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Oregon moves to tablets for no-stake 3D

February 8, 2017By
ODOT inspectors Jorge Jimenez and Mike Stennett at Multnomah Falls, preparing for a night-time paving operation. (Photo: Chris Pucci)

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is embracing the growing trend in highway construction to go “stakeless” and push to full 3D design. With more contractors using automated machine guidance applications, ODOT’s construction personnel are being asked to inspect projects with fewer stakes and visual indicators for line and grade. Employees are seeking to use the same data and information to... read more

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Railway in France to test GNSS for train control

February 8, 2017By
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A region in France is working with SNCF (the French National Railway Company) to foster the emergence of new solutions — including GNSS technologies — for the operation and control of regional trains and railway infrastructure. On Sept. 1, the Occitanie/Pyrénées-Méditerranée Region and GUIDE (GNSS Testing Laboratory) signed an agreement to open a railway line to field tests for companies seeking... read more

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Handheld launches rugged Windows tablet Algiz 8X

February 8, 2017By
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Handheld Group, a manufacturer of rugged mobile computers and tablets, has launched the Algiz 8X ultra-rugged tablet computer. The Algiz 8X is built for field workers who require a powerful, portable computer for mobile tasks. The Algiz 8X offers GPS and GLONASS positioning via u-blox, along with an 8-inch projective capacitive touchscreen that is ultra-bright and built for outdoor use. Enabling... read more

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Navilock’s new GNSS receivers use u-blox untethered dead reckoning

February 8, 2017By
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The untethered 3D dead-reckoning GNSS module NEO-M8U by u-blox is at the core of Navilock’s new GNSS receiver series for service vehicles. The new portfolio will enable retrofitting of dead-reckoning and untethered dead-reckoning (UDR) technology in any vehicle. Combining multi-GNSS (GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo) with an onboard 3D gyro/accelerometer, the untethered dead-reckoning technology improves position accuracy even where GNSS signals are weak or... read more

Topcon GNSS receiver integrates with range of applications

February 8, 2017By
Topcon MR-2 GNSS receiver.

Topcon Positioning Group has released a new modular GNSS receiver system, the MR-2. The system combines all current and planned constellation tracking with a comprehensive set of communication interfaces to service any precision application requiring high-performance real-time kinematic (RTK) positioning and heading determination. The MR-2 can perform as a mobile RTK base station, marine navigation receiver, mobile mapping device and... read more

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ION seeks abstracts for Joint Navigation Conference

February 8, 2017By
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The Institute of Navigation (ION) is seeking abstracts for its Joint Navigation Conference (JNC), which will be held June 5-7 in Dayton, Ohio. The abstracts are due Feb. 15. According to ION, JNC is the largest U.S. military positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) conference of the year with joint service and government participation. The event will focus on technical advances... read more

Spirent highlights GNSS threats at cybersecurity conference

February 7, 2017By

Spirent Communications plc will demonstrate its expanded focus on security at the cybersecurity RSA Conference 2017, held in the Moscone Center in San Francisco Feb. 13–17. In a classroom session, Spirent positioning security technologist Guy Buesnel will discuss deliberate threats to GNSS. Focusing on deliberate attacks against GNSS at the application layer and through RF channels, Buesnel will introduce session attendees to the vulnerabilities... read more

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EU project to seek TREASURE in multi-GNSS positioning

February 7, 2017By

A European Union (EU) project exploiting GNSS to establish the blueprint for the world’s most accurate real-time positioning service will be run at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom. The service, to be developed at prototype level, will benefit safety-critical industries such as aviation and maritime navigation, as well as high-accuracy dependent applications such as offshore drilling and production operations,... read more