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Topcon Web Portal Provides Real-Time Job Site Management Tool

April 15, 2013By
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Topcon Positioning Group has launched a new web portal—Sitelink3D.net—designed specifically for general construction and engineering companies. In its announcement at the Munich construction trade show Bauma 2013, Topcon focused on the website’s features, which include giving end-users an intuitive way to manage and control every aspect of Topcon 3D machine control systems anywhere in the world. The subscription web-based service—accessed... read more

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Topcon Announces MR-1 Precise Heading Solution

April 11, 2013By
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Topcon Positioning Systems has released the MR-1 Heading System, an OEM GNSS solution for high-performance positioning and heading. Using the MR-1 receiver and Topcon’s MG-A8 antenna, the system provides “centimeter-accurate RTK positioning and better than 1/10 of a degree heading accuracy in challenging environments,” said Doug Langen, TPS GNSS product manager. “The rugged MR-1 receiver is water and dustproof and... read more

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Sources of Public, Real-Time, High-Precision Corrections

April 5, 2013By
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I probably reminisce a bit too much at times, but I can’t help but think back to the ’90s, when obtaining three-meter accuracy via post-processing took a bit of planning. You either had to operate your own GPS base station, or you had to find a publicly available one before you went to the field to make sure you had... read more

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IGS Launches Real-Time Service

April 2, 2013By

The International GNSS Service (IGS), a worldwide federation of agencies involved in high-­precision Global Navigation Satellite System applications, has announced the launch of its Real-­Time Service (RTS). The RTS is a global-scale GNSS orbit and clock correction service that enables real‐time precise point positioning (PPP) and related applications requiring access to IGS low latency products. The RTS is offered in... read more

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GPS Innovation Alliance Welcomes New Affiliates

March 25, 2013By

Five major national organizations representing a variety of industries are joining the GPS Innovation Alliance as affiliate members. The alliance announced today that the American Trucking Association, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), Boat U.S., the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) and the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) have signed on as alliance affiliates. Each shares... read more

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New Series of SPAN MEMS IMU Products Introduced by NovAtel

March 21, 2013By
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NovAtel Inc. has announced a new SPAN-IGM series of Micro Electromechanical Systems (MEMS) inertial sensor products, including the IMU-IGM-A1 MEMS enclosure and the SPAN-IGM-A1 GNSS/INS enclosure. The IMU-IGM-A1 is a small, rugged enclosure that houses a MEMS inertial sensor. The IMU-IGM-A1 can be configured from the factory as an integrated GNSS + Inertial Navigation System (INS) or as a standalone... read more

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RTK GNSS Receivers: A Flooded Market?

March 21, 2013By

Wow, if one counts the number of new RTK GNSS receivers introduced in the past ~six months, it’s impressive. If you’re in the market for such a GNSS receiver, this is good news for you. More competition in the product and distribution side of the equation usually means better products and better service for the consumer. While Trimble, Leica and... read more

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Trimble Introduces All-In-One Device for Mobile Communications and Surveying Data Collection

March 6, 2013By

Trimble has introduced an all-in-one device for mobile communications and surveying data collection — the Trimble Slate Controller. The Trimble Slate Controller combines the convenience and ease-of-use of a smartphone with rugged durability. Optimized for Trimble Access field software and the Trimble R4 GNSS receiver, the Trimble Slate Controller supports a surveyor’s everyday workflows. “Surveyors require mobile, rugged solutions that... read more