systems

April 17, 2014By
The Geo-iNAV Advanced is a fully integrated GPS-aided inertial navigation system that utilizes KVH’s 1750 IMU to provide a high-performance navigation solution.

KVH Industries, Inc., has entered into a strategic partnership with Geodetics Inc., developer of real-time, high-precision position and navigation solutions. The goal is to provide high-performance positioning and navigation products for commercial applications requiring high levels of precision, from unmanned platforms to terrestrial navigation. Geodetics is integrating the KVH 1750 inertial measurement unit (IMU) into two solutions: Geo-iNAV Advanced, a... read more

Locata Warns: Lessons to Be Learned from GLONASS Spasm

April 15, 2014By
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Calling it an “unprecedented and deeply worrying total disruption . . . [that] shook the industry,” Locata Corporation reiterated its call for redundant terrestrial systems to back up GNSS in the wake of the April 1 11-hour GLONASS system outage. Nunzio Gambale, Locata CEO, said “We have been telling the industry for years that you cannot have a critically important... read more