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Topcon Releases Unmanned Aerial Positioning System

February 20, 2014By
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Topcon Positioning Group has released and made available in Europe the Topcon SIRIUS PRO powered by MAVinci, an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) designed to produce the most accurate solutions for automated mapping of construction sites, pipelines, disaster areas, mines, quarries and myriad sites without regard to terrain. During October 2013, Topcon Europe Positioning (TEP) entered into a strategic partnership with... read more

Hexagon Acquires Drone-Maker Aibotix

February 20, 2014By
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Hexagon, a global provider of design, measurement and visualization solutions, has acquired Aibotix, a manufacturer of intelligent multicopter systems for high-efficiency aerial applications. Headquartered in Kassel, Germany, Aibotix is the maker of Aibot X6, a new generation of vertical takeoff and landing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Intelligent, autonomous and safe, the multi-rotor platform is designed to suit the needs of... read more

Handheld Launches Nautiz X4 Rugged Computer for Mobile Workers

February 20, 2014By
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Handheld Group, a manufacturer of rugged mobile computers and smartphones, has launched the Nautiz X4 rugged handheld. The Nautiz X4 is a multipurpose compact handheld computer built for the mobile worker. It enables efficient and reliable data collection in the toughest environments, the company said. The Nautiz X4 is a compact and lightweight rugged handheld computer that is optimized for... read more

Spectra Precision’s Latest Survey Receiver Uses Six GNSS Systems

February 14, 2014By
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Spectra Precision introduced today its next-generation Spectra Precision SP80 GNSS receiver. Designed to meet the evolving needs of the survey market, the new SP80 combines GNSS technology and a combination of communication capabilities with an ergonomic design, the company said. The SP80 is specifically designed for mainstream surveying and construction applications such as cadastral, topographic, control, stakeout and network RTK.... read more

Trimble Adds Ultra High-Frequency RFID to Juno T41 Rugged Handhelds

February 14, 2014By
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Trimble has introduced the Juno T41 rugged handheld computer with integrated Ultra-High Frequency RFID capabilities. In addition to high-speed 1D/2D barcode imaging technology, smartphone capability and enhanced, real-time 1-2 meter GPS accuracy, the Juno T41 series now offers new models that provide more functionality and configuration choices for data collection and mobile workforce management, Trimble said. “Often the RFID tag... read more

Centimeter-Level RTK Accuracy More and More Available — for Less and Less

February 4, 2014By
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Last month, I started off 2014 with a bang by listing all the public RTK bases available in the United States, most of them being free. I received a lot of positive feedback and some enlightenment. For example, I didn’t know that in California, there are more than 330 RTK public base stations accessible by anyone for free via the... read more

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Juniper Systems’ Archer Field PC Records Elevation of Remote Himalayan Peak

February 4, 2014By
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Juniper Systems’ Archer Field PC has beenused to record the elevation of a never-before-climbed peak in the remote Myanmar Himalaya. The peak, Mount Gamlang Razi, has historically been known as the second highest peak in Southeast Asia, but a joint American-Myanmar-led expedition set out on a mission last September to hopefully prove that it is in fact the tallest. Read... read more

New DX-200 Expands Robotic Working Range, Features Hybrid Versatility

January 31, 2014By
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Sokkia Corporation is offering enhanced abilities and versatility to its DX series of total stations with the introduction of the DX-200 in the North American market. When configured for hybrid positioning, the DX-200 has the ability to use both GNSS positioning and optical positioning data simultaneously. The standard Sokkia Hybrid Robotic System includes the DX, GRX2 GNSS receiver and MESA... read more